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“Beautiful and comfortable place”
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Dar Kamar
Ranked #8 of 40 Hotels in Ouarzazate
Certificate of Excellence
Zurich, Switzerland
Level 3 Contributor
15 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Beautiful and comfortable place”
Reviewed June 5, 2013

I stayed in Dar Kamar for only one night in May, and happend to be the only guest for that night! It is a beautifully decorated hotel, with lovely details, like the sinks carved out of local stone with fossils in it. The place is spotlessly clean and the bed very comfortable. The staff was extremely helpfull and considerate, finding for me information for my journey onwards and mentioning a restaurant. The stargazing on the rooftop terrace and the bountiful breakfast-table which was proudly and beautifully presented remain unforgotten. If one wants to use the hamam, it might be advisable to notice the staff beforehand, as it is warmed with a wood fire.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled solo
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Brisbane, Australia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed May 3, 2013

I have stayed in this Riad for the past 2 years in the lead up to the Marathon Des Sables and have found Mohamed very welcoming, the rooms are clean and colourful and the plumbing works, not like other hotels I have to stay at after the event where the water runs out of the door faster than down the drain
The breakfast in the morning on the roof is very relaxing and if you are lucky Mohamed will cook a Berber omelette for you, the main meal in the evening has been better than the best restaurants in town and I have tried a few.
The Riad is in the old Kasbah Taourirt a walled city so expect to walk down the narrow alleys to the front door which is not to far from the main street which adds to the charm of the place, inside the Riad it has many sitting rooms all very well decorated and I have spent hours photographing all the odd decorations which make up the charm of the place, there is a cosy fireplace in one of the lounges which will keep you warm on the cooler nights
should you choose to stay there you will not be disappointed as it is a true Moroccan experience, I will definitely return in future

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled solo
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Bahamas
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37 reviews
22 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed February 15, 2013

I do not know what the other places are like in Ouarzazate, but I liked this place a lot. The decor was really unique, staff (Mohammed) was very welcoming and warm, and if given the choice I would have stayed here more than just one night. The room was good size, though not so large as to be "cold". The shower and cleanliness was very good. The twin room just at the top of the stairs has some step negotiation (steps go up, then down), but other rooms are fine. Renovation has been carried out with care and the hammam looked really nice. As I said, I would have loved to have stayed extra time.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with friends
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Thank Jeanine21
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Kent, Ohio
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11 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed December 1, 2012

This was a charming riad/hotel. It has been restored but the original building is very old. Mohammed was very nice and accommodating and allowed us to sleep on the ground floor room and also served our breakfast in the lounge so that my mom would not have to go upstairs. The room was small, but the larger one available was up the stairs. The hotel was near the Kasbah, and also across the street was a nice outdoor cafe.
I would recommend this riad for your stay in Ourzazate.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
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London
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143 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 131 helpful votes
Reviewed November 15, 2012

Arriving in Ouarzazate by car, we had difficulty finding Dar Kamar. Entirely our fault - we had not obtained directions in advance.

For your reference, the riad is quite central: down the hill from Hotel Mercure and Hotel Ibis, in the old kasbah on the other side of the main road.

Moral of the story: look it up in advance, or telephone the hotel and ask them to beam you in.

When eventually we arrived - what a delight! Hidden away down narrow alleys, this is a former home of a local aristocrat built in the traditional manner. Our room was very comfortable - wooden beams, double bed and en-suite bathroom with shower.

Breakfast on the terrace was one of the highlights for us… coffee, bread, pancakes, a variety of jams including apricot and fig, honey, fresh fruit, boiled eggs - served on the hotel's magnificent terrace which looks out to the mosque and Atlas mountains.

Before we left Ouarzazate the manager, Mohammed, asked where we would be heading, and gave us his tips. He wrote us a four-page list of recommendations, complete with hand-drawn maps. These turned out to be spot-on.

He also took us on a fascinating walking tour of the kasbah. Service beyond the call of duty!

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
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Thank Formerly
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Miami, Florida
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130 reviews
31 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
Reviewed May 31, 2012

Hotel is convenient, near Glaoui Kasbah, and well-decorated with African artifacts. Staff is nice and helpful, although disorganized. The terrace on the roof has a pretty view. But the hotel does not take credit cards. How is that still possible in a major town in 2012? We have stayed in the middle of the Brazilian rainforest and the hotel took credit cards. We have stayed in the bush in southern Africa and the hotel took credit cards. Hotels in little villages in eastern europe now typically take credit cards. Our hotels in rural Nepal took credit cards. Moreover, the hotel management insists on getting a downpayment to reserve the room. That means you need to use western union to send money (which means additional fees because credit card companies treat such transfers as a cash advance). Overall this is a big negative for this hotel and this situation needs to be fixed if Dar Kamar wants to be known as a serious, professional hotel.

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
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Thank BramStoker
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Savona, Italy
Level 6 Contributor
370 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 90 helpful votes
Reviewed January 12, 2012

Excellent Riad in the Ourzazate Old Medina but with a management not in line with the good level of the Hotel .The person in charge for reception of the guest give the priority to the business and not to give a satisfactory service to the visitors Our personally experience was terrible regarding in the stinginess imposed in order to book two room for three people(a family with one daughter) .confirming by one month before e mail ,that the room don't allow the possibility to stay thrre people in one room due to limited room area.On arrival we have noted that the room was large and he don.t accept to partially refund any money for the no use of the second room.
One Riad that never will be suggested from me to anybody.

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled with family
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BeautifulMadrid, Gerente at Dar Kamar, responded to this review, March 5, 2012
Dear Customer,

After reading your letter, I must say that I am sorry you do not agree with the way we manage our business. First of all inform you that Dar Kamar does not have triple rooms, only double and twin. You booked the rooms number 10 and 8 (number 8 for individual use). Anyone interested can check through the photos on our website that these rooms do not support an additional bed.

When you arrived at Dar Kamar you decided that the room number 10 was large enough to hold three people and you would only use that one. Let me say that I find really surprising that three adults have slept in a double bed of 150x200 m (4,92x6,56 feets). This is the first time it happens. I hope you were not too uncomfortable.

I think Mohamed, our front desk attendant, was extremely kind no denying that three persons sleep in a double room (despite going against our philosophy of business) and offering you a refund for the second room you would not use, in case of it would be occupied by customers last minute.

We apologize for any inconvenience this situation may have caused you and I am at your entire disposal for any suggestion.

Yours faithfully,

Carmen Cabezas
Manager & Partner
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Property: Dar Kamar
Address: 45 Kasbah Taourirt, Ouarzazate 45000, Morocco
Location: Morocco > Souss-Massa-Draa Region > Ouarzazate
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Suites
Hotel Style:
#6 Romantic Hotel in Ouarzazate
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Dar Kamar 3*
Number of rooms: 14
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The old court house of former Pasha Glaoui, Dar Kamar "The house of the moon",is at present a charming hotel restored in the middle of Taourirt Kasbah in Ouarzazate, on the verge of the Moroccan desert. Our twelve rooms and two suites with air-conditioning, restaurant, Hammam, living-rooms and huge terrace keep the splendor and the art of the sun-dried brick made buildings from the XVll Century.Antiguo Palacio de Justicia del Pacha Glaoui, Dar Kamar "La casa de la luna", es en la actualidad un pequeno hotel con encanto dentro de la Kasba de Taourirt en la ciudad de Ouarzazate, situada en las faldas del Atlas y a las puertas del desierto marroqui. Nuestras doce habitaciones y dos suites climatizadas, restaurante, salones, bano turco y terrazas panoramicas, conservan la majestuosidad de esta antigua edificacion construida en adobe a principios del siglo XVII. ... more   less 
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