10 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
"Between the 23rd of December 2007 and the 4th of January 2008 we (Belgian couple 55+) travelled around the imperial cities of Morocco.
We chose to stay in IBIS Moussafir Gare hotels in Casablanca (1night), Marrakech (4nights) and Fes (4nights) as they were close to the railway station and in Sofitel Diwan in Rabat (3nights) as Ibis was badly located.
We would not change this choice if we would do the same trip over.
In every Ibis hotel we found a nice and clean room with bathroom (shower with plenty of hot water, airco) (480MAD), a good bed, a healthy buffet breakfast with fresh orange juice for less than 50MAD, a bar, an acceptable restaurant (menu 125MAD, wine/beer available). Negative point: none of the hotels bothered to stock on (free) town maps. There were some differences : In Casa the receptionist was lazy and the hotel noisy as trains circulate all night, Marra & Fes had a well kept garden with pool, the desk manager of Marrakech was remarkably polyglot, helpful and efficient, the only negative remark on this hotel is the âmuzakâ that is continuously played ! Sofitel Diwan Rabat is more âchiqueâ but 4 times as expensive; the restaurant âBrasserieâ is well worth the detour, the French chef deserves a star."
- Travel date: Mon 7th of January 2008
"We chose the Ibis principally because of its close proximity to the railway station. We used Fes as our base and made train trips to Meknes and Casablanca. The value was extraordinary as the room was very well furnished and there was a good breakfast with both Moroccan and European food. There was also a very attractive garden and pool which my room overlooked. One of our group even had a small terrace facing the garden. Although there is too much to do sightseeing in Fes to spend time in the pool, I did use the sun loungers a couple of times while waiting for my friends and that was very pleasant. One of the group has British/Moroccan nationality and he got a discount of 20%. We found the staff very pleasant and helpful but this may be because my Moroccan friend spoke to them in Arabic and French. They recommended us to a restaurant in the new part of town called Zagora (5 Blvd Mohamed V, Imb. Tlemsan.) and having found it we ate hardly anywhere else. The cuisine is French and Moroccan, extremely good and quite reasonable. It is no tourist trap like the mansions in the old city that only cater to tourist groups. Although there were some tourists there, there were also many Moroccans. I doubt you could find a better meal or friendlier service in Fes."
- Travel date: Tue 22nd of May 2007
Don't expect a key
"Stayed at this Ibis during our trip round Morocco. Decided on the Ibis based on the trip advisor reviews, it's close proximity to the station and the lack of any other decently priced accommodation in festy Fes. Hotel was less than a minute from the station (handy because all the petits and grands taxis were on strike).
Check in was crappy, mainly because a bus full of ze germans had just pulled up. Finally got into the room, but we left without a key. So went down to reception, told that key was lost and then later it was broken. After saying I'd never stayed in a hotel room without a key, we got free breakie.
Room was okay typical Ibis-style. Our room had a nice little balcony (only one other room had this feature) overlooking the road at the front of the hotel, good for trying to spot whether the taxis were still on strike. Shower kept flooding.
Overall, average and little Moroccan character - apart from the cranky people at reception."
- Travel date: Thu 19th of April 2007
Value for money, but still a small room
"We stayed at the Ibis Moussafir in Fes for 4 days in December 2005 and the main reason we booked there was that we could not get a room at a Riad in the Medina...everything was full! Actually, it was an interesting change from the Riad in Marrakech, as we got to see the new city and the people living in areas that are not swarmed by visitors. So we had dinner at restaurants with many locals and we had tea and waterpipe at a cafe with only locals. When we went for late lunch to one of the top-rated restaurants in the Medina we were all alone! Anyway, the hotel itself is a typical 3* property with adequate public spaces, decent breakfast, but small rooms. Fortunately, the bathroom was a fair size for our needs, so we cannot complain too much. Overall, it reflects the fact that it is cheap and therefore worth the money. We would still prefer a Riad though..."
- Travel date: Tue 3rd of April 2007
A good choice for the airport or train station
"The Hotel Ibis Moussafir, in the Ville Nouvelle of Fez, is very well located for anyone using either the airport (the terminus for the bus to and from the airport is right outside the hotel) or the station (just across the square from the hotel). It is, therefore, already well worth bearing in mind on that basis alone.
For sightseers, it is still no more than 10 minutes from the Medina in a taxi (a petit taxi will cost only a few dirham, c. Â£0.30 or â¬0.50 at current rates of exchange).
Like other Ibis hotels in Morocco, it is functional and modern but it provides reasonable value for money and was comfortable, quiet and clean. I also found the staff very helpful and courteous at all times, keen to provide me with recommendations and onward travel information.
I didn't eat dinner at the hotel, but the buffet breakfast provided was very good, with a fresh selection to suit most tastes. For anyone leaving early, the full buffet is available from 06.30 and a more limited breakfast even earlier.
TV was available in my room, with choices in English (BBC World), French, Italian and Spanish.
There is also a large swimming pool for anyone travelling during the summer months."
- Travel date: Sat 31st of March 2007
Excellent Value in Fes
"I booked this hotel after having had an excellent experience at the Hotel Ibis in Meknes. The hotel in Fes is located downtown near the train station. The location is very good. It is an older hotel than the one in Meknes; however, it has been taken very good care of and still represents an excellent value for the price paid. A single room with breakfast cost about 40 euros (45 dollars) and that included breakfast. The hotel has limited parking in front and their is a parking attendant (who you should tip when leaving). The rooms were clean as was the bathroom and shower. The breakfast buffet was very good. Overall I am very impressed with the Ibis chain in Morocco and plan to stay at several more of them as I live and work in the country. I highly recommend this hotel for budget minded travelers who want a safe, clean place to stay at a very reasonable price for downtown Fes."
- Travel date: Thu 4th of January 2007
Good value, delicious breakfast
"Located on a side street, a short walk to the Gare Fes (train station), the hotel is simply decorated and a great value for the money (as I find all Ibis hotels to be). There is a small pool surrounded by lush gardens, and the breakfast room looks out to the pool area, as does the bar. The included breakfast consists of typical Moroccan goodies, like olives, yoghurt, fruits, cheeses, and the yummy flatbread called mâlaoui. It's a cab ride to the medina, which a must-see is the tannery area (make sure you have a bundle of mint next to your nose to cover the putrid smell). We hired a guide to take us through the maze of shops, and he was helpful in deterring the ubiquitious touts."
- Travel date: Wed 4th of October 2006
great for discount treavellers still wanting general quality
"i was very nervous about booking a cheap hotel in morroco off the reviews on this site, but for all ppl on a budget i can guarantee, if u go ibis u will get a clean room with good service. the rooms are a few steps up of dorm rooms, but the service was very good, helpful staff with pleasent faces and the pool is still an oasis from the heat. very very familly place tons of kids so defiently not a place for a romantic couple, but if ur interests are in the city with a clean ACed bed to go to, Ibis is a good affordable way. also right in front of the train station so no walking with bags or haggling with cabs in a city you dont know. very safe way to go in morroco.
rated 3 star, but more of a clean friendly dorm with great services"
- Travel date: Mon 7th of August 2006
very good value clean hotel
"We stayed there for two nights and we had no problems at all. Very convenient, next to the train station. Quiet and comfortable. We did not like Fez though and when we decided to cancel our 3rd night and go back to Casablanca, the cancelation process was very easy as we requested to stay that night at the Ibis Casablanca. Overall, a good experience."
- Travel date: Sun 4th of September 2005
Basic clean hotel by railway/bus stations
"We stayed 3 nights 9-12 November 2004. The hotel is one of the French owned chain of IBIS hotels ; cheap, basic and good value. It is at the side of the square housing the main bus station and the railway station. It is the terminus for the No.16 bus which serves the Airport (though we never saw a timetable for it either in Fes or at the Airport). The hotel is in the New part of Fes; the historic Medina is about a DRH 10 (EUR 1,00) ride away in a "Petit Taxi". The hotel has an arabic feel with marble floors and some decorations. The rooms are compact but the beds comfortable and the bathroom (shower but no bath) clean. The grounds were well kept and there is an arrow shaped swimming pool about 15 metres long. It is unheated and I could not swim for more than 15 minutes without feeling distinctly chilly. The rooms on the side facing the garden will be quieter than those facing the bus station, though the latter would show you more local character. The breakfasts in the hotel were poor, with almost no fresh fruit offered (despite the markets overflowing with a wide variety of fruits) and what seemed to be factory-made baguettes (despite the markets having an abundance of breads of many types). The three nights including breakfast cost less than GBP 100 (EUR 150) so it was good value."
- Travel date: Sat 13th of November 2004