REally cheap but warm - basic cabins made of mudbrick but theres electricity in the rooms and blankets and sheets were clean - amenities are a minute or two away and no breakfast included - but if you are skint or want your budget to stretch this was a great find - also if you are travelling with your own camping ground things such as tent or camper then the amenities here are fine and the place has a guardian and is locked up at night so security is provided.
So not a bad find via some acquaintances in Zagora - only 100 dirham for 2.
A little bit further on from Riad Malal on the right hand side of the road heading towards Ouarzazate - so probably about 18-20 kms from Zagora.
This is a very pleasant modern hotel with a spacious terrace looking out over the desert margin and a small swimming pool. The rooms are well kept and reasonably roomy, the restaurant up to scratch (excellent breakfast) and the staff were very welcoming.
This is a lovely riad renovated from the adjoining ksar, to traditional design using colours and accessories to provide a place with atmosphere and calm.
Made with traditional mudbrick providing respite from the heat of the summer and warmth in winter. and also airconditioning supplied for additional comfort.
The staff are friendly and hospitable (and multilingual)- i arrived at 11pm but they waited up for me and still fed me! they asked me not me having to ask them!! this included a pot of tea which i desperately needed after a long day travelling! - and along came the most amazing tagine - a most aesthetic beef with prunes decorated with sesame seeds and it was excellent. as was the salad served with it.
400 dirham for 2 with ensuite, bed and breakfast (thats £30 or appx $60USD for high 3 star quality with character)
Excellent views from the roof - where you can sit in the fresh air and relax with of course a nice cool drink - or under the cover of the bedouin tent - and great for sunrise or sunset views over the palmeriae and the old ksar behind.
Breakfast outside in the garden was excellent - so nice to be able to sit out in such nice surroundings.
A pool is planned that will be only 100 metres away in the palmeraie behind and the adjoining ksar makes for a very interestiing tour and roam around.
The establishment have an array of excursions that they can arrange or escort you on such as a walks around the palmeraie and nearby villages, a 2 hour walk to rock drawings, trips to off the beaten off dunes such as Erg Laoudi or overnight stays at the dunes of Tinfou or on further down to Mhamid and the sands of the Chigaga desert by 4 wheel drive.
This place was the exact opposite of Hotel Ali in Marraketch. On the other side of the Draa (River) where the camels leave for the desert. A very nice, quiet place with restaurant, pool, huge clean rooms... much too good for me. Got my laundry done (twice) too. Fancy roof-top tent for dinner and kittens for desert.
Small mountain right behind hotel = excellent views.
This was the first nights accommodation on our 8 day tour of Marrakech and the Sahara.
After a 2 hour camel ride from Zagora, I was quite pleased to arrive at this camp.
We arrived just before dusk, so just time to unpack our sleeping bags and find our torches before the light quickly disappeared.
The tent had a central carpeted area, with sleeping quarters - 2 single mattresses to each 'room' with pillow and sheets. We had been advised to bring 2-3 season sleeping bags, due to the cold desert nights. (I was too warm with mine, and just used a sheet)
The eating quarters had 2 round tables and chairs to accomodate our group of 16, plus guide.
We had a delicious evening meal, during which time a sand storm blew up, so carpeted 'doors' were positioned to protect us.
We soon found out that our sleeping area had holes in the roof, and my bed was now resembling a sand pit!
Luckily the storm soon blew over, and the rest of the evening was spent relaxing with a few beers (B.Y.O, or purchase VERY expensive drinks from the camp), sitting on the edge of the camp , listening to a group of musicians drumming and singing.
There were a couple of chemical toilets, just over the nearest dune.
Washing facillities were non existant - use a bottle of water for washing/teeth cleaning - we were sent a list of Eco - friendly things to bring/ not bring prior to departure.
Nearby sand dunes offer a soft spot for watching the sunset or rise, or for star gazing.
Even though I was with a large group, it was possible to 'escape' to a dune for a solitary view of the sunrise.
As this night was included in our tour price, I'm not sure how much it would cost if done individually
Had a great time. Nice comfy rooms, great food, explendid swimmingpool and the nicest people. You can arrange for incursions into the desert, they'll arrange for a guide, food and camp!
The people and the incursions into the desert.
I was coming back from the desert, namely Tamegrute. I found here honest persons offering a good service.
I decided to stay in one of the tents located at the garden of the hotel.
Tents are naturally climatised for hot summers, due to its material.
Possibility to wash and dry clothes.
Honest, kind and hepful staff.
The restaurant offers good traditional dishes.
In the dunes, with mountains in the background.... nobody around, no noise except birds singing and camels "gargling" ... simply wonderful !
Berber tents are very made of lambswool and/or camelwool and are very resistant (but not waterproof as we experienced later in Merzouga). Inside, we had as many blankets as we wanted at our disposal. Fortunately because nights are pretty cool in the desert ! My sleeping bag wouldn't have been enough.
This berber tent was really the best "hotel" I've ever had. No other hotel offers such a breathtaking view and is so quiet ! And the Berbers were so nice and prepared the breakfast before we left.
Philippe Geluck, a famous Belgian humorist, once said : "l'hôtel des riches a maximum cinq étoiles, celui des pauvres en a infiniment plus" (the hotels of the rich people have maximum five stars, the hotels of the poor people has infinitely more stars).
We spend a wonderful night in that berber tent under big blankets. It's also one of my fondest memories.
There are three campings in Zagora. All within 1,5 KM from the centre.
We stayed at the camping Amezrou. It was a nice green place at the other side of the Oued Draa in the palmeraie.
In October the weather is very nice to camp. We were the only visitors at that time.
We saw some large tents and about 100 matrasses for expected guests. They told us, it has all to do with the visit of the king, people who were in charge, but that night nobody appeared.
I stayed in a berbers tent in the desert. Its true what they say about how cold it gets at night, make sure you wrap up.
Bivouacs are typical desert tents where you can sleep in the desert under the stars. There are several prices, but they are normally expensive as it's a touristic atraction
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