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“Hidden Gem”
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Dar Daif
Ranked #1 of 61 Ouarzazate B&B and Inns
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Lyme Regis, United Kingdom
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“Hidden Gem”
Reviewed October 13, 2012

We found the Dar Daif when driving back from the desert. I started to get late and we needed to find some where to stay. As with a lot of places in morocco the outside looks ......not very inviting! Once through the doors it is like entering another world. A quiet courtyard garden and good views. The evening meal was good and we were played to by local musician who managed to get a tune out of the four stringed "broomhandle and bowl" not sure what they call it, but he was brilliantly enthusiastic.
The staff were friendly and this is a good place to stay. It is a bit of a miander down the back street to find it but it you ask a local they all know where it is.

Room Tip: Most of the room seem to have a good view
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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Reviewed September 10, 2012

We had à verhaal pleasant stay for ons nicht at dar daif. Warm welcome, delicious dinner. The room was Nice and clean. When we left Jean Pierre THE owner gave us some great tips for off road trip through dades vallee.

Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Mohammedia
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Reviewed May 18, 2012

I can never forget this place, very warm and welcoming riad, we were in summer, beautiful room with beautiful fourniture and artisanat , during the day, you can have a swim, and later a hammam.
I can never forget the food: 100% bio, We did not get to be bored, no TV, eating having some rest reading, swimming...You can ask for any thing you want, you will get it with a nice smile.
Very clean, the smell of the rooms and also the library with interesting books to reads.
Bravo J Pierre
I want to go back

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled as a couple
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Bristol. UK
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Reviewed January 23, 2012

Four days in the Sahara folded into a Dar Daif envelope -- a package so close to perfection the only criticism I can muster is chipped cups at the Dar and sub zero temperatures night and morning in the dunes. But we expected the latter and forgave the former because the rest fulfilled our R&R dreams like no previous holiday. We are middle aged and appreciative of creature comforts offered by an impeccably managed, elegantly presented and brilliantly located Moroccan guest house. A few kilometres from the outskirts of Ouarzazate, Dar Daif is a short stroll from the shores of Lake Ouarzazate -- a RAMSAR designated wetland, teeming with birdlife. An ornithological delight -- we sat for hours in pleasant winter sunshine gazing through our "jumelles" at hundreds of cormorants and storks, alongside osprey, spoonbills, black wing stilts, ruddy shelduck, great crested grebes, ringed plover, many varieties of wheatear and wagtail -- and that's just a sample of the ones we could identify. We had two days of luxury either side of the bit in the middle that satisfied our craving for novelty and adventure. We camped, walked and rode with three camels and three Berber gentlemen -- Echou the guide and Omar and Idir the camel men. Zaid the driver completed the ensemble. The trek was glitch-free and enormously good fun. The stars at night, the silence of the days and the awesome beauty of the dunes exceeded our expectations. We want to do it again -- next time for longer. Dar Daif and its sister outfit Desert et Montagne.com offer a complete package that includes long distance drives in a comfy Toyota Land Cruiser, half board at the Dar -- plus the services of our guide/chef and the camel men during the trek. The package is reasonably priced -- and tailored to to individual requirements.

Room Tip: In summer request one that has a terrace overlooking the courtyard and swmming pool.
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  • Stayed December 2011, traveled as a couple
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Connecticut, USA
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Reviewed January 5, 2012

Once you get past the union banner across the street (only relevant if you speak Frency), this is a charming riad with a pleasant courtyard, stairs going off to several different levels. As we had 4 rooms for our party, there was a good amount of up and down during our stay getting to and from the different rooms. Some of the rooms were quite large, with sufficient room for parents and two children. Our room was off the dining room, which was a bit strange in the evening as we had to stand at the nearby table while inserting the key in the door! The food was fantastic, both dinner and breakfast. As there is an opening to the sky from the courtyard, we had a few birds watching us during breakfast; they seemed to enjoy the food as well!

Room Tip: Try to get a room that doesn't open directly onto the dining room.
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  • Stayed December 2011, traveled with family
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London, UK
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Reviewed October 4, 2011

Starting with the good points, the food here was amazing, really, really good. The staff were also lovely and the courtyard area was beautfiul.
Slight niggles were the fact that a bird was flying around our landing for the entire duration of our staying, coming into our room on a couple of occasions, I know it's Morocco and not London but I was a little freaked eating breakfast inside with a bird flapping near by. Not to mention the bird muck that was on numerous cushions etc.
Only other small point was that the restaurant doesn't serve alcohol, they're happy for you to bring your own, which we didn't know about until we arrived.
The interior is full of rugs, cushions and candles which I'm sure make this place very cosy in the winter, no major issues, just not really our cup of tea.

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled as a couple
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UK/Italy
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Reviewed September 6, 2011

We stayed at the Dar Daif for 3 nights. We used Ouarzazate as a base for many excursions in the beautiful surrounding areas. First impressions were good (despite the unions demonstrators and banners outside), the hotel is on different levels and it has been well renovated, respecting the character of the Kasbah. The swimingpool is small but nice, the communal rooms are in traditional style and we liked the general feel of the place.

The room we picked was quite cheap (EUR45) so we did not expect a lot, however it wasn't just small, terrible shower and in need of 'freshen up' but it had no external windows! I think they should clearly state that in their internet site. We would have liked to change room, but first there was no free room for the all length of the stay, and second there are very few standard rooms, the next ones available are around EUR120, which is a big difference in price!

Also the room we stayed had an internal window facing the restaurant, with music, etc.. so it was not the best combination! We did not mind it too much as we were out and about, however if you stay at the hotel for longer, then I would definitely not recommend the small rooms! Also, I have seen the bigger rooms, and I do not believe they are worth EUR120!!!

Anyway, on the positive side, food was amazing, really good value. The Hammam experience was really good and also well priced. The staff was really friendly and helpful. The views from the living room (and 2 suites) are breathtaking, so perhaps it worth spending more for one of those!

We had a good time at the Dar Daif, but in the future I don't think I will be staying there again.

  • Stayed May 2011, traveled as a couple
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Property: Dar Daif
Address: BP 93 | douar Talmasla, Ouarzazate 45000, Morocco
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Location: Morocco > Souss-Massa-Draa Region > Ouarzazate
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 61 B&Bs / Inns in Ouarzazate
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Dar Daif 3*
Number of rooms: 14
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
3 km from Ouarzazate on the edge of the gardens, this Kasbah offers a warm atmosphere "Caravanserai" desert oasis. Zineb and Jean Pierre Datcharry and their team, passionate about the desert and mountains of Morocco for over 25 years, invite you to discover their magical house guests - the true southern gem not to be missed. neat and tasty cuisine, natural products, organic and region. Cooking lessons and pastry offered (book) if arrive early afternoon. Activities from the Kasbah: - Bird watching with a telescope, foot walks in the gardens, mountain biking, canoeing on the lake, bivouac in the desert, camel crossings in the desert trek in the Atlas. Establishment: Green Key certified, trophy Responsible Tourism (Morocco, France, Spain), HACCP certification. 1 furnished room for disabled people (hospital bed, no door, wagon comfort) joellette walks in the gardens, walks in the desert with a special wagons attached to the back of a camel. Parking guarded 24 / 24. Garage for bikes. Airport shuttle and bus. ... more   less 
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