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Balima

2.5 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

It was not clean. It has no heating and it was winter. The room is small and not very clean. I had issue with the internet.

Near train - great people watching Faded glory but still good Breakfast not worth much

I spent just one night at Balima hotel. I did like the location,but the room was dirty. No a/c. noisy at night. I would not stay at this hotel again.

Our first five and last three nights in Morocco were at the Balima. Both sunny rooms had floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the hotel plaza and Parliament, providing a lovely view and good people-watching, yet quiet at night. The train station is less than a block in one direction and the medina is an easy walk in the other direction, with money-changing places and shops along the way. The hotel staff were most helpful during a three-day ordeal trying to get our luggage from Paris and they called a good driver each time we went to the airport. The Balima is charming and clean. Rooms are smaller and amenities fewer than we are used to in American hotels, but equivalent to what we found in modestly-priced hotels in other Moroccan cities. Upon asking we received a password for free Internet access from our room. Staff members speak at least English and French. While we traveled to other parts of the country, they stored our big suitcases, and when we returned they welcomed us back with enthusiasm. Hotel Balima's personal touch is a big plus.

Very convenient to Rabat Ville train station and to most of the sites of interest. I would recommend this as a basic hotel for travelers passing through Rabat for just a night or two. The room was basic and a good size; however the room was not super clean. Not gross, but just a bit dingy. For the price however, it was a good value. Also, there is a bar in the lobby for those that like to have a drink (not many other options in Rabat).

This hotel is located very close to the Rabat Ville train station. We arrived to Rabat around 10 pm but had no problems finding the hotel when we asked for the location at the train ticket window. It was very nice not to have to take a taxi since that can be a pain to bargain for late at night. The rooms were as we expected; a bit dingy and outdated, but comfortable and met their purpose, which was just a place to clean up a bit and sleep for the night. The shower was very small though and water leaked out all over the floor of the bathroom when it was used.

Picked the hotel for its perfect location across Rabat Ville train station and in an area of nice restaurants and pubs. Kept my fingers crossed for the quality of the place, but unfortunately it turned out to be too run down, dusty and in need of renovation. The doors to the balcony were partly blocked by a window screen that would not open. The bed cover was full of cigarette burns. The conversation in the next room could be heard crystal clear. The bathroom from the 1950ies was dark. Staff was not very adequate or helpful. Ground floor was full of cigarette smoke from the people sitting in the lobby restaurant. Nice outside terrace but the waitor refused to serve wine there.

The hotel could have been a little cleaner (but, hey, it's Morocco, not Western Europe), but we would not have traded that for the location! The breakfast was a great start to the day, and the staff was really friendly and helpful. We really enjoyed our stay and would certainly choose this hotel again if we get to go back!

The Balima Hotel is perfect for travelers looking to arrive to Rabat by train and spend a night or two in the city. (The train station is a block away.) The price is good and the rooms, while a bit dated, are comfortable and unique. This hotel is not a luxury hotel, but it has all the basic tourist hotel standards. The bathrooms were large and the water was hot. The view over Parliament was great. There are also a few good local restaurants nearby.

CONVENIENT LOCATION! IN FRONT OF RAILWAY STATION! CYBER CAFES and OTHER USEFUL SITES ARE AROUND THE CORNER!!

AVENUE MOHAMED VRABAT MOROCCO Rabat Rabat

Hotel highlights

  • Close to Hassan Tower and Royal Palace
  • Laundry facilities

Located in Quartier Hassan, Balima is within a mile (2 km) of popular sights such as Hassan Tower and Royal Palace. This 71-room hotel welcomes guests with conveniences like laundry facilities. Moroccan Parliament and Mohammed V National Theatre are also a short walk from this Rabat hotel.


Dining

Satisfy your hunger from the comfort of your room with room service.


Rooms

Guests can expect to find TVs with satellite channels.


Property features

At Balima, guests have access to features like laundry facilities.

Room options

Guest reviews for Balima

Business (2) Couples (5) Friends (1) Other (2)
1

worth hotel ever

BusinessTravelers

It was not clean. It has no heating and it was winter. The room is small and not very clean. I had issue with the internet.

By on Feb 25, 2015

4

good location

GetawayWithFriends

Near train - great people watching Faded glory but still good Breakfast not worth much

By on Nov 21, 2011

2

good location, dirty room

Singles

I spent just one night at Balima hotel. I did like the location,but the room was dirty. No a/c. noisy at night. I would not stay at this hotel again.

By on Oct 8, 2010

3

fine location, staff, and value

Couples

Our first five and last three nights in Morocco were at the Balima. Both sunny rooms had floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the hotel plaza and Parliament, providing a lovely view and good people-watching, yet quiet at night. The train station is less than a block in one direction and the medina is an easy walk in the other direction, with money-changing places and shops along the way. The hotel staff were most helpful during a three-day ordeal trying to get our luggage from Paris and they called a good driver each time we went to the airport. The Balima is charming and clean. Rooms are smaller and amenities fewer than we are used to in American hotels, but equivalent to what we found in modestly-priced hotels in other Moroccan cities. Upon asking we received a password for free Internet access from our room. Staff members speak at least English and French. While we traveled to other parts of the country, they stored our big suitcases, and when we returned they welcomed us back with enthusiasm. Hotel Balima's personal touch is a big plus.

By on Mar 30, 2010

3

basic rabat hotel

Singles

Very convenient to Rabat Ville train station and to most of the sites of interest. I would recommend this as a basic hotel for travelers passing through Rabat for just a night or two. The room was basic and a good size; however the room was not super clean. Not gross, but just a bit dingy. For the price however, it was a good value. Also, there is a bar in the lobby for those that like to have a drink (not many other options in Rabat).

By on Mar 10, 2010

3

quick overnight stay

Couples

This hotel is located very close to the Rabat Ville train station. We arrived to Rabat around 10 pm but had no problems finding the hotel when we asked for the location at the train ticket window. It was very nice not to have to take a taxi since that can be a pain to bargain for late at night. The rooms were as we expected; a bit dingy and outdated, but comfortable and met their purpose, which was just a place to clean up a bit and sleep for the night. The shower was very small though and water leaked out all over the floor of the bathroom when it was used.

By on Jan 6, 2010

1

bad quality, good location

BusinessTravelers

Picked the hotel for its perfect location across Rabat Ville train station and in an area of nice restaurants and pubs. Kept my fingers crossed for the quality of the place, but unfortunately it turned out to be too run down, dusty and in need of renovation. The doors to the balcony were partly blocked by a window screen that would not open. The bed cover was full of cigarette burns. The conversation in the next room could be heard crystal clear. The bathroom from the 1950ies was dark. Staff was not very adequate or helpful. Ground floor was full of cigarette smoke from the people sitting in the lobby restaurant. Nice outside terrace but the waitor refused to serve wine there.

By on Oct 3, 2009

4

unbeatable location

Couples

The hotel could have been a little cleaner (but, hey, it's Morocco, not Western Europe), but we would not have traded that for the location! The breakfast was a great start to the day, and the staff was really friendly and helpful. We really enjoyed our stay and would certainly choose this hotel again if we get to go back!

By on Jun 1, 2009

5

great location for the price

Couples

The Balima Hotel is perfect for travelers looking to arrive to Rabat by train and spend a night or two in the city. (The train station is a block away.) The price is good and the rooms, while a bit dated, are comfortable and unique. This hotel is not a luxury hotel, but it has all the basic tourist hotel standards. The bathrooms were large and the water was hot. The view over Parliament was great. There are also a few good local restaurants nearby.

By on Dec 17, 2008

4

value for your money!!

Couples

CONVENIENT LOCATION! IN FRONT OF RAILWAY STATION! CYBER CAFES and OTHER USEFUL SITES ARE AROUND THE CORNER!!

By on Nov 3, 2008