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“Smiling in the desert” 5 of 5 stars
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Guest House Merzouga
| Bp 24, Merzouga 52202, Morocco   |  
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Ranked #1 of 61 Merzouga B&B and Inns
Ithaca, New York
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3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
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“Smiling in the desert”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2012

The Seggaoul family has it right. Their guesthouse has got to be the best in the area. I traveled with my mother, our first time to Morocco, and went on a road trip. Upon arrival, we were greeted warmly by Ali, our host. The place was inviting, comfortable, and showcased the most of Moroccan crafts and textiles, especially their large collection of Berber carpets. It had spacious public areas, pool, terrace, dining, gathering, and the design of the place (by themselves) and built themselves, commanded respect and admiration. These guys aren't phonies and I can see why they won a 2012 Trip Advisor award. I hope to revisit this wonderful place on the edge of the sand and wish them continued success.

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  • Stayed October 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Rome, Italy
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110 reviews 110 reviews
62 hotel reviews
Reviews in 71 cities Reviews in 71 cities
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2012

We stayed in Merzouga Guestahouse for a couple of days and we were received by the friendly and welcoming owner Ali. He and his family are kind persons and always ready to be helpful. The first day we simply relaxed in the guest house. We used the small but beautiful and clean swimming pool and relaxed in the peaceful and pleasant common area. The second day Ali arranged for us a trip to the desert, riding dromedaries and sleeping there in the night. The Berber who drove us there, Omar, was such a nice person and I will always remember his friendly smile.
The room where we stayed was very simple, clean, decorated with local decorations (the only problem was a little bit noisy air conditioning). We had 3 meals in the guesthouse, all of them very good and tasty.
The morning we came back from the desert it was my birthday and they made me a big surprise, they organized a little party with a delicious b day cake and they played some music and dances for celebration. It was really un unforgettable day! Thanks again Ali and your family for such a wonderful holiday.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Prague, Czech Republic
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21 hotel reviews
Reviews in 21 cities Reviews in 21 cities
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2012 via mobile

If you are searching for the desert experience and nice place to stay not far away from dunes, this hotel could be your ideal choice. Very friendly and helpful people, spacious rooms, traditional great marrocan cuisine. Don't miss fantastic camel trip to the desert.
P.S. Please note that this hotel is alcohol free and does not accept credit cards.

  • Stayed September 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Bucharest, Romania
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26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2012

In terms of genuine hospitality, it doesn't get any better than this. Ali and all the other guys from the house had a great blend of friendliness and straightforwardness that made us confortable and trusting of everything they recommended/proposed.

The accomodation itself is also very good, the room was spacious, with all needed amenities, aircon, etc. the multiple open area rooms have lots if places to chill out, whether in shade or in sun. We didn't use the pool, but it looked sparkling clean, and have seen the staff working in its maintenance and cleaning every evening,

The food was excellent, and - as with all other requests - they were quick to accomodate my wife's vegetarian needs.

All in all, a highlight of the Moroccan trip and a place where i wouldn't hesitate for a second to return to.

  • Stayed September 2012, 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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Toronto
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2012

We spent the night here and it was really the highlight of our trip to Morocco! The hosts are wonderful and very hospitable, not to mention excellent!!
We took the camels out on the dunes the following morning and had our morning coffee watching the sun come up. Can't wait to return this year!

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Mystic, Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2012

Not much to add to what the other reviewers have said. This was a bit of a splurge for us but well worth it. We had only intended to stay one day, but spent an extra one there to relax and recharge for our last two weeks in Morocco. When it was time to check out and we discovered a flat tire (our spare was also flat), they helped us deal with the rental company for us and gave us a ride to Merzouga so we could get the tires patched.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 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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Calgary, Canada
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26 hotel reviews
Reviews in 31 cities Reviews in 31 cities
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2012

We stayed here for only 1 day, but wish we could have stayed longer. This Guesthouse provided a great meal (lots of food), and did everything to ensure our stay was great.

We arrived after taking an evening camel ride to watch the sun set in the desert, and one of the owners (run by 3 brothers if I remember correctly), called to make sure we were ok, and making it to the guesthouse ok.

The details by these guys makes it great, as knowing we were Canadian, they ran the air conditioning in the room for 2 hours before we got there so it was at a great temperature when we arrived (we traveled in July). The room was large and comfortable, and the guesthouse itself has a nice roof where you can watch the sunrise.

The courtyard is great, and has a nice pool which we didn't get a chance to use given our short stay. I'd recommend this place to anyone who is going out for a camel ride and doesn't want to camp under the stars - i.e. in the summer when the snakes and scorpions are out to play...

  • Stayed July 2012, 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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Address: | Bp 24, Merzouga 52202, Morocco
Location: Morocco > Meknes-Tafilalet Region > Merzouga
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 61 B&Bs / Inns in Merzouga
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Tout au milieu du désert au pied des dunes d'or d'Erg Chebbi se trouve une auberge pas comme les autres,la maison d'hôte de la famille SEGGAOUI.Ici, vous aurez toutes les chances de découvrir l'hospitalité berbère authentique, dans un climat familial chaleureux.Ali et sa famille vous accueillent à Merzouga, site grandiose du Désert Marocain, au pied des dunes de l'Erg Chebbi, de véritables sculpture mouvantes en forme de draperies, qui culminent à 150 mètres. ... more   less 
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