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Auberge Bagdad Cafe
Ranked #1 of 31 Ait Ben Haddou B&B and Inns
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Reviewed January 25, 2013

We spent two nights here and instantly felt at home. Mohammed and Rose were incredibly friendly and helpful and we felt like guests of the family. The bedroom was very comfortable with a soft mattress, duvet and pillows and there was plenty of hot water for a morning shower. Breakfast was just right and a social occasion each morning and it was useful having a restaurant attached as the town itself was small. What's more, they sometimes have wine and beer on the menu which, if you've been in Morocco for a few weeks, will be a real treat! Ait Ben Haddou's ksar is stunning and a very short walk away from Cafe Bagdad. If you are visiting, make sure you give their youngest son (who you will definitely get to know) a big hug on our behalf!

  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed December 3, 2012

We stayed for 2 nights . Right from the start you feel at home. Friendly reception by owner and wife. Very good food and reasonable prices. The rooms are spacious, clean and very quiet.
Bathroom good size. Breakfast is fantastic with eggs, pancakes etc. Excellent score price/quality.
Owners go out of their way to make you feel comfortable. Nice terrace to have an afternoon tea.

Room Tip: All rooms are good and located around the rear patio.
  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed December 1, 2012

What an excellent find for an overnight stay at Ait be Haddou. Made to feel like part of the family from the moment we stepped through the door. The proprietor and his wife went out of their way to make us comfortable, including accommodating some special dietary requirements of my wife.
The rooms (there are only 6) are relatively simple but clean and comfortable. The food is excellent and reasonably priced. So is the wine! And the location is right next to the path leading across the river to the kasbah.
On leaving Ait Ben Haddou, we took the very scenic minor road up the valley that connects with the main Ouarzazate-Marrakesh highway just below the Tizi-n-Tichka Pass. Most of this road is surfaced, albeit there is a rather rough unsurfaced section for about 12 kilometers before Telouet. Not advisable if you are in a hurry to reach Marrakesh, but passable in a small car if you want to drive slowly through some spectacular scenery.

  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed November 30, 2012

We were in the neighborhood toward the end of August, my partner and I and our six-year-old son, come south from Marrakech to see the desert -- or as near as we dared get in the late summer heat. We didn't actually *stay* at Auberge Bagdad Cafe, but rather down the main (and only) drag of this dusty one-stoplight hamlet, whose economy revolves around tourism at the adjacent ksar of Ait Benhaddou. Our accommodations were fine, if typically drab, but we drifted down to the Bagdad Cafe, drawn by the unexpected reference to a favorite '80s indie film. We found there the completely delightful Franco-Moroccan family that runs the place, and they supplied us with some very decent meals (with wine, even!), great conversation (in both French and impeccable English, a rarity in Southern Morocco), and superb directions to some of the area's lesser-known attractions -- along with cabs to get us around and back to Marrakech.

The rooms here aren't anything to get excited over -- they're fine, rung around a leafy little courtyard. Humble, though no more than any of the other riads in town. But Rose and Mohammed (and their awesome kids) are amazing -- warm, generous, funny and extremely helpful -- and really took us in for the few days we were in town. Despite the fact that we were staying at a different riad. Very, very cool people. Made our trip over the Atlas. Stay there. Particularly if you have kids!

And Ait Benhaddou is worth a visit. At first glance, it could be any motel strip off any disused secondary highway in the American Southwest. Same architecture, same sameness surrounded by nothingness. There's not a lot happening there, which is a big part of the magic. The landscape is a bigger part: the colors -- layers of rich reds, yellows, and browns entwined in a riot of geological diversity; the lush palm oases popping out of the barrenness, straddling languid wadis; the decrepit but still-majestic ksars (Ait Benhaddou is still inhabited by a handful of families, though the government has been trying to herd the residents across the wadi as a probably-misguided part of its preservation efforts since the place became a UNESCO World Heritage Site); the vast, starry night skies. Go, chill for a few days, ask yourself all the big questions, look for scorpions, watch your kid plunge off a sheer cliff face into a shallow wadi surrounded by a shock of palm trees a world away from the city, any city -- and then plunge back into the insanity of Marrakech or whatever. It's a worthy detour.

  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled with family
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3  Thank Matthew A
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Reviewed November 24, 2012

it was a pleasure to stay here! the owners are so friendly, the breakfast is fantastic and the owner checked with us the map, gave us recommandation where to go and what to do! really recommendable and a wonderful place for visiting the Kashpa! go there and enjoy the Auberge Bagdad Cafe! :)

  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed October 31, 2012

No nonsense place to stay. Owners are really friendly and immediatly make you feel welcome.
Rooms are very clean, beds sleep well and the food is really good. I even think it was to cheap for what we got.

  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Thank Bovens
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Reviewed October 2, 2012

If you ever come to the magical place of Aid Ben Haddou, you must stop at Auberge Bagdad Cafe. The hosts will welcome you as old friends long not seen, while hours spent with the owners of the auberge chatting will be priceless. Spatious, clear, air-conditioned rooms and efficient internet connection will be only a minor addition. If I ever return to Morocco, I will definitely come back to Bagdad Cafe. It's a pity I cannot mark it higher than 5 as Bagdad Cafe for sure deserves 10..

  • Stayed: May 2012, traveled with friends
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Address: Rue Principale, Ait Ben Haddou 45122, Morocco
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Location: Morocco > Souss-Massa-Draa Region > Ait Ben Haddou
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool
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Ranked #1 of 31 B&Bs / Inns in Ait Ben Haddou
Price Range: $55 - $72 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Auberge Bagdad Cafe 3*
Number of rooms: 6
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