Hotel Review: Dar Qamar in Agdez, Morocco

By Kach Umandap - Howe March 29th, 2016 Posted in Best Luxury Hotels, Luxury Hotel Review, Travel Blog 20 Comments

Arriving into Agdez after a long journey through the desert and finding yourself amongst crumbling buildings and a maze of dirt roads, any apprehension immediately disappears on entering the gates of Dar Qamar. The narrow streets will lead you into an oasis of beautiful poolside gardens with the walls of the Kasbah towering behind; here guests can truly unwind and experience a genuine haven of peace amongst the chaos of the old village.

Motorbike journey to Dar Qamar in Agdez, Morocco

On the first day of our 4 day motorbike adventure across Morocco with Reda Jabri of Palm Road, we started in Marrakesh riding over the Tichka Pass through the snow-covered Atlas Mountains, stopped for lunch in Ouarzazate then on to the ancient town of Agdez, where we spent the night at Dar Qamar Ste Aslim Mobilier, a beautiful boutique hotel located in the heart of the ancient village. What a pleasure after riding through so much beauty and dramatic landscape to arrive at such a simple and welcoming rest stop, but still taking in the atmosphere of the town surrounding us.

The pool area during day time at Dar Qamar in Agdez, Morocco

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Accommodation

Our Bedroom at Dar Qamar in Agdez, Morocco

Dar Qamar has seven rooms with private bathrooms to offer, we stayed in the Palmier room with brushed blue painted walls, and white sheets gathered to create a canopy bed like a Moroccan dream!

The bathroom continues with the same magical ambiance from the soft blue walls and bath surround to the traditional decorative tiles, it felt like our own private hammam.  All the facilities here are not only kept spotless but have their unique personality, and we couldn’t have asked for a more peaceful sleep.

Our bathroom at Dar Qamar in Agdez, Morocco

Area Guide

Agdez is located 60 km from Ouarzazate, in the center of the Draa Valley. This charming town is known for its classic Moroccan Palmerie (palm grove), just around the corner from Dar Qamar. As much of the city’s historic center is not visible from the main road it has been widely overlooked in terms of tourism development, meaning guests visitors that take the time to stop by will experience an authenticity that many others miss.

The sunrise view at Dar Qamar in Agdez, Morocco

Other fascinating features of the town include many crumbling mud brick Kasbahs, the local mosque and intriguingly a secret desert prison. A little further and you will find many hiking routes or great trips by 4×4 to see the cozy landscapes surrounding the area.

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Tips

With such a rural location comes outstanding sunrises and sunsets, best served with a traditional Moroccan tea.

Make the most of the pool during the hottest hours of the day under the shade of the towering palm trees; you may even spot a peacock wandering past!

The pool area at Dar Qamar in Agdez, Morocco

Early in the morning or later once the sun is lower head over to the nearby Kasbah Des Caids Du Mezguita, a 16th century Kasbah currently being renovated by its owner. It also features a little museum of Berber culture and the history of the area, and you will find locals around offering their services to guide you through the fascinating building.

Relaxing area by the pool at Dar Qamar in Agdez, Morocco

Amenities

While Dar Qamar’s red walls and rustic, red-brick exterior give the impression of blending into the streets surrounding it, once inside you will find no comfort spared. From beautifully furnished bedrooms and bathrooms to a cosy games/cocktails and drinks room and a in particular private hammam and massage service, guests are fully catered for to leave feeling relaxed and invigorated. A bonus for us was that the Wi-Fi coverage is also excellent!

The waiting area at Dar Qamar in Agdez, Morocco

Main amenities are the following:

  • Pets Allowed (Dog / Pet-Friendly)
  • Heated Pool & Jacuzzi
  • Restaurant  
  • Suites & Family Rooms
  • Free High-Speed Internet (WiFi)  
  • Free Private Parking  
  • Shuttle Bus Service  
  • Airport Transportation  
  • Free Breakfast

Food

After many kilometers traveling through the Moroccan desert Dar Qamar welcomed us with a candlelit dinner, an amazing spread of kebabs, rice and slow cooked vegetables in delicious sauces prepared by their chef Fatiyah. These excellent home cooked meals of Moroccan or Mediterranean cuisine are available for lunch and dinner with great local wine with a separate but equally delicious complimentary breakfast menu.

People

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The French owners Fanny and Bernard are so friendly and welcoming to guests visiting this charming guesthouse which is open year-round. They have a small team of staff who are so efficient and helpful. The overall atmosphere is incredibly personal and homely, just what we needed at this point during our 4-day journey across Morocco!

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Note: This is a sponsored hotel stay with Dar Qamar in Agdez, Morocco and all opinions and text are all mine! Thank you to everyone especially to MuchMorocco team who helped to make this such a unique experience.

 

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20 thoughts on “Hotel Review: Dar Qamar in Agdez, Morocco

  1. We lunched in Agdez, but didn’t spend a night.

    it was a lovely place to wander and if I recall correctly, we scored ourselves a nice selection of scarves!

  2. Looks like a fabulous place to stay, Kach. I’ve not yet been to Morocco, but when I go, I will certainly look into staying at the Dar Qamar Hotel.

  3. well, well, that bed and pool side looks romantic as hell! I’d spend my time there with a special someone ‘wink-wink’ thanks for the review and pix!

  4. I’ve never been to Morocco, but this hotel looks pretty cool. Great vibe and the nature is amazing 🙂

  5. Looks serene, and the hotel itself looks beautiful and Lux. The extra plus I guess is the staff that efficient and helpful as you’ve mentioned.

  6. What a beautiful place to stay! The bathroom is certainly unique, I’d love to be able to experience that myself 🙂

  7. It’s a beautiful place! It’s very peaceful there too. I like the bedroom, it’s very spacious and the pool area is a great place to relax!

  8. This is such a lovely accommodation. Some friends recently visited Morocco and highly recommended that place.

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Written by Kach Umandap - Howe

Co-Founder of Two Monkeys Travel Group. Since 2013, Kach has visited all the 7 continents (including Antarctica) and 143 countries using her Philippines Passport. In 2016, she got married then a year later bought a sailboat and went on sailing adventures with her two cats - Captain Ahab & Little Zissou in the Caribbean for 2 years. She now lives in Herceg Novi, Montenegro. She writes about her experiences traveling as a Filipina traveler with a PHL Passport. Also tips on backpacking trips, luxury hotel experiences, product reviews, sailing & adventure travel.

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