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“Lovely place, great experience”
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Auberge Derkaoua
Ranked #18 of 22 Hotels in Merzouga
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“Lovely place, great experience”
Reviewed 2 May 2012

We stayed one night at the auberge and one night at the bivouac and enjoyed both places. The rooms are basic, but clean and comfortable, but where the place really shines is the outdoor spaces. Wish we could have stayed longer and enjoyed the pool, but we loved our lunch outside the day after we arrived. Late that afternoon, we headed for the bivouac, which was magical. We watched the sunset, had dinner and sat around the campfire afterwards. Next day, despite my misgivings, we rode camels into the dunes for sunrise, then came back to hot tea and breakfast.
Be warned - the beds are not comfortable at the bivouac, but it's no big deal in light of all the other great features (e.g., the Western toilets) and it is cold in the early morning.

  • Stayed February 2012, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 2 May 2012

I've been fortunate enough to accompany guests to Derkaoua on many occasions. If you are unhappy with Derkaoua, you can rest assured that there is nothing better available. The auberge closes in high summer and mid winter, and I really miss it.

The rooms are not basic by local standards - quite the reverse. The auberge occupies a remote oasis; there's no road, water comes from a well, power from diesel generators. Most hotel groups would run a mile from problems like this, and yet Derkaoua provides a genuinely excellent experience. The cooking, at both the bivouac and the auberge, is excellent, the staff are second to none, and the locations genuinely remote.

The bathrooms can be a bit basic, and you should plan an overnight stop between Marrakech and Derkaoua if you possibly can; especially if you are self driving.

Other than that, there's really nothing not to like.

  • Stayed April 2012, travelled on business
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New Orleans, Louisiana
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Reviewed 29 April 2012

We had driven 10~12 hours from Marrakech solely to experience a dawn camel ride into the Sahara Desert. Finding Derkaoua at night was no small feat, but we were very pleasantly surprised to have a wonderful dinner awaiting us. It was to be one of our best meals in Morocco and as it turns out the best thing about Derkaoua is their chef.

Our room was very basic and the sheets were sandy. But it would all be worth it to see the sun rise over the Sahara. Or so we thought. I had written to the hotel in advance of our drive to find out if windy conditions might hinder the desert trip. No response. When we arrived that night it was terribly windy and I asked again and got a shoulder shrug. At 4:30 the next morning we got a knock on the door and the verdict was "c'est impossible". No surprise since howling winds had blown our windows in twice during the night and I had stayed up stuffing toilet paper in the cracks of the door to keep it from banging. After a sleepless night we were able to see in the daylight that every surface of our room was covered in Sahara sand. (For two days I sneezed and coughed red sand.)

We quickly realized that this leg of our Moroccan road trip was a disaster and that we should cut our losses and drive straight back to Marrakech. What I thought would be the highlight of our trip turned out to be a low point. Though the hotel clearly has no control over the weather, it is regrettable that they were not forthcoming about conditions that ultimately prevented us from seeing the Sahara. I would strongly advise anyone planning a desert adventure to pay close attention to the weather forecast and adjust your itinerary (and expectations) appropriately.

I should end on a positive note by mentioning that my parents spent a night at Derkaoua 11 years ago and had a wonderful experience under ideal weather conditions. They were able to enjoy dinner under the stars in a lovely courtyard and they were very fond of the proprietor who has since died.

Room Tip: I had asked for a large room and indeed it was. It actually had two bedrooms so we could spread out...
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  • Stayed April 2012, travelled as a couple
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Lavenham, Suffolk
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Reviewed 26 April 2012

We were supposed to stay 1 night here and 1 night in the desert bivouac that the Auberge owns out in the desert but a very large sandstorm meant that we had to turn back and scurry for shelter back at the Auberge. Sad but not a hardship as it is a great place to stay. Basic but comfortable rooms although the bedside lights were too dim to read by. Plenty of hot water and delicious dinner and breakfast. Achmed is very friendly and the service is very good. The bivouac looked tremendous and we were very sorry we couldn't spend the promised night under the stars. Well worth a visit.

  • Stayed April 2012, travelled as a couple
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Norfolk, UK
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Reviewed 20 April 2012

I stayed here with a group of birders - as a group booking I am unable to comment on prices/value for money. The Auberge was very comfortable; the rooms are not super-luxurious but were well fitted out and comfortable, and there was plenty of hot water. The food was excellent and service was generally friendly and helpful. One or two problems with rooms (water supply) were resolved quickly and effectively. The courtyard and grounds are attractive, and the "traditional" style of the buildings fitted well with the desert location. It would have been no problem to get there in our mini-bus. Overall this was a very pleasant stay.

  • Stayed April 2012, travelled with friends
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Southampton, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 4 March 2012

It was great fun being driven across the desert, not knowing where we were going, apart from following the poles in the sand. When we eventually got there our first impressions of the hotel though were misleading. We were greeted by Ahmed, who was charming the whole time we were there, but also by three barking dogs, (not my favourite thing), and shown to a dark, chilly, rustic suite, with no electricity (temporarily), no drinking water and no welcome cup of tea. We were less than pleased. Then the lights and the heat came on, we were provided with an extra heater for the bathroom and began to cheer up. We had a great view of the sand dunes and a sweet sitting out space. Things were always on the edge of breaking down and I had to fetch Ahmed several times to put things right, but then we were in the middle of the desert! In the end though we were completely won over by the lovely garden, Ahmed's calm and smile, and the really excellent food on the half board basis. A quirky, but charming place. We got up early the next morning to be driven to the sand dunes at dawn - an almost spiritual experience - and were back in time for a lovely breakfast with extra pancakes. I ended up loving the place.

Room Tip: We had a suite with a view of the sand dunes in a quiet spot at the end of the garden.
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  • Stayed February 2012, travelled as a couple
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Taos, New Mexico
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Reviewed 15 May 2011

When a sandstorm postponed our stay at the Dunes of Merzouga desert camp, we were warmly welcomed by Madame Bouchra and her staff. Dinner with wine under the stars was a delightful experience and our meal was delicious. The rooms are basic, but very adequate and comfortable plus there is plenty of hot water. The pool looked wonderful. The auberge's straightforward mud architecuture is made distinctive by the soft sculptural forms of its horseshoe arches and the crenellations framing the roof.

  • Stayed April 2011
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Property: Auberge Derkaoua
Address: Route Dunes de sable et Merzouga, Merzouga, Morocco
Region: Morocco > Meknes-Tafilalet Region > Merzouga
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #18 of 22 Hotels in Merzouga
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3 star — Auberge Derkaoua 3*
Number of rooms: 21
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