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Riad Aicha
Ranked #5 of 82 Merzouga B&B and Inns
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Reviewed 1 January 2014

If you have to pick a place when you visit the desert defenetly this is what you are looking for ! The guys are super cool and kind , the road is beautiful and cosy bit cold at he beginning but as soon as they start the fireplace is cosy and warm! Here is when your journey Thrue the desert begins , lovely dinner and when you wake up you see the the sunrise from the rooftop Some hours later you have breakfast here and get ready to visit the town and in the afternoon the dromedaries ride into the desert to see the sunset is magical ! After they take you to the Jamas the camp in the Sahara , and is like a dream !!

  • Stayed: January 2014
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PRAicha, Public Relations Manager at Riad Aicha, responded to this reviewResponded 4 January 2014

You gracious words about your service and experience at Riad Aicha brings us great pleasure. We appreciate you taking the time to share your great time with others who read TripAdvisor. We are proud to have an excellent TripAdvisor rating for our past and soon to be guests from around the world. Happy New Year! And please come back!

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Reviewed 14 July 2013

I was traveling on my own back in the spring when a friend recommended that I stay at the Riad Aicha. From the moment I arrived, I was treated like family. Not only were the facilities beautiful and in great condition, but everyone was so incredibly friendly! Hassan showed me around the area of the desert we were at and I was even allowed to watch some of his brother's wedding ceremony which was happening while I staying with them. It was one of the most memorable experiences of my trip and it would not have been possible without Hassan and his wonderful family who run the Riad Aicha. I hope one day I will be able to go back and visit again!

  • Stayed: April 2013, travelled solo
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Reviewed 10 July 2013 via mobile

We stayed here for one night after we had slept in the Sahara the night before. Said was an excellent host and a really nice man. He organized our overnight Berber trip in the desert as well as our camel trip. Hassan was also very helpful. Great rooftop terrace - make sure you have dinner up there one night!

  • Stayed: July 2013
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2  Thank lsno6032
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PRAicha, Public Relations Manager at Riad Aicha, responded to this reviewResponded 12 July 2013

We are pleased that you took the time to write and share your praises with your desert stay and night in the Riad. Please come visit us again when you need some relaxation. We would like to take you sight seeing to share our local culture in neighboring villages and our beautiful Sahara desert.

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Reviewed 18 May 2013

After the never-ending bustle of the cities, and many days of travelling; Riad Aicha was a haven. The brothers made us feel very much at home: telling us about the region, the people, the language, and even bringing us to a music festival!
Trekking into the desert by camel and sleeping beneath the stars amid the dunes in an Amazigh(Berber) camp; was easily one of the best experiences of my lifetime! That isn't to mention attempting to climb an enormous dune to watch sunset over the endless sea of sand, or rolling down afterwards to enjoy a feast of the freshest of food...
The food, the views, the rooms, and the hosts are all superb. If I were to ever return to Morocco, Riad Aicha would be top of the list!

Stayed: July 2012, travelled with friends
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PRAicha, Public Relations Manager at Riad Aicha, responded to this reviewResponded 21 May 2013

We appreciate your review and sharing your positive experience. We are thrilled that you enjoyed our desert camp as an unforgettable moment in your life. We are a Nomad family with our roots from the desert and sharing it's beauty is truly one of our greatest pleasures for our visitors.

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Reviewed 24 April 2013

The place is fantastic, rooms are confortable and nicely arranged. Breakfast on the terrace with the desert view is a must! The riad organizes desert trip and the owner is ready to assist you in any need. The Riad is easily reachabe by car, no 4x4 needed.
Keep in mind that Merzouga is just a small village so if you need anything (pharmacy etc.) you need to go to the nearest town about 20-25 minutes by car.
It's definitely the place to go if you want to have a confortable stay for your desert trip.

  • Stayed: December 2012, travelled with family
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PRAicha, Public Relations Manager at Riad Aicha, responded to this reviewResponded 12 May 2013

Thank you for taking the time to write your comments and helpful suggestions for future travelers. We share the family riad home, desert camp and hospitality in hope that you enjoyed your Berber stay and come again.

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Reviewed 26 March 2013

Having traveled the long distance from Marrakech to Merzouga in one day to see the famous Sahara dunes, we were very tired on arrival. Our host, Abraham, was especially kind from check-in, to unexpectedly guiding us around the dunes at sunset, to providing our delicious dinner. He was on duty the next morning as well making sure we were taken care of for breakfast and on our way with another fine memory of the friendly Moroccan (and especially the proud Berber) people. This small, humble hotel will remain in our memories for years to come because of the caring attitude demonstrated by this young man who, as we understand it, is a son working in the family business. The room worked just fine; it was clean and the shower was adequate with plenty of hot water. While we have stayed in many 5-star hotels, Riad Aicha is 5-star in our memory banks! The room charge was 30 euro (cash), which made us wonder what we might be getting into. No worries, what a value!

  • Stayed: March 2013, travelled as a couple
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PRAicha, Public Relations Manager at Riad Aicha, responded to this reviewResponded 27 March 2013

We are so delighted that you were able to experience the true Berber hospitality. We realize even in our small village you have a choice for where you spend the night and your vacation experience. Our goal is to make each guest feel like a five star tourist. Finding our room charge reasonable to be a surprise is one of many surprises people find in our beautiful home of the Saraha Dunes. Please come back and bring more friends to join you with our hospitality possibilities. We are proud of our Family Business. We aim to be responsible business owners.

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Reviewed 4 March 2013 via mobile

Most people tend to go to Merzouga, but just before Merzouga you can find this lovely village, cleaner and less touristic than Merzouga. The place to stay is Riad Aicha, run by a berber family, Ibrahim and Said are running this cosy riad, named after their beautiful mother Aicha. You will feel soon part of the family, Ibrahim and Said are very willing to help you with any question you might have. Rooms are clean and nicely decorated, on the roof terrace you have a beautiful view at the magical dunes and the village and in front of the riad there is a small terrace too, just sit there, have a tea and watch the village life passing by...relax.
Good food and if you are lucky you will have your last breakfast in the kitchen with them, just like family...

  • Stayed: February 2013
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Address: B.p. 51 | p.v: Errachidia, Merzouga 52292, Morocco
Region: Morocco > Meknes-Tafilalet Region > Merzouga
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Airport Transportation
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Ranked #5 of 82 B&Bs / Inns in Merzouga
Price Range: £29 - £44 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Riad Aicha 3*
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Riad Aicha is located at the foot of the BIG Dune in the Sahara Desert, Merzouga, Morocco.The Riad offers several types of rooms in Moroccan decor each with their private bathroom. All bedrooms have their own controlled air conditioner inside their room.The riad is wireless and free to guests at any time. The breakfast,is served each morning and is included in the total room price. The Continental breakfast is made to order when you request it. Riad Aicha has a roof terrace which overlooks the dunes and a Berber-style lounge to relax in the evening. Meals can be eaten on the Roof terrace or inside in the dining lounge area along side the water fountain.Additional Moroccan Culture can be experienced by a Day Tour arranged at the Riad to the Sahara Dunes and Nomad Desert Camp. You can travel by Dromedary,or 4x4. This provides an additional opportunity to experience an adventurous play-day with Quads, Sand-boarding and Sand mashing. For those wanting to relax in the Desert, time can be spent with a campfire, Berber music with Drums, and an outstanding sunset. ... more   less 
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