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“A genuine delight” 5 of 5 stars
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Dar Daif
3.0 of 5 Guest house   |   BP 93, Ouarzazate 45000, Morocco   |  
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Ranked #2 of 54 Ouarzazate B&B and Inns
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“A genuine delight”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2010

It is good advice to ignore the very amazing and very poor hotel reviews - I hope however that you will not ignore the great reviews of Kasbah Dar Daif. We started our short tour of Morocco with two nights at Dar Daif and are so thankful that we did.

We arrived quite late in the evening to a warm welcome and were able to order a meal. We ate breakfast and dinner twice at the riad and the food was always delicious. We did not encounter tajines like it anywhere else in Morocco - the food was not heavy and greasy but still tasty, delicious and tender.

The Riad is decked out in local rugs and brassware. Its the sort of look people try to replicate in their homes - and never quite pull it off - well here it works and feels natural. We were there at the end of summer and it was not too hot - but you got the impression that even in winter it would be lovely and cosy. There is a good sized pool with a few lounges for lazy days with a good book in the sushine.

I loved that as you moved around the riad during the day you could hear the staff laughing together or singing. We felt like guests in a family home rather than a hotel. The owner, Jean-Pierre -spent at least two our, maybe more, with my husband and I making recommendations of places to visit and stay when we moved on. We were provided with a map of the area and smaller maps of local highlights. Ouarzazate is more than just s stop off on the way to the desert - there is a huge amount nearby to explore. There is no way we would have seen as much of the amazing nearby landscape without his advice. Jean-Pierre also arranged for us to spend a night under the stars in the desert - a highlight of our trip.

We would gladly recommend this hotel to others

  • Stayed September 2010, 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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    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
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    5 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2010

My girlfriend and I spent a delightful few days here last week and found the hospitality to be second to none. An excellent establishment with large rooms, wonderful pool area and a spectacular view over the nearby town. I regularly spend most of my holiday time in Morocco and therefore have visited quite a lot of places over the past 6 years or so - to summarise, I shall be returning to Dar Daif!

  • Stayed September 2010
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2010

Once you enter the Dar Daif is as you are entering a cozy place with friends. The receptionist was really helpful and nice, we had a room upgrade without even asking. Each room has its own terrace where you can sit, relax and have a great mint tea with cookies! (for free!). The hotel is decorated with rugs and very moroccan.
The following day we were leaving for the desert and we just left our bags there and even the car parked at the front of the hotel, no problem at all!. The best of the hotel: the food! Defenitevely go for the half board! breakfast is superb and so abundant and dinner, I think one of the best foods (and experience) we had in Morocco!
There is also a massage service, great after a long day walking!
The last day we were leaving, we aske for some directions to go to Todra Gorge and the receptionist called the owner and he brought us maps and took all the time to explain us where to go, preacautions to take and little places to discover! I still keep those hand made maps with my travel papers! Great place to stay!

  • Stayed May 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2009

Dar Daif came as a surprise to us as we hadn’t expected such a lovely hotel in the south of Morocco! It’s located a few kilometers outside of Ouarzazate in a quiet neighbourhood. The hotel is small (only 12 rooms) but can satisfy also the needs of picky travellers. You can chose form either a double room, a junior suite and a suite. We had two different junior suites (as we spent two not consecutive days there), both were nice. The first one was very spacious (three rooms), had a rather cramped bathroom, a very small terrace and no windows (only a rooflight), the second one was also quite large (two rooms), had a small bathroom, a separate toilet with a small sink and a fantastic terrace. The hotel has a lovely courtyard with a nice pool, and there is also a hamamm. After arrival they serve you fine Morrocan cookies and mint tea, a very nice touch. If you care for fine food then you are here on the right place. Breakfast is very nice (a lot of different Morrocan specialities) and dinner (included in the room price) is fabulous, several courses with domestic dishes.
In summary it can be said that Dar Daif is really worthwhile going to and you don’t have to spend a fortune for this!

  • Stayed September 2009, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2009

My boyfriend and I spent 2 nights at Dar Daif and we really enjoyed the best service we had in our 2 weeks trip in Morocco: they provided us large bottles of fresh mineral water several times during the day and fresh fruit and nuts in our room, they helped us parking our car in front of the hotel and washed our car during the night, the swimming pool is clean and nice and available at all times (also in the late evening). Dinner was compulsory to us (it could be a good thing because of the distance from the town center ---- which is not particularly worth of visiting during the evening, in addition), but we found it good, and breakfast is copious and tasty. You can have your meals wherever you want: in the garden, in the inside restaurant, in the terrace, also in your room with no extra charge. The other most remarkable thing is the great helpfulness of JeanPierre, the owner, who suggested us an authentic must visit hidden gem --- the kasbah of Tamnougalte near Agdz in the Draa valley.
Go there and ask Jean-Pierre for some visiting advice: he could be the right key to turn the stay in Ouarzazate in a good deal not only for the most known and "touristic" film Studios and Ait-Ben-Haddou.

  • Stayed July 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2009

One night only but beautiful place. Had our own terrace with amazing views.
Food was good. Good Hammam also.

  • Stayed May 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2009

Unusual riad with cool decor although some of the rooms are a little dark. Has a good pool area & a rooftop. Meals were great & staff were v accomodating. They don't have alcohol so stock up in the little supermarket in town.

  • Liked — Meals
  • Disliked — rooms were a little dark with small windows
  • Stayed September 2008, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: BP 93, Ouarzazate 45000, Morocco
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Location: Morocco > Souss-Massa-Draa Region > Ouarzazate
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 54 B&Bs / Inns in Ouarzazate
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Dar Daif 3*
Number of rooms: 14
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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