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“Beautiful and authentic but not the finished article” 4 of 5 stars
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Kasbah Oulad Othmane
3.0 of 5 Guest house   |   Douar Oulad Othmane, Agdz 45050, Morocco   |  
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Ranked #9 of 14 Agdz B&B and Inns
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“Beautiful and authentic but not the finished article”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2011

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.

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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  • Rooms
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2011

This is an authentic Kasbah and you are literally transformed back in time. The owner is very friendly and proud to show you around his Kasbah and village. The rooms are basic but clean and the atmosphere is so very different. There is a Mosque directly in front but this adds a certain charm, if not an element of suprise. The swimming pool was in desperate need of a clean or at least being emptied until the summer months. The views from the roof terrace were captivating and a pleasant breakfast was served there. There is no doubt we have never stayed anywhere like this on our travels before but what an experience. I suppose you could relate it to Marmite........ Go with an open mind and remember this is not "package holiday" material. There is work going to improve the entrance, so avoid if you have any mobility problems.... lots of clay stairs etc. ....... Enjoy... as this Kasbah will be the talking point of your travels within Morocco for a long time to come.

  • Stayed March 2011, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Nous avons le plaisir de vous informer que les travaux de la terrasse de la piscine sont terminés depuis le 18/03/2011. Cette dernière est maintenant remise en service. Nous vous remercions d'avoir si bien présenté cette authentique kasbah.
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Additional Information about Kasbah Oulad Othmane

Address: Douar Oulad Othmane, Agdz 45050, Morocco
Location: Morocco > Souss-Massa-Draa Region > Agdz
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free Parking Restaurant Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #9 of 14 B&Bs / Inns in Agdz
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Kasbah Oulad Othmane 3*
Number of rooms: 10
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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