This Kasbah is definitely worth the 1hr drive from Marrakesh, it is located remotely in a beautiful, very green hilltop and you can see the top of the highest mountains capped with snow. It was so relaxing after a hectic couple of days in Marrakesh.
The Kasbah has an expansive, well maintained garden, a swimming pool and plenty of space to sit down and relax.
We stayed for only 2 nights but the staff were very helpful all the way through. I was most amazed how the time for breakfast and lunch was explained: "until everyone is served".
We actually had a VERY late breakfast and lunch, after a good lie in and lazying around the pool to our heart's content.
Perhaps thanks to the way the rooms are laid out, it is very quiet and you will be surprised how full it actually is when you go for dinner (you have no other option but to eat at the Kasbah as it is so remote.)
All the meals we had at the Kasbah were excellent.
The only let down was that we were unable to access to the wifi in the reception area, and there is no wifi in the rooms.
It was already well above 30 degrees during the day and we were very pleased to have early summer holidays (sun & swim) in April. Next time we would like to do some activities - e.g. hike with a guide to a Berber village or water rafting.
We will definitely be back, fingers crossed that the amazing setting and service will continue!
- Also Known As:
- Kasbah Bab Ourika Hotel Ourika
- Kasbah Bab Ourika Hotel
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Bab Ourika perches majestically on a hilltop at the apex of the Ourika Valley, guarding the gateway to the snow-capped Atlas Mountains – yet it is only 45 minutes from Marrakech’s International airport. With 360 degree panoramic views, this innovative new hotel receives warm sunlight all day, ending in spectacular sunsets. From its unique eyrie-like position it offers a birds eye view of the Atlas, of traditional Berber villages and of the lush river valley below. The Kasbah is one of the most eco-friendly hotels in Morocco; constructed principally from rammed earth, the traditional Berber building technique, it seems almost to have grown out of the rocks beneath. The thick walls provide such good insulation that air-conditioning is unnecessary. Solar panels provide hot water for the hotel and and the underfloor heating in the dining and bar area. Soon a biodigester will provide electricity and compost not only for the hotel but also for the village below. ... more less