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“Great restaurant & view”
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Dar Mouna
Ranked #11 of 30 Ait Ben Haddou B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 19 January 2014

Very convenient location to visit Ait Benhaddou. its just a short walk across the river bed. Fantastic view of the city from the back terrace and a sky full of stars in the evening. the swimming pool is great too. The resturant has a great fixed menu at a reasonable price and alcohol is available.

  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 19 January 2014

Set in the dusty plains in the foothills of the High Atlas between the Tizi n Tichka pass and Ouazazate, Ait Benhaddou is the sort of place one doesn't want to caught without a roof over one's head for the night.
Enter stage right Dar Mouna, a stone built guest house, tucked away in the back streets of the village. Behind the garden walls ( where some of the food for the dining room is grown ) is a 12 bedroom refuge. The staff are welcoming, the traditionally furnished rooms are all en suite and the ground floor has a large salon with an open fire for the chilly winter evenings, where guests can chat over a drink before dinner.
The dining room is furnished with Moroccan tables, chairs, and rugs, and the excellent food is served on brightly coloured plates from Safi, Morocco's pottery capital. Like the salon, there is an open fire which is lit in the winter.
Breakfast, like dinner is excellent, fresh orange juice and coffee, crepes, fresh bread, and honey.
For summer visits, the terrace overlooking the Kasbah is perfect - views of the mountains in the distance, the endless plains stretching out towards the Dades Valley, and of course the extraordinary Kasbah.
Also handy for summer is the reasonably sized swimming pool in the garden.
For those who have travelled extensively in Morocco, Dar Mouna is pretty much up there. For first time visitors accustomed to western standards it might not be quite they might expect, particularly in the bedroom department. The en suites are basic and functional, there is hot running water ( not always available in Morocco ) and a new addition since my last visit are the reversible air con / heaters in all rooms.
In terms of price relative to quality it is very good value.

Room Tip: Always choose a room on the terrace side of the building with views of the Kasbah.
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  • Stayed: December 2013, travelled solo
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Reviewed 4 September 2013

Amazing view over the Kasbah. Lovely terrace and excellent swimming pool. Incredibly atmospheric interior of hotel - must be experienced to be believed. Felt like a movie star. Good (fixed and fixed price) dinner, not just for residents, but ensure you book. Am considering taking up permanent residence.

Room Tip: Try to stay in the main hotel, rather than in the outside rooms
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  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 20 June 2013

As the hotel was booked by our tour company, we did not really know what to expect BUT we were thoroughly surprised! Our little room 1 was perfect, spacious and comfortable. You only need to stay one night here if you are taking a break from your long drive. The Kasbah is a must-see and you have the perfect view of it from the hotel! Totally worth our time and money! Dinner and breakfast was so so so good! Service is great. Shower is fine! We enjoyed our stay at this little gem!

Just a small warning: you are driving to what seems like and is the middle of nowhere. So don't be shocked!

  • Stayed: June 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 8 June 2013

This simple but lovely Dar is the perfect place to stop to break the drive into Marrakech. The rooms are fine albeit basic, as mentioned bathroom/shower not the highlight. The location is perfect for an early morning wander through the adjacent Kasbah.

  • Stayed: April 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 23 April 2013

We were expecting a 3 star experience but we found Dar Mouna to be a solid 4 star (tripadvisor 4 star) for a brief stop on the way to Zagora. On the negatives the room and shower could be described as quaint and the wi-fi only works downstairs. The pluses are the restaurant, dinner and breakfast and the staff were possibly the kindest and most welcoming in our 12 days. We found the village just too touristy for our liking.

  • Stayed: April 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 20 April 2013 via mobile

This was such a surprise. You ride out into what's almost desert, to find a scruffy town overlooking a dirt mountain with a kasbah. And then this hotel is such a surprise! Excellent service, great food, rooms to die for (seriously; honeymoon!!!) and a view and a great sightseeing attraction to boot. Oh, and a pool. Let's not forget that since it's in a desert. Five stars allround.

  • Stayed: April 2013
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Additional Information about Dar Mouna

Address: Douar Ait Ben Haddou, Ait Ben Haddou 45122, Morocco
Region: Morocco > Souss-Massa-Draa Region > Ait Ben Haddou
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #11 of 30 B&Bs / Inns in Ait Ben Haddou
Price Range: £47 - £105 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Dar Mouna 3.5*
Number of rooms: 16
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
At the entrance of the guest house there is a large shaded garden. The view is breathtaking on the Kasbah of Ait ben Haddou. Dar Mouna offers the opportunity to its visitors to experience the traditions of the Southern Moroccan countryside and to discover the flavors of its ancestral culinary preparations in a rustic and authentic. Rooms of Berber style where the authenticity and the comfort cohabit. ... more   less 
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