This Kasbah is incredibly beautiful and in a stunning location, surrounded by a real Ksar of mudbrick buildings, overlooking a large palmery and with desert mountains behind. Its beauty and authenticity also bring the minus points.
The owners, are very nice, the food was great and we were given a tour of the palmery. They have embarked on a fantastic project to restore the ancient family kasbah by traditional methods. The restoration is ongoing. The building is traditional adobe, tall and with high ceilings. Cavernous and gloomy in some areas. There are narrow stairs leading to a pleasant roof terrace with those magnificent views, or there is a small pool area with seating and again views of Ksar and palmery. Unfortunately the pool could have been cleaner and better designed, but was nonetheless very welcome. The floor we were on was pleasantly decorated with a large communal area centred on a light well. The airy dining area was very comfortable and pleasantly cooled due to the through draft. Our room was of adequate size and comfort, the en suite bathroom could have been better designed (it flooded if you showered).
The food was very good - tasty and huge portions (especially the lunch), although not always on time.
The gloominess and mud build are to be expected and welcomed in a traditionally constructed building such as this, it is also not normal to have aircon in such circumstances. But given the extremely high summer temperatures in this region it was basically impossible to sleep, and the bedroom we stayed in had no through draft (unlike the dining room).
All in all, beautiful location, building and concept, but still a work in progress and unbearable in summer. If rooms could be somehow cooled it could be excellent.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The castel of the 18th century was converted into a guesthouse in the Draa Valley and Zagora between Agdz. Its dominant position and its many terraces offer a panoramic view over the valley, the park and the Douar Oulad Othman. We offer stays mixed kasbah bivouacs stays ATV, 4 * 4, hikes and treks, camel trips. ... more less
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