Riad Cascades d’Ouzoud, Morocco

Although dramatic, the Cascades d’Ozoud mostly draws Moroccan tourists. Few foreign visitors do more than stop for a few hours as a day trip from Marrakech or along the way to somewhere else. For that reason, lodging options that appeal to most American visitors are limited.

Fortunately, the simple, comfortable Riad Cascades d’Ouzoud is conveniently located right at the top of the falls.

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You can actually see a bit of the falls from parts of the riad. It’s that close.

Unfortunately, we arrived late in the evening on a busy day, leaving us with one of the smallest, darkest rooms.

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I shouldn’t have been surprised. This is actually exactly the type of room I was expecting from riads in my price range: Small, with the only window facing an interior courtyard requiring that we keep the curtains or shutters closed. Most rooms thus far had greatly exceeded my expectations. While we had other rooms that faced an interior courtyard, the rooms themselves had been spacious with large windows and layers of curtains and shutters that allowed natural light in while preserving privacy. That was not the case here.

Despite being disappointed in our room, I really enjoyed staying at the Riad Cascades d’Ouzoud and actually wished we had more time there. Our room did have a private bath and a good supply of hot water. It also had just enough outlets to charge batteries each night. The hotel itself has a great location, a good kitchen, friendly staff, and many comfortable areas to relax, upload photos, and write. I felt like it was truly my home.

My favorite spot was the open air dining area on the upper level. Breakfast was served here, but we tended to linger whenever we had a bit of downtime.

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It was a wonderful place at any time of day.

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Many of the riad’s rooms are set up for families. These are not only spacious, but also airy and well-lit. If the riad isn’t full when you are there, they may be willing to move you into one of these rooms. When we visited, they were almost completely booked, so the options for changing rooms were limited.

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