We spent our first two days in Morocco in Chefchaouen at Dar Gabriel so this was our introduction to Moroccan culture. Very interesting medina and convenient location of the dar just inside Bab Suk. Unfortunately it rained off and on throughout our stay but we tried to make the best of it. The dar itself is nice with a traditional inner open courtyard but that made it cold and damp and we wore our coats inside as did the staff. We also lacked good lighting in our room so had to use flashlights to read even in the daytime. However some of that was due to the fact the wooden shutters had to be closed round-the-clock to keep the minimal heat from the wall heater from escaping. We did not use the rooftop terrace and our original room was to be on that level. With the rain that was not a very attractive choice. No doubt if the weather had been warm and sunny our experience would have been different.
The manager was excellent - very friendly and helpful. The day before our departure he went personally to the bus station to buy our tickets to our next destination. Buses quickly fill to capacity so this guaranteed our seats. He also walked with us to the taxi stand and helped us get a petit taxi to the station the next morning. Throughout our stay he made sure we were as comfortable as possible and even lent my husband a much welcome and warm djellabah - long Berber tunic/robe. However, we did have to ask staff for dry towels and toilet paper since our room was never serviced.
We had our two evening meals in the dar - and these were excellent. Breakfast was good as well and this is included in the room price.
- 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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