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“Escape from chaos!” 5 of 5 stars
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Erfoud road to Merzouga km. 19, Erfoud 52200, Morocco   |  
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Ranked #2 of 14 Hotels in Erfoud
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“Escape from chaos!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2010

I and my wife visited Morocco in august 2009, which means a very very hot period of the year for this country. We rented a car in casablanca and drove around through many of the best known locations. We anyway decided to spend 3 days far from chaotic moroccain cities and out of traditional touristic tracks thus we looked on the internet for a peaceful place, better if not a real hotel, something more similar to a guesthouse and out of towns. We found the site of this small family run establishment and after some check we booked a room. We reserved it through email contacting directly the owner Ibrahim Sahidi, who immediately proved to be kind and effective. First of all he granted us a suite since the hotel was mostly empty at the price of a standard room. Then he didn't ask us for any advanced payment and told us not to struggle to organize trips to the desert from italy since he would have offered us a wide choice of trips we would have been able to book directly on our arrival at the hotel. He also gave us his mobile phone number just in case of emergency while we would be in morocco.
Here is the description of the place we found once arrived:
- location: the kasbah is on an unpaved track 12 km far from erfoud. If you want direction look for "Restaurant du Sud" in erfoud, which belongs to Ibrahim Sahidi. The track is quite easy, which means that you can drive with a normal car (not 4x4) even if in this case you will have to drive with extreme caution and always looking for the best point of the track to avoid 'craters' in the land... the kasbah is visible from some km of distance since it's the only building for kilometers around. The location is perfect for relaxing, enjoying the silence of the desert and as a starting point for daily trips to the desert and the oasis.
- the hotel: is a square construction with a big garden inside, with palms, mellons, flowers. Inside there is a smaller construction where rooms and restaurant are located. The building is made the traditional way (mud) which is really nice and characteristic. Our suite was very large, with a living area. Bedroom has got air conditioning (without it the temperature in the room gets HOOOOOTTTTT!!!! during the day). Bathroom is nice and simple. Electicity comes from a generator, so the owner will ask you to tell him when you plan not to be in your room, so that he can turn electricity off and save some gas. There is a big room for breakfast (homemade by an adorable lady who speaks arab, french and spanish) while dinner is usually served in the garden, while the wind blows from the desert... there is no menu, the lady will cook what she wants, but the dinner is always so rich that you won't have problems in finding something you like. There is a small swimming pool that during the hottest hours is a pure salvation, with very fresh water. The owner will ask you to call him for swimming pool so that he will uncover it for you (it's usually cover to prevent water from evaporating).
- comfort: it's rough place, if you're looking for 5 stars comfort this is not the place: water from the sink cannot be drunk of course and will be always warm (sometimes hot :-), there are no atm, no internet connection, and no tv. It's a place made to contemplate, to think over your life from afar, bring many books if you plan to stay here several days and chat with the lady and his husband to get into moroccain culture, have a domino game with her (she will win...) and enjoy the sounds of the desert. IMPORTANT! You are in the desert, the real desert, don't be surprised if you 'meet' some animals in the hotel or in your room: always check your shoes before wearing them (small scorpions), bring a good flies repellent, and dont' scream if a tiny small mouse of the desert is having a walk on the floor :-D they don't do any harm and are part of the environment, with a few standard rules you can avoid problems ;-)
- trips: enjoy a 4x4 trip to the dunes, watch the dawn on a dromedary, visit one of the oasis and have a slow and sleepy lunch in one of the small 'restaurants' in Merzouga, followed by a peaceful sleep on the restaurant sofa...
- general opinion: now that i've made it clear what kind of place it is, i have no problem in stating that this is one of the hotels that in my life has 100% fulfilled my expectations. Great experience!

  • Stayed August 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2009

On reaching Erfoud work your way away from the main road and to the market, the road leading from here will take you 20 km down to Kasbah Hotel Riad. At around 20km the road becomes rough and it is at this point you come off at the sign on the left for the Hotel. Follow the green and white posts for 2-3km and you will have reached the Kasbah Hotel Said.
We were very warmly welcomed and offered a choice of rooms. The rooms are wonderfully air conditioned but also have a real warmth of Morocco with a natural effect on the wall and hangings/artisan items around.
The food at dinner and breakfast was the best we had in Morocco, again freshly cooked and authentic cookery. Really beautiful and breakfast was lovely also.
The swimming pool was a real treat in the heat of the day, a bonus.

When we asked about local trips it was organised well and efficiently, Ergg Chebba a real treat although going to the Berber house was really interesting.

This is a wonderful place away from the normal run of hotels with lovely service and great food. Thank you.

  • Stayed September 2009, traveled with family
    • 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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2008

We were met by a representative of the hotel in the Restaurant du Sud in Erfoud. We drove in convoy through Rissani and then left offroad along a 10km piste. We only had a 2WD but it was still OK despite several stretches of sand.

The Kasbah is completed isolated with only a couple of telecom towers visible in the distance. You can see the dunes of Merzouga on the horizon.

The pool was covered and out of action. We had a suite of a huge sitting room and smaller bedroom, both well appointed and comfortable. The leafy, shady courtyard is very pleasant.

Evening meal is included and the chicken tagine was equal best during our trip (we are now experts). Courgette and vache qui rit cheese (a French tradition) was very good. Desert was a fruit bowl. Good wines and beers.

Breakfast of hot croissants, pain au chocolat, great juice and coffee and obligatory pancakes.

We did a 4x4 trip to the dunes booked the night before. We were quoted 500DH PP but ended up paying only 700DH for 3 of us. If the weather holds (we had rain and wind), then the dunes are fabulous and well worth the time. There is a visit to the local village at Merzouga where the local dance tribe sing and play for an eternity. Even in poor weather, close up the deep orange of the dunes contrasts eerily with the dark skies.

On leaving, we were accompanied back to the main road.

A great place to stay but 2 nights minimum recommended. Very good value all round.

  • Liked — Desolation
  • Disliked — Pool out of action
  • Stayed October 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2008

We were actually heading a little further on when we chanced upon the Auberge Kasbah Said. It's in the desert south of Erfoud and not the easiest place to find. Take the minor road from the town centre that goes through the market area and over the river then drive past the fossil vendor places until the metalled road runs out. After this take rough desert tracks, driveable in a normal saloon car, with care, when we were there, following the painted rocks for either Said or nearby (about 2 kms) Kasbah Derkoua.

The Kasbah looks the part - standing like a small desert fort in the desert with no other buildings within a mile or more.

We were the only guests when we stayed there and paid about £50 for the best room (the Asmaa suite) with evening meal and breakfast for two. Asmaa has a decent sized sitting area lined by benches covered in traditionals rugs and killims and an adequate bedroom. The decor is self-conciously North African and none the worse for that.

The place was clean and seemed well looked after and the bathroom was fully functional with hot water.

Our evening meal was substantial, traditional and tasty and breakfast was excellent.

There is a central courtyard garden which is a pleasant and shady place to sit and enjoy a mint tea.

  • Liked — The location and the mud & straw building materials. Tristram's Warblers in the garden.
  • Disliked — N/a
  • Stayed March 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Erfoud road to Merzouga km. 19, Erfoud 52200, Morocco
Location: Morocco > Meknes-Tafilalet Region > Erfoud
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 14 Hotels in Erfoud
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 18
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Kasbah Hotel Said is set in the magical countryside of Southern Morocco, located between Erfoudis green palm trees and the fascinating Sahara Desert.  The hotel has a leafy garden that surrounds a peaceful terrace and a refreshing swimming pool. Built around the terrace, all rooms at the Kasbah Hotel Said reflect the Saharan charm, with traditional blankets and hangings made by local craftsmen and women. Each room is equipped with its own private bathroom with sinks made out of Erfoud fossil marble and carved out of the rock. Two of the bedrooms also have a terrace. Each day couscous, tajine, kebab, salads and many other Berber, Nomad and Saharan specialties are available at the Kasbah kitchen and guests are welcome to relax in the Moroccan  lounge and enjoy some mint tea. ... more   less 
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Kasbah Hotel Erfoud

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