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Hotel Kasbah Dar Ilham
5.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Km 13, Route de Fes, Marrakech 40000, Morocco   |  
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“Visit February 2014 GS”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2014

We arrived late at 1230 am thanks to Ryanair and were met efficiently by the hotel transport and as it is some 20 mins from the city it looked remote but once in we enjoyed the place immensely.
The staff are very helpful and the food was awesome from Nindia especially the dinners.
It is an idyllic setting very relaxed, clean and a really good place to chill out. Mohamed the regular driver will put himself out in order that you enjoy your stay including taking us for a day out in the Atlas mountains.There is a free shuttle to and from Marrakesh each day.
You can't walk out in the evening and need transport to go anywhere.

Room Tip: Rooms overlooking the pool have south views of the Atlas Mountains.
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  • Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2014

My husband and I have just returned from a 4 night stay at Riad Dar Ilham which I can only describe as perfect. We decided quite last minute to go on the trip, and as it was not peak season, were able to book a suite in the Riad at very affordable rates. Upon arrival, we were greeted by Mohammad in reception, who was very charming and helpful...in fact, all the staff we encountered at Dar Ilham were wonderfully polite and friendly. On our first day, we decided to go and explore the city so booked a driver through reception. En route to the city, we discovered that the driver (also Mohammad) was available as tour guide so we decided to book him for a few hours.

Mohammad the driver/tour guide ended up being so amazing and interesting that we booked him every day for three days! We explored the medina and kasbah the first day, day two we went on an excursion to Ourika valley in the Atlas Mountains, and on the third day we went to the industrial quarter and back to the medina. My husband and I grew very fond of Mohammad and were genuinely sad to say goodbye to him. He's a very learned man who speaks excellent English and taught us so much about the rich Moroccan culture. I really cannot recommend him enough!!

Overall, we had a really fantastic experience staying at Dar Ilham. We both loved the fact that it was outside the chaos of the city, our suite was beautiful with a view of the swimming pool and palm trees, and the food (especially dinner) was exceptional. We had the chicken tagine twice and the couscous was out of this world. All the food was fresh and served in large, healthy servings.

Thank you so much to all the staff at Dar Ilham - we will definitely be returning!

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2013

My family and I stayed 3 nights at Riad Kasbah Dar Ilham during a recent visit to Marrakech. This hotel really exceeded expectations, the rooms were in the same time very, traditional,modern and spacious. The service of the hotel staff was excellent- fantastic pool area with a heated swimming pool and a Jacuzzi It is true that the first day the jacuzzi was not working which is for me not a big issue. However I was surprised about how fast it get repaired. the bar is lovely for cocktails and the dinner was one of the best Moroccan meals I've ever eaten. The lunch was also excellent - I cannot recommend this hotel enough.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Guildford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2013

I have just returned from staying at Dar Ilham with my wife. The trip was a surprise gift for her 30th birthday. She had been to Marrakech last year and loved it, although she stayed in central Marrakech. This time I wanted somewhere with a pool that wasn't too busy, and after reading all the different reviews decided on Dar Ilham. Most of the places in Marrakech itself had no pool or looked far too busy, so this looked perfect.
When arrived we were the only couple there, only to joined by another couple the following day. After emailing the hotel our flight details the driver was waiting for us on our arrival, which was very comforting, so we didn't have to negotiate with taxi drivers.
On arrival we greeted warmly and asked what time we would like dinner. The food was great, we ate their 3 evenings, and had lunch salads most afternoons. Although this wasn't included it was very reasonable for the quantity and quality. The evening meals were always traditional Moroccan. Breakfast was included and was extremely filling.
The whole team at the Dar Ilham were so friendly and helpful. Whilst we were there we went on one of the day trips, used the spa treatments and went into Marrakech several times. On one occasion the driver took us around several monuments for the day and waited for us. When we wanted to check out a couple of the bars in town they were happy to phone in advance for us. The main city center was around 20 minutes away which was not an issue, as it was nice to retreat to the calmness of the Kasbah after all the hustle and bustle of the city centre. I can't think of a bad word to say, considering it was towards the end of Ramadan the whole team made it the perfect get away.

Can't wait to return, with some friends of family!

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2013

We arrived at Kasbah Dar Ilham after spending 4 amazing days/nights, at a wonderful little Riad in the Medina. The reason why we booked this place, was so that our daughters (7 and 9 years old) would be able to swim and have fun in the swimmingpool. And they did! The pool is beautiful and perfect in every way.
The Hotel is nice and the rooms are ok, but a bit dark. I could not put our clothes in the closet, because there was no light in that part of the room...The closet was pitch black.
The balcony was great, overlooking the pool.
I would say that when we were at the hotel, all the staff were great and the food was very good.
But for us, I think the "not-so-good" part, was the location (20-30 minutes from the medina)...
We needed to be where the action was...
However, I would still recommend this place to anyone who is looking for a relaxing place, outside of Marrakesh! We didn't know until we were there, that we would have wanted to stay longer in the medina instead...

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2013

I stayed at the Kasbah as a special weekend treat for my partner and I, and we were amazed!! We were looking for a romantic getaway, close enough to Marrakech but far enough so we could relax. The Kasbah did not disappoint on any of these fronts and the service we received from start to finish was nothing short of spectacular!

We stayed in the Agadir suite and wished for nothing while we were there. Our stay was colourful and completely luxurious.

I would definitely recommend this to anyone looking for a real Moroccan retreat. I'll be visiting again soon!

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2013

Enjoyed a week long stay at the Kasbah, lots of highlights and also some low lights, however all said and done I would be happy (look forward) to return. The staff make this place, special mention to Malika who will take care of you from b'fast through to dinner and Imane, Imane is the person you go to when you have an issue to be resolved! The Kasbah is like an authentic Dar Al Masayaf, for those who have stayed at that hotel in Dubai.

This was our first family trip to Morocco, looking for more from the holiday, having over the last few (many) years ending up in Dubai. Marrakech can be a sensory overload, the kasbah offers a genuine retreat from that, at least until you are not ready to get back to exploring the city

Key things to highlight about our stay as far as the hotel is concerned

It is located a 20 minute drive from the centre of Marrakech, however the shuttle service which the Kasbah provides means that this was not an issue. The shuttle is also available to request for a small charge and that worked very well for our trip.

The food is great; breakfast is nice and you will be well taken care of esp if you are happy with pancakes, spreads, moroccan breads, eggs. Dinner is abs brilliant, fantastic food and setting. There is a menu of sorts which is available to guide you, but as has been mentioned in other reviews, you need to tell the hotel in the morning what you would like to have that evening. Although even here the staff will accomodate late requests as we had a change of plan one day and only put in our request at 5pm with no issues. Even if you are not staying at the Kasbah, I would recommend booking / going there for dinner if they are able to accomodate.

Downside compared to 'chain' hotels is that there is no out of hours availability, so do not expect to be able to pick up the phone at midnight for room service. As you are not ordering off a menu do not be embarrassed to ask the cost in advance (including taxes!!) for what you are ordering, removes any room for mis-understanding later on.

I had booked the hotel on a b&b basis, understanding that it included the children. the hotel had charged extra for the children, this was rectified very quickly by them once I had confirmed the situation with my booking agent (special mention to travelrepublic who dealt with this).

The hotel will organise trips and treatments etc for you - our experience with the first was ok, not so with the latter. The hotel were more then happy to remedy the situation.

The swimming pool is great, there are two available and for the most part the kids had the large one to themselves. Given the size of the Riad, busy is normally another family at poolside - at times it will feel like you have exclusive run of the place!

The rooms were nicely presented and clean, not plush but perfectly comfortable for a family.

All in all a nice place, great food and run by a group of people who will take good care of you during your stay.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Km 13, Route de Fes, Marrakech 40000, Morocco
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Location: Morocco > Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region > Marrakech
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool
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Ranked #298 of 461 hotels in Marrakech
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Hotel Class:5 star — Hotel Kasbah Dar Ilham 5*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
In a stunning natural setting, facing the Atlas Mountains, the Kasbah Dar Ilham welcomes you to an unpretentious luxury that combines Moroccan knowledge with the modern comfort of the services provided. Alain and his devoted team, attentive and discreet, welcome you and will turn your stay into an unforgettable experience. Luxury and simplicity: The utmost luxury resides in life's simple things and happiness is the combination of all small pleasures, like relaxing by our wonderful swimming pool of 72 x 26 ft, heated in winter for your greater comfort, or enjoying your well-being in our Jacuzzi for up to 6 people. Enjoy a delicious breakfast under the arches or in the terrace and discover the wonderful cooking concocted by Aïcha and her team. You can also choose between a numerous range of different additional activities available, like golfing (3 courses just 15 minutes away), horse riding, SUV riding, jet skiing, quad, kart racing and many others. Marrakech's well-being: Your stay wouldn't be complete without a special moment for yourself in which Nawal, our beautician/masseuse will make you discover the advantages of a traditional Hammam and the secrets of numerous cares and Oriental massages. Everything here is made for you to have pleasant moments, to discover the traditions and the culture of Morocco, and to make you leave full of charming memories... so that you come back! ... more   less 
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