Part of the excitement of a So Morocco Tour is the accommodation. We have hand-picked a selection of traditional and unique options, with exceptionally high standards, which we will highlight below.
So, where will you be staying while you tour with us?
What is a Kasbah?
A kasbah was a secure fortress used for protection when the main town was under siege. Often located on high ground for better strategic reasons, this has the added benefit of providing you with a wonderful view.
Many kasbahs have been converted into hotels and staying in one of these traditional buildings offers an intimate charm. They exude character and provide an authentic Moroccan experience.
A riad is a traditional Moroccan house or palace with an interior garden or courtyard.
These are invisible to the traveller, hiding their charms behind their veil. The alley-ways approaching these mini palaces are narrow and the front door, humble. However, once entered, a world of beauty opens up before you. The name comes from the Arab word Ryad – meaning garden and following the Islamic idea of privacy and inward reflection, the rooms in a riad will have windows facing the interior courtyard. This central garden usually has a fountain or pool and lots of green plants and orange trees.
The interior Moorish and Marrakeshi craftsmanship are stunning with excellent examples of zellige, stucco, tadelakt and cedar work. Staying in one of these beautifully restored 17th-century buildings is like staying in a palace and with usually only half a dozen rooms, you will be sure to be treated like royalty.
Usually situated deep inside the hectic medinas you will be amazed by the calm tranquillity of these historic buildings. Their roof terraces provide a private oasis from which to view the outside world.
You will notice a distinct difference between riads in different areas. The Fassi style is far more ornate and opulent whereas the ones in Marrakech tend to have a more contemporary style. In Chefchaouen they are much more simple and with an Andalucian touch and in Taroudant, Zagora and the south, they tend to be very garden focused.
These camps are basic and simple. They typically consist of 8 to 10 private tents or chambers with mattresses on the floor and some basic bedding provided. They have a toilet and sometimes a shower set a few steps away from the tents and a basic meal will be cooked and served around a camp fire.
Verdict – cheap and cheerful
Tree Camp / mid-range option
This is a unique camp and a very special spot with 5 tents set under a huge desert tree. The tents have a mattresses on the floor and a rudimentary, separate bathroom area in each with toilet and basins. After the sun sets dramatically over the dunes the camp fires and lanterns will be lit and a traditional Moroccan feast will be served.
This is an amazing experience and after you’ve enjoyed the stars and the secrets, the laughter and the friendship – you can sleep in a comfortable tent or under the stars.
Verdict – unique and quirky
Luxury Eco Camp
This camp is luxurious, stylish and comfortable. Standards are exceptionally high and the restaurant serves a 4-course menu made of locally sourced, daily fresh ingredients, with great care and dedication. If the weather is fine, your dinner can be served at a table placed in the high dunes if you wish and local talented musicians will play traditional music around the huge fire pit.
Each handmade, Bedouin tent is uniquely decorated with Moroccan style and eco principles. All six tents contain huge beds with high quality linen and elegant private bathrooms. Sand-boarding is also available.
The outside areas are an absolute delight, adorned with rugs, lanterns and a choice of romantic seating areas and hand made furniture.
The position of this camp is perfect – set far from most other camps and with high dunes right next to the camp.
Boutique style accommodation, often conversions of old houses, built in a traditional Moroccan style. They are of a different layout to a riad and are located outside the medina. Usually small, intimate and freindly.
A high-end bed and breakfast, (though often also offering an evening meal) these are usually locally owned and exceptionally charming. With small swimming pools, fresh home cooked food and service to die for – this is a romantic and unique option.
For the most authentic experience possible why not stay in a simple village house inhabited by Berber families. The resident Berber family will be your hosts, supplying your shelter and the evening meal. You can integrate into family life as much or as little as you wish and they will enjoy showing you around their village. You can have your hands painted with henna, cook a meal all together and enjoy the hospitality.
All these houses are traditionally mud built and have a rustic charm but some have electricity, hot showers and air conditioning installed.
Auberge is the French word for an Inn. In Morocco they are small, traditional hotels, at several different price points.
Mostly located in the Berber south and often in the desert itself, they are a welcome oasis with friendly local owners and a relaxed atmosphere. The ones So Morocco have chosen are environmentally friendly and have the balance between homely and professional – just right.
Bathrooms in Morocco are often very beautiful but not very practical.
The health and safety rules which apply in other countries are non existent here.
Expect leaking showers, no hand-rails, no non-slip mats and bad lighting.
Doorways are often low or ridiculously high with old and badly fitting doors or even just a curtain between the bedroom and bathroom. Hot water is very intermittent and in the medinas, there is often a slightly bad smell coming from the ancient drainage system.
But with tiles from heaven, tons of copper-ware and marble – huge baths and showers, basins for 2, scattered rose petals and natural products such as argan and ghassoul in delicate bottles and ceramic pots – they are a sensory heaven and for most people the little annoying practicalities just add to the charm.
This is Africa – so we advise that you just enjoy them for what they are rather than comparing to your own home country standards.
Morocco has the largest cave system in North Africa and a handful of these have been converted into tourist accommodation. With So Morocco you can experience the silent, cool and unusual experience of sleeping in one of these natural underground chambers in the cliffside.
A real eco-treat and a total escape from mainstream tourism, located in a private and stunning spot – this is a world of peace and tranquillity.
Small, rural and usually very basic accommodation similar to a youth hostel. Facilities are often shared rather than en-suite and there may be a dormitory sleeping option. So Morocco only uses this type of accommodation during a mountain trekking tour.
Self-catering, private accommodation. Usually modern and often on a holiday complex. So Morocco does not offer this type of accommodation
Villa / Farmhouse
Self-catering, private accommodation – luxurious detached houses complete with large gardens and swimming pool.
These are larger hotels with graded facilities, often internationally owned. Our clients usually opt for one of the more “Moroccan” options. However if this is your choice we will be happy to assist and certainly in Casablanca for instance it may be the only option.
Here at So Morocco, we focus on small, traditional and boutique accommodation. There is something for every taste and budget and we recommend trying a variety, whilst on your So Morocco Tour, as each will show a different side of Morocco.
We have personally visited, slept in and eaten at EVERY option we offer and they have been chosen based on the following criteria.
Authenticity, Cleanliness, High Service Levels, Value for Money, Friendliness, Intimacy & Style.