Why do people visit Morocco? One of the main reasons is to see the desert and to feel the spiritual freedom that it gives. The Sahara Desert, as most of the deserts, brings a special charm and sadness. When visiting Morocco, you would probably want to go to Merzouga. It is the place where you can see the highest sand dunes in Morocco. It is quite popular with tourists.
Not far from Merzouga, you can stay at a hotel that is an epitome of Morrocan hospitality and desert charm. Hotel Kasbah Tizimi is good value for money accommodation on the edge of the great Sahara Dessert.
Kasbah Tizimi Hotel Location
The hotel where we stayed and welcomed the New Year of 2014 is located 50 km from Merzouga, on the outskirts of the town of Erfoud. This town is famous as a former outpost of the French Foreign Legion, but nowadays there are no remaining signs of this adventurous period.
Kasbah Tizimi Hotel – Structure and Architecture
The hotel’s architecture is typical of Morocco. The traditional material used for the construction of “ksar” and “kasbah” is adobe, and the very structure of the hotel building follows the inner courtyards around which were built two floors with rooms. “Kasbah” means “fortress” and the hotel reflects exactly this idea but in a very subdued and pleasant way. Another example of the traditionally built hotel is Kasbah Zitoune in Ouarzazate.
Kasbah Tizimi Hotel Rooms
The rooms, although its adobe walls painted white, offer all the basic amenities you need. Like all built in the traditional style hotels in Morocco, the main impression of the place is about rough construction and hard surfaces.
Coffee table and two armchairs in the middle of the room make for extra comfort. The bathroom was clean, but also basic and it’s better you bring your own cosmetics. The windows offer views of the dusty palm trees outside and in the evening in front of your room will be lighted lamps in Moroccan style to guide you in the dark.
There is a relatively large choice for breakfast. In Morocco pastry is something that you shouldn’t omit and is included in the morning menus in every hotel or guesthouse where you will stay. The restaurant offers a traditional menu with various tajine and couscous dishes and local wine. The staff is friendly.
The most pleasant place in the hotel is the pool area. Around the pool, there are deck chairs and garden tables with iron chairs arranged so that you can drink your tea while you work on your computer, for example. I tell you this because the internet connection is only available in this part of the hotel.
Services at Kasbah Tizimi
Any additional services in Hotel Kasbah Tizimi are organised by Mohammed. I call him “concierge” as he cares about all the entertainments for the hotel guests. He was our guide during the visit of Sahara desert.
I strongly recommend you to take advantage of his services. He will show you routes passing through the villages of the Bedouins in the desert. He will also answer all of your questions (and you will have many!) with a smile and patience.
Ask for Mohammed! It is very likely that he welcomes you when you arrive at the hotel entrance on your first day. You’ll recognise him by his blue jellaba (long traditional men’s garment) and white shesh wrapped like a turban on his head.
Often, a big part of our travel discoveries is about the places we stay in. Kasbah Tizimi Hotel is one of these traditional-style accommodations that are somewhat telling the story of the destination without words. Only smiles, great services and clean premises.
Want to stay here? See the availability and prices at Kasbah Tizimi Hotel.
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