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Guest House Merzouga
| Bp 24, Merzouga 52202, Morocco   |  
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Ranked #1 of 58 Merzouga B&B and Inns
Cheshire, England
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“Amazing place”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2008

We had booked to take a camel ride into the desert and camp overnight so we did not actually spend the night in the guest house but we wish we could have had an extra day to spend here. We arrived from Todra Gorge with our car and french speaking driver and as my french is very basic it was a great relief to find Ali spoke good English. When he learnt we had not had lunch a berber omlette and enormous salad were produced for us. Ali told us a great deal about the area, the nomadic way of life and the village before kitting us out with authentic headgear and introducing us to Ibrahim his camaleer. We spent about 2 hours on the camels before arriving at the camp where we were to stay. The whole experience was magical, the sunset and the stars were amazing. Ibrahim spoke a smattering of European languages all mixed together and cooked a mean tajine for us A highlight of the whole experience was him teaching my 10 year old a game similar to nought and crosses in the sand with twigs and them both sitting there playing till it was too dark to see. The next morning we got up to see the sun rise then headed back for a shower and breakfast.

  • Liked — The stars
  • Disliked — Not being able to stay longer
  • Stayed April 2008, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2008

My teenaged daughter and I spent a night in the Sahara through the auspices of the Guest House Merzouga (also known as Maison Merzouga), and it was a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Our riad in Marrakesh (the Riad Kniza - highly recommended!!) booked our four-day trip from Marrakesh through the High Atlas Mountains to the Sahara and back, and they arranged our desert trip through Maison Merzouga. So we didn't actually spend the night here, though they gave us a room to leave our stuff in overnight and to use the showers the next day. We were welcomed by Ali, one of the brothers who owns the guest house, who is charming and friendly and fluent in both French and English, and he hooked us up with a French couple for our camel trek into the dunes, led by a young man named Ibrahim. The desert trek was extraordinary -- a 90-minute ride into the orange dunes, arrival at our encampment at sunset, a yummy dinner (salad, tagine, fruit) prepared by Ibrahim, a campfire under the stars, and then a night sleeping in a bivouac-style tent. Awake again in time to see the sunrise over the dunes, then back on the camels for the trek back to Merzouga, where we had showers and a scrumptious breakfast at the guest house. Our valuables were safe where we had left them in the room overnight (no need for passports or money in the desert, just the clothes on your back, a scarf for your head, and a camera). The room was clean (if dark), and the bathroom was simple but clean, functional, and with delightful hot water in the shower. It might have been nice to spend another night in the hotel, but there's really nothing else to do in Merzouga except use it as a point of departure for a trip into the dunes, so though it was odd to rent a room we didn't use, it worked out well. All in all, a wonderful experience, thanks to Ali and Ibrahim. Thanks!!!

  • Liked — Ali and his brother Lahcen are extremely friendly and accommodating. They helped arrange an awesome camel trek into the Sahara. Great breakfast, too!
  • Stayed March 2008, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: | Bp 24, Merzouga 52202, Morocco
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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 58 B&Bs / Inns in Merzouga
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
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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