We stayed at the Dar aliane for 5 nights,We found the staff to be very helpful nothing was a problem, the room was nice. We had a very knowledgeable local guide at first, absolutely no pressure in fact he stressed upon us not to allow ourselves to be pressured, we felt very comfortable. When we arrived back at the Dar Aliane a dreadful argument ensued and our guide Ali was given the flick. As we had already arranged a trip to the Atlas and berber village with him via another driver, we continued with the plan. This man was very nice at first but became extremely controlling and agro if he didn't get his way, trying to force us to stay in the hotel of his choice which would have been a 1 star and awful, I'm perfectly comfortable in 3 star. We ended up paying around $250 for a very flash 5 star hotel, in the end I was exhausted with being dragged around, I really felt he was doing a deal with them for a backhander. We had to go to an ATM to get money, he kept pressuring us to get more and I stuck to my guns this time.
To the staff at Dr Aliane, I apologise I didn't say anything at the time as this is not my way but I was so traumatised and upset by the whole incident I thought it best I do it through the review. This in no way takes away from the hotel just be careful if your having side trips. To the staff of Dar Aliane this is not a critisism, the noise in the night time after 9pm was terrible, not sure if it was staff or patrons running up and down the stairs and corridors making a lot of noise, yelling etc I needed ear plugs every night, I really think you need someone more mature as a night watchman, the night noise made it very difficult to sleep. Overall the hotel was a pretty good
experience.As for the outside environment, yes the area was a little run down, kids playing soccer in the busy roundabout but we found that quite refreshing, we walked to the shopping centres, that was really good, also walked to the local restaurant, food was great, we never felt threatened, We also interacted with these kids and they were delightful, no different in essence to most children, we even took photos of them, I think sometimes we humans fear interaction but for us it took us back to our childhood. We can find drunks and ill behaved people in any main city. Lainey
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Dar Aliane is hosts' house of eleven rooms fitted out in the style Moroccan, Each is carefully decorated and has her own personality in reference to the style of certain regions Moroccan (Atlas, the Mediterranean Sea, Ourika).Rooms wind around a well of light which uncorks in a pleasant flowery patio and marble water fountains and zellige. ... more less
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