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Auberge le Festival
Ranked #1 of 35 Tinerhir B&B and Inns
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Reviewed June 9, 2013

This is a unique and wonderful spot. Built into a bend in the Todra Gorge, far away from the crowds and kitch of the narrows a further 7 km down the Gorge. The architecture is inspired - multiple levels harmonizing into the canyon rock with terraces and lots of outdoor space. Makes for great hanging out space We stayed in the tower rooms, which were very comfy and views of the canyon walls. The food was excellent. The staff were super friendly and helpful. We played music with them after dinner each night. They arranged for an excellent guide (Abdul) to take us on a long day hike through and out of the canyon to the town of Tamtattouchte. We meet a Berber nomade family on the hike and enjoyed tea with them and their goats. The scenery is very good - reminding us a lot of the southwest in the US where we go often.

  • Stayed: May 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed June 8, 2013

After a mix up with our accommodation we decided to stay in Todra Gorge and chose Auberge Le Festival. You keep on driving through the very touristy part of the Gorge and you think there cannot be anything ahead in this very barren place and this wonderful stone structure appears. Rugged. Beautiful. Unique. Very convivial setting. The staff were very hospitable organising a guide for trek the next day and the meal we had was wonderful. The best tagine of the trip. The trek started across the way and ended at a village higher up. We walked for 6.5hours with the wonderful Abdul for about 18km. It was a spectacular walk albeit pretty slow. Climbing up, rough tracks, stopping at a nomad families camping site. It really was a highlight though we were exhausted. We gathered some strength at Les Amici (higher village) before continuing our journey.

  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed June 6, 2013

Sometimes it is hard to describe how fantastic it was....

Let's try:

First of all we we were very impressed by the surroundings of the Auberge. Really breathtaking.

The Auberge itself is also very impressive. Really wow!

We were staying in a renovated ensuite cave room. The room was very cozy and had enough space for us two adults, two children (age 8 and 10) and all our stuff. We had 1 double bed, one single bed in the ensuite room and one good mattress on the ground.

The Auberge is in the middle of nowhere and elektricity and warm water is generated from solar panels. We were surprised we had enough warm water when we all took a shower behind each other!

During our stay we had breakfast and dinner included. Both were very good (and also the lunch by the way!). For dinner they had even a special menu for the children! (and there was enough food so that our children could also taste our menu). Tip: if you are taking lunch be aware that the portions (omelets) are very generous so you can easily share this with your children!

We have done two activities: guided walking (2 1/2 hour) and rock climbing. It is possible two walk on your own (and the staff are happy to explain how to walk) but we were very happy with our guide Youssef. Very friendly, lots of fun and no worries about were to walk. You think you have seen the surroundings if you are at the Auberge but you really have to do a walking. The surroundings you see during your walking are even more breathtaking than you already have seen!

The rock climbing was just behind the Auberge. We have done this activity with no other climb experience and it was really fun for us to do this! If you are doing this for the first time be aware that you know how to come down before you are climbing (too) high!

Finally we want to share that the owner Addi and the staff (Youssef and Abdul) are very funny, heartwarming and helpfull.

And they are also very helpfull if there are some problems. At our first day of our stay we had to go to the hospital and we had to call with our insurance. It was no problem to bring us to the hospital (it took two ours in total!), off course we could use their cell phone and they even offer to care for our children during that time! When we asked what the costs were for all this the owner just let us know that it was ok....

Are you looking for breathtaking nature and stay? Than we really recommand this place. If it is possible we really want to recommend to stay at least two nights. Than you really come to enjoy peace and the beautifull nature.

  • Stayed: May 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed June 4, 2013

The Auberge is on a spectacular site on a bend in the upper Todra Gorge. It is the last hotel in the gorge - some way from the next nearest building. We stayed 2 nights in 2 of the "caves" - clean, innovative, warm and exciting. They are fashioned out of the rock and a smooth surface put on. The bed is on a plinth at the far end - about 20 feet from the door It is very comfortable - a bit short of hanging space. A separate and roomy ensuite/shower and fantastic fossils on the basin! There is one small window in the en suite. Plenty o height in the room. 2 chairs and some wall hooks. These roms open onto wonderful terraces. The hot water is god - they put generator on n times of demand. ighting in cave rooms is adequate. There are other rooms as well but not seen by us. There is a small plunge pool. You can put beers in their fridge - if you have brought some with you!
Dinner and breakfas in reception area - by candlelight. Wine is available to buy - about £15/bottle.
Cost was Dh 500 p/p/night B&B plus evening meal. You need the meal as there is nowhere close to eat. Meals were really very good and plenty of it. Abdul is an exceptional employee. He speaks 5 languages and nothing is too much trouble for him. Some of the staff took to the drums after dinner and be prepared to be invited to join in. I did and thoroughly enjoyed 5 mins of drumming. There are 2 or 3 walks from the hotel - shortest is 45 min circular from the hotel. Paths are loose and rocky so take care.
Overall this is good value for money. You must try it!!
NB pay cash only - dirhams or euros.

Room Tip: Just try to get into the cave rooms
  • Stayed: May 2013, traveled with friends
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1  Thank Daisy3178
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Reviewed May 26, 2013

After enduring a 13-hour bus ride from Marrakech (it broke down for 5 hours) we arrived in Tinerhir at 9pm, with no transport arranged, no taxis around and no idea where we were going. After making a phone call, Adi (the manager) arranged for his brother to drive us to the hotel - this set the tone for the excellent service we received during our stay.
We stayed in a cave room for our first night, and a tower room for our second. The cave room is naturally air-conditioned, with plenty of space and a beautiful bathroom. The terrace outside is a great place to have breakfast. The tower rooms are large, with 2 bedrooms and a wonderful en-suite bathroom. There is a little pool built into the ramparts too - very refreshing during the hottest part of the day or after climbing.
The staff are very welcoming and attentive. They always had smiles on their faces and went the extra mile to make our stay memorable. Breakfasts and dinners are healthy and delicious, and the tea is supreme. If you're here to climb, Adi's brother Youssef has written a guide with maps and topos - there are even bolted climbs on the wall behind the auberge!
I recommend hiring a car if you're coming this far into the gorge - that way you still get tranquility in isolation as well as the freedom to explore.
My girlfriend and I are planning another visit to the gorge next year, and we will be staying here again. This is, without a doubt, one of the best hotels I have ever stayed in!
One other thing - the staff are keen climbers but don't have any equipment. I left a few things as a way to get them started, but if you're here to climb and you can afford to leave any gear with them as a way of saying thank you, they would be received very gratefully :)

Room Tip: Go for a tower or cave room, without a doubt!
  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed May 10, 2013 via mobile

Service:
The manager was very attentive. He invited us to watch them prepare meals in the kitchen, and showed us their herbal garden while picking fresh herbs for our tea.

Room:
The rooms are caves built into Todra Gorge. It is not big but very unique. There is a terrace right outside the room with sitting area. Great spot for looking at stars at night.

Location:
If you want to do a bit of hiking in Todra Gorge, this is the place to stay. It is away from the touristy entrance area so it was very quiet aside from some occasional trucks and caravans.  It is right across from the trail head.

Breakfast & Dinner
We had both dinner and breakfast at the hotel. Breakfast was the usual fare of bread, yogurt, orange juice, coffee or tea. Dinner was quite interesting as they made a moussaka tajine! There was a big group at dinner and their guide played some traditional music over the candlelight dinner.

Also want to mention this is an eco hotel. They run solar power, have a giant compost "building" and grow their own herbs and some veggies. I felt like I was part of the nature when staying there.

  • Stayed: April 2013
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Reviewed April 28, 2013

The Festival has 14 rooms - 4 tower with views of the
canyon, 5 cave with a nice terrace area off the rooms, and 5 in the main house.
We had a tower room - a smallish stone room but comfortable and simply
decorated with sunset colored curtains and bed covering. The bathroom, or
really shower room, has a shower fixture in one corner and a toilet in the
other. The shower, however, drains well and doesn’t leave the bathroom wet for
more than a couple of hours. The sink area is outside the shower room in a small
alcove off the bedroom. My only complaint is that there is no storage space for
your belongings i.e. no closet or drawers of any kind.


Dinners are in the main house dining room, a pleasantly
decorated stone room. The three course meal starts with a pureed vegetable soup
followed by a tagine. The first night turkey skewers were served with a
vegetable tagine, the second night a mousaka tagine - eggplant and other vegies
served over meatballs, and the third night a chicken and vegetable tagine. All
the tagines are well prepared and tasty. Dessert is either fruit or a chocolate
mousse that I’m sure comes from a box preparation. Bottles of red wine can be
purchased for 150 dirham, (about $17 US).


Breakfast is served on the terrace or in the dining room and
includes coffee or tea, fresh squeezed orange juice, Moroccan bread with butter
and jam, black olives, yogurt with granola and a scrambled egg.

  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled as a couple
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Address: Tinerhir, Morocco
Location: Morocco > Souss-Massa-Draa Region > Tinerhir
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Ranked #1 of 35 B&Bs / Inns in Tinerhir
Price Range: $92 - $178 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 5
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