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“Basic Hotel, No Frills, Bathroom has no door”
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Dar Gabriel
Ranked #12 of 23 Hotels in Chefchaouen
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Chicago
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14 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“Basic Hotel, No Frills, Bathroom has no door”
Reviewed March 29, 2011

We recently stayed in Chefchouen for one night, found it to be kind of a sleepy boring town. Really disappointed in the shopping - everything is dusty, cheap and outdated, nothing like Marrakech! However, it's a pretty quaint town with beautiful blue & white walls and near the mountains if your looking to do some nature excursions and escape the hustle bustle of larger city. Pretty safe to walk around solo, although we met one American guy who was harassed to purchase drugs based on his appearance.

Dar Gabriel is a basic no frills hotel. It's cheap, it's clean, it does the job but not really a true "riad" experience, we were not offered tea when we arrived and had to carry our own bags up to the room. The rooms are quaint and there is a pretty rooftop to check out the views.

The beds are small yet comfy. The bathroom is teeny-tiny and has NO DOOR - this proves to be very awkward if your staying with another person! The toilet is also right next to the shower, with no barrier, basically a drain and faucet/shower head so not very convenient at all. It's freezing here at night so bundle up, there is a heater but it didn't seem to be doing much but the blankets did the job.

  • Stayed March 2011, traveled with friends
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Madrid, Spain
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Reviewed March 21, 2011

loved the rooms and the layout, this riad style hotel with rooms surrounding an interior patio.
we stayed on the top-terrace-floor with views to the whole town and surrounding mountains. loved it.
the staff were great, we enjoyed a wonderful morrocan breakfast and enjoyed a great conversation with the manager (Ben).
we look forward to returning to this beautiful place and will certainly stay at Dar Gabriel.

  • Stayed March 2011, traveled as a couple
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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed January 21, 2011

We had a wonderful time. This blue medieval city is extremely attractive and unique. The Hotel is situated right in the middle of the old walled city. It is charming with artisan brickwork, tile work, rugs, carpets and tapestries. The attentiveness to our comfort and warmth from Manager Ben Salam was outstanding. The meals prepared by his wife were fantastic. Authentic delicious Moroccan cuisine. The views are uplifting. The hotel has a wonderful rooftop relaxation area to take in the sun and gaze at the mountains. A brilliant holiday in a lovely little boutique hotel. Thoroughly recommended.

  • Stayed January 2011, traveled with friends
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Reviewed January 7, 2011

My boyfriend and I stayed at Dar Gabriel for 3 nights in December 2010, and had an amazing time, everything was great.

The owners and Staff make you feel very welcome, they are so kind and honest. I left my Ipod at their hotel and they returned it to me by post in Australia.

The hotel is so beautiful, there is a lovely room with a fireplace where we were offered tea. Breakfast is beautiful and Dinner is amazing. From upstairs on the roof terrace you have an amazing view over the medina and there is a beautifful lounge area.

Our room was very comfortable, clean, well maintained and beautifully decorated.

Dar Gabriel is in a great location, in the medina, and easy to get to through the gateway called Bab Souk (as they describe on the website).

We will deffinatly be coming back here, and will recomend to anybody going to Chefchaouen.

  • Stayed December 2010, traveled as a couple
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Seattle, Washington
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Reviewed January 3, 2011

Upon arrival we were greeted warmly by our host Ben with a smile and mint tea - our young children aged 5 and 3 were also made very welcome. Despite the damp, rainy weather, the hotel was cosy with the log burner giving a homely feel to the communal lounge area. The rooms were clean, comfortable and tastefully decorated. The en suite bathroom had a spacious walk in shower with piping hot water. The freshly prepared food was delicious and enjoyed thoroughly by my children too - and Ben and his family responded attentively to requests that the children ate earlier than the adults; nothing seemed too much trouble. This was our first visit to Morocco with our children and the wonderful experience here has left us eager to return.

  • Stayed January 2011, traveled with family
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Estepona, Spain
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Reviewed January 2, 2011

Travelling with two young children (3&1) can prove a challenge. This hotel made our visit to Chef. both easy and enjoyable. The staff are accomodating and flexible and were keen to help in everyway. The layout of the hotel makes it ideal for tucking the kids into bed and sitting and chatting in the inviting communal area whilst being able to listen out at the same time. The food everynight was phenomenal and the location is ideal for wanders around the medina with little legs that can't go far.

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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed December 30, 2010

My experience of Dar Gabriel exceeded expectations in cleanliness and comfort, I have spent many an uncomfortable night in Moroccan hotels with thin mattresses and hard pillows. After speaking with Ben, the gentlemen who served us dinner in the restaurant, i found out the hotel is ran by brits, this explained the comfy beds!!
The views from the top terrace of Dar Gabriel were truly magnificent,,,helter-skelter of Chefchouen rooftops and the hills below rolled on and on.
Ben + staff were charming, as was the decor. Food was plentiful, fresh and delicious.
My friends and I wondered about the Medina, purchasing various spices + jewelery then drank mint tea in the Square.
Lovely trip

  • Stayed December 2010, traveled with friends
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Property: Dar Gabriel
Address: Bab souk | Derb El kadi Benq Maimoum souk bad souk gate number 6, Chefchaouen 91000, Morocco
Location: Morocco > Tangier-Tetouan Region > Chefchaouen
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Beverage Selection Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Airport Transportation
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Ranked #12 of 23 Hotels in Chefchaouen
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 7
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Dar Gabriel is a beautifully restored boutique riad hotel in Chefchaouen, northern Morocco, with seven bedrooms all en-suite. Downstairs is a sitting room heated by a wood burning stove, a restaurant kitchen, and intimate dining room. There are four bedrooms on the middle floor, roof terraces, three more bedrooms with kitchen and chill out space at roof level. Great views across medina and the river valley, with the Rif mountains behind. ... more   less 
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