We booked into Dar Daif via booking.com for four nights. On arrival we were greeted with a refreshing round of mint tea and biscuits and a lovely induction from the proprietor Jean Pere.
The location - outside Ouarzarzate so you would need to have a car or be prepared to get transfers from the airport. We loved the peace and quiet of the surroundings. It's right on the edge of the palmeraie so you can get a great view from the many balconies an watch the world go by.
The breakfast - was the same every day and this would be my on,y point of feedback. Sme variation would have been nice. It was lovely - beghrir pancakes, m'laoui pancakes, polenta pancakes, plenty of jams, honey and juice, yoghurt, tea or coffee but some variation would have been welcome.
The dinner - outstanding. We ate here twice. You can choose from lots of different menus at breakfast and the food is truly a sumptuous four course affair served where you wish. We preferred the highest balcony with views across the town and a wonderful breeze. It was also perfect for star gazing. They offer a children's menu which is enormous and very nicely cooked.
The rooms - are delightful. You feel as if you are staying in a real kasbah carved into the mountain. They are cool with ice cold air conditioning. The water situation in the bathrooms wasnt great. We had a trickle of a shower but its so quirkyly decorated we really didnt mind. They have a great Eco policy on the towels and sheets that they stick to.
Communal areas are wonderful. Really full of nooks and crannies to get lost in, a library and comfy sofas and lounging areas.
The pool is adequate. It's quite deep with a small shallow part which is in full sun all day so it's nice to sit and stay cool with feet dipped in the water.
The garden is lovely - There was even an aviary! In the evenings there is an oud player who sadly played the same repertoire most nights we were there but we did enjoy him on the first evening. The whole place smells of orange blossoms!
The French owner is incredibly helpful. He printed out maps and ideas for excursions for us which we took advantage of. He knows the area really well so if there is something in particular you want to do, he will surely know where. He also knows the rest of the country and gave us some options for getting to our next destination of Marrakech.
English is spoken here and spoken well but a lot of the staff do not speak English so Frenchis helpful.
The wifi is in each room so despite the thick walls we could get seamless access the whole time we were there.
We loved this place and will return if we ever come back to Ouarzarzate. We felt welcome but were not overly fussed over so could relax at our pace.
- 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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