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“Interesting place, but would not go back.” 3 of 5 bubbles
Review of Dar Raha Zagora

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Dar Raha Zagora
Ranked #17 of 32 Zagora B&B and Inns
Durango, CO
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8 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Interesting place, but would not go back.”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 May 2011

Despite the charming French owner, this old Dar did not live up to the reviews. A dark, typical old house, it has not been kept up.....cold water only sinks in the communal bathrooms, no fans or air conditioning in the small and airless rooms, leaking plumbing, etc. The meals were good and there was hot water in the communal showers, however. Not sure why this was a Lonely Planet pick, but I would go elsewhere at this price.

  • Stayed May 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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darraha, Gérant at Dar Raha Zagora, responded to this review, 22 May 2011
This is so nice ! If you see a pipe leaking, you don't tell the owner but everybody else instead. You were our only guests on that day, you had ample opportunity to raise any issues: you didn’t say a word but as soon as you are back home, you deliver a public criticism. Thank you for your will to harm us.
Everyone will appreciate your sense of priorities but I cannot leave unanswered some statements of yours :
- You chose to stay in Musc, a 15m2 bedroom with a kingsize bed : that’s for our “small” rooms.
- We don’t have air con but, but contrary to what you say, each of our bedrooms has a fan as well as a heater and you could even have more if you wanted.
- To say that the house is “dark” is a joke : all bedrooms give on an open air terrace or on the patio around the inner yard; at ground level one salon gives on the yard itself and the two others are around wells of light and air that open on the very first floor terrace. Anybody having visited traditional kasbah pisé houses would tell you how much clear Dar Raha stands in comparison. At Dar Raha, we manage to have much more light than usual in such houses while still keeping indoor spaces isolated from the Saharian heat.
- The maintenance of such a big pisé house is a daily business : water and pisé do not match easily, and the local climate is a terrible testing ground for pipes of all kinds. I do take care of my home place day after day since no mistake is allowed in such harsh conditions.
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4.5 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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English first
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 March 2011

only stayed one night here but will definitely be back. antoine, the owner is so nice and friendly, and i love the way he's created this gorgeous guest house using natural and traditional building methods, and showing local art work throughout the buildings. have recommended it to all my friends, some of whom are visiting in the next month!

  • Stayed January 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank mazzyss
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Calgary, Canada
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199 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 128 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 January 2011

You gotta love it basic if you stay here. This is real. Best thing ... by far the best evening meal we had in 10 days... breakfast was great too. Worst.. the room we were in had no air conditioning and it was oh sooo hot. Best : I slept on the roof top deck... it was one of the coolest experiences of my life. I actually had a brilliant sleep while waking to peak at the full moon every few hours. The service was very excellent. Be sure to explore the building.. it's much bigger than it seems.... and the library / museum... very cool.
I would have never chosen this place... it turned out to be one of our best experience nights.

  • Stayed September 2010
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank winequaffer
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Leeds, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
4 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 November 2010

We took SupraTour bus from Marrakech and arrived in Zagora close to midnight. Taxi arranged by Dar Raha was already waiting for us. With a short ride, we arrived at the House of Rest.



After a good night rest and breakfast, Antoine showed us around the house, which turned out to be much bigger than we expected. There are library, tea salon, terrace which over looks the town and palm grove, culture room, lots of space to chill, to read, to play. The bathrooms and toilets are a short distance away from the room, so the integrity of the original structure can be preserved. I didn't find that to be a problem at all.



Antoine gave us a talk on the history of the qsar and Zagora before taking us to the qsar and palm grove. He even invited us to his home on the way back. I felt that I was seeing the real Morocco for the very first time.



After lunch, camels where waiting on the door step to take us out for a afternoon/night in the desert. The scenery on the way was amazing. We watched the sunset, while our guides prepared dinner. As the night fell, tempterture dropped. We sat inside the Berber tent to enjoy a wonderful night of music, conversation and feast. It was truly an amazing experience.



Another 2-hour camel ride, we were back at Dar Raha for a needed shower and wonderful lunch. The lunch here is not the typical heavy Moroccan meat meal, but light & delicious vegetarian dishes - a big welcome after days of heavy meals in Marrakech. After lunch, Antoine took us to the Zagora Market, and showed us the sights in the area.His knowledge and passion of the area made the visit extra special.



Additional to the 3 days budget formula (which was great value), we took a day trip to Chigaga desert in a 4x4. As the journey goes on, we understood why it had to be a 4x4. We climbed up one of the big sand dune, and there are sand dunes as far as the eyes can see - breathe taking view,and not to be missed if you have already made it as far as Zagora.



We left Zagora on the 6am bus the next day. If we could have re-planned the trip, we would have made sure we have another day at Dar Raha, so we can have a day to rest from the desert trips and enjoy the place.



Dar Raha is more than a gues house, and the whole experience had been absolutely delightful.

  • Stayed November 2010, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank wjlyn
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Hasselt, Belgium
Level Contributor
3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 November 2010

Dar Raha – Zagora (Amezrou)

After a whole day long drive with a rental car out of Marrakech, we landed just before sunset in this beautiful Riad.
We had the opportunity to enjoy a great view on the roof terrace and were served a great relaxing dinner. The room was splendid and we enjoyed a good sleep;
All in all we only spend 1 night @ Dar Raha, the morning after we left for M’Hamid, but can only confirm all the positive reviews on the internet

Dar Raha is a beautiful Riad just outside Zagora with a great professional staff.

  • Stayed November 2010, travelled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank amarc2010
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rome
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3 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 February 2010

Our hosts were simply perfect, ready to help us out and available for any needs. The owner is a very available person whom chatting with about Marocco and the beauties of the Zagora's nearby. The room was large, silent, simple yet very confortable; services was large and very clean as well.
It might have been an hard job for the owner restoring this traditional house and offering to the guests such an hight level of confort at the same!
A magic place, really!

  • Stayed February 2010, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank hh96
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New York
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 September 2009

I really had an amazing time staying at Dar Raha.....From the home cooked meals, to the camel treks, to the beautiful house. Antoine (the owner) made me feel so welcomed and at home. I would definitely love to stay again!!!

  • Stayed September 2009, travelled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank jourdon
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Property: Dar Raha Zagora
Address: Hay Amezrou | BP 148, Zagora 45900, Morocco
Region: Morocco > Souss-Massa-Draa Region > Zagora
Amenities:
Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #17 of 32 B&Bs / Inns in Zagora
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 9
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
In the splendid valley of the Draa (South Morocco), on the edge of the palm grove, live in harmony with your self and the environment: a grand traditional pisé house, in Amezrou village. Nine bedrooms, open-air / shaded spaces, yard, salons, patios, terraces, distributed on three levels, and a ground-floor and garden fort rent in the palmgrove! Also on offer: walks, camel riding, cultural tours and visits of historical sites. ... more   less 

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