Most tourists who come to Merzouga want to stay in a camp. However, I think spending one, or even several, nights in one of the hotels in Merzouga is worthwhile if you have a bit more time.
I frequently get asked where to stay in Merzouga. So I finally put together this post of my favourite hotels in Merzouga. There are of course plenty of hotels to choose from. Which one I would recommend depends, among other things, on how big your budget is and whether you are travelling with a car. Many hotels are located quite a way outside of town and are rather impractical without your own transport.
Since I live here, I haven’t stayed in any of the hotels myself. But I have had friends, family or clients stay and have only received good feedback. And, I have also visited them and taken photos.
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Hotels in Merzouga for every budget
Luxury Hotels in Merzouga
If you want to stay relatively central in Merzouga, the nicest hotel is the Desert Villa. There are 10 rooms, a mix of double and twin rooms. The hotel only opened in February 2022 and has a rather modern design compared to the other accommodation in Merzouga.
There is a lot of attention to detail in the Desert Villa, from the hand-carved doors to the painted wooden ceiling and the individually coloured rooms.
The roof terrace offers a view over the whole of Merzouga and, of course, the dunes. The pool is sheltered behind the building and the large lounge is a good place to meet the other guests.
Breakfast is included and the (non-classical Moroccan) dinner can be booked as well.
The highlight of the Desert Villa, however, is not the hotel itself but the staff, especially the owner Youssef. He personally welcomes the guests, takes care of all wishes, and tirelessly answers all questions. I have received feedback from several solo travellers that Youssef was very successful in making them feel welcome and not alone.
Arguably the most luxurious hotel in the region is Riad Serai. Also only opened in 2022, it offers plenty of luxury. However, it is not located in Merzouga, but just before Hassilabied, directly below the dunes.
The rooms are located around the large, bright courtyard. There are many small seating areas that invite you to linger. The rooms themselves are all individually designed and spacious.
There is a large restaurant and several lounges, which are of course also air-conditioned in the heat.
The highlight here is definitely the pool area. There are plenty of places to sit and lie down, all very lovingly designed and planted with as much greenery as the desert here allows.
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Mid-range hotels in Merzouga
Riad Ali is located on the outskirts of town with a view of the dunes. It is traditionally built in Kasbah style and was one of the first hotels in Merzouga. It has a very beautiful, green garden and a pool with many loungers and seating areas.
There are rooms in the main building arranged around a covered courtyard and also some around the pool. All rooms have air-conditioning and of course a private bathroom.
The rooms are traditionally decorated, sufficiently large and of course very clean. Breakfast is usually included, and dinner is prepared on request.
A highlight is the rooftop terrace with a direct view of the large dunes of Merzouga.
Les Roches is a direct neighbour of Riad Ali, also located directly on the dunes. This hotel is also built in the traditional desert style, the rooms are all arranged around an open courtyard where meals are also served.
The rooms are simple but very nicely decorated. There is air conditioning and traditionally tiled bathrooms. Again, breakfast is usually included, and dinner is served on request.
There is a nice pool with seating and loungers behind the building.
Les Roche is very popular with campers as they have a relatively large parking area behind the hotel.
Haven La Chance
Haven La Chance is particularly popular with caravan campers. There is a large and very green parking area facing the road. If you are “only” travelling with a normal car, you will also find nice, simple rooms in the main building.
There are also large, but rather dark lounge areas and the restaurant.
If it’s not too hot, I would recommend taking your meals by the pool. It is very green there and you have a view of the dunes behind the garden.
The hotel is not in Merzouga though, but just before Hassilabied on the edge of the dunes.
Budget Hotels in Merzouga
Hostel Merzouga Tifinagh
Hostel is a bit misleading here as there are no dorms. But the price is probably closest to hostel standard. Merzouga Tifinagh Hostel has 4 rooms with either double or twin beds, each with its own bathroom. There are also apartments, which are ideal if you are travelling in a larger group.
The furnishings are simple, but everything is clean and tidy.
The hostel is located a few hundred metres from the village towards Merzouga’s largest dune. There is a green courtyard, a large lounge and a kitchen that can be used. Breakfast is usually included.
The Maison Tamaright is a small guesthouse near the hostel (see above). There are 4 rooms with different numbers of beds, each with its own bathroom, only one has air conditioning though. The furnishings are simple, the rooms are relatively large and everything is very clean. However, the bathrooms could all do with a fresh coat of paint.
On the weekends, it is occasionally very noisy here in the evenings, as one of the nearby larger hotels likes to hold parties for Moroccan tourists. Loud (and, in my opinion, rather annoying) music is playing until after midnight.
Other, rather inexpensive, hotels that I can recommend:
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