Good value accommodation at Ait Ben Haddou
Stayed here in 2003 and visited again in 2006 on recommendations of Moroccan friends to park there away from all the hustle of the touts that spy out for tourists arriving at the usual entrance to Ait Ben Haddou - and to have a good carpark to park in!
The management didnt mind at all using their carpark to park in and so we walked up along the river finding paths as we went along the mounded crop growing areas and then through the village and across the river to the main attraction the Kasbahs of Ait Ben Haddou.
By the time we got back we were pretty hot and didnt mind the idea of having coffee and orange juice and at the same time giving them some patronage.
We got taken right around behind the auberge area to be shown the new cabins and new swimming pool along with seating areas under shade where even if you not an overnight guest can enjoy a cool drink. Around here were also new rooms for accommodation.
The new pedestrian bridge that crosses the river over to the old kasbah/ksour of Ait Benhaddou is near here.
Unique Quality: Prices are still lower than the upper priced for tour tourists around the village - with choice of staying in the original rooms with communal toilets and showers or in the new rooms with ensuites for about £20-£30 for two.
Plus this place has a good sized pool as well.
Being on the 'outskirts' of the main touristy area means theres no builtup buildings infringing on the nice views out to the surrounding countryside.
Directions: Drive past the obvious arrival area to the road down to the entrance to the Ait Benhaddou kasbahs across the river and keep going just a little further until you come to Kasbah du Jardin on your right.
best hotel in town
The 3 * Hotel La Kasbah is the most luxurious hotel in Ait Benhaddou. It even has airconditioned rooms and a swimming pool. I stayed just round the corner from it, but I must say it looked very nice.
Great view of Ait Benhaddou!
I stayed here during our group tour (with Exodus travel), staying for one night.
It was a relief to have a bed for the night. as my previous nights accommodation had been a mattress in a tent in the Sahara desert (near Zagora, following a 2 hour camel ride).
Please visit my Zagora page for more info about this experience
Good service - although the staff are not over friendly, they are quite helpful.
Bring your own drinks (wine/ beer etc ) and they'll keep them cool in their fridge to enjoy with your meal. (We'd bought our drinks in a supermarket in Ouarzazate earlier in the day)
My room was OK for a nights stay - Bed, TV, storage space, air con. Bathroom with WC, shower, wash basin.
Decorative painted room door from the corridor.
View of opposite room window/wall from my window, across a narrow gap wasn't too great, but I was hardly in my room, apart from sleeping.
Unique Quality: Great view of Ait Benhaddou from the terraces.
Lovely to watch the sun set from here!
Traditional Moroccan style 'courtyard' with fountain and rooms surrounding it off the lobby area.
Comfortable lounge areas/ TV lounge.
Swimming Pool - I didn't try this out, but those who did said it was quite cold - early morning!
I'm sure it would be lovely during the hot and sunny summer months.- changing facilities / loos poolside.
Apparently non- guests can use the pool for 30dh
Breakfast eaten on upper terrace overlooking Ait Benhaddou- was a nice setting, as the sun started to warm up.
We'd also enjoyed a drink up here after our evening meal.
(BYO beer wine etc - duty free or from supermarkets in Marrakech/ Ouarzazate etc for a sundowner/ night cap)
Directions: Next door to Auberge el- Ouidane, overlooking Ait Benhaddou.
A Pool With A View
A good quality if rather basic hotel. It's certainly the best bet for accomodation in Ait Ben Haddou.
Unique Quality: However, it's swimming pool is what sets this hotel apart from the others. It has stunning views across the dried up river bed to the kasbah - the perfect spot for sundowners. The pool is clean, but even on the hottest days it is invigoratingly freezing.
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