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On R302 (Cathedral) I found near Zawyat Ahansal nice looking accomodation at Dar Ahansal (N 31 50.788, W 006 06.786). Further down direction North to Tillouguite at N 31 59.730, W 006 09.027 is on Google Earth italian picture of one hotel (Albergo de la Cathedral de Roca). Is there really hotel or just false info?
I would like to ask piste condition from same "Roca hotel" through Canyon to Anergui (N 32 04.123, W 005 56.251). No big uphill - from 1.150m to 1.500m a.s.l. on 38km, but possible washed out piste conditions at heavy rains. We are planing to ride GS's here at end of June.
-Merzouga - Nasser Palace
Gorgeous hotel just a couple of km's before Merzouga, it's signposted. I came here to camp, was offered a room with air-con, pool use (usually 70DH), dinner (best I've had in Morocco yet), and breakfast, all for 250 DH. I think I got a good price maybe because it's Ramadan. Ask to camp and they'll offer you a good deal on a room. Gorgeous hotel, very friendly staff, wifi, etc. Right beside the dunes.
-Fez - Hotel Dalila
Nice little hotel, at parking Oued Zhoun, right beside one entrance to the Medina, near the big main tannery. Paid 150DH a night. They fed us every night, but think that was just because it was Ramadan and they had a feast laid out. Guardiens (or however you spell it) in the car park watching the bikes all night. Wifi, etc...
Places to stay which i used october 2012.
Ouarzazate Kasbah Dar Daif. On the edge of palmeraie. 1.5 km along the road to Zogora. Turn left after Hotel la Vallee. A nice place to stay the food was good but I am not sure about secure parking but the people were friendly and the room was good and clean.
Merzouga. Kasbah Mahayut.
You take the track off to the left there are a number of places to stay just on the edge of the sandy desert. Secure parking and a nice room on the edge of the sand dunes. They even have a large telescope for star gazing. Swimming pool acts as a watering hole for local birdlife. The food and staff were good.
Agadir.-Hotel Golden Beach.Lot 3 Founty 8000 Agadir +212 0528 211243
I went from Marakesh over the mountain route to Agadir via Asni. A great route but was not so much fun in the thick fog on the descent. I took about 5 hours to drive it. Agadir is just like any resort on the coast of Spain. I reached the town at 5pm and got lost with the crap road signs. I found this place in desperation. A bland hotel apartment block ten minutes walk to the beach. The room could have slept 4 and had microwave,fridge etc. If you are a group it would be a cheap place to stay off season.
Marrakech- Riad Bledena Douar Arbi Ben Bouzi. 2km on route to Ouarzazate
+212 (0) 661 182090 Riad Bledna - Guest House Riad Morocco
I wanted to stay out of Marrakech and I found this place. Beautifull gardens with secure parking. Rooms onto a cool garden yard. Nice large lounge with lots of books some on repairing landrovers. Staff speak little English so it is school boy french...which in my cae is non existent. It does nottake long to get back into Marakesh.
Marrakesh Ibis Hotel; Follow the signs for the railway station. Make sure you book in advance over the internet to get the best price. Bland functional business hotel. Staff friendly and the breakfast was good. Free internet and good it worked well. They say they have parking...I am not sure you can park outside (pay the man 10 dirham only). I did not see any secure bike parking. It takes about 30 minutes to walk to the Medina.
Merzouga: Stayed at Nomad Palace Hotel Don't follow signs to Left or right but 100 M before Merzouga take tarmac to your right ( if you are heading South before Merzouga). Then after 1 mile gravel track to your left will take you there ( 500M track OK for tarmac tyres) N 31.04 6291 W 003.99 6504
Very nice and close to the camels for a camel ride out to the desert.Also right on Erg Chebbi so if you want to ride on the dune then just ride.
Very good food and great swimming pool. Ali is the owner and manager. email@example.com
I travelled as a solo woman in May 2012 and would also like to disrecommend going it alone on the pistes cos I did come to grief and was ripped off mightily to be 'rescued' by a local!!
I posted requests for beds on CouchSurf which mostly worked well and is a way to experience local life and I also used cheaper places and went to the hammams which are brilliant and a great place to meet the local women
Hotel de l’Etoile on Pl Moulay Hassan opposite the bus station. By the souk in the upper town. As you come down from the Djebel Tazzaka Circuit you get to the old town first. New part is down the hill. You’ll need to ask as the sign is hidden behind some colonnades.
Very friendly and clean and lots of blankets. No private bathrooms but the hammam is 2 mins away. Lots of room for bikes in the courtyard. 40Dh 1 person in dble room. Best price by far in the whole stay!
The Bougafer 7 Ave Mohammed V in the centre of town was friendly and clean. Guardien watches parking. Some better rooms with showers but again hammam around the corner. 70 Dh single in a double.
Went out to Auberge de Jaffar but it felt very tired and past its best especially at 350 hb. According to the locals it’s now used for drinking and women!! But met some bikers who said it was fine
Hotel de Lune de Gorge. About 9km from Tinerhir before the gorge itself overlooking a river bed and opposite the campsite with lots of flags. Very friendly. Arrived late but Layhcin cooked me a tagine. Safe parking. Dble room with balcony, hot shower! Dinner and breakfast 150Dh
Chez Pierre for a blowout. Wonderful food, best breakfast of the trip, great staff and decent doubles with private terraces overlooking the river. About 2 mls before the bendy bits up to the fancy Kasbah. Pool. Alcohol license. Bike locked in compound behind the kitchen. 500Dh single hb which compared well with not so nice places.
Dar Piano. Actually 6km before Setti on left hand side and a much more pleasant option. French run, very civilised! Front rooms have balconies, back ones look onto river. Private parking Hb 250Dh
On the summit there is an auberge – rather basic but great setting. Supposed to be hot water, large rooms, heating provided. And a huge open fire. There’s also the option of camping there. Good parking. 250Dh single hb but was asked the same price down in the valley
Hotel des Riad des Princesses. Off Rue Riad Zitoun el Kedim which runs off Jma el Fna so very central. Can ride a bike up there to drop off luggage and safe parking by CTM hotel for 25 Dh/day. Also along Rue bar Agnou for 10/day. Breakfast is great, hammam, Jacuzzi, lge rooms, private terraces, great staff. I paid 500Dh single but think it might normally be more. Definitely one of the better ones in the price range and I looked at a LOT. My touch of luxury in a long trip.
Chez Saeeda and Mustafa. About 4km out of the town and a better alternative than Henri IV. Well signed. Fairly basic – they’ve not quite finished everything off but a lovely warm welcome and despite a 7.30 arrival Saeeda made an epic tagine. Hot water, terrace with splendid views. Well situated to start the back road down to Imilchil and Todra. Camping possible, Safe parking. She was so pleased to see a woman biker she brought my bike Ahmed into the kitchen so he could be 'nice an warm'.
Hotel Bonsejour seems a better bet than the Cedars which is past its best. And the manager was pretty creepy. Bonsejour is on the square behind and has rather more local life going on. Small rooms but if you get a balcony it’s ok. Private garage. Not en suite but staff will take you round to the hammam. 70 Dh single 120 Dble no breakfast.
Some nice patisseries on the square.
Lots of auberges on the road up to Ifrane which was a ghost town in mid May and an amazing Disneyesque/Randolph Hearst Castle campsite with 20ft high coffee pots.
Hotel Mansour recommended in Rough Guide but not that clever. None of the promised hot water, shower wouldn’t fix to the wall, no stairwell lighting despite frequent reminders. Breakfast listed as included. They demanded 25Dh for a coffee and croissant!! And it’s recommended as an English speaking travel agency but I was given very wrong info re ferries. But a pleasant town and decent fresh fish restaurants near the medina walls
Hotel Andaluz: 120 DH for 2 pers. Splendid view on the roof terrace ( 2 rooms only)on mountains and medina. Friendly staff and you can use the kitchen to cook and make tea. Hot water and clean showers and toilets.
DON'T: Pension Castellana: our laptops have been stolen from the locked bedroom; no traces of burglary, so they used a key. As the pension has no locked and safe deposit the only place you can leave your stuff is your room. Owner denied any responsibility and declared to the police that he suspected us to have taken them ourselves and try to defraud. Luckily that the friendly policemen spoke both english and french and told us the whole story after the owner of the pension has been send away.
Chefchaouen - Riad Baraka - bit pricier than other options, but really enjoyed my stay. lovely building, room and terrace, peaceful and theyve got ! its within the medina so you have to park and hoof in your gear, bit hard to find if you're not prepared with directions/map beforehand (like me)
Meknes - camp Agdal within the city is no longer operational, despite what google maps indicates as I discovered the annoying way. found another campsite about 10mi north on the N13, lookout for the sign. dont remember the name but you cant miss it.
Residence Rosas: It is an aparthotel, 200 DH for an apartment with two separated rooms, a bathroom with WC and a kitchen with everything you need for cooking . In bedroom there are two beds for adults and one for children, in living room - three sofas, table, TV. Breakfast included.
It is located in a residential area, about 20-30 minutes by foot from the city centre. They allow your bike inside the hall at night.
Hotel Toulousain, Marrakech Recommended by Loc2Roues (2 min walk) and like website says ‘The hotel has basic accommodations”
Big ‘colonial-era’ rooms, group showers, terrace, OK breakfast, bar and pizza resto next door. May try Loc’s flashier suggestion next time
380d for 2 in a twin with sink/bidet for 2 nights About the Hotel
Dar Elmouahidines, R203 to Tizi n’Test, 100km south of Marrakech
Easy place to reach after sorting the bikes out in Marrakech. On a hillside right by the road (blue walls).
Food was good, rooms were small, hot water needed asking, showers wont knock you over.
Bikes parked below
400/twin-double room, half board
only guests https://www.facebook.com/pages/dar-e...20415701306907
Auberge Le Safran, Taliouine (east end, opposite the other main auberge)
Wasnt planning to stay in this tourist town.
Rather small rooms
Hot water needed asking
Bloke goes on about saffron’s many wonders but a requested saffron tour didn’t add up to much.
Stayed in the sister gite in Assaragh up the cliff last time, and as expected, everyone loved this place in a tranquil palm valley. Rough piste in from northwest or west but road now reaches from the south.
Bikes by the front
Lots of beds, great food, friendly folk, cats and alcohol too.
1700d for 5 in a screened 8-bed dorm, 2 nights full board (= 170 pp FB)
Hotel Bab Sahara, Tazenacht
Let the driver choose this one so he could get a freebie. Plain but nice enough, usual courtyard room block in the back
Hot water needed asking
food was good
May try one of the other options next time
Ksar Jenna, Nekob
Stayed before, lovely place to enjoy two nights. Some amazing rooms. Everyone loved it. Great service and food.
300pp HB pp
bikes by the side
only guests .::: Ksar Jenna :::.
Chez Moha, Aït Youb
My group not so impressed on arrival at this traditional mud and straw High Atlas Berber compound but a cold ride and evening may have contributed to that. Ali brought in a heater to the dining room, the food was a feast, morale recovered. In November what this place needs is wood for the fireplace next door.
Our room next to the resto was sewage smelly and water pressure was lame. Other rooms over the courtyard were fine. Maybe better in warm Springtime. Also now has the new and more conventional (tiles, etc) Auberge Amellago nearby.
only guests http://gitechezmoha-amellago.com/bon...llite/?lang=en
Hotel du Vallee, Ouarzazate (just south of the causeway)
Stayed here years ago. A big hotel perhaps past its heyday but as one said ‘it’s the first hotel where everything works’. Water hot without asking, good pressure, rooms big enough and with aircon/heating, nice feast prepared, friendly service, warmed resto ‘tent’, full pool. A reliable cheapie prior to the 4-hour ride back to Marrakech
wifi and alcohol.
had first hot showers in town, clean place, Hassan spent a lot of time in Germany. German shepards as guardian dogs. Very good food on pre order, fish is bogt directly from the fishermen at the port and they only buy what they need fresh. Noone will leave the table hungry EVER! Bring your own booze or buy next door at "Tasra" (run by Hassan's brother)
expensive but a beauty, next to the port. owned by swiss-moroccan couple. Home made Argan oil (The only source I can be shure it's 100% pure, because they own the trees and mills and do everything themselves after being screwed over by mill owners)
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