This is an incredible, unique place to stay and visit. It is a hotel inside a museum, made by local artist and teacher, Hassan Ouleddroun. There are two comfortable en suite bedrooms inside the museum, made from all the artefacts he has found round the village (where they filmed Ben Hur!) from ancient times. Hassan is a a brilliant artist too, so you may be lucky enough to pick up some of his work. (He is quite shy about his talent, although his work is now in Madrid, New York and round the world where the elite have found him!). Ibrahim is the resident hotel keeper. He or his lovely wife will rustle you up a delicious cous cous and bring you lovely fresh breakfast feasts on the roof terrace or inside. A brilliant, secret find. Complete bargain! I'm tempted to keep it secret but Hassan and his family need guests to fund the museum and school.
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Hassan Ouleddroun, Hay EL Wahada 117, Ouarzazate, Morrocco
Zagora was the perfect stepping off point into the desert, having rented a car in Marrakech and loaded with a map it took us a full day to arrive at Zagora which while we hadn't planned to actually go to, it just seemed to be the accumulation of following where the road took us.
We decided to stay at the la Perle du Draa hotel, it was basic but had a pool which in the middle of august was a massive plus to say the least.
It was hot and we struggled to sleep, with the wind coming in off the Sahara burning your nostrils and the back of your throat.
That said, without any form of preplanning, it was the adventure I had wanted so without complaining we got through the night, although my friend got up during the night and slept by the pool while I had to have more than one cold shower during the night!
This said it was the best holiday I have ever had, pure fun and excitement from the very first moment, cheap as chips, no fixed planning or being dragged around from pillar to post by organised tours.
With days spent in the oasis in Ouarzazate, with trips out to the dunes we couldn't have wanted for much more.
Rising early on the first morning to drive out to see the sunrise over the dunes was one of the most enlightening experiences I have ever had.
The hotel was basic, but the experience made it all the while worth doing.
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