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Kasbah Hotel Xaluca Arfoud
Ranked #1 of 13 Hotels in Erfoud
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed November 1, 2008

While I will leave it to others to describe the pleasant rooms and surroundings at this hotel in the desert, I want to focus on the buffet served in the restaurant. While the evening meal had plentiful food, it was surprisingly bland and tasted as if it had been sitting around awhile. At breakfast the next morning, I was surprised to see loads of flies buzzing around the entire buffet and the staff didn't seem at all concerned. It made for a very unappealing breakfast. I notified reception of this upon my departure and they showed no concern. That is my only criticism of this otherwise lovely hotel.

  • Stayed: October 2008, traveled solo
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Reviewed October 20, 2008

This is a fairly new place (2003, I think). It is very large and surrounds several courtyards, one with a beautiful pool. The rooms are large and clean and styled up to look tent-like. In the evenings, there is local music and camels, etc around the courtyards. We enjoyed sitting by the pool and having drinks. The evening buffet and morning buffet were very nice. The staff was also nice and helpful. It is fairy isolated, but we only stayed one night passing through.

  • Stayed: October 2008, traveled with friends
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Reviewed June 30, 2008

My family stayed here while on a 10 day tour of Morocco - fantastic hotel wished I could have had an extra day there to relax. Food great, pool cool but nice surrounds. Staff very friendly and helpful about arranging our trip to the sand dunes of Meragoza. Would definitely recommend that you stay here however it is about 5km out of town - not that there is much to do in town anyway.

Stayed: April 2008
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Reviewed June 28, 2008

Excellent hotel - literally an oasis in the desert. This modern hotel is built using traditional pise methods (mud brick) and in the traditional kasbah style. Built in the middle of nowhere it is surrounded by a high wall. There are two connecting courtyards - one containing the hotel rooms, and the other the swimming pool, dining room, tea room, bar and reception. Rooms are traditional but clean and comfortable, with en suite bathroom containind a large washbasin carrved from stone containg fossils.

The hotel has dune buggies and camels for trips into the desert, and will arrange an overnight camel trip to a Berber camp at an oasis in the Erg Chebbi dunes near Merzouga.

Good base for visiting nearby Rissani (large market) and Erfoud (the place to buy fossils).

  • Stayed: July 2006, traveled with family
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Reviewed December 11, 2007

I can only say that this hotel is quite a surprise... a FABULOUS suprprise.
the only thing I can't evaluate is the pool... couldn't use it under the freezing cold you can find in the desert during the month of January...
If you're looking for a high quality place to stay if you're going for an off-road adventure this is the place to be.
If you're looking for a romantic place ... well... this is the place to stay as well.
The food is good, and the service and overall quality of the hotel is abolutely fabulous.
Be aware.. if you want to make reservations during the days that Lisbon-Dakar competition goes past Erfoud, make it at least two months in advance.
In very short terms... Been there and loved it ! 1001 nights hotel.

  • Stayed: January 2007, traveled with friends
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Reviewed April 23, 2007

This place is a perfectly nice resort near the desert in Morocco. It was a great place to spend a few days recharging on our two week trip, but I wouldn't go to Morocco just to see it.

The hotel has all kinds of amenities, the room and pool are nice and the food is pretty good (not great, but a VERY welcome bit of culinary diversity in the land o' Tagines!). There's a good bar with good service and a staff that can help you arrange for sightseeing trips (like camel rides into the desert or 4x4 driving).

If you are doing a road trip trek around Morocco, I recommend a few days R&R at this resort.

A couple of notes on seasons. We visited in January (it was COLD) and we were literally the only people in the whole hotel of over a hundred rooms. The place was open and we got served, but it was like a ghost town with regard to other guests (again, though, the staff was present and the place was fully functional). I am guessing that the place is pretty happening in the summer, when the pool and rooftops would be a great hangout for sun lovers, and probably quite the minor league party scene....Consider when you are going and the weather, because it will impact the ambiance and your experience, I would guess.

  • Stayed: January 2007, traveled as a couple
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11  Thank gsbdiver
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Reviewed April 13, 2007

With our tour we came to hotel Xalucca. A very luxurous complex, built as a Kasba, with a large pool next to the diningrooms, and buildings with the rooms around large patio's. The rooms are in desert-style, with special decorations, very original and colourful..
Everything was clean, the water in the shower hot . The whole place invited to stay and relax. Unfortunately we left next day.Iwould recommend to take a few days here and to do some tours into the desert from here. We also took jeeps to Merzouga, but then went on.
The food was great too.
Definitly the greatest place of our trip.

8  Thank Bhutantraveller
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Additional Information about Kasbah Hotel Xaluca Arfoud

Address: Km 5 Route d'Arfoud a Errachidia, B.P. 205, Erfoud 52200, Morocco
Location: Morocco > Meknes-Tafilalet Region > Erfoud
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 13 Hotels in Erfoud
Price Range: $94 - $129 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Kasbah Hotel Xaluca Arfoud 4*
Number of rooms: 152
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Spa & Wellness in the door of the desert. Kasbah Hotel Xaluca is located in Arfoud, a city known as "the Door to the Desert." The Kasbah is listed as unique in Morocco due to its distinctive characteristics. It was built with adobes, the traditional Moroccan building bricks, and it is a perfect place to relax and enjoy the moment. Kasbah Hotel Xaluca Arfoud offers 137 spacious rooms decorated with regional materials, as well as 7 bungalows. It combines tradition with modern amenities, where installations are adapted to the stringiest standards. It is a fantastic place, situated among the dunes and palms, where you will be able to enjoy unique emotions. The team at Kasbah Hotel Xaluca Arfoud will make your stay unforgettable. ... more   less 
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