What a great experience!!!! Have just returned from a 4 night break at this hotel. We were met at the airport by Said who took us to the hotel and was greeted at the entrance to The Medina by Eunice who helped with our cases. We were offered mint tea on our arrival and Ashna talked us through all excursions we could do and given a map and directions on how to reach places. When we were ready Eunice showed us our route towards THe Medina which was certainly an experience. The hotel itself was very clean and the owners were more than happy to help us with any question. The room was long and narrow and the double bed just gave you enough room to get out some people might complain but was not a problem. There is a small safe which will take your passports and a purse or wallet. The bathroom was clean although the shower a little unusually it was a hand held shower head but plenty of hot water. Breakfast was great toasted bread, pancake type bread, butter , and jams. Coffee was available. If you required some after a long day it was available at a charge of 1euro per cup. Sun terrace was great and good to relax on after a good day round the Souks. You could dip your feet after long day in the small pool which was refreshing.
We decided to do a day at Atlas mountains and booked this direct with the hotel cost 80 euros for the day that was for 4 of us but was worth every penny. We were picked up at 9.30 by Said who took us to a Berber Market and WOW what a experience it makes you really appreciate what you have at home . We stopped at a typical school, typical house and a pottery shop which had some amazing pieces ( which we did purchase some goods). We had lunch by the river which was ok. Then we were given a guide who took us up to the waterfalls. Please make sure you wear trainers.
A truly amazing day ( yes we gave the guide and Said a tip) but not a problem.
Souks are amazing but be prepared to haggle( bit of advice print off a converter before you go this proved invaluable to us) it saved loads of time trying to work things out. Give a price and walk off they will follow.
Ashna took 3 of my friends to buy spices and was not a problem.
Dress wise we were worried about showing shoulders but we didn't have a problem we wore vests , and dresses with no arms in and I even wore a maxi dress with shoulders out, just make sure you take a scarf and cover up if you feel as though you were being starred at.
Our last night we went to Cafe Arabe and wow this was great, we had 4 starters, 4 main courses, 2 puddings, cocktails and 2 bottles of wine £120.
Eat at the stalls in the market food great and cheap. About £15 for 4 people
One thing to be aware of don't ask anyone for directions as they lead you off the garden path and expect you to pay, make sure you have a good map and be prepared for the abuse if you don't give them anything.
All in all 4 women travelling on their own what a truly amazing experience, Great hotel, great service and wouldn't hesitate to go again and stay at this hotel.
Age range 42 to 55
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