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“Excellent riad far away from the action”
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The Repose
Ranked #1 of 3 Hotels in Sale
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Stockholm, Sweden
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45 reviews
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“Excellent riad far away from the action”
Reviewed September 7, 2013

We decided to stay at this riad after reviewing the available options in Rabat and Sale. The riad is located in Sale (which is the sister-city of Rabat and divided by a small river). Most of the action and places of interest is in Rabat, so the biggest disadvantage of The Repose is that you have to travel in order to see the sights of Rabat. The tram is the best mode of transport to Rabat, and the walk to the station + tram ride means 20-40min in order to get into Rabat. The service was excellent and we were given a free upgrade for one night when we arrived. The owner (British expat) was friendly and made us feel at home from the very moment we entered through the door. The riad is clean and peaceful. The breakfast served at the roof terrace was amazing and among the best we had during our four week journey in Morocco. All in all, it is a great riad with excellent service, BUT (there is a but) it is not centerally located and I must honestly say that I did not feel 100% safe when returning to the riad late at night. Nothing happened, but even our Moroccan friends were reluctant to let us walk alone from the parking lot and 200m back to the riad.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
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San Francisco, California
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Reviewed September 6, 2013

Jan and Rashid were the perfect host and hostess ! This place is so delightful, each room has a theme, so you can be in Arabia one night and in Africa the next, the Blue room is so.. so pretty.

The dinners are the highlight of this place, no where else will you find these kinds of home cooked vegetarian dinners prepared on site and served to you with all the elegance of a 5 course dinner and they are very affordable. Sure beats tromping around looking for something good to eat !

The girls that work here are very very kind and accomadating I left each of them a pretty good tip. Jan will arrange drivers, tours what ever you want to do all you have to do is ask.

I took a car up to Tangiers, it is much better than riding on the train if you have baggage and such, more expensive, but worth it if you are on holiday and can afford.

I cannot say enough good things about this place and it's owners, they are some of the nicest most professional hosts and hostesses you will find anywhere on the planet. And they are rated one of the best Riads in all of Africa, and Africa is HUGE !!

Room Tip: The Arabian Room and the Chefchouan Room were my favorites, they are larger and cost more but I like...
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled solo
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed September 3, 2013

Our first trip to Morocco, and we struck gold by staying here in Sale rather than Rabat itself. Jan and Rachid were truly welcoming and made us feel like honoured guests in their own home, but with all the professionalism and privacy we could wish for. They have restored the Riad with immense care. Every detail from the special soap in our bathroom to the excellent taxi driver who fetched us from and walked us to the door of the hotel for every trip we made, to the delicious breakfast in the peaceful (and beautiful) roof garden, to the flexibility in our own schedule were superbly taken care of. Jan has made a brilliant map of the area which she took us through herself and gave the impression she had all the time in the world for us, despite no doubt being very busy. She must be, it's a tightly run ship. Sale Medina is hassle free and feels safe. It is where people go about their daily lives, we saw only a couple other tourists while we were there. Go there now!

Room Tip: The Chefchuan suite is on the second floor, bathroom up a short flight of stairs within the room. It...
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Tours, Centre, France
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Reviewed September 2, 2013

Two thumbs up! I whole heartedly recommend this undeceiving and pleasant riad to anyone traveling to Rabat/Salé! It is clean, comfortable, quiet and beautifully decorated. Jane and Rashid, owners of the Repose were extremely hospitable, yet discrete.
My friend and I arrived at the Repose in the scorching heat of mid July, exhausted after several hours of driving from Marrakech, for a two night stay and found paradise.This charming riad is located in an old medina which should not be ventured with a car. We were slightly lost in arriving, but a call to Jane quickly resolved that issue-- she guided us to a secure on-street parking where we were met by someone who walked us to the Repose. Once inside, we were greeted by Jane herself who was waiting with a tray of fresh mint tea and heavenly homemade Moroccan pastries. The culinary experience and rooftop/terrace dining are highly applauded. I would not hesitate, for a few Dirhams, to enlist the help of a guide (preferably Rashid) to visit the medina or go shopping in the souk. Once again, BRAVO!

Room Tip: English, French and Arabic are spoken. Do not hesitate to ask Jane or Rashid (owners) for advice
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with friends
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Bellingham, Washington, United States
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Reviewed August 30, 2013

After traveling for three days around Morocco including one night in a berber tent during a camel trek we were overjoyed to stay in the the stylish and tasteful Repose before leaving for home. Jan and staff were amazingly hospitable and we just wish we could have stayed there longer to enjoy more of the medina. They went out of there way to help us arrange taxis, prepare a take out breakfast, and make sure we were comfortable. The dinner on the rooftop deck was fabulous. The rooms were beautifully decorated.

Room Tip: There are just three rooms but they divided one of the double beds to accomodate my two teenage sons...
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
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The Hague, Zuid-Holland, Netherlands
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Reviewed August 30, 2013

We stayed at the Riad for two separate nights during our honeymoon. It was a great experience. I wanted to show my husband the beautiful Riads Morocco has to offer and this was the perfect example! The owners were always at our service, if it was for lamp advice or a very early breakfast to go. We had some lovely dinners at the rooftop terrace and even a room upgrade because it was our honeymoon. If you’re planning to stay in Rabat/Sale, don’t hesitate any longer and book a room at The Repose!

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 29, 2013

Second year in a row we visited the Mawazine festival in Rabat, Marocco, and again stayed at The Repose. It's like meeting good friends, you feel welcome and apprecated. Peaceful and stylish with excellent service. It's very relaxed and even if a concert takes a little longer, don't worry, the door will be opened. Need advice about something, e.g. a good guide in Fes, no problems, Jan will help you. It really makes a vacation what it should be: relaxed, good company, good food and good weather. We're already looking forward to our next stay!

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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
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Property: The Repose
Address: 17 Zankat Talaa | Ras Chejra, Rabat-Salé, Sale 11000, Morocco
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Location: Morocco > Rabat-Sale-Zemmour-Zaer Region > Sale
Amenities:
Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Suites Airport Transportation
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Ranked #1 of 3 Hotels in Sale
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — The Repose 3*
Number of rooms: 4
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Repose, is an oasis of calm in the heart of Sale's traditional medina, Rabat. Lovingly restored by the owners, Rachid and Jan, this luxury riad has been renovated and decorated using traditional materials and craftsmanship to give a haven of peace and tranquility. The whole riad oozes Moroccan charm and each of the 4 suites has its own unique identity. The salon is ideal for dining in the cooler months, reading a book or playing games. The courtyard is great for sipping tea, listening to the splashes of the fountain, while the terrace is fabulous for breakfast, sunbathing or siestas in the shade. With Rachid and Jan on-site, the hospitality and customer service are second-to-none and the combination of their local knowledge and awareness of international expectations ensures a warm and comfortable stay. ... more   less 
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