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Old 2 Jan 2012
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Places we stayed in Morocco

Great Post Chris,

I wont create a long list as we saved every location we stayed in Morocco and Western Sahara as way points that can be downloaded at our website. We also noted a couple of camp sites that have now closed and saved them too. Each accommodation waypoint has summary notes and costs where applicable.

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I'm not keen on Tanger, too many undesirables hanging around, so I tend to stay at the Ibis near the airport. 470dh/room isn't cheap by Moroccan standards but not too bad if there's two sharing.

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Campsite in Tanger

Hi Tito,

Try Camping Ackachar at Cap Spartel Campsite in Tanger just outside the city centre. It's clean enough, loads of shade, clean toilets but no hot water. It's handy for the motorway too.

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Chez Jullia. (N31°05.937 W04°00.858).
Julia speaks French and German.
Can't remember the price, but I guess around 300dh full board.

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Accommodation, Tanger Med/Tanger

I had tended to agree with Tim re Ibis near airport but now notice on GE there is a Service Area on A4 approx 25km from Tanger Med. Does anyone know if it has accommodation and if so details?

Thanks, Peter

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New chain of budget Ibis hotels

I often use the Ibis hotels in Morocco when visiting some of the larger cities for an overnight stop as they are a known quantity and can be booked online. Most are located conveniently close to railway stations or airports.

The Accor Group is now creating a new chain of Ibis Budget hotels with new hotels by 2020 in Casablanca, Rabat, Tangier, Marrakech, El Jadida, Agadir and Fez, with a total capacity of 1,100 rooms. The first of these has now opened in Tanger, situated almost next door to the existing Ibis hotel in the free trade zone in the airport area.

Compared to the normal Ibis hotels, there's no swimming pool, no bar.
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Download of hotel waypoints and fuel waypoints

Does what it says on the can. 220 hotels/campsites plus 200 fuel stations, posts #4 and #5 on this link

These have taken a considerable amount of work to collect and document, and are provided for individual use only, so please DO NOT copy and incorporate these waypoints in any other collections of waypoints.

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Tanger Med

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If you don't need to hammer pegs in, you can camp in the carpark to the west of the terminal.There are toilets in the terminal and when it is open, food and drink. There is a guard on the gate right there and he will acknowledge your presence. Specially good if you disembark at night as many do.

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... take a look at this spot: Dar Sidi Bounou Mhamid auberge - M'hamid maison d'hotes Mhamid

We stayed there in our camper, but they specialise in their rooms, and can arrange camel pickup from their place, and straight into the sand from there. The food is good!


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Here’s my list from 2012. In most of these places I was the only guest.

Ain Leuh (south of Azrou)
Magot de Atlas auberge

Couple miles north of above village
Another deserted joint taken by surprise, next to a farm. Sort of chalet style with lots or berberobilia in the dining room. A few rooms upstairs with shared bathroom (but no tp or water in the morning), a kitchen too and a telly in the hallway. Not like southern auberges.
Dinner was a tired looking mule of a tagine which I could not stomach on that occasion, breakfast was ordinary too.
Wish I'd stopped in the green auberge in the forest a few miles south of ain leuh, but didn't know what to expect up here.
250d dp – seemed a bit much but diont know this area.

Ait Youb
Gite Chez Moha

A couple km west of Amellago, High atlas, 1380m
Surrounded by escarpments, don’t be put off by the basic hand painted sign in Amellago. Tranquil refuge up in the hills where the Ziz river starts its run.
Walled compound with v nice room and bathroom, gardens, terrace, dining room with maps, a place you'd want to spend 2 nights. Room to bring cars in.
175d dp

Auberge des Etoiles

One of a few auberges set up here in the Sektane region southeast of Taliouine, some harder to get to or find. Warm welcome in a big modern Berber dwelling overlooking the palmerie, garage for bikes, car room out front, food was ordinary but plenty of it. Family lives below and animals next to them. There is another more sprightly looking auberge right by the track a couple of kms down the canyon in Aguinan to which the new road is heading out from Akka Ig.
200d dp

Foum Zguid
Sable d’Or camping auberge

Quiet walled compound half a km south of town, basic rooms with shared but not yet grotty ablutions and even a pool that's filled in June. Well suited if you car camp or use the basic rooms and want to spread out and do some work to the vehicle.
100d with break, we cooked our own dinner.

Marrakech (20 mins west of, on N8)
Hotel Weedan

Pulled in here just before a storm and just as well as saw nothing for miles next day.
Off the road a bit in own grounds with pool and play area. As usual I was the only guest.
Did not eat dinner and breakfast was nothing special. 2 channel tv but wifi catch up and not getting drenched made it justifiable.
B&B 500d was a shock but it was almost comparable with a similar priced Spanish place.

Auberge Akour
, north of village near water tower
Gave up looking for the place I wanted so pulled in here, half finished but not sure it will be an better when it’s done. No toiltet paper, 20w lights, bare room or nursery style decor, shower a dribble, despite being the better one, food an oily tagine stewed to a pulp. Breakfast omlette was the same. Maybe it’s a regional speciality.
Feels like just anther auberge slapped up by a northern agency to accom their Chebbi tours but the chummy staff looking after the place made it fun.

Ksar Jenna, Nekob west

Always wanted to check out this place. Beautifully decorated kasbah-style place, artfully scattered books, hand painted doors, paintings, cubby holes and objets all around. Lovely garden, too.
Arrived late so food was fast and brief, stayed another day but even then food did not match the amazing surroundings. Room had the best shower south of Jebel Sarhro. Bike could be ridden up up steps inside the gate.
Asked 500d, paid 400hb and a lunch


Still a good deal, with one of the best meals you'll get, especially if a few of you are in. One of the few places I stayed where I was not the only guest. Peter was on form as ever, ranting from the minarets ;-)
250d hb

Auberge Kasbah Dounia

Right by the road a few km south of Rich t/o
Small roadside demi-pimped kasbah with front parking
Food ordinary, bath light and wall plugs not work, adolescent service until owner turned up, There are a couple more places a few miles down the road.
250d hb

Auberge Souktana

Good value roadside place east of town just by the oued crossing. Accomodation is a bit differentf, half a dozen very small two bed shaded bungalows with a basin in a grubby garden, or is it a camping era? Ablutions could do with a spruce up. Popular place with dinner in the resto a bit better than average, but main bloke went out of his way to be rude, who knows why.
200d hb

Hotel Mansour

Rock bottom cheapie with bare wires and leaky plumbing. En suite and let's you park the bike in reception, but items missing next morning. Other side of the roundabout the Hotel Raid may be a tad less basic.
150 with no breakfast offered seemed a lot.
A great full Maroc brekkie left out the door, over the road first right for 23d.
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Here's our list from the Marrakech to Dakhla via the berm tour.

Ryad Mogador Kasbah, Marrakech
40 euro dinner, B&B (booked online from the UK before departure using www.booking.com )
Handy for the airport (5 mins) was the only reason we picked this place. Big, modern hotel, free internet in the lobby/lounge. No alcohol. Food bog standard buffet style. Did the job.

Hotel Sahara Regency, Dakhla
600Dh dinner, B&B
Needed a nice place after a week in the desert (and a night with the Army). This place fitted the bill. Secure (Guardian) parking out front. Free internet in lobby/lounge. Laundry service. Food slightly above average. Handy town centre location for a wander around the souk.

Camping Le Roi Bedouin
Already credited elsewhere. Great place, great food. Cold Beer "sous la table"
Sign-posted off the Atlantic Route north of Laayoune. Can stay in huts or camp in your own tent.

Why not take the coast road to N27.49362 W13.22581. Turn off east and follow your nose through some nice small dunes for 15km to the campsite at N27.46170 W13.05190

Camping Aglou Plage, 15km west of Tiznit
A "European" style campsite. Excellent showers, dishwashing, washing machine, toilets, car washing area. Full of camper vans, but we found plenty of room at the opposite end. A great site for catching up with domestics. Shop next door sells tinned stuff and fresh bread. Camping Aglou

Ombriga Military base
Personal cook, comfortable room. Free one way guided tour of Western Sahara avoiding all minefields. Downside was the three hour check-in procedure, so probably best avoided! N24.11 W13.27

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got space for a two man tent for a night on my patch of lawn 16km south of casa on the way to el jadida, ask for jack beach, tamaris. you can even try out some beach riding to el jadida if you're on a thumper. call, dann 0660126884 or allen 0663303400


I'm aware that this thread is where to stay in morocco only, but seeing that algeciras is kinda the gateway from the north and i have done a search for algeciras accommodation with little luck, can someone please recommend a reliable camp site, hostel or hotel in algeciras, or maybe share a link to algeciras.

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Bungalows at Diamant Vert, Fes

Hi Folks,

OK, it's not hard core but when you've been camping for a couple of days in the snow in the Cedar Forest and you rock up to the Diamant Vert, Fes late in the day, in the pouring rain to find the campsite flooded, we couldn't resist.
Newly built, fully equipped bungalows with kitchen, etc. Not cheap at 500Dh per night but they're brand spanking new and the adjacent restaurant delivers to your door!

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Places to stay

Moulay Bousselham campsite - coast 130km south of Tangier n34 52.500 w6 17.306
On estuary,reasonable facilities some small restaurants in town. 70dh

Ksar Sania Nr Merzouga n31 05.086 w4 00.512
On the dunes, small campsite, great food and hosts. 50dh

Le Festival Todra Gorge (no camping now) Lovely place, great food and hosts. 460dh for room and b/fast

Camping Le Relais Marrakesh n31 42.408 w7 59.4
Bit out of town but the camp can arrange a taxi to town. Clean place,nice facilities. 85dh

Camping Sidi Magdel Essaouira n31 29.5 w9 45.8
On coast, good facilities walking distance to town,electricity 46dh

Camping Sidi Ifni n29 23.079 w10 10.379
On beach,electricity,wi-fi nice place (there are other places in town but this is the best) walking distance to town. 65dh

WHERE NOT TO STAY..Camping international Agadir..filthy discusting place.

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Our list for 2012

- Just after leaving ferry - was late and dark - in Tanger, Ibis Budget Hotel, watchman walked around our bikes all night, staff is very friendly and not expensive. Small fastfood joint across road open till late night.
Hotel in TANGER - Book your hotel ibis budget Tanger
- camping Relais de Marrakesh - as stated in posts above. A bit tricky to find and some very questionable surroundings, but cheap and spacey huts.
- Motel Rif, N13 south of Ouazzane - nice large rooms, cheap, secured parking, very good food and service http://www.motel-rif.ma/
If you wonder about it's name -no, nobody offered us illegal drugs and it totally safe
- Ouarzazate, hotel Le Zat. It was cheap for double rooms (I think around 35 euro) and...
Well, what can I say. In Europe that'll be 5 start hotel I guess. Good we had bottle of cognac with us - played rich sitting at swimming pool with cognac and cofee. Not what I call an "adventure"
- M'diq, (near Ceuta) Golden Beach hotel. Again - by European means should be expensive. 34 Euros for double room with sea view. Damn, made me feel like I am on family vacation

Some more to come

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