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Riad Nezha
Erg chebbi dune, Merzouga, Morocco   |  
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Ranked #3 of 16 Hotels in Merzouga
Whangarei, NZ
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“What a gem”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2013

This riad is probably the best accommodation in Merzouga. It’s superb, a desert gem. The little town of Merzouga is situated on the edge of the Sahara and is the starting point for overnight treks into the desert. Riad Nezha was built around 2006 and has all mod cons in authentic Moroccan style. The owner is charming, staff are friendly and very helpful. Meals were excellent and on our first morning, it was lovely to have breakfast on the rooftop with a wonderful view out to the sand dunes. On our return from the desert next morning, we were provided with breakfast and a shower before moving on to our next destination. Great spot, highly recommended.
The desert camp organized by Morocco Expert Tours was another fantastic experience. Our little party of four left the riad at around 3.30pm and headed for the desert with a guide named Achmed. He was an excellent guide, well-informed, spoke excellent English and was such a delightful person. He took us to the best spots for photographing the sunset and sunrise. He cooked a great chicken tagine for us and then entertained us around a campfire late into the evening. He is an unforgettable character

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2013

This riad was absolutely beautiful! It was also very, very clean. By far, Riad Nezha was my favorite riad that we stayed at while in Morocco. We went in December and the desert can get cold at night time - however, this riad had more than adequate heating. I would not stay anywhere else!

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2013

My husband, 21-year-old daughter, and I used Riad Nezha as a base for our overnight sojourn at via camels to a Berber camp site in the Sahara, which happened to be New Year's Eve 2012. We stayed the night before at the Riad in an over-sized room which contained three beds, plus additional seating and tables. The room was modern—with plenty of electrical outlets—clean, and comfortable with an enormous tiled shower. The buffet meals were good with plentiful selections. The morning after our The decor is also quite pleasing with a serene swimming pool outside. We returned to the Riad following our overnight in the desert for breakfast and showers in rooms provided. Undoubtedly, Riad Nezha is the best place to say. Incidentally, Abraham, the owner, is a welcoming host who speaks excellent English.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2013

What an absolute surprise and jewel in the middle of an extraordinary part of Morocco! It was definitely all about the total experience of service, hospitality, friendship, the riad and excursions into the desert that totally fitted our needs. Apart from more than acceptable accomodation and great cuisine we were mostly impacted by the relationship we had with the delightful and entertaining Youssef (riad manager). The location of the riad was perfect. We had a beautiful view of the dunes and the oasis in Merzouga was literally on our doorstep and what a wonderful experience to step into this world that we have only have read about in storybooks! Staying on the edge of Merzouga and the beautiful oasis as oppose to the strip of riads on the doorstep of the dunes made it more special and surreal. The trip into the desert with Achmed our very own experienced and characterful camel leader was real and unforgetful. They had no problem to organize my son a sandboard that he used just before sunset and during the night (the first to snowboard from one of the 'twins' at night time according to Achmed). We were struck by Achmed's amazing respect, experience and knowledge of the Sahara and the way he treated us throughout this trip. His tagine was out of this world. Thanks Youssef! You have made the long journey from london and marrakech over the atlas mountains, more than worthwhile! Andre, Jackie and Cobus.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2013 via mobile

Great hotel, great rooms and great food. The owner and all the staff are extremely friendly.

I would definitely reccomend it as the best place to stay in Merzouga if you plan to visit the desert. Actually its been the best hotel I've stayed in in my whole Maroccan holiday.

  • Stayed January 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2013

We traveled as a family and loved everything about the riad, from the exceptional service to the decor and food. The staff were really quite exceptional. The owner was super-friendly and you can tell he was very proud of his place. The rooms were very clean and comfortable. The pool area was lovely (too cold for us to swim but it was perfect to sit and read in the sun) and the rooftop terrace offered beautiful views over the Sahara dunes. We also were surprised by the down-to-earth home-cooking; the tagines surpassed expectations. This is really a lovely place to stay after a sunset camel ride over the dunes.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2013 via mobile

Luxury is not something that you will find in Merzouga. However, this place is by far the best I have seen over there.

The host was very kind and willing to help at all times.
The room, the ensuite one, was quite nice. It would put to shame many other place that claim to be luxury ones.
The service is rather good. It is very hard to find a place in Morocco where things happen when you ask for them. The had on slip one day and the profusely apologised and, amazingly enough, admitted it. For me this was very valuable. I do not like the places where they always tell you that your breakfasf, meal,..., is on the way when they forgot. They took it in the chin and they made up for it.
The price let's it down a bit. The place is very nice but when you compare prices around it is a bit overpriced. Unfortunately for me my assistant never made the booking when he said he would, grrr!

I recommend a day in the desert with the camels having lunch in the oasis during the winter period. When it is warmer, it is better to stay the night in the dessert.

Another great option is to hire the Quads for an hour or two. You will love it.

With regards to food. The food here is not bad. 3/5. It is very difficult to find properly cooked food in this area. The best one I had was cooked in the desert.

Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
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Address: Erg chebbi dune, Merzouga, Morocco
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Location: Morocco > Meknes-Tafilalet Region > Merzouga
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#2 Family Hotel in Merzouga
#3 Romantic Hotel in Merzouga
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 14
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Welcome to Merzouga!!Book your stay at the amazing ***Riad Nezha*** is an absorbed heaven in the green of the palms of the Village of Merzouga. A fantastic location, panorama and an environment where relaxation and rest are guaranteed!!!at Riad Nezha we do offer all different excursion around Merzouga!!! ... more   less 
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