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“Over priced and over hyped”
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Hotel Tabarkat
Ranked #1 of 12 Hotels in Zagora
Reviewed 29 January 2011

Looks great as you arrive and rooms are OK, overall. However, ambience and service was miserable, and food not good but very overpriced, as was the accommodation for its overall standard by Moroccan standards.

  • Stayed: December 2010, travelled with friends
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2  Thank JimmyChris
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Reviewed 2 October 2010

The hotel Tabarkat is a real nice place to stay during your visit in M'Hamid.

The towerrooms are good value. The owners could do soms more effort to make the bathroom more confortable. The shower had à curtain which was a little dirty and the water is not too hot. (altough you don't want to have a hot shower when It's more then 40 degrees outside)

The spanish owners didn't really care about us, but the personnel was great.
Habib is very helpfull and friendly and speaks good english (The owners don't) and the other guys at the restaurant are doing a great job!

Too bad there is no real bar.

I would come back here!

  • Stayed: September 2010
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3  Thank afolkertsma
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Reviewed 31 August 2009

I spent two nights here in early August,when the weather was fiercely hot in M'hamid. Initially I was in a separate and quite large cottage, but the air conditioner was simply unable to cool it down, so I was moved into the main building, which was excellent. Room was of a good size, well-furnshed, cool and very comfortable. Food was not great, but, wh comes to M'hamid for the food? The highlight of my stay was a day trip out to Erg Chigaga, which the hotel staff arranged. If you visit M'hamid do go to Chigaga!

  • Stayed: August 2009, travelled solo
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5  Thank RichardRiyadh
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Reviewed 30 March 2009

i would really from my review to help the people to choose their best destination in moroco specially in the south where the dunes ,sun and quiet and save places if u would to booked in a hotel choose hotel tabarkat we did enjoying soo mush here we like all the stuff in the hotel we enjoyed the food and we relaxed in our private garden room it's a house soo comfortable and clean
people soo friendlly and welcoming
there is one beotiful shop of africa arts with coorect prices if u there go to this hotel u will not regrette u will feel that u are at ur home
thanks to the all worker's cze they make our staying soo romantic and suxesfull
we promissed our self to come back next year
thanks .

  • Stayed: January 2009, travelled on business
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4  Thank jack098
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Reviewed 15 March 2009

We were booked at the Tabarkat for 4 nights in March 09. Our first impressions were that it was a lovely hotel. We had a very warm welcome from Hussein and Hassan, two of the Moroccan staff. As there were no other guests staying at the hotel for the night we arrived we were given the choice of 4 garden rooms. We opted for a room (which was actually more of a suite) that had 2 seating areas and the usual en suite etc. It was a very nice room.

I think by the end of the stay we were a little disappointed with the hotel and I’d like to outline why. Our intention of staying there for 4 nights was just to take it easy, relax and wind down in the desert. Now I think the problem with the hotel is that I would suggest it has been designed more with tour groups in mind who are only going to stay one night and then go off to a desert camp before heading back to Marrakech. From the photos on the website it certainly looks like a ‘resort hotel’ and what I mean by ‘resort hotel’ is a hotel where you don’t need to venture out and there are enough facilities and it’s comfortable enough to keep you happy. The problem really is the execution of the ‘resort hotel’ bit hasn’t been that successful and therefore it’s a great place to stop for a night but that’s about it. As we were there to relax, we wanted to take it easy by the pool and read etc but the sun loungers were really uncomfortable and the metal seats around the pool were again really uncomfortable. Other than the pool area there was a fairly dingy lounge by the reception area and a dark communal dining room. This meant that there wasn’t that many cosy places where you could actually relax! Furthermore, as there were so few guests staying, there was a lack of atmosphere.

We were tossing up between staying at the Tabarkat or Dar Azawad so out of interest we went for a walk up the road (about 10 mins) just to check out the competition and I have to say I think the design of the Dar Azawad is far superior. The pool area is all on one level with padded sun loungers and comfortable seats with tables too. There was also a nice bar area with an attended bar where you could order snacks. We were on a half board basis at the Tabarkat so obviously around lunchtime we would want to get something to eat. This generally involved tracking down a staff member then choosing what type of omlette you wanted. At Dar Azawad there was a full lunch menu on outdoor tables from which to order lunch/bar type snacks along with an attentive waiter. It is just these small things what I would say were ‘attention to detail’ that separates these two places.

The restaurant is another example. Each night we were told (there wasn’t a menu) what the options were (a choice of 4 starters and 4 mains) so by the end of the stay we were getting a little bored with the options. The restaurant itself was a pretty large dark room with communal benches which seemed designed more with large tour groups in mind rather than independent travellers. The restaurant at Dar Azawad however looked far more comfortable and intimate and designed for the pleasure of the guests rather than solely for accommodating tour groups.

One of our main gripes is that during our stay there our hosts (a Spanish couple who own the place) seemed completely disinterested in our experience as guests and didn’t once ask how we were and if we were enjoying ourselves. In a small ‘family run’ hotel like this I would expect this to be an essential element of helping your guests to enjoy themselves and find out any suggestions for improvement. Not here!

I think the other thing to make clear (which I read conflicting reports about before we went) is that the hotel is not in or near ‘the dunes’. There are some small dunes around with a fair amount of plants/trees growing throughout but if you expect to be able to walk out of the hotel and see a sea of dunes you’ll be disappointed. The nearest ‘big dunes’ Erg Chegaga are two hours away by 4x4 (a day trip costs £150 per vehicle and as there were no other guests to split the cost with we decided against the trip). There are some smaller dunes again reachable by 4x4 or camel nearer, so unless you come with your own 4x4 or book a trip your won’t be seeing them. This was my third time in Morocco and if you do want to stay in a hotel overlooking a sea of dunes I would suggest you visit Merzouga further north instead. I would suggest this is the ‘real’ Sahara experience.

Now having said all that I would like to say that the staff at the Tabarkat were wonderful. Hussein, Hassan and Mohammed were very friendly, kind and they couldn’t do enough to make our stay enjoyable. Hussein took us on a two hour walk around the local villages to look at a couple of Kasbahs and this experience was one of the best of our time in Morocco. We also had a great game of bowls with Mohammed. Their good humour and sense of fun certainly shone out (all the more when you consider the grumpy owners!).

I think in conclusion a hotel has to justify it’s price tag. We were paying around £100 a night half board and I don’t think the quality of the hotel justified this price tag. We stayed in places costing half as much and enjoyed ourselves more, which I think is generally a reflection of the hosts attitude towards their guests. At Tabarkat it seemed more about the money rather than providing a first class experience and this is why we cut our stay short and left a day early. Perhaps try the Dar Azawad instead!

  • Stayed: March 2009, travelled as a couple
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5  Thank MoroccoMan95
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Reviewed 11 January 2009

Excellent and beautiful hotel. We had a fantastic time: camel tour, 4x4 to the dunes, excellent food and service. The hotel provides all facilities and it's VERY clean and comfortable. People were very welcoming and nice. We felt at home. We recommend it 100%.

  • Stayed: December 2008, travelled with family
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2  Thank MothMidlands
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Reviewed 1 November 2008

During an adventure trip with our 4x4 club we spent one night on Dec. 2006 in Tabarkat. We liked it very much what we saw and promised ourselves to come back.
Last October 2008 we had five days off. We booked a room in the garden and we took Souk, our dog, with us.
We spent four fantastic days there where the staff and the owners, Joseph and Elisabet, took care of us and gave us the most kind service and friendship.
The hotel has several rooms in the main building and others in the garden. Rooms are lovely, large and confortable with Moroccan decoration and details.
The restaurant offers Moroccan and Spanish specialities in a large and confortable room with Moroccan carpets and a huge fireplace.
Our stay was great, we enjoyed every minute and we do not have words enough to express both the staff and owners our gratitude.
Thank you and we hope to come back soon!
Javier, Mónica and Souk

  • Stayed: October 2008, travelled with family
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Address: Douar Ksar Bounou - BP. 35 | M'hamid El Guezlane, Zagora, Morocco
Region: Morocco > Souss-Massa-Draa Region > Zagora
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool
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Ranked #1 of 12 Hotels in Zagora
Price Range: £49 - £51 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Tabarkat 3*
Number of rooms: 22
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