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“Relaxing 200 year old farmhouse with traditional features and rustic rooms” 4 of 5 bubbles
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M'Zab Ghardaia
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“Relaxing 200 year old farmhouse with traditional features and rustic rooms”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 February 2009

M'Zab Gharaia (also locally known as Omar's place) was a surprisingly good place to stay. There are two sections, the original block of rooms which are in a 200 year old farmhouse building and the newer block which is built in exactly the same style.

The original block is the cheapest option to stay in as there are no on suite facilities. The rooms are very traditional and rustic and are certainly clean. You are not provided with a bed, just a couple of (very comfortable) mattresses on a floor that has been laid with traditional rugs. A towel and fresh clean bed linen is provided and additional blankets are also provided for when you stay in the winter months where it can get quite cold. When we stayed, we were also provided with a small oil heater.

There is a shower and toilet block that is shared by the rooms in the original block. It contains 4 showers and 4 basins with hot water, as well as two toilets. The basin and shower area is relatively clean, but could be scrubbed up a bit more. The toilets are clean. The on suite bathrooms are very clean.

The newer block contains on suite bathroom and is a bit more spacious, but maintains a traditional style and feel.

M'Zab Gharaia, being a farmhouse, is set in the countryside of Gharaia but is no more than 15 to 20 minute walk from Beni Isguen. There are orange and lemon trees dotted around as well as the original well that served the farm. There are outdoor seating areas that are great for relaxing, taking in the views of the farm palm trees while the sun sets.

Breakfast is included with all rooms, and you can also opt to have lunch/dinner here at an extra cost. We only had the breakfast and it was a fairly typical Algerian breakfast, served with usual good coffee that we've come to expect in Algeria.

The staff here are very friendly and will help you sort anything out and will provide breakfast for you at almost anytime of the morning.

If you are staying in Gharaia for a while and don't want to stay in one of the very basic hostels in the town centre, then this is the place to be. It may get busy as it is used by M'Zab tours, so it may be worth checking availability in advance, however in February we had no issues getting accommodation and there were only a few other guests around.

  • Stayed February 2009, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Location
    3 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
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Property: M'Zab Ghardaia
Address: 9, avenue du 1er Novembre | Palmeraie de Beni-Isguen, Ghardaia 47132 , Algeria
Region: Algeria > Ghardaia Province > Ghardaia
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Ranked #1 of 3 Speciality Lodging in Ghardaia
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 12

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