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“A home from home.” 4 of 5 bubbles
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Dar Scotlandee
Ranked #23 of 55 Chefchaouen B&B and Inns
Cheltenham, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
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“A home from home.”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 30, 2011

My second visit in six months,so it has something special. It has the best location in town and the ex-pat owners are extremely welcoming and look after their guests really well. From march to october the weather can be very pleasant or really hot,but in the moroccan winter, as Chefchaouen is 2000 ft up in the mountains,it can be wet, cold and rather miserable and this b+b has one fault- no heating in the rooms.This is because the normal Moroccan house is designed to stay cool in the hot summers, which means that it can be a bit chilly in the winters. As much as I am fond of Terry,Suzanne and Liam for the way they looked after me,when the sun was out it is a fabulous place to stay, but if they want to attract guests in the winter months(when it is still stunningly beautiful and the best time to visit) they really must invest in some heating for the guest rooms.I spent a lot of time under the covers when it rained,which was the only way to keep warm. This is a shame as I would love to stay during february and march, as flights are dirt cheap at these times and make a stay possible for pensioners like me. So from March to October it can't be beaten, from November to February-take a warm coat and thick socks!!

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  • Stayed February 2011, traveled solo
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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 27, 2011

This review is long overdue! However now I have a spare few minutes I have to say that I can't recommend Rif-for-everyone highly enough. From the minute my erstwhile travelling partner and I arrived there Terry, Suzanne and Liam made us feel very welcome. Once we had settled in Liam took us into the medina, made sure we were well fed and showed us around, which was really helpful as Chaouen is so rammed with winding streets you could easily get lost (which we did at points anyway!). However with the gauge points of the few venues serving beer and the best places to eat we were well away.

It's a very relaxed place to stay, and I mean VERY relaxed!!! with wicked views of the surrounding mountains, and of course the glorious thrum of the call to prayer. I would recommend a walk up the mountain behind Casa Scotlandee - its a bit arduous but once you get up high the views over Chaouen are absolutely amazing, and you might, as we did, get to meet some locals up there ; )

Oh and I can't recommend the gorge walk highly enough - it blew me and my mate away, and Liam is an excellent guide!

  • Stayed October 2010, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank lethaljaguar
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Portugal
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 1, 2010

We stayed here off season so probably did not see it as its best. The views from the roof terrace must be great in summer.Terry, Suzanne and Liam are very friendly people. It was great to be able to talk to someone in English who is living in the area. However we were disappointed with the room which was small and basic and found the area around the house very poor. There is a lot of building in progess so that makes it look untidy too. I think this is more a location for younger people and maybe we should have read that into the reviews that are already on tripadvisor.

  • Stayed November 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Cheltenham, United Kingdom
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 18, 2010

Rif-for-Anyone is a very clean and well run pension, they have western w.c's and showers in all the rooms, which are clean and comfortable with high ceilings to give an airy feel.
The ex-pat owners make you feel very welcome and can advise on local trips and what to watch out for in the medina.
As it is right at the top of the town the views from the roof terrace are spectacular. It means a fair walk into town(all downhill)- but taxi's back are only15dh(£1.10).Sometimes the medina can get a bit much, so its nice to come back to your nice quiet room and completely relax.
If you don't like animals(they have several pets) or the local produce been consumed all around ,then it is not for you,but for those looking for a laid back place with really friendly people then look no further. And lets face it: why do most people go to Chefchaouen in the first place.

  • Stayed September 2010, traveled solo
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Thank davewizzy
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Rabat
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 18, 2010

I loved this place. The walk down to the medina was really pretty. The views from the terrace and gorgeous. The family was very helpful and friendly. I definitely plan on going back to Chaouen and I will be staying here.

  • Stayed October 2010, traveled with friends
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Thank frenchtoast56
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Gibraltar
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15 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 1, 2010

a comfortable guest house away from the medina but amazing views over the mountains.
the owners Terry, Suzanne and Liam made us very welcome and were a wealth of knowledge. Laim guided us up the gorge to God's bridge and we had an amazing vegetable tagine and mint tea cooked over an open fire, has to be seen to be believed.
we shared wine in the evening with Suzanne and Terry and went into the medina for meal with them, thats how much at ease you feel with the family.
a few negatives, its isnt great for people with disabilities due to where the house is situated. there are a few cats and a boisterous puppy. Also there is very big cannabis culture in the town which some folk may object too. the house isnt 5 star luxury but a very comfortable place to stay and explore all that Chaouen has to offer

  • Stayed September 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Thank salanddave315
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england
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1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 29, 2010

As a solo 1st time in Morocco traveller I won the raffle in choosing to stay at Rif.
The staff at the guest house ofered insights into Chefchouan, the area , the locals wich fast-tracked me i feel to a 'beyond' the regular tourist experience.
The situation of Rif is perfect enabling fantastic evenings and mornings on the terrace offering views that stay with you way after the holiday. i spent my last two days in Marrakech and found it totally underwhelming after my Cheff experience.
Guide services are available, with the trip to the Gorge being totally unforgettable , top tip is to get Najib along to cook probably the best tagine one could hope to eat.

  • Stayed August 2010, traveled solo
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Thank steve66England
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mrtwg, Owner at Dar Scotlandee, responded to this review, October 2, 2010
Thanks, Steve. Looking forward to doing it all again, soon.
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Additional Information about Dar Scotlandee

Property: Dar Scotlandee
Address: H'nain | BP 288, Chefchaouen 91000, Morocco
Location: Morocco > Tangier-Tetouan Region > Chefchaouen
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #23 of 55 B&Bs / Inns in Chefchaouen
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2 star — Dar Scotlandee 2*
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
PLEASE READ CAREFULLY! We don't allow children under 12 years. We are situated just a few minutes walk from the camping, and a 15 minute walk from Chaouen Medina. The national park of Talessamtane is only 200m behind our guesthouse. The Dar Scotlandee guest house in Chefchaouen is a surefire winner with travellers who would like to be somewhere a bit different!! This great value Guesthouse makes a wonderful change from a hotel in the Medina, and offers all the same attention to detail along with warm and personal hospitality. We are just a 15 minute walk or 2 minute taxi ride to the ancient Medina of Chefchaouen and ideal for discovering the hidden villages of the majestic Rif Mountains. The guesthouse is a superb base for exploring the area, and linking up with fellow travellers on our shaded terrace. We also arrange day trips to local beauty spots, and guided tours to local villages to see traditional farming techniques. Local honey and olive oil are specialities of the region. A real chance to experience Berber hospitality. Free high speed wi-fi, so bring your devices. Book early to avoid disappointment, it does get busy in summer. We hope to see you soon... Please note- as with all of Morocco, there is a lot of new building work going on all around Chefchaouen. Recently, it has reached our neighbourhood, meaning the gentle sound of moroccans building houses. Although quite interesting to watch the basic building methods, and the lack of any machinery being used, the sound of bricks being cemented together may bother some people. Please consider this when booking as we don't want you to be unhappy in any way while you are here. ... more   less 
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