Hotel Marhala – A Night in a Troglodyte Home

Room in a Troglodyte Home in Matmata

Spending a night underground is an incredible experience!!! If you are visiting the south of Tunisia, or you are a Star Wars fan, a night at Hotel Marhala is a MUST. Hotel Marhala is located in Matmata, near the Sahara Desert.  It is an incredible place to explore. Most people know the town Matmata for the Star Wars set.

Room in a Troglodyte Home in Matmata
Room in a Troglodyte Home in Matmata

Troglodyte Homes in Matmata

The uniqueness of Matmata centers around the Troglodyte homes.  Troglodyte homes are homes made underground with, chimney-like, courtyard openings to the sky.  These homes were traditionally made for locals to escape the coolness of winter and the heat of summer, where temperatures can reach 50 C. Living underground takes the edge off the extreme weather.

Troglodyte Hotel in Matmata
Troglodyte Hotel in Matmata

Hotel Marhala in Matmata

Hotel Marhala is a 3★ hotel and offers you a chance to experience life, Troglodyte style.  The hotel is a Troglodyte Labyrinth with connecting different cave-like areas together. In each courtyard, you will find many clean cave rooms, which are the hotel rooms. With your stay comes a traditional supper and breakfast.  The delicious Tunisian courses never seem to end with Brik, Couscous, soup, and more. The friendly staffs also make the stay worthwhile. We were lucky and got to hear one of the local musicians playing his oud (pear-shaped guitar) in one of the courtyards. If you love new experiences that are unlike any other you need to add a stay at Hotel Marhala to your list.

Troglodyte Hotel Room in Matmata
Troglodyte Hotel Room in Matmata

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About the author

Joshua Mok is a cultural enthusiast and adventurer who can speak 6 different languages. Joshua currently lives in Tunisia and has firsthand experience with the language, people, and culture of North Africa. At Mosaic North Africa, Joshua is combining his business marketing expertise with his passion for travel to help others discover and enjoy the cultural and historical beauties of Tunisia, Morocco and Algeria.

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