Anyone who goes to Morocco and just visits Marrakesh and Casablanca is missing out on much of what makes up the soul of the country -- the Berbers and the desert they call home. And Les Pyramides is definitely the place to get "up close and personal" with the camels and the sand, especially at a cost that won't break the bank.
Les Pyramides is basic, but really it's as it should be, since a stay here must also absolutely include an over-night out in the desert itself.
Ali, Omar and the crew are wonderful hosts, but what I haven't seen mentioned by other writers here is just how good their cooking is. Definitely go for the kefta tajine, which is delicious, and far different to what we got anywhere else in the country. And you'll be amazed at what they're able to conjure up for your meal out in the desert. Omar's chicken tajine and couscous on the sand was the best we had on our whole trip!
While you're there, also take the opportunity to visit Hamad Mahjoubi and his mates at Dar Gnawa Khamlia for a taste of Gnaouan music - a historical link with what much later became the blues. Ali can set all that up for you, no problem. But make sure you slip the village elders a bit of cash, as well as buying one of their CDs. These days musicians (and their families) have a hard life no matter where they call home.
We visited Morocco the first time back in the '70's, but this trip to the desert was the best thing we've ever done in the country. If only we'd come all those years ago!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Les Pyramides Hotel offers guest house accommodation in Merzouga. There are a number of local attractions including Dayet Srji and Erg Chebbi.This 3-star Merzouga guesthouse offers gift shops/newsstands. If you want low-key dining options, you will be pleased to find barbecue grills and 24-hour room service.Multilingual staff are available at the front desk 24 hours-a-day and can provide tour/ticket assistance. Guests staying at this guesthouse on a business trip can hold meetings as there is a meeting/conference room as well as translation services and a 24-hour business center. You can also benefit from an Internet point and event catering. A safe is available at reception. Other amenities include a train station pick-up service, free parking, dry cleaning/laundry services, air conditioning in public areas, currency exchange, an elevator (lift) and concierge services. ... more less
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