Staying in Rabat is not essential, although it is advisable. Although the city can easily be seen in a day from Casablanca, we recommend that you enjoy it peacefully and that you at least spend one night in the capital. In this post we tell you the best areas and hotels to stay in Rabat. We also have a post with 25 things to do in Rabat so that you can enjoy it as it deserves.
Where To Stay In Rabat: Best Areas And Hotels
Rabat is a modern city, nothing like Fez or Marrakech, the country’s main tourist destinations. If these two cities are dominated by riads, in Rabat they are much less frequent. You can also find a list of places to eat in Rabat here.
Quartier Hassan, the best place to sleep in Rabat
If you are looking for comfort and tranquility, the Quartier Hassan is the best area to stay in Rabat. It is located in the Ville Nouvelle de Rabat, the modern area of the city. The Quartier Hassan is also home to most of the city’s tourist attractions: from the Mausoleum of Mohamed V to the main museums. In general Rabat is a very safe city and the Quartier Hassan is no exception.
It is a quieter area than the Medina and also offers more facilities for the traveler. The Quartier Hassan is dominated by modern hotels. To give you a price reference, most of them are around 100 euros, although you can find interesting things for around 70 euros. Without a doubt, the best area to stay in Rabat.
Recommended accommodation in the Quartier Hassan:
Stay in the Medina of Rabat, in search of the traditional
If you want a more authentic experience, then we advise you to sleep in the Medina of Rabat. This is not as big or chaotic as the ones in Fez or Marrakech, although if you are looking for tranquility, it may not be the best option. In the Medina of Rabat there is a wide range of accommodation, especially riads, as opposed to the hotels, which are in the new area of Rabat.
In general it is a much cheaper area than the previous one. You should have no problem finding good riads for just over 50 euros. As in the other medinas, we do not advise you to walk through their alleys at night, so if you plan to go out and come back late, it is better to stay in the Quartier Hassan.
Good accommodations in the Medina of Rabat:
L’Océan, a smart choice
The Quartier de L’Océan is one of the cheapest areas to stay in Rabat. It is only two steps away from the Medina and the main attractions of the city, while the prices of the accommodations are better. In 1913 it was just a simple suburb inhabited by the French. Today it is home to a cosmopolitan population.
There is little hotel offer but quality. To give you a reference of the price, you can find better accommodation than in the Medina paying the same or even less. Without a doubt, this is one of the most intelligent areas to sleep in Rabat.
Recommended accommodation in L’Océan:
Quartier des Orangers, a central alternative to stay in Rabat
The elegant Avenue Mohamed V separates the Quartier Hassan from the Quartier des Orangers. Although the hotel offer is very low, if you look in advance you can find hotels with a great quality-price ratio. It is a middle class neighborhood, with great demand because there are many schools. In general it is a much quieter area than the Quartier Hassan as it is less touristy.
Obviously its location is privileged. Even though there are no tourist attractions in the neighborhood itself, it doesn’t take more than 20 minutes on foot to reach the Medina.
Our recommendations in the Quartier des Orangers: