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Maison d'Hote de Beni-isugen

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Yvonne F wrote a review Feb 2022
London, United Kingdom10 contributions4 helpful votes
Our family spent almost a week with Rostom, from grandmother (me) to a six year old. Every little thing had been thought of by Rostom who had the house prepared beautifully, and was waiting to greet us at the airport when we arrived. Couscous to die for was waiting at home in front of a warm fire! Every dinner we had was prepared by his wife so beautifully! Such care and attention to detail is unusual. We went on day trips, visited the desert, shopping, and enjoyed every minute. The desert gets cold at night so warm fires and heaters are welcome. I brought home a beautiful rug, handmade, and was thrilled to have Rostom shop with me to advise. We will be back. We all missed it so much when we left. Rostom is a lovely, calm man and we all felt very safe with him.
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Date of stay: January 2022Trip type: Travelled with family
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Cali wrote a review Feb 2019
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OH my favourite guest house: TASKIFT and with ROSTOM !!! OH my ghardaia, the wonderful oasis, Smiley and brave mozabite people, healthy and so yummy meals. Je anyone needs à real rest, meet new kind people,discover great civilization and model to follow.. go to TASKIFT guest house and ABSOLUTELY with ROSTOM ! ROSTOM je a highly performing guide, discreet, so profesional, and my god a Great cooker 😋😋😋😋
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Date of stay: January 2019Trip type: Travelled with family
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minejudite wrote a review Apr 2018
Clichy, France2 contributions2 helpful votes
These last days in Rostom's guest house are definitively engraved in my memory. It is located amid Beni Isguen Palm grove, a quiet and magic place full of flora and scents. The house is more than cosy, built and furnished in a traditional and local way. I felt at home at the very moment I arrived. The whole house is clean and made to feel at ease. Last but not least, thank you Rostom for your warm welcoming, your delicious food, and your help for each little need and question we had. You're a real dad ! Must do of Ghardaia and truly recommended.
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Date of stay: March 2018
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rogerw wrote a review Mar 2018
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We were astonished on arrival to this peaceful place surrounded by palm trees. The inside really felt like home and Rostom is a great host and cook. We'll keep amazing memories of our dinners around the fireplace.
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Date of stay: March 2018Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Jacob F wrote a review Mar 2018
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A friend and I decided to spend a few days in the province of Ghardaia during our short visit to Algeria. From pictures the architecture looked fascinating, but we were unsure what to expect of our time at Rostom's Maison d'Hote, located outside the small town of Beni Isguen. Thanks largely to Rostom's incredible hospitality, Ghardaia proved to be one of our most memorable travel experiences. We have traveled all over the world and have never encountered a host like Rostom. He cooked unbelievably delicious meals, drove us around for hours each day, planned our activities, and made us feel very comfortable and welcome in this unique part of the world. All with the utmost grace and kindness. He is a genuinely great guy - I know that some of our most cherished memories will be relaxing with him and occasionally a few of his friends in one of various tiny cafes we ended up in, or at his charming and cozy home, by the fire at the end of a long day...a fire with which Rostom prepared one of the most delicious chicken dishes we've ever eaten. Ghardaia is an amazing place - beautiful not only in its natural setting and unique architecture, but more memorably in its culture, its people. It is one of the most special places in the world; it is thanks to Rostom that we were able to appreciate it justly.
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Date of stay: February 2018
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Sarah O wrote a review Jan 2018
Paris, France4 contributions1 helpful vote
If you have never been to the Sahara (like me before coming to Rostom's Beni Isguen guest house), you will love the experience of the City of Ghardaïa, its giant Palmeraie, its watch towers, (1000-year-old) inspiring architecture, mouthwatering cuisine and truly personable people. Our host was one of them, driving my friend/sister from a place to another, enabling us to marvel at the richness, and curiosity that the city and its mozabite tradition have to offer. He helped us to make the most of this experience, but also to plan our trip in the most efficient way (our next step was Timimoun)! Si nunca has ido al Sahara (como yo antes the ir a la casa de Rostom), vas a querer la experiencia de la ciudad de Guardaïa, su Palermal sus torres de vigilancia, su arquitectura (que ha dado inspiracion à Le Corbusier), su deliciosa comida y sus sinceramente amable gente. Nuestro anfitrion era uno de esos, conduciendonos de un lugar a otro, lo que nos ha permitido descubrir a la riqueza de la ciudad y sus mozabite tradicion; Nos ha permitido difrutar al maximo de ese viaje y nos ha aconsejado muy bien en la manera de organizar nuestro viaje !
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Date of stay: December 2017
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Mag305 wrote a review Dec 2017
London, United Kingdom5 contributions8 helpful votes
My brother and my parents spent three nights here and took full advantage of the organised tour Rostom had planned. He is super experienced and has been receiving tourists from across the globe for many years, so the itinerary has definitely been perfected. Apart from the marvel that is the M´Zab valley, the new-found knowledge we walked away with as a result of the guided tours and information that Rostom provided in the car on route or back home was fascinating. The food is scrumptious and a real feast. The accommodation is basic as you would imagine from such a traditional house, but it does have everything you would want staying in the desert in December: a log fire, hot water in the bathroom, electric radiators in the room if you need one. Nevertheless, bring warm clothes, it does get very cold at night and perhaps a towel (they are on the small side). Overall, a fantastic stay Rostom - Thank you for making the experience such a memorable one.
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Date of stay: December 2017
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MisterButler wrote a review Apr 2016
London, United Kingdom128 contributions107 helpful votes
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After travelling from Timimoun, the southern side of the Grand Erg Occidental, some 385 miles away, we arrived at Ghardaia pretty sand-blown and knackered. Ghardaia bus station was buzzing with people and me and my travelling companion were keen to meet our host, Rostom. He'd given instructions about how to contact him when we were 20 miles outside of Ghardaia, which we did, using a sim bought specially for this purpose on a phone bought to communicate with Rostom. We were greeted by nobody, and after some wrangling, my friend managed to get hold of Rostom who told him to get a taxi somewhere, which we dutifully did. Some point later we stopped by a roadside, where Rostom appeared and we headed off to his place. So far, so unusual. We stayed at what we think is his summer house; it is a small but incredibly memorable bolthole out of the town and accessed by winding paths and through a garden alive with the smells of jasmine and orange blossom. I loved it. The windows were tiny, but evidently this was to keep the house cool in the punishing heat of the summer. All you need is provided - there is a boiler for a warm shower and the toilet is emptied by you filling a bucket and pouring it down the loo. It works. In the living room there are cushions to sit on, a table to eat from and a kitchen fridge for your essential bottles of water. The bedrooms have mattresses, mine were piled up in a Princess-and-the-pea sort of way but I slept fine. During our stay, a dog barked incessantly, so I advise you bring ear plugs. On our first night, when we were starving and waited ages for food to arrive - the police needed to see our passports and presumably know where we'd be going - but when it arrived it was a spectacular platter of chicken and veg. Smoky aubergine, plump tomatoes and all sorts of wow; this food was hands down the best I ate in Algeria and any pretence that I was classy went out the window as I ripped into the feast. Our only full day in Ghardaia was one I believe will be amongst my most exciting days on holiday ever. Rostom took us for breakfast at a cafe with excellent coffee and pastries, then we headed into Ghardaia to see the town which was a great experience. He then took us a guide who took us into the old town which was magnificent. Rostom made this an effortless day because he knows the town and the people of it. He then pulled out his ace; an invitation to a wedding he wanted to go to. So we found ourselves eating incredible cous cous in a room full of at least 150 wedding guests. We were made to feel like very welcome guests and not strangers. Hospitality really doesn't get much better than this. Later that afternoon we went to Beni Isugen for a tour of the town. A guide took us around the old town again and the main square was a perfect thing of coherent architecture and size. We were also treated to views from the top of the tower that crowns the town. As a western tourist, I have expectations of being a tourist and this part of my trip did not conform to them in any way. Communication was threadbare, comfort zones were bulldozed, experiences were that much more exciting for not knowing what would happen next. I don't think I'll ever forget my trip to Ghardaia and in the future, if I get stressed out about something silly, I think i'll use my new mantra: "what would Rostom do?" The answer is probably just chill out and enjoy life.
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Date of stay: April 2016
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Acquiescent wrote a review Apr 2016
London, United Kingdom56 contributions70 helpful votes
We found Rostom probably the same way most people did: though TripAdvisor, where he receives glowing reviews. Thankfully, one of these reviews contains his phone number. We ring, then emails are exchanged, and then, to finalise the arrangements while we’re out there, we’re instructed to buy a pay-as-you-go SIM card on the Algerian mobile/cellphone network he uses. These steps duly completed, I texted him three times to let him know our arrival time. Reply came there none. I thought – it’s FINE, he’ll be there waiting for us when we arrive. Nope. Emerging into the chaos of Ghardaia bus station, we start to panic. We phone – no answer. Second attempt: we get through! The line is weak – I only hear the word ‘taxi’. We find a taxi and thrust the mobile phone to the driver’s ear for Rostom to tell him where to drive us. The taxi drives us to a stationery shop by the river. It doesn’t look like the accommodation I imagined. Fear not, Rostom is there and we switch cars into his old banger. He drives us to the edge of an oasis and then we walk the rest of the way through a maze of lanes and date palms. Finally, we arrive. For those of us more accustomed to booking everything online, this was certainly a very different, old-school way of arranging things – but all part of the fun of what transpired to be a truly immersive adventure. The property doesn’t match what I expected from some of the other reviews, which suggests he may have more than one property for guests to stay in. This might be his summer house; it’s a tall, stone-built structure that is unstaffed and only accommodates two, looking out on all sides onto oasis greenery. It’s a calm and beautiful place - but you are very isolated and therefore utterly beholden to Rostom for everything, including getting back out through the oasis to the road. Have faith and don’t worry. You are in safe hands. Rostom will look after you, devise an itinerary and arrange guides. He seems well-known in the town; really, this experience is about access, not accommodation. For example, while we were there, Rostom had a diary clash: he’d been invited to a wedding. Not a problem - we were invited too. Experiencing an M’Zab Valley wedding is a rare treat and we considered ourselves fortunate to be a small part of it. Truly a highlight. The property itself is very simple and rustic. Admittedly, as a stereotypical Virgo neat freak I was somewhat outside my comfort zone. If you're expecting freshly vacuumed carpets, shiny bathroom fittings and starched, ironed white bedlinen, think again. It's a rough-and-ready kind of property where housekeeping takes second place to the charm of the building and its furnishings, and the peace and quiet of an utterly beguiling oasis setting. The toilet has no flush; use a bucket of water – it does the trick. There’s a TV but it doesn’t work (it would be incongruous anyway). And of course, forget wi-fi. Don't be put off. If there is a downside to these digs, it’s none of the above but rather the following: for dinner, food is brought to you and you don't get to choose what or when. Both nights we waited and waited and ended up eating very late. Fortunately the food was delicious – easily the best we ate in Algeria - and well worth the wait. For all that I normally value my independence and home comforts, this a genuine, enriching adventure that I would not have foregone in a million years. If you’re in Ghardaia, do yourself a favour, stay with Rostom and let him shape one of the most memorable travel experiences you may ever have.
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Date of stay: April 2016
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ohchangha wrote a review Feb 2015
Seoul, South Korea1 contribution4 helpful votes
I and my friend have traveled to Ghardaia for a few days last year. The guesthouse(Maison d'Hote de Beni-isugen) was so lovely for me and my friend. Rostom who is the owner of the guesthouse served us as a family member. We had a wonderful time by him. He always gave us unforgettable dinner. He is a great person. Do not miss to stay in the Maison d'Hote de Beni-isugen.
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Date of stay: December 2014
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What are some of the property amenities at Maison d'Hote de Beni-isugen?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a fitness centre.
What food & drink options are available at Maison d'Hote de Beni-isugen?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast and an on-site restaurant during their stay.
Is parking available at Maison d'Hote de Beni-isugen?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Maison d'Hote de Beni-isugen?
Conveniently located restaurants include Time Juice, Nawras Sweets and Luxury Food, and Al Nawres Food And Sweets.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Maison d'Hote de Beni-isugen?
Yes, guests have access to a fitness centre during their stay.
Does Maison d'Hote de Beni-isugen have airport transportation?
Yes, Maison d'Hote de Beni-isugen offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Are pets allowed at Maison d'Hote de Beni-isugen?
Yes, pets are typically allowed, but it's always best to call ahead to confirm.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Maison d'Hote de Beni-isugen?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including French and Arabic.
Is Maison d'Hote de Beni-isugen accessible?
Yes, it offers wheelchair access. For specific enquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.