I'm not quite sure why, but prior to arriving at our inn in Chefchaouen, I had some reticence about whether or not I booked a good place for us. I had a difficult time finding a place to stay, perhaps I was being picky or maybe I lost my mojo, but I was not terribly excited about my options. Well, let me just say that I was being silly on all accounts when I was booking because our stay at Casa Sabila was amazing.
We arrived to Casa Sabila a little worse for the wear. We originally planned on taking the bus from Fes to Chefchaouen but needed to change to private car instead after we spent the previous night awake at all hours due to a vomit and diarrhea fest. So our driver arrived at a parking area and called the Casa to have someone come meet us. This seems to be custom throughout Morocco as most of the medinas are impassible for cars. Chefchaouen seems to take that a bit further and doesn't seem to allow motor vehicles of any sort in the medina.
This tall young guy (Omaur) met us at our taxi and quickly took my bag and brought us to the inn. He spoke great English and knew we were feeling poorly. He quickly processed our check in and sent us up to our rooms for rest. He even offered to make us some rice and tea, which we turned down opting for a nap instead. Our tired and sick condition did not prevent us from seeing the great charm in the inn and our room. Our room had two floors and several places to sit or sleep (there's even a bed/sofa in the window area which provided a great perch to sit and people watch). I think we had laid in bed for two minutes before both falling into a deep deep sleep.
I awoke an hour or so later and went downstairs to ask if we could have dinner at the inn. This is not something they usually do, but Omaur was so concerned with how we were feeling that he called the owner and asked to be able to do this for us. So incredibly kind! I went back upstairs to the room to get settled in for our few night's stay.
We did have some challenges with the wifi the first few days of our stay but these seem to have been evened out. Also, there is a school across the street and we could hear the lessons being given throughout the day, which we found charming but others may just find it loud. After school, things get a little rowdy out on the streets as kids fight and push around outside the window. There's also a water fountain across the street where people fill their buckets and clean off throughout the day. Oh, and there's a shop guy outside who likes to absolutely blast terrible music throughout the afternoon, though this did not happen when it was raining.
All this being said, the proprietor and employees of Casa Sabila are incredibly kind and super helpful. They checked after my stomach health each day and offered assistance in the form of tea and foods. Our room was delightful and we couldn't have been happier with our selection of where to stay in this charming town. In fact, Casa Sabila and our room were so comfortable we spent a lot of time just working and/or resting so we could soak up the ambiance. We also got pizza delivered one night too! The people here are amazing and we could not have loved our stay more.
Additional Images of Casa Sabila
Here's a little sample of the kids repeating their lessons at the school across the street from Casa Sabila. I loved listening to the variations in their voices. You'll probably notice one girl in particular was belting it out.