Dar Daif is located at the outskirts of Ouarzazate. As so often in the region, the appearance from the outside reveals nothing about the beautiful place this is, so don't be afraid if you arrive late in the evening and are put back by the somewhat shabby appearance of the surroundings.
The place, as I understand, used to be a Kasbah (the word has a number of similar meanings, in this case the fortified home of a local chief), and has been remodeled into a hotel. The look is very local, attempting to recreate the ambience of a caravan relay post (caravansérail), with lots of wood, carpets, a dimmed and quiet atmosphere. You will surely dive into another world for the duration of your stay, but if you prefer and expect the modern, cool design of the fashionable moroccan hotels (L'heure bleue in Essaouira, anyone?), then you may be a bit disappointed.
The comfort standard are, especially considering the standards of the region, exceptional. Everything is well kept, very clean, the size of the rooms are more than sufficient, the food is good (and the bar is set very high, given how excellent the moroccan cooking can be), the bathroom is great (clean, large, enough hot water). The internet access, as others have stated, is excellent, with a Wi-Fi router per room and a fast connection.
Chances are, given the location, you will only be there for a night or tow. Make sure you're there long enough to book a massage session in the hammam (be warned, though, that you will be expected to be naked -- this may be uncommon depending where you come from). Also, there are dinner tables scattered throughout the place, and you can eat at any of them, so for your romantic evening, find yourself beforehand a nice, hidden spot to eat (but make sure to tell the staff where you are beforehand, so you eventually do get to eat).
The Staff is exceptionally helpful, and run, besides the hotel, a tourism agency, so they may well be able to organise whatever you spontaneously would like to do. It's true, the place is a bit outside Ouarzazate, but the town is not known for its nightlife anyway, so you're probably better off relaxing in Dar Daif's cozy courtyard anyway.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- 3 km from Ourzazate, this Kasba manages to capture the warm atmosphere of the "Caravanserai" of the desert. Zineb and Jean Pierre Datcharry and their team, inspired by both the desert and mountains of Morocco for the past 20 years, invite you to discover their magical guesthouse - the true gem of the south not to be missed. ... more less
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