The Best Hostels in Ait Ben Haddou, Morocco

Ait Ben Haddou (or Ait Benhaddou) is a fortified village along the former caravan route between the Sahara and Marrakesh in present-day Morocco. With the help of some Hollywood touch-ups, this Unesco-protected red mudbrick ksar, 32km from Ouarzazate, seems frozen in time, still resembling its days in the 11th century as an Almoravid caravanserai. Movie buffs may recognize it from Lawrence of Arabia, Jesus of Nazareth (for which much of Ait Benhaddou was rebuilt), Jewel of the Nile (note the Egyptian towers) and Gladiator. A less retouched kasbah can be found 6km north along the tarmac from Ait Benhaddou: the Tamdaght kasbah, a crumbling Glaoui fortification topped by storks' nests. Whatever draws your interest to this interesting destination, there are plenty of options when it comes to budget friendly accommodations as a base for exploring.

Rock the Kasbah!

A traditional atmosphere with modern comforts

Ait Ben Haddou Ouarzazate 45100 , Ait ben haddou Morocco
This Berber-style B&B is in Ait Benhaddou, a fortified city and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Kasbah Valentine is built in strict respect for local traditions, for both its architecture and decoration. Kasbah Valentine has a traditional decor where the beauty of southern Morocco Berber crafts that encourage peace, comfort, and serenity. The B&B offers traditionally decorated rooms, a 24-hour reception and free Wi-Fi. Each room is air-conditioned and includes an en suite bathroom with free toiletries and Tadelakt-covered walls. The rooms are filled with natural light and have a view of the furnished courtyard. Every morning breakfast is served on the terrace with panoramic views of the Ait Benhaddou Kasbah. The restaurant offers typical Moroccan dishes including Tajine and Pastila. After dinner, guests are welcome in the TV lounge. Kasbah Valentine is located 18 miles from the center of Ouarzazate, mainly inhabited by Berber people, and 18.6 miles from Ouarzazate Airport. The B&B offers free parking on site.

A quiet and traditional atmosphere

Tameddakhte ait benhadou ouarzazate , Ait ben haddou Morocco
Located a 5-minute drive from Kasbah Ait Benhaddou, Kasbah Ounila offers 2 terraces with a seating area, a garden, and views of the Atlas Mountains. Ouarzazate is 23.6 miles away. All rooms are decorated in a traditional Berber style and feature a private bathroom, while some also have garden or mountain views and a seating area. A breakfast is available each morning at Kasbah Ounila. Guests can also sample local specialties in the on-site restaurant. Additional features include the organization of tour excursions, mountain biking, 4x4 rides and paragliding. Ouarzazate Airport is a 40-minute drive away. Kasbah Ounila is also a good base for hiking tours to the south of Morocco, Ouarzazate, Errachidia, Zagora.

Plenty of comforts and activities with modern amenities

Km 37 de Telouet, Km 12 d'Aït Ben Haddou La Vallée d'Ounila , Ait ben haddou Morocco
La Maison d'Hotes Les Grottes is situated a 15-minute drive from Ait Benhaddou and features an outdoor swimming pool and a Moroccan-style lounge. Camel rides and excursions are organized by the staff. With a Berber decor, each room at Les Grottes includes a private bathroom with shower. The traditional breakfast is served every morning and local specialties made with organic, homegrown products are proposed at the restaurant. You can also have a mint tea in the Berber tents while enjoying the panoramic view of the valley. Free motorcycles parking is available. This B&B has 5 rooms available for guests' use and is a 30-minute drive from Telouet and the Ouarzazate International Airport.

A cozy place with lots of comforts

Famille Bendra (Tamedakht) Boite Postale 372 45000 Ouarzazate , Ait ben haddou Morocco
The Kasbah du Peintre is a 15-minute drive from Ait Benhaddou, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. With traditional Moroccan decor, Kasbah du Peintre offers a garden and a shaded terrace. All the colorful rooms at Kasbah du Peintre feature handcrafted rugs. They offer a seating area and a private bathroom with a bath or shower. Guests are invited to enjoy a continental breakfast every morning at the property. Moroccan specialties can be served on the terrace, which offers panoramic views of the garden. Situated in the historical district, this guesthouse is 4.3 mi (7 km) from Ksar Ait-Benhaddou and within 25 mi (40 km) of Kasbah Tifoultoute and Atlas Studios. Telouet Kasbah and Kasbah Taouirt are also within 25 mi (40 km). Along with a full-service spa, this guesthouse has ski-in/ski-out access and a restaurant. Free full breakfast, free WiFi in public areas, and free self parking are also provided. Other amenities include spa services, laundry facilities, and a library. All 8 rooms provide balconies, pillowtop beds, and sitting areas. Other amenities available to guests include room service, hair dryers, and showers.
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