We turned up here on recommendation but without booking and all the rooms were fully booked, so we were offered accommodation in the Berber Camp next door. We were in two minds whether to stay, but we were offered lunch, which helped to make our minds up. The food was good wholesome stuff - fresh and well-presented. The staff were friendly and courteous and we decided to stay there overnight. Having done many desert excursions before, we didn't take advantage of the camels or quad bikes, but if you wanted these kinds of activities, the auberge will arrange it for you. We went on foot into the dunes to watch the sunset and returned in time for dinner - A big party had arrived and the patio was beautifully laid out with tables and a huge buffet. Again the food was great.
I can't comment on the en-suite rooms, but the tented camp was perfectly good. We used the communal showers and toilets, which was an acceptable standard comparable with most European camp-site facilities.
Even though it was very hot during our trip, we had a very comfortable night in the tent and in fact it was much better than many of the hotel rooms we had stayed in.
Breakfast was good - generous buffet spread with a typical range of OJ, coffee and bread with honey, jam etc.
The setting is amazing - Erg Chebbi is always impressive. The auberge is in a ksar style and decorated tastefully. It has a patio and swimming pool looking out over the dunes. The rooms are set within an inner courtyard and there are two communal rooms either side of the entrance hall.
I couldn't fault this auberge . The staff bent over backwards to accommodate us and didn't try to hard-sell any of the add-on activities. I would recommend making a booking though - it is a long drive across the desert piste!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Sahara welcomes you to the most interesting place to stay while visiting the amazing dunes of Erg Chebbi South East Morocco . Auberge Cafe du Sud makes your journey into the heart of the Moroccan Sahara a truly memorable experience . Our rooms decorated with pure Saharan taste are indeed something to remember after you visit us . Auberge Cafe du Sud is located right on the edge of the biggest sand dunes of the whole northwest part of Africa called “The Dunes of Erg Chebbi”, having all the magic, wonderful and unique energy of the Sahara. Our Hotel has a restaurant with great Moroccan food with all the typical dishes of the region. Our friendly staff invites you to spend time with us and enjoy adventure or relaxation in the Sahara, the most mythic deserto f the world. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Auberge Du Sud Hotel Merzouga