The first time I read about Timbuktu must have been in a Donald Duck magazine.
Suddenly the city was on my itinerary. Timbuktu. I went in a cortege of Foreign Affairs, so I have no idea how to get here. Check Google.
There were not many hotels to choose from in this small Tuareg town. It based on the River Niger in the west African country of Mali. Timbuktu connects the black sub-Saharan Africa with the Arab North Africa.
A very special atmosphere and a central linking point for many different cultures and people for thousands of years.
Hotel du Desert is a concrete package, just like all the other buildings in the area. Two floors, with rooms on the second floor. The standard is simple, but it feels okay. Turn up the mosquito net, and make sure all holes are plugged.
There is a small garden in the middle of the building that actually looks a little like a Riad. There is also planted some flowers there that make it a friendly place to sleep.
It is completely silent from 21.00; Anyway: I took a ride through the dark (remember to memorize where you live). Here is not a taxi, or someone other, than youself - that have to find back to the Hotel Du Desert. My suggestion is to take a chance and sit down inside these garages that are actually cafes with local beer. There is a it welcoming atmosphere that is transmitted immediately. RELAX!
There is sand all around the village, and there is also some sand in the corners of the room. Breakfast was simple with coffee, bread, milk and jam. But good as gold served from very restrained people from the city. Good luck.