29 Avenue Hassan II , Chefchaouen, Morocco
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Getting a blue room in the blue city Oct 24, 2013
If you are feeling blue - you may consider a visit to Chefchaouen - the old medina is famous for its blue colours - and the blue colours spread outside the medina and right into the room of the hotel we are staying in. Marrakesh hotel is conveniently located at the foot of the wall to the medina. You can decide if you want to walk down the street to the main entrance gate to the medina or you want to walk a little uphill to Place el-Majzen which leads you straight to the main square of the medina. The Place el-Majzen is also the spot the local petit taxis seems to hang out so you can always easily find a cab close to the hotel.
It is fairly easy to check in - after we get to talk with the only one of the staff who seems to speak some basic English - the rest only speaks very limited English but obviously they speak French and possibly Spanish - but not sure if they still speak Spanish this far south.
We supposedly get the biggest room in the hotel - and honestly this probably tells you more about the size of the other rooms than it tells you about the size of the room we actually get. There is enough space to squeeze in two beds and a couple of nightstands at the food end of the beds - and not much more.
The beds are covered with blue blankets - which perfectly match the blue colour on the walls of the room - plus this looks good along the blue curtains which only partly block out the sun - they need a bit of help from the shutters which are actually wooden colour.
There not really any luxuries in the room - like television air-conditioning or other stuff. We don’t really need a TV for a short stay and it is quite cool up here in the hills so air-conditioning is unnecessary. Though there is an attached bathroom. The bathroom is a bit on the small side and you have to save the toilet paper before taking a shower since there are no way to prevent the water from reaching everywhere inside the bathroom. On the plus side this hotel actually provides both toilet paper and soap which isn’t always the case in all of the cheaper hotels in Morocco.
Our room is facing away from the street so it is pretty quite - though I don’t think the rooms facing the street will be terribly noisy either considering the amount of traffic passing by at night times. There are great views from the room from where you can see the hills in the distance. They also put a little window in the toilet from where you can actually see the medina - unlike the room where the window faces straight towards the hills.
There are pretty good common areas at the hotel down on the ground floor is a couple of large rooms open for guest which are made in local style with couches and pillows all along the sides of the room. I think you can get breakfast in the big room - if you preorder it - which we didn’t. Upstairs on the roof is a nice location where you can sit during the evening and enjoy the night sky while eating some of the delisious Moroccan cakes. You can also get up there during the day but you will have to compete with the laundry for the space during daytime.
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Good budget hotel near Medina Oct 24, 2013
We did not have any reservation at this place, basically we just turn up and check if they have a room or not. However we know in advance about this hotel, and we wants to stay at this place from the guide book we had since the location was very close to the medina and it was within our budget.
I could say the medina actually just opposite the hotel – across the street with high wall which dividing the hotel and it is main square. Next door from the hotel is a local restaurant with beautiful old furniture and authentic Moroccan building and interesting food. We dined at that place a couple of times since the food was quite good and the price was really cheap and the owner/chef speaks good English and interesting to talk to.
The hotel located a bit far from the bus station, and the bus drop us somewhere around town and then we get a ride in the car from the local which owns a shop just across the street.
The reception speaks little English and when we arrive they only have the last room and he was more than willing to show the room to us. The room located at the second floor and it was quite small in my opinion – however they said it was the largest room in the hotel with a couple of beds and a night stand near the bed. The room does not have television nor air condition. Luckily there are a couple of windows in the room which can open and let the fresh air come inside and it was beautiful view from the room where we can see the town and also the hills in the distance.
The interesting part of the room for me probably the bathroom which has a window open up to the view down the medina and surrounding area, which I seldom to find supposed – bathroom with a view. However it comes with a price – you need to close the windows before shower just in case the next door building can peek inside the bathroom. The bathroom was quite small and it was old, so the whole floor gets wet after having shower.
Everything in the room has blue colour, from the walls, the blanket, the towel, and the curtains.
I do not remember the cost of the room however it was quite cheap. No breakfast provide with the room price, however you can pay extra for the breakfast which we skip since we prefer to eat somewhere else.
Behind reception, there were pretty big common area with beautiful Moroccan furniture and it looks cosy to sit in but we did not try it since we were busy exploring the medina.
At night time, we go up the stairs to the top floor of the roof which offer panoramic view of the town and there were several chairs available to use freely.
There were no travel agent or people selling bus ticket at the hotel, so we need to go to the bus station by taxi to book our bus ticket. The hotel able to call the taxi and advice the cost since the taxi did not use meter.
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