I stayed here for two nights in late April. The hotel is cosy and welcoming, and my room and bed were very comfortable. I enjoyed the authentic construction with local materials, and local carpets. The hotel staff were exceptionally friendly and kind.
The highlight is the spacious terrace with the stunning view across the river to the kasbah - and I was literally stunned into silence when I walked out onto the terrace in the morning, after arriving at night in the dark. Superb!
The sink and shower area felt a bit cramped, and the hot water system could be improved - water was either very hot or cold and it was difficult to get the right mix. But these issues felt minor, given the overall friendly ambience and comfort of the hotel. I was in room 4, downstairs looking onto the pool area. If I'm lucky enough to return, I'd try and get an upstairs room looking over the terrace and across to the kasbah.
Dar Mouna is one of several small hotels with character in the same area of the new town, including a larger one whose terrace adjoins Dar Mouna’s. The view from the terrace and from some rooms is terrific – across the river valley to the old hillside city set on the other side. It is an easy walk to the historic town via either a nearby bridge or directly across the river if the water is low. (Note: Young local children will be very insistent on helping you across and if you accept any help at all you will be expected to tip them.)
The Dar Mouna appears to have been recently refurbished and updated. Set in an old authentic dar (house with a central open courtyard), it has been beautifully made into a quirky, comfortable hotel oozing charm, with adobe walls, colorful decorations, artwork, and accessories. The central area has been made into an attractive and inviting lounge area with a fireplace set into one wall (welcome no doubt in wintertime). There is also a pleasant dining room in an attached building. We ate dinner there and it was very good, as was breakfast.
Our room (11) was on the floor directly above the reception, up a narrow and steep staircase (help was provided for our luggage). The room was large and attractive, set up as a triple with a small divan/bed and a comfortable double bed also. There was a roomy closet but no safe (probably not needed). The bathroom was basic but attractive, with a shower and a unique pedestal sink (not much room for toiletries). Wifi in this room was good because it was right about the reception, but it is weak in other rooms further away.
The reception and dining room staff were friendly and welcoming.
Overall, we really enjoyed this small and charming hotel and recommend it to anyone who likes comfort and character in their accommodations.
We got to the riad at night and could not see anything of the surrounding area. Big was my surprise when the next morning I stepped out of the door to see the village of Ait Ben Haddou right in front of us. The room was really nice, and the staff really friendly. We had dinner and breakfast at the Dar and they were really good too. The Dar arranged a guide for the morning to visit the village. The guide is actually living at the village, took us to his home, we had tea and he explained all the history, movies (he had actually worked as an extra in some and watch other being filmed), showed us the family orchard. In sum, everything was an incredible experience.
My husband and I stayed here in late December and overall enjoyed our experience. The staff was very friendly and helpful, the main room was cozy (especially with the fire at night) and we really enjoyed the dining room...beautiful space and the food was quite good as well. The rooms are very basic, although ours was clean and the bed was comfortable (very firm, which we found to be the case in many guesthouses) and the shower was hot in the morning. The rooms tend to be dark, but that is the architectural style (thick walls, small windows) so we can't complain. The location is ideal as it is walking distance to the kasbah and many rooms (ours included) had a view of it as well. In general a good option for Ben Ait Haddou.
We cam from Marrakesh for one night and this was really perfect. We enjoyed the beautiful view through the Atlas mountains and arrived here in a beautiful oasis. The view on the Kasbah, the delicious dinner and the top was the breakfast on the terrasse with view again on the kasbah. The highlight: in the morning I just had to open the door of the bedroom and could follow the change of colours the kasbah refelected during sunrise. Unique and magnificent!