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Auberge La Terrasse des Delices
Ranked #5 of 40 Hotels in Ouarzazate
Certificate of Excellence
Brighouse, United Kingdom
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101 reviews
15 hotel reviews
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“Beautiful place- few problems”
Reviewed 1 November 2013

The hotel is located down a long bumpy track and really is in the middle of nowhere which is perfect for a few days break. The people who work there all make you feel welcome and are very friendly. The rooms seem from another time - this isn't a slur- it's actually a really nice aspect. The lighting is dim and the rooms are decorated in a traditional Moroccan style. The bathroom was really modern. On the terrace there's a lovely pool to sit beside, relax and read (or obviously to swim in) but the views are spectacular. On the way in there are pomegranate trees and other fruit trees and you pass locals on donkeys and going about their daily lives. Breakfast was great.

Now for the bad stuff- We were trying to arrange to be dropped off in town in order to get a bus in a few days time. The man who worked there who was going to take us told us it would be 300dirham (about £27) - for a 20min drive. Problem is, once you're there, you're there, and you don't really have an alternative. Thankfully we changed our mind as we had a tour the next day and we decided to stay at another hotel in town on return from our trip.

Then it came to check out. I had my printout from booking.com with the price on it so I got my money ready with a bit extra for taxes. At checkout they tried to tell me that the price I had was only for one person- not the two of us. On my receipt it showed the TOTAL room price as £23. This discussion went on for a long time but I didn't pay the almost double they were asking for. I don't know why they assumed that I would possibly have booked the room for only 1 person when 2 of us were travelling together- the receipt confirmed all I needed it to. This conversation was very difficult due to a massive language barrier.

Anyway- this did put a negative twist on our stay, which is a shame.

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
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albi
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Reviewed 30 October 2013

very nice small hotel run by a generous and humble dfamily who built everything themselves. Beautiful view, simple rooms, great fresh food cooked by the family Have a look how they make thr bread, in the kitchen how they make the maroccan salad, in the valley how they harvast the dades with climing up the trees bar foot and have a walk through the valley and see the donkeys going past carrying the grass for the animals. We hace stayed here 3 days with 2 children age 9 and 13 and could have stayed here forever.

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled with family
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Melbourne, Australia
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24 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 October 2013

Oasis Fint is truly a gem if you want to get off the beaten track and get close to the locals. We stayed here for just one night on our way to Merzouga from Marrakech. It was very nice and we had had the best Moroccan mint tea of our trip here. The food was also good especially the breakfast with the homemade breads which was hard to beat. The rooms are as expected (comfortable) and they all had airconditioning. The road here though is unpaved so if you're not driving a 4WD, be prepared for rough gravel for a few km's but it will be worth it. The lush valley filled with palms amidst the harsh stony surroundings is really a sight to behold especially after a long days drive.

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled with friends
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Woodcliff Lake, New Jersey
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 19 July 2013

Terraces of Delight was indeed delightful, from its location within a lush, isolated oasis to the very friendly owners and staff attentive to our desire to explore. We were genuinely welcomed like family! They arranged guided walks through the oasis and its small oasis-dependent hillside villages. The owner was our guide and spoke excellent English. He also served as guide to the marketplace and film museum in nearby Quarzazate and to an ancient casbah in the High Atlas Mountains.

For those who like to do a bit of exploring on their own, the oasis is easy to explore, situated around a small, shallow river. There are abundant date palm, apricot, and pomegranate trees plus fragrant oleander and many small, irrigated plots for crops associated with the Berber villages. The surrounding small mountains/high hills provide enjoyable hikes with magnificent views.

Apart from the beautiful natural setting, the resort is structured with an open inner courtyard with flowering plants (roses, jasmine, bouganvilla, etc.), and most rooms open onto this space. Breakfasts were substantial and good, lunches can be arranged, and dinners were excellent, authentic Moroccan. Depending on weather conditions, meals are served on the open patio overlooking the oasis and hillside villages, in a covered space with the same marvelous views or within a large interior dining area with traditional décor. After dinner, staff gathered to play Berber rhythms on jembe drums. My nephew, a drummer, was invited to join and on the second night was provided with traditional head-dress and jalaba so he “fit right in” (sans white complexion). My niece was invited to join on guitar our final night.

Highly recommended for those who wish to “get-away-from-it-all” in a unique natural setting and experience an exotic culture in comfort.

  • Stayed May 2013, travelled with family
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Tokyo, Japan
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11 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 June 2013

After dinner, Rachid took me to Fint river for watching Frogs and Beautiful stars in complete darkness. It' s very fantastic atmosphere!!
Every morning, local woman made homemade breads outside and after dinner, Local Musician played the music.
Actually, I spent 2 nights alone, but I had a wonderful memories and I didn't feel lonely.
No TV, small and dark room, but Terrace is very cozy place.
If you can't speak French, don't worry!
Rachid can speak English and little bit Japanese greeting. You can also speak French, moreover you'll enjoy having contact with nice local people.

  • Stayed May 2013, travelled solo
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Sheffield
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175 reviews
69 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 101 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 June 2013

We stayed here for 2 nights. If you want to be "out in the sticks" and be close to locals in a village then give this place a go. To find it - enlarge the Google map and then switch to satellite to get a better idea of the route. In Ouazazate, if coming from Marrakech, look for a sign right to Zagora (by a fountain that may or may not be working!). Follow this which is the N9 S out of Ouarzazate cross river and enter suburb of Tabounte. Turn right (west) on P1516, past Tabounte cemetery and left when you come to a layout of new roads ready to take housing not yet built. Along short dual carriageway then along lozenge shaped one-way system then straight on to leave the planned road system onto dirt road. Stay on this road for a while past small lake on left. and where it takes a noticeable swing right take the left fork. This goes straight then R then drops down into a valley. Cross river bridge and keep going downstream to edge of a small village with 3 or 4 signs. One says La Terrasse. Follow, cross river (no bridge) sharp R up slope to park. We saw saloon cars taking this route so it is passable in one although trying.
Cart your cases up a flight of steps to a wonderful open terrace, covered terrace and open pool. Wonderful views from the terraces over the river, oasis, Berber village and mountain side.
The bedrooms are tight - about 10 foot square, one clothes rail, small ensuite with shower. You are not meant to spend much time in them, but why would you with the terrace and pool available? The rooms all face in to a lovely small floriferous courtyard.
Breakfast was flat bread, honey, jam, butter, goat's cheese. Dinner example was soup and tagines followed by drumming from the staff who are all delightful. The owner/manager is Rachid who is very welcoming and has good English. We did a 3 hour walk with a guide along the river, fields, Berber village etc. You can do your own walks but then would miss lots of interesting information. NB don't even attampt to take any pictures of local women.
If you want 4 and 5 star accommodation this isn't for you - otherwise give it a try and you won't be disappointed.

  • Stayed May 2013, travelled with friends
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Thornton Cleveleys, United Kingdom
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23 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 June 2013

I don't know what I can say that hasn't already been said - this place is simply amazing.
The location is incredible and the views are unbelievable - it might take a little bit of time to find but it is well worth it.
The staff are so friendly and helpful, it feels like visiting friends rather than staying in a hotel. The food is wonderful and the salon/dining room is a fabulous, comfortable place where everyone relaxes and enjoys themselves - I even tried my hand at some Gnaoua drumming after dinner.

Bedrooms are clean and perfectly sized with a good bathroom, plentiful hot water and a fantastic aircon unit that was practically silent! There is also a very practical luggage stand in the corner for suitcases, which keeps them out of the way and off the floor.

The double bed in our room was actually two large single beds pushed together - perfect! It meant we had a lovely large area to stretch out on and it was actually the comfiest bed we slept in out of the 6 we had during our trip. Bedding was clean and soft with a beautiful blanket over the top that I adored.

After breakfast the next morning we were shown some local ladies making bread in a traditional oven (once you've tasted fresh Moroccan bread from the fire, no other bread can ever compare) and taken into a village house where we made sweet tea and saw the family's goats and rabbits.

One night here is definitely not enough - we're planning a return trip next year to this perfect oasis of tranquillity and relaxation.

  • Stayed May 2013, travelled as a couple
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Property: Auberge La Terrasse des Delices
Address: Oasis de Fint | Douar Taharbilte, Ouarzazate 45000, Morocco
Region: Morocco > Souss-Massa-Draa Region > Ouarzazate
Amenities:
Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
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Ranked #5 of 40 Hotels in Ouarzazate
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 13
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Come and join us in our beautiful hotel situated in the mountains overlooking the Oasis of Fint,a magnificent landscape!. You will be able to escape from the city life to spend time surrounded by nature, being only 15 kilometers from Ouarzazate. The Terrasse des Delices is a family hotel with 13 rooms all equipped with reversible air conditioning, individuals bathroom and toilets. Hotel endowed with a swimming pool.Spending time with us, you will enjoy calm, serenity, and live music at night. ... more   less 
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