Stayed at this place a few times as it was always reliably low priced - we could get a double room here for 100 dirham, triple rooms were advertised for something like 180 dirham.
Showers and toilets were communal but the rooms were always comfortable and colourful.
The old Lonely Planet that I use had written that its name was going to change - we tried ringing Telecoms directory service while in Azilal for any chance that theyd have a number for that name or similar but they didnt. March is not known for being that busy at Cascade Douzoud so off we went....it was virtually empty - had been lovingly renovated with ensuites installed and therefore charged 300 dirham a night - a bit of bargaining and we got it down to 250 dirham with breakfast, 300 dirham with a tagine for dinner as well
What I particularly love about this place is that its on the main path before the path makes a decline downwards to the bottom of the waterfalls - so its central to all the action - and being high the rooms have nice views of the trees that cover the sides and the stalls that line the main path.
Car parking is now only up at the main carpark - whereas in the past we could drive down the main footpath and park in behind the auberge - now its all totally pedestrianised. So park at the main car park on your left when you arrive at cascade douzoud and cant drive any further.
Then walk on down the main path and before it turns sharply to the right and starts more a decline you will see it on your left. the ground floor is an appealing loung and dining area and the stairs to the rooms above go from round the side.
The riad sits right above the waterfalls, have an open courtyard, tables & chairs... very rustic chic. The kitchen is also right on the ground level so food & refreshments is readily avail.
The 2nd level was open & rooms were tidy. Room security depends on the wooden doors & a metal rings & a giant paddle-like lock (like the ones for your luggages.) A key is attached to a wooden *something* (haven't quite figured out what it is, yet) w/ a leather string. It's pretty cool (until the key is lost during a hike.) There was also a nicely furnished open area for eating & relaxing.
The 3rd level of the riad is the rooftop & nicely decorated rooms. There is a room that is separated from the rest (I assume it affords some excellent stargazing at night.) A lounge area & dais is set up there, too.
There is a (for lack of a better word) waiter w/ whom you can discuss the P.M.'s menu items. They provide tea, coffee, orange juice, H2O... & their chicken tangine w/ veggies & couscous was fabulous! They serve breakfast in the A.M., thus explaining why the cost to stay there may seem so high.
Also, the owner, Mssr. Lamerie (I'm guessing he's a Fr. ex-pat), was very helpful w/ suggestions for visiting Ouzoud. Most people hire a guide (my guide's name was Mammoud (sp?)) for a 2hr/+ hike around the waterfalls, taking a route down & back up the gorge. He explained the local flora along the way & pointed out diff fossils common in the region. For the 2hrs of my tour Mamoud (sp?) assisted me. The tour is a separate cost but it's really well worth it (esp. keeping in mind that most Moroccans earn btwn Dirham (Dh) 3-10/days it's not a bad idea to support the locals now & again.)
I highly recommend staying at the riad; unless you want to tough it out it is possible to camp in the area (I met a Fr. couple on the way to Ouzoud who were going there to camp for 1 night.) But if you don't mind forking out that little bit extra, it won't harm to stay there for a night or 2... or 3... ;-)
Open air courtyard, balconies that overlook the courtyard from the second & third level, open view overlooking the gorge (but you can definitely hear the waterfalls), rooftop lounge, a great getaway location if you want to physically remove yourself from the stress of civilization.
Keep in mind that Ouzoud is just a small village so there's not a great deal of opportunities to spend your money.
The Riad was very comfortable, the staff is very kindness.... but what i was dislike was the propriatary, he is French and talk a lot about himself, about what he do in his life... he speak too much and be there only to make cash.... Except that, our stay was pretty good and the location is perfect, less 100 meters from the cascade !!!
The hotel is built of red earth, in the style of a riad, with rooms set around an interior courtyard. It is located in a village and is in perfect harmony with the vernacular architecture of the region. Perched above the lofty waterfall, it looks down onto the River Ouzoud, a fast-flowing river bringing water to the surrounding valleys and their almond and olive trees - the two main agricultural resources of the area.
In the morning you are gently mesmerised by the comings and goings of donkeys and their young masters, arriving to fetch water for the day. Later, the grindstones begin to turn to grind each family's daily ration of flour.
At tea-time, after sunning yourself on the roof terraces of the hotel, you can admire the Berber village of Taner Mit, built entirely of sun-baked earth on the steep slopes of the Atlas mountains.
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