“Catalogue of disappointments. Avoid at all costs.”
It's hard to know where to start, so bad was Kasbah Erg Chebbi - staff attitude and service were poor and the staff used our car as a party vehicle, leaving their empty beer cans and cigarette packets strewn around it, having taken it for a drive in our absence.
Accommodation - We booked two rooms. The door of one was not lockable, the door of the other could only be closed by locking it. The wiring was poor, with no sockets being properly attached to the wall. (As there is no electricity most of the time, this is probably of little concern!) The "balconies" advertised were non-existent. There is no hot water at all.
When we arrived we were invited to eat. The absence of choice of food was not a problem but it was disappointing that, given that the hotel claims to have a bar, the only drink available was some tepid (and far from pleasant) rose wine.
Camel trek - We arranged a trek from 10am through to the following dawn. This too was a let down, comprising a couple of hours on camels, followed by us being left in a small tent alone for several hours (the promised "meal with a Berber family" did not happen), another hour on the camels and then "staying in a Berber camp". This turned out to be a reasonable meal, after which - at 7pm - we were left alone with none of the promised entertainment, unlike every other camp in the vicinity. So after wandering around having a look at what others were being treated to, we retired for a long night, unable to sleep because of the partying going on around us. We returned to the Kasbah early next morning for breakfast, but had to wait for ages. Only two staff were around (neither of them the manager Mohammed) - one ignored us, the other was sleeping in the entrance and pulled his blanket over his head and groaned when he heard us enter.
We happened to look in our car and found that there had clearly been something of a party going on in it while we were in the desert. Many empty beer cans were on the floor (they had told us they had no beer in the kasbah!), several empty cigarette packets were lying around, along with various other detritus and it appeared to have been used as a toilet. We challenged the now woken member of staff who said that the manager, Mohammed, had used the car to pick up other guests the short distance from Mergouza as their vehicle was "kaput". (This wasn't consistent with the drop in the fuel level overnight and the amount of rubbish that had been created.)
This might not have been so bad had they said to us straight away that they'd used the vehicle to pick someone up - but to be so dishonest as to hope that we wouldn't have noticed really reflects badly on the attitude of the staff towards their paying customers. To not think to clear away their rubbish must raise questions about other aspects of them too...
The location is lovely but this abysmal hotel was the real low point in our tour of Morocco.
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