The main reason for visiting Matamata is to see the remarkable excavated dwellings, and there can't be a better way to appreciate these remarkable structures than staying in one. The Marhala hotel offers this without the hoopla that would accompany a stay in the Sidi Driss, which is where Luke Skywalker allegedly lived when he was young.
The accommodation itself is pretty basic- you don't get spacious rooms in these places- but entirely adequate , with clean shared toilets/showers.
The staff are a touch on the brusque side- one is summoned to dinner by a rap on your room door and a command - but efficient enough, and they will do laundry for you. The food wasn't the best I've eaten, but edible enough and the portions were generous. Dinner seemed to be a choice of couscous or couscous (so a stay of more than a couple of nights would suggest other eating arangements). And certainly the cost was extremely reasonable: TD17 for room, breakfast and dinner. including a 2,500 single supplement.
Its in a hole in the ground! So the views are non-existant.
Guy lied from the start, so we found out the town wasnt full, they want business of course but it doesnt leave much respect for that sort of say anything to get a customer sort of behaviour. In summer the place would be great, very clean good sized pool and a bit of a view over a valley below.
Its an okayed price for a place to stay when you need it, in a place that is the drawcard because of the location ie troglodytes and star wars.
breakfast was included but pretty simple.
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