We were very pleasantly surprised at what our cheap accommodation in Merzouga turned out to be. We arrived at 7am to the Riad from the coach bus from Fez, and the staff let us check in straight away, even though our check-in wasn't until that afternoon. We were able to sleep, use the pool, etc.! The day we left, they let us check out at 6pm, instead of 10am, too, for no extra cost. The staff were fantastic the whole time, too - we had some very special moments, thanks to the staff being very generous of their time & knowledge. We danced, listened to Moroccan music they played for us & went out to watch the stars at night in the desert dunes. We ate watermelon at a nearby oasis, got shown around town, etc. all by the lovely staff. Their language skills are incredible, too - they nearly all speak French, Arabic & Spanish fluently, and speak Italian & English quite well, and even a bit of Japanese & a few other languages.
The Riad itself is comfortable, with effective A/C & decent beds. Our room was good & spacious, too. The view from the terrace is stunning, and the pool was well-kept & refreshing!
I couldn't recommend this place enough, if you are going to do a desert trip!
My only tip is to make sure you let the Riad know when you are coming so they can organise someone to pick you up. The Riad is actually not in Merzouga itself, but is about a 5-10min taxi ride away from where the buses would drop you off (assuming people will be arriving via the Supratours buses). It's not really walking distance, so is worth organising this part in advance! ;)
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