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“Kitsch but very well run ....” 5 of 5 stars
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Hotel Temple des Arts
5.0 of 5 Guest house   |   Numeros 173 et 174 | Hay Al Wahda 45000, Ouarzazate, Morocco   |  
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Ranked #8 of 57 Ouarzazate B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Amsterdam
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46 hotel reviews
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138 helpful votes 138 helpful votes
“Kitsch but very well run ....”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2012

The hotel styles itself as a luxury guest house with a movie theme - and it is just that. The service is immaculate, helpful and friendly - we were really welcomed and nothing was too much trouble - they even washed our hire car overnight!

The breakfast was lovely, in the small garden by the pool and the room itself ... well....it certainly was interestingly decorated, Most importantly though it was quiet and comfortable. The hotel is located in a quiet district, just a few minutes walk from the central square.

The hotel might seem a little expensive for what it is, however given the service levels and the small size of the property we were more than happy and would stay again without hesistation.

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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New Orleans, Louisiana
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2012

Temple des Arts was the first stop on our road trip through the Dades Valley on our way to the Sahara. It was tough to find so we hired a cab to lead us there once we arrived in Ouarzazate. The wind was blowing hard when we pulled up in front of the walled structure so I was dreading getting out of the car into the sandstorm to check in. Just then a large man appeared, opening a huge gate so that we could enter a small secured drive court. Perfect. As he unloaded our luggage we were greeted by another hotel staff member and led into the lobby where we were served tea, coffee and traditional Moroccan treats. We were then upgraded to the royal "Cleopatra Suite" which was wonderfully spacious and included a large bedroom, sitting room, grand bathroom with enormous tub, and two balconies. All rooms are flamboyantly decorated and themed after desert movies filmed in the area.

The staff was incredibly warm and accommodating and dinner that night was fantastic. It was one of my favorite meals in Morocco. (Moroccan salad, duck confit, nice wine...) The excitement of the evening was when three guys arrived at the hotel, bandaged and beaten up, having just finished a weeklong marathon through rough desert terrain in sandstorms. Crazy.

I would highly recommend this hotel as we found it to be a perfect resting spot along our Moroccan road trip adventure.

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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Durham, United Kingdom
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2012

Stayed here with my family for one night only and wish I had found the place sooner!
It really is exceptional in terms of decor and ambience - we had the Gladiator and Lawrence of Arabia suites and also ate extremely well in the beautiful 'Out of Africa' restaurant.
I have stayed in other claimed 5* hotels in Quarzazate but none rate anywhere near the quality of this place.

Stayed April 2012, traveled with family
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Paris, France
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104 helpful votes 104 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2012

We stayed here for three nights in April. Service is perfect but dinner is far too expensive (40 DHM). I would recommend to go to Kasbah des Sables. Go for a suite (Kundun or Cleopatre). The design is nice but more "Las Vegas" style than really authentic. Large swimming pool in the garden.

Room Tip: Avoid rooms "Alexandre le Grand" and "Gladiator". Windows open on a closed court...
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  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2012

My wife and I stayed at the Temple des Arts for 5 nights over the Christmas holiday, and were absolutely blown away by the level of quality and service we received. Aziz and Khalid were the consummate hosts, and no request was too large. The Kundun suite was immaculately clean and indulgent, with a lovely reading room which we are now trying (so far unsuccessfully) to recreate back home; a wood-burning fireplace which was lovingly prepared and lit each night during our stay (an air heater was also available but the fireplace was so romantic!); a very comfortable bed and a TV which we ignored throughout our stay. It was winter, so we didn’t use the pool, but it looked nice.

Breakfast was served exactly when we requested it, even when we showed up an hour later than we said we would…and it was just right. Served either in the garden or in the dining room, the fresh-squeezed orange juice, croissant / Moroccan pastries / pain au chocolat, fresh fruit, coffee & tea (with or without sugar depending on our mood) were all excellent, and eggs or just about anything else you could want were available on short-order.

Dinner was excellently-prepared, and was basically upon request each night; we would tell Aziz / Khalid what we wanted, or take their suggestion, and everything was spot-on. A nice selection of Moroccan wine, fresh vegetable salad, Fillet of St. Pierre poached with lemon, lamb tagine, entrecôte, etc…followed by Crème brûlée and more tea for dessert – simply excellent. Oh, and the Out of Africa-inspired dining room featured another fireplace.

Other things that stick in my mind from our stay…

1. Our rental car was washed every morning when we left to sightsee.

2. Khalid found us beautiful Berber / Ghlaoui carpets at a fraction of the price we would have to pay as foreign tourists…and brought them to our room to view at our leisure. This was over-the-top service, which might have saved us more money than the entire cost of our stay!

3. The on-site Hamaam & Massage was exhilarating and relaxing at once, as a proper Hamaam should be…and it was a 10-second walk in a bathrobe from our room.

4. Khalid knows everything about the region, and can make any arrangements for excursions upon request, whether you want something touristy or off the beaten path – for example, he arranged for an associate to take us on a fantastic 4-hour hike into the Fint Oasis, which turned out to be a highlight.

I’ve traveled to 80 countries and 50 US States; I’ve stayed in hundreds of hotels from one-star dives to 5-star Relais & Châteaux properties. The Hotel Temple des Arts offers a rare combination of understated luxury, unique and interesting décor & character, a convenient location and obliging, kind staff that I’ve only found at a handful of places in my life. Truly one of the best.

Room Tip: Kundun suite was spectacular, especially in winter for the fireplace!
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  • Stayed December 2011, 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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del mar, ca
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54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2011

This is to ditto the three previous reviews. We stayed one night on a road trip from Merzouga to Marrakesh, arriving after dark. When the staff opened the doors to welcome us into the hotel it was like stepping into another world. The public rooms are extremely comfortable and well designed. The sleeping rooms are very comfortable if somewhat ostentatious. Good food, great staff. Located in what appears to be a modern upscale residential neighborhood. We had a car and driver so didn't need to depend on hotel for transportation. But I'm sure they can arrange cars, guides, etc. Wish we had scheduled more time --- this would be a great place to relax without a schedule.

  • Stayed November 2011, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Copenhagen, Denmark
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2011

We had the great pleasure of staying at the Hotel Temple des Arts in the small city of movies, Ouarzazate in Morocco. The hotel being rather new - opened in February 2011 by a Moroccan film producer - is a unique, luxury hotel with only 7 rooms, which makes the feeling of exclusivity so much more distinct. Upon arrival we were greeted by the hotel staff and the Director of the hotel. As we were the only hotel guests during our stay, we were paid a lot of attention, but never to the extent that it was uncomfortable. The hotel staff was extremely helpful and the level of service was unrivalled – e.g. our rental car was washed and polished every morning….
Initially, when booking our hotel room on the internet, we were overwhelmed by the beautiful pictures presented on the hotel’s web site, and we were of course very excited to see if the hotel would be able to live up to the images – and it certainly did. The interior of the hotel is Egyptian inspired and the decorations are authentically aligned with the theme in a very esthetic way. The rooms are beautifully and individually designed in close coherence with the name of the room; Cleopatra, Lawrence of Arabia, Gladiator, Kundun, just to mention some. An atmosphere of calmness prevails in the hotel, and you sense that the hotel staff takes pride in upholding the meaning of the word Ouarzazate - ”without noise”, or in other words ”calm”.
Upon arrival we had dinner in the hotel restaurant which, characteristically for everything else in the hotel, was intimate and beautifully decorated . The tajine we had was really good and you sensed that the meal had been prepared with care. Breakfast was very delicious and almost an event in itself. It was served outside by the pool in the beautiful garden surrounding the hotel and included among other things yogurt, baguette, homemade pancakes, croissants, pastry, omelette, freshly squeezed orange juice and coffee.
All in all, we had an extremely good experience in a hotel where your senses are stimulated and calmness is a virtue. If you are planning to go to Ouarzazate we highly recommend you try the Hotel Temple des Arts.

  • Stayed November 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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: Numeros 173 et 174 | Hay Al Wahda 45000, Ouarzazate, Morocco
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Location: Morocco > Souss-Massa-Draa Region > Ouarzazate
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #8 of 57 B&Bs / Inns in Ouarzazate
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Hotel Class:5 star — Hotel Temple des Arts 5*
Number of rooms: 7
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