I stayed at the Riad Dar Barbara for one night while passing through Ouarzazate. At first I was wondering where our driver was taking us because it is a little off the beaten path, but soon realized what a gem of a spot they have there. At the end of a dirt road appeared a beautiful and newly built riad in the traditional style at the edge of a palmerie.
We were welcomed straight away by the owner Hassan and his staff, who remembered my travelling companion from her stay there a year previous. We were very warmly greeted and immediately relieved of all our bags and shown to our room. It was large, well-kept, and very nicely decorated. Very clean as well.
We joined the other guests in the dining room and were set up with tea beside the fireplace, after which we were invited for drinks with other guests and a couple of neighbours who were visiting.
This place feels like home. The staff were incredibly friendly, and encouraged all at dinner to join in the fun -- singing and drumming in the Berber style. The atmosphere was more of dinner party than cold, anonymous hotel.
The food was excellent and plentiful, and the Moroccan wine was surprisingly good. This is one of the few places I stayed in Morocco that was alcohol friendly.
I would not hesitate to recommend this place to those looking for a warm, friendly, make-yourself-at-home experience. I would not recommend this place for those looking for anonymity and who want to be left to themselves -- this is a fun, genial, and very friendly place where you feel as if you are among friends.
I felt very safe and secure (as a single female).
After several days of travelling and staying in different places, I felt like I could relax here and only wished I could have stayed longer. I will definitely be back.
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