Rabat is Morocco’s capital city. Long overshadowed by the stately metropolises of Marrakech and Fez, Rabat has received more and more visitors in recent years. A good thing too, since it has much to offer in the way of fine food, historic landmarks, and gorgeous architecture. It has a lot of great places to stay too, from traditional riads to four-star hotels.
Conveniently located between the main train station and the medina, Hôtel Splendid is the best of Rabat’s budget options. Rooms are clean, airy and bright with simple wooden furniture and large windows that can be shuttered to keep out the sun during the hot hours of the morning. At the hotel’s center is a lovely little courtyard with mosaicked walls, plenty of tables and chairs and lots of greenery. Magically, despite being right in the middle of a bustling city, Hôtel Splendid somehow manages to always feel calm and peaceful, so you get all the advantages of staying downtown with none of the noise. Price: Budget
Le Pietri Urban Hotelis situated to the south of the medina, in the more residential part of Rabat’s center. Large and modern, its 35 orange-walled rooms are en suite, air-conditioned and come equipped with desks and satellite TV. For those who like to keep things luxurious there are a handful of suites with private terraces. On the ground floor is a popular restaurant which offers up a range of contemporary Mediterranean dishes, as well as tagines and other traditional Moroccan fare. There is also a bar adjoining the restaurant which hosts live jazz three nights a week. Price: Mid-range
Riad Oudaya is far and away the finest option in the medina. Rooms are arranged around a stunning courtyard that is pleasantly cool at pretty much any time of day, while the rooms themselves are spacious, warm and restful. Delicious meals are available; order in advance. The real key to the place’s charm, though, is the décor. Look around and you’ll see that virtually every aspect of the hotel’s interior has been carefully designed: floors and walls are covered with mosaics, ornate lampshades hang from the ceiling and most of the doorways are topped with elaborately-carved arches. An absolute must-stay. Price: Mid-range
Right in the heart of the city, a short walk from Rabat’s royal palace, Hôtel Bélère is a four-star destination that offers all the amenities of a luxury hotel, but at mid-range prices. Rooms are clean and comfortable with minibars, personals safes and air-conditioning. All manner of services are provided, from dry-cleaning to 24-hour room service. Bélère also boasts several conference rooms, two restaurants, a bar and a nightclub. On top of all that (literally), there’s a wonderful roof terrace from which to take in the sights and sounds of downtown Rabat. And it’s handy for the train station too. Price: Mid-range