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“an oasis in the sahara” 4 of 5 bubbles
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Auberge Derkaoua
Ranked #16 of 22 Hotels in Merzouga
Zurich, Switzerland
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98 reviews
28 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
“an oasis in the sahara”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 January 2010

follow the pols from erfoud, and yes we did it in a compact rental car driving
in the sand.
this place was gorgeous, the french owner where a little snoby when we first arrived
but that was maybe because we dressed like backpackers.
The food is fantastic, the rooms are nice very clean and they organized us camel
tours early am for a very descent price. Overall I wish we would have spent more
time and i am sure going back

  • Stayed December 2009, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank swissworld
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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Los Angeles
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73 reviews
54 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 October 2009

First, the Bivouak is amazing. Great service, ambience, location etc. Food kinda sucked but it didnt take away from the experience of staying the the middle of the Sahara. It was great and highly recommended. We spend only 1 night there and after our early morning camel ride went to the Hotel to shower.

My god, is that place a mess. The room was run down and the shower basically unusable. I never could have spent a night there and neither should you.

So in summary, stay at the Bivouak and AVOID the hotel.

  • Stayed October 2009, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank jersey1977
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Loulé
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3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 January 2009

We had booked one night in the Auberge and one night in the Bivouak and had two controversial experiences. The night in the Dunes was 5 star. Luxury tents, open fire with Champane and delicious food. Our little group was the only guests and the silence at night was almost unreal.
The Desert Inn the next day was a bit disapointing. Reception was ok, friendly but reserved. The bungalows have definitely seen better days. Trying to open the bathroom window I had the window including frame in my hand. Also if you want to be right in the sand you are at the wrong place. The dunes are still about 8 km away. Apparently the old soul Michel who passed away 3 years ago has taken the spirit with him.
My advise: Book the Bivouak, avoid the Auberge.

  • Liked — The Bivouacs are superb
  • Disliked — The Auberge is a bit run down
  • Stayed December 2008, travelled with family
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Check-in / front desk
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank Tabita_9
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Napa Valley, CA
Level Contributor
21 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 February 2008

Who would expect to find a flush toilet, gourmet meal, luxurious tent accommodations, and live entertainment in the middle of the Sahara Desert? We went the entire route, even riding a camel to the bivouac site, and all of this was arranged by the owners of the Kasbah Derkaoua. It was the adventure of a lifetime, and very well done. Unfortunately, we never got to stay at the actual hotel, since faulty communications in advance caused us to miscalculate the time it would take to get there. A caveat, however, about the communications. You really ought to have a 4x4 to get there (since it is located IN the desert and requires driving on sand). The e-mail and phone communications must have suffered in translation, and if it had not been for the memory of other Trip Advisor contributors having the same problem, we would have felt that we were hopelessly lost and turned around. One must pay in cash. And communications once there are casual: in retrospect, we cannot believe the leap of faith we took with this entire experience. It worked out well, so well, so we felt it was worth it.

  • Liked — Very exotic, as comfortable as camping gets
  • Disliked — finding it!
  • Stayed January 2008, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Check-in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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1 Thank msvines
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UK
Level Contributor
17 reviews
17 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 November 2007

Firstly, it is between Rissani and Merzouga, so not really in/near Erfoud. I would endorse the comments made on 21.10.07. Having to send a deposit by money transfer was costly.

Stayed October 2007
Helpful?
Thank MTLUK
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Sydney
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 November 2007

I have read some negative reviews of this hotel and I wonder if it can be the same place we have just left. (carpets by the pool - what is that?) The room was dim, cool and spotless. Service could not be fauted, both owners and staff being available and
friendly. The dinners are really good and, oh joy, you can get a decent bottle of wine without having to know the secret password;

If you are thinking of taking the desert bivuac - do it, and prepare for something magic.

David and Trudy Watt, Sydney Australia

Stayed October 2007
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4 Thank doverdaveSydney
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Level Contributor
11 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 October 2007

We were a bit disappointed with this place. We had heard wonderful reviews, many too many? The place could be wonderful but is not as well kept as it could be (although it is the desert...). Our room was old and run-down, not charming at all. As another reviewer mentioned, it seems it needs a bit of love. It's a vast complex... maybe the owners are over-run?

On a brighter note, the food was excellent and the place has a warmer glow at night.

One more thing to add: their bivouak is top-notch. We had a wonderful experience sleeping a night in the desert. Oddly enough, I'd recommend the uncomfortable camping-like bivouak more that the comfortable hotel itself.

Stayed September 2007
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3 Thank Moussia
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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
Hotel Style:
Ranked #16 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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