In a world of its own, only an hour from Marrakesh, but off the beaten track and perched on the top of a hill, this is an excellent base for a few days' quiet after the hustle and bustle of Marrakesh. Food was good, though menu a little limited as it is sourced locally (including from the Kasbah's own gardens). The environment is superb - spacious, well furnished, clean and with very friendly and helpful staff. Would heartily recommend during the warm months, when it is possible to go out on treks, visit local villages, etc, but think it may become a little claustrophobic in the winter months.
- 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
- Also Known As:
- Kasbah Bab Ourika Hotel Ourika