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Needs to be treated with caution,
This review is from: Lonely Planet Morocco (Travel Guide) (Paperback)
This book really is not up to the standard expected from LP.
One of the difficulties with cities in Morocco is the very complex street layouts in the old towns. The guide was generally useless. The maps provided are difficult to read and have a lot of errors, and we finished up relying on the street maps on the back of our overall map of Morocco, or on town maps from Tourist Information.
The text was also variable. Some of it was flowery and over enthusiastic. We do not want a travelogue, just the facts. Where things are poor or problematic please tell me, do not gloss over it or try to find euphemisms to cover up the cracks. Basically there there is a limited amount to see and do in Morocco and much of it is badly presented (each city has soukh, medina, mosque, square, gates, possibly a small museum). Some of the history is fascinating and some of the scenery is great, and the food, while delicious, is limited. Why doesn't the guide make this clear instead of trying to make a world heritage site out of a few French provincial buildings from the early 20th century? I enjoyed the country, but I need my expectations to be managed.
There are four authors listed and the quality of their work is very variable.
The time that we spent in the coastal areas was made far less enjoyable by the poorly researched and badly written section by Helen Ranger. We began to wonder if she has ever been to some of the places she writes about. Her choice of hotels and restaurants was thin and the reasons for choosing some of them frankly eccentric. For example, we stayed at the Hotel given as "Top choice" in Casa Blanca, and it was pretty ordinary and over priced. The main distinguishing feature emphasised in the guide was the architecture, which was frankly ordinary. Has the author ever stayed in or eaten at the hotel? The meal we ate there one night was the worst we had in Morocco (it was truly dreadful), and the guided tour they organised was a rip off. The driver seemed more interested in holding hands with his boyfriend in the front of the car rather than spending any time giving us any info on what he was driving past.
The guides to other parts, especially Marrakesh and Central Morocco were better, but even then then information on prices, and quality, and some of the guidance on locations were wrong. Information on Sights was helpful and the suggested itineraries, although not perfect, gave some guidance on navigating between sites.
The general Survival Guide, and the section on Transport are useful background, and seem accurate.
In summary, the book contains some useful stuff, but a lot that is not, and Lonely Planet really need to sharpen their act on this one.