Chambre Telouet

Telouet Room

  • 2 people
  • 1 matrimony bed
  • 16 m²

This double room with bed 140 x 190 cm is on the ground floor. It is equipped with bathroom, hairdryer, WI-FI access, air conditioning and central heating in winter. It is decorated with pictures and objects from the Telouet region, including the famous Glaoua carpets. See a floor plan.

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We gave it this name to remember the ancient caravan routes.

For centuries, the Telouet pass was a compulsory passageway for caravans going from Marrakech to the Drâa Valley, and the Kaid of Telouet increased his wealth due to protection rights paid by merchants.

In 1884, Charles de Foucauld wrote:

«Telouet is a part of Glaoua: it includes a number of villages, built close to each other on a small fertile plain; one of them, Imaounine, is the residence of the Kaid Glaoui. The exterior aspect of the constructions announce prosperity: tall houses and well built. Trees are not yet numerous, we see some of them near homes: they are aspens, figs, walnut trees. You can also see vines. A multitude of streams flowing down from the peak of the Atlas water the ground».

  • Air conditioning
  • Central heating
  • Fan
  • Private bathroom with shower
  • Toiletries offered
  • Hair dryer
  • Non-smoking room
  • Office
  • Free WI-FI access
  • Laundry service
Chinguetti room

Chinguetti room

  • 3 people
  • 3 single beds
  • 24 m²

This triple room with three beds 90 x 190 cm is on the ground floor. It is equipped with a large bathroom, hairdryer, WI-FI access, air conditioning and central heating in winter. It is decorated with pictures and objects from Mauritania, where the ancient town of Chinguetti is located. See a floor plan.

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We gave it this name to remember the ancient caravan routes.

Located in the Adrar Plateau, Chinguetti was in the Middle Ages one of the main stages of the western caravan route and also a first-class cultural center. It was considered the seventh holiest city of Islam. But from the twelfth century, it was challenged by its neighbor Ouadane. Today it remains as a small village half depopulated and buried by sand. You can reach it by a difficult track of 100 km from Atar (Mauritania).

Nantet Bernard wrote in "the invention of the desert", page 313:

«In the Adrar, Chinguetti, a city born on the foundations of an older one, Birou, along the trans-Saharan route, became the rallying point for pilgrims to Mecca. Its mosque is the most respected in the country and for Mauritanians Chinguetti is one of the holy cities of the Muslim world».

  • Air conditioning
  • Central heating
  • Fan
  • Private bathroom with shower
  • Toiletries offered
  • Hair dryer
  • Non-smoking room
  • Office
  • Free WI-FI access
  • Laundry service
Beni Sbih room

Beni Sbih room

  • 3 people
  • 1 single bed, 1 double bed
  • 19 m²

This triple room with a bed of 140 x 190 cm and one of 90 x 190 cm is on the ground floor. It is equipped with bathroom, hairdryer, WI-FI access, air conditioning and central heating in winter. It is decorated with pictures and objects from the Drâa Valley, where the Ksar Beni Sbih is located. See a floor plan.

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We gave it this name to remember the ancient caravan routes.

From the Middle Ages until the nineteenth century, Beni Sbih was the largest town of the oasis of Ktaoua in the Drâa Valley, a starting point of caravans to Tomboctu. Today it is a large village surrounded by ramparts and still inhabited, accessible by road at 3 km from Tagounite.

Marmol Carvajal wrote in 1570:

«Beni Sbih is divided in half and closed with a single wall; it is a major town in the province (...). Today there are many harquebus men and crossbow men. And for the protection and safety of Drâa, the King of Morocco has there a Governor, with a garrison, who defends the people from attacks of the Arab Ouled Celim».

  • Air conditioning
  • Central heating
  • Fan
  • Private bathroom with shower
  • Toiletries offered
  • Hair dryer
  • Non-smoking room
  • Office
  • Free WI-FI access
  • Laundry service
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Taoudeni room

  • 3 people
  • 1 single bed, 1 double bed
  • 18 m²

This triple room with a bed of 140 x 190 cm and one of 90 x 190 cm is on the ground floor. It is equipped with a large bathroom, hairdryer, WI-FI access, air conditioning and central heating in winter. It is decorated with Tuareg pictures and objects from the Taoudeni region (northern Mali), and with salt extracted in Taoudeni. See a floor plan.

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We gave it this name to remember the ancient caravan routes.

Lost in the desert, the salt mine of Taoudeni became in the sixteenth century a usual stopover for caravans, in substitution of its neighboring Traza, which had been invaded by Saadians. There, these caravans loaded salt to exchange against gold in Timbuktu. Today it has become a small village, accessible by a difficult track of 700 km from Timbuktu (Mali)

René Caillié wrote in 1828:

«It is from Taoudeni, where all the salt in Timbuktu comes from, and from where it is sent to the city of Jenne, and from there throughout all the Sudan. The salt mines are three feet and a half or four feet deep below the ground and consists of very thick layers: the salt is extracted in blocks and then we saw the plank. These mines are the country's wealth: they are operated by Negro slaves monitored by the Moors and who have, for food, only rice and millet brought from Timbuktu, cooked with camel meat dried in the sun».

  • Air conditioning
  • Central heating
  • Fan
  • Private bathroom with shower
  • Toiletries offered
  • Hair dryer
  • Non-smoking room
  • Office
  • Free WI-FI access
  • Laundry service
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Sijilmassa room

  • 3 people
  • 1 single bed, 1 double bed.
  • 16 m²

This triple room with a bed of 140 x 200 cm and one of 90 x 190 cm is on the ground floor. It is equipped with bathroom, hairdryer, WI-FI access, air conditioning and central heating in winter. It is decorated with pictures and objects from the Tafilalet, where the ruins of Sijilmassa are located. See a floor plan.

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We gave it this name to remember the ancient caravan routes.

First big city in Islamized Morocco and capital of a kingdom since 757, Sijilmassa became in the eleventh century the main center of caravan trade, in communication with Tlemcen and Fez on one side, Timbuktu and Gao on the other. But in the fourteenth century it was destroyed by wars and today there are no more than sections of some walls covered with sand at the entrance of Rissani.

El Bekri wrote in 1068:

«Sijilmassa is located on a plain where the soil is impregnated with salt. It is surrounded by suburbs. Inside we see beautiful houses and magnificent buildings. It has a large number of orchards. The lower part of the wall that surrounds it is built with stone and the upper part with brick. The inhabitants wear always the Nicab, veils that conceal their figure, and if by chance any of them show their face uncovered, their relatives do not recognize them».

  • Air conditioning
  • Central heating
  • Fan
  • Private bathroom with shower
  • Toiletries offered
  • Hair dryer
  • Non-smoking room
  • Office
  • Free WI-FI access
  • Laundry service
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Audaghost room

  • 3 people
  • 3 single beds
  • 21 m²

This triple room with three beds of 90 x 190 cm is on the ground floor. It is equipped with a large bathroom, hairdryer, WI-FI access, air conditioning and central heating in winter. It is decorated with pictures and objects from Mauritania, where the ruins of Audaghost are located. See a floor plan.

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We gave it this name to remember the ancient caravan routes.

In the tenth century, Audaghost was the capital of of a very prosperous Berber kingdom and an important stage for caravans going from Chinguetti to Timbuktu. Conquered by the empire of Ghana, then by the Almoravids, it declined from the twelfth century. Today all that remains of the ancient city are some ruins and some wells used by nomads. It is reached by a very difficult track of 150 km starting from Kiffa (Mauritania).

El Bekri wrote in 1068:

«Audaghost, large and populous city, is built on a sandy plain at the foot of a mountain absolutely sterile and devoid of vegetation. Audaghost contains a mosque, several chapels and a large population. In these schools there are teachers who teach reading the Koran. All around the city there are gardens of date palms».

  • Air conditioning
  • Central heating
  • Private bathroom with shower
  • Toiletries offered
  • Hair dryer
  • Non-smoking room
  • Office
  • Free WI-FI access
  • Laundry service
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Fès room

  • 2 people
  • 1 double bed
  • 20 m²

This double room with a bed of 140 x 190 cm occupies one of the four towers of the Kasbah on the ground floor. It is equipped with bathroom, hairdryer, WI-FI access, air conditioning and electric heating in winter. It is decorated in the style of the city of Fez. See a floor plan.

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We gave it this name to remember the ancient caravan routes.

Founded in the ninth century, the city of Fez was throughout history one of the main points of departure and arrival of the caravans, in communication with Tlemcen, Sijilmassa, Marrakech and the Mediterranean ports. Capital of Idrissid, then of Merinid and Alawites, it has alwais been the most important cultural and religious center of Morocco. Even today it remains the fourth largest city in number of inhabitants.

In 1828, René Caillié wrote:

«Fez is located in a kind of funnel, formed by high mountains, with extensive forests, from which several large streams descend that water the land and provide the city with very good water; in all the mosques there are water jets, and in many streets, fountains designed to quench the thirst of passersby.

«We see there several water mills for grinding grain. The city must be 4 miles in circumference, as far as I could judge by examining it from the top of a mountain, and extends from east to west. It is surrounded by a double brick wall, well done, having at intervals decorative frontons. They might be up to 12 or 13 feet high. You enter through a large gate which surprised me for its regular construction; it forms an arch, under which I saw many food merchants established».

  • Air conditioning
  • Electric heating
  • Private bathroom with shower
  • Toiletries offered
  • Hair dryer
  • Non-smoking room
  • Office
  • Free WI-FI access
  • Laundry service
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Tichit room

  • 2 people
  • 1 double bed
  • 16 m²

This double room with a bed of 140 x 190 cm is upstairs. It is equipped with bathroom, hairdryer, WI-FI access, air conditioning and central heating in winter (a radiator in the bedroom and one in the bathroom). It is decorated with pictures and objects from Mauritania, where the ancient town of Tichit is locted. See a floor plan.

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We gave it this name to remember the ancient caravan routes.

An oasis lost in the Mauritanian desert, Tichit was in the sixteenth century an important stopover for caravans going from Timbuktu to Ouadane. Today a small village remains, accessible only by air or by an itinerary of 200 km into desert from Tidjikja (Mauritania) without visible track.

Bernard Nantet wrote in L’invention du désert, page 131:

«The inhabitants of Dchar Tichit belong to the period that saw people leave the area affected by excessive dryness and seek refuge where life was still possible (...). Established primarily, as usual, near the water points, the population accompanied their drying out».

  • Air conditioning
  • Central heating
  • Fan
  • Private bathroom with shower
  • Toiletries offered
  • Hair dryer
  • Non-smoking room
  • Office
  • Free WI-FI access
  • Laundry service
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Marrakech Room

  • 4 people
  • 1 double bed, 2 single beds
  • 26 m²

This family room with a bed of 140 x 190 cm and two 90 x 190 cm beds arranged as a living room is upstairs. It is equipped with bathroom, hairdryer, WI-FI access, air conditioning and central heating in winter (a radiator in the bedroom and one in the bathroom). It is decorated in the style of Marrakech. See a floor plan.

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We gave it this name to remember the ancient caravan routes.

Founded by the Almoravids in the eleventh century, Marrakech was throughout history one of the capitals of the empire of Morocco and one of the main starting points for the trans-Saharan trade.

Ali Bey wrote in 1803:

«The city of Marrakech or Morocco, the former capital of the kingdom of that name, ruined by a series of disastrous wars and even further depopulated by the plague, is today only a shadow of its past splendor. A population of nearly seven hundred thousand inhabitants at the height of its greatness gave movement and life to agriculture, arts and commerce of the country; today there are barely thirty thousand souls».

  • Air conditioning
  • Central heating
  • Fan
  • Private bathroom with bath
  • Toiletries offered
  • Hair dryer
  • Non-smoking room
  • Office
  • Free WI-FI access
  • Laundry service
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Ouadane room

  • 3 people
  • 1 single bed, 1 double bed.
  • 21 m²

This triple room with a bed of 140 x 190 cm and one of 90 x 190 cm is upstairs. It is equipped with bathroom, hairdryer, WI-FI access, air conditioning and central heating in winter (a radiator in the bedroom and one in the bathroom). It is decorated with pictures and objects from Mauritania, where the ancient city of Ouadane is located. See a floor plan.

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We gave it this name to remember the ancient caravan routes.

In the twelfth century, Ouadane replaced its neighbor Chinguetti as a stopover along the western caravan route. With the opening of the salt mines of Idijil, it became a classic stage and was used until the nineteenth century. Today the old town is in ruins and next to it there is a small village of recent constructions. To get there, you must take a difficult track of 200 km that starts in Atar (Mauritania).

Leo Africanus wrote in 1516:

«Ouadane is a village in the desert of Numidia. It is inhabited by a poor and simple population, and there grow only small amounts of dates. The people lack resources and live almost naked, and they can not leave their village because of their bad relationship with their neighbors (...). There are more black than white men».

  • Air conditioning
  • Central heating
  • Fan
  • Private bathroom with shower
  • Toiletries offered
  • Hair dryer
  • Non-smoking room
  • Office
  • Free WI-FI access
  • Laundry service
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Gao room

  • 3 people
  • 1 single bed, 1 double bed.
  • 20 m²

This triple room with a bed of 140 x 190 cm and one of 90 x 190 cm is upstairs. It is equipped with bathroom, hairdryer, WI-FI access, air conditioning and central heating in winter (a radiator in the bedroom and one in the bathroom). It is decorated with pictures and objects of Mali, where the town of Gao is located. See a floor plan.

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We gave it this name to remember the ancient caravan routes.

Since the thirteenth century, Gao -like Timbuktu- was a point of arrival of caravans from Sijilmassa. In the twentieth century, when the truck replaced the camel and caravans were suspended, Gao managed to keep its importance by becoming the final point of the Tanezrouft track. It is still one of the major cities of Mali and its market is one of the most colorful of the country.

In 1520, Leo Africanus wrote:

«Gao is a city without walls; it is 400 miles far from Timbuktu, to the southeast, and most of its houses are ugly, but there are some nice ones where the king and his court live. The people are rich traders who move constantly in the region with their goods. An infinite number of Negroes reach Gao with large amounts of gold to buy items imported from Europe or Barbary, but they never find enough items to spend their gold and return home with it».

  • Air conditioning
  • Central heating
  • Private bathroom with shower
  • Toiletries offered
  • Hair dryer
  • Non-smoking room
  • Office
  • Free WI-FI access
  • Laundry service
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Taourirt room

  • 2 peoples
  • 1 double bed.
  • 14 m²

This double room with a bed of 140 x 190 cm is upstairs. It is equipped with bathroom, hairdryer, WI-FI access, air conditioning and central heating in winter. It is decorated with pictures and objects from the region of Ouarzazate, where the Taourirt Kasbah is located. See a floor plan.

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We gave it this name to remember the ancient caravan routes.

Located between the Atlas and the Drâa Valley, the Ksar Taourirt was a stage of the central caravan route until the nineteenth century. Today the village remains in good condition and forms the old part of Ouarzazate. You can visit there a large Kasbah of Glaoui.

Emille Laoust wrote in 1932:

«In the district of Ouarzazate, the poor and peaceful people consist mostly of Haratine [black farmers], white Berbers and Jews, at the mercy of a few lords, one of them the Khalifa of Glaoua, Si Hammadi, himself a brother of the pasha of Marrakech. He resides at Ksar Taourirt, the largest one of the district. His magnificent home dominates from a certain distance the mass of tawny mud houses, with decorated facades, clustered along narrow streets and, overall, fairly good looking».

  • Air conditioning
  • Central heating
  • Fan
  • Private bathroom with shower
  • Toiletries offered
  • Hair dryer
  • Non-smoking room
  • Office
  • Free WI-FI access
  • Laundry service
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Oualata room

  • 4 peoples
  • 1 double bed, 2 single beds.
  • 28 m²

This family room with a bed of 140 x 190 cm and two 90 x 190 cm beds arranged as a living room is upstairs. It is equipped with bathroom, hairdryer, WI-FI access, air conditioning and central heating in winter (a radiator in the bedroom and one in the bathroom). It is decorated in the unique style of Oualata, including some objects made in this Mauritanian town. See a floor plan.

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We gave it this name to remember the ancient caravan routes.

In the Middle Ages, Oualata was one of the major caravan stages, to the point of competing with Tomboctu. Today it has turned into a small village in the desert, without any activity, but it retains the beauty of its traditional architecture. It is reached by a sandy track of 100 km from Nema (Mauritania).

Ibn Batuta wrote en 1352:

"In the village of Iwalaten [Oualata] the heat is torrid. There are some small palm-trees, in whose shade melons grow. The water is obtained from pockets beneath the sand. The lamb meat is plentiful and people wear nice Egyptian clothes. Most of the inhabitants are Massufa; their women are very beautiful and more thoughtful than men.

"The condition of this ethnic group is amazing by their strange habits. Men never get jealous of women and they take not the name of their father, but that of their maternal uncle (...). Women have external friends and partners, men also maintain friendships with women outside the family. For example, when a man enters his house and finds his wife in company with a friend, he won't disapprove of such conduct".

  • Air conditioning
  • Central heating
  • Fan
  • Private bathroom with bath
  • Toiletries offered
  • Hair dryer
  • Non-smoking room
  • Office
  • Free WI-FI access
  • Laundry service
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Tamegroute room

  • 2 people
  • 1 double bed
  • 12 m²

This double room with a bed of 140 x 190 cm is upstairs. It is equipped with bathroom, hairdryer, WI-FI access and air conditioning. It is decorated with pictures and objects from the Draa Valley, where Ksar Tamegroute is located. See a floor plan.

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We gave it this name to remember the ancient caravan routes.

From very ancient origin, the village of Tamegroute is especially known by its Zaouïa Nasseria, which has been present since the sixteenth century. Like all crossing points of the caravans, it was an important cultural and religious focus. You can still visit a large library of manuscripts. It is accessible by paved road at 30 km from Zagora.

Marmol Carvajal wrote in 1571:

«Tamegroute is a small town at twenty miles from Tagoumadert. It is on the edge of the river Drâa and has a pretty good castle, where there is some artillery and where you can find the governor with some troops. This is one of the main homes of Draouis, and the oldest village in the province. Many dates grow there».

  • Air conditioning
  • Fan
  • Private bathroom with shower
  • Toiletries offered
  • Hair dryer
  • Non-smoking room
  • Office
  • Free WI-FI access
  • Laundry service
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Beni Hayoun room

  • 4 people
  • 1 double bed, 2 single beds
  • 27 m²

This family room with a bed of 140 x 195 cm and two beds of 90 x 190 cm is on the ground floor. It is equipped with bathroom (separate WC), hairdryer, Wi-Fi access and air conditioning. It is decorated with pictures and objects of the Drâa Valley, where the Ksar Beni Hayoun is located. See a floor plan.

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We gave it this name to remember the ancient caravan routes.

Beside Beni Sbih, Beni Hayoun was through the centuries one of the biggest trading centers in the oasis of Lektaoua in the Drâa valley, a starting point of caravans to Tomboctu. Today it is still a large village inhabited but it has lost its fortified character, accessible by road at 3 km from Tagounite.

Leo Africanus wrote in 1520:

«In this province [Ktaoua oasis] there are a few Jewish craftsmen and goldsmiths, on the road from Fez to Tomboctu. Nevertheless there are in this country four or five cities, where many merchants live, so they are adorned with temples and well supplied shops».

  • Air conditioning
  • Private bathroom with shower
  • Toiletries offered
  • Hair dryer
  • Non-smoking room
  • Office
  • Free WI-FI access
  • Laundry service
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Tamnougalt room

  • 3 people
  • 1 double bed, 1 single bed
  • 14 m²

This triple room with a bed of 140 x 190 cm and one of 90 x 190 cm occupies the old kitchen of the Kasbah, on the ground floor. It retains the original ovens. It is equipped with bathroom, hairdryer, Wi-Fi access and air conditioning. It is decorated with pictures and objects of the Drâa Valley, where the Ksar Tamnougalt is located. See a floor plan.

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We gave it this name to remember the ancient caravan routes.

Former capital of the tribe Mezguita, the Ksar Tamnougalt was one of the milestones of the caravans in the Drâa Valley. Today it is partially abandoned but it retains its architectural beauty and benefited from a rehabilitation program.

Charles de Foucauld wrote in 1884:

«Tamnougalt is a beautiful Ksar, residence of Abderrahmane Ben Hassen, hereditary Sheikh of Mezguita, and capital of this district. Like all Draa, it is populated exclusively by Haratine [black farmers]. The Mezguita draws the border line of plantations and Ksars which lines both banks of the Oued Drâa, it does not extend beyond the valley of the river itself».

  • Air conditioning
  • Private bathroom with shower
  • Toiletries offered
  • Hair dryer
  • Non-smoking room
  • Office
  • Free WI-FI access
  • Laundry service