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“Beautiful mountain retreat from Marrakech” 5 of 5 stars
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Agbalou | Ourika Valley, Marrakech 40000, Morocco   |  
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Ranked #198 of 1,065 Marrakech B&B and Inns
Winchester, United Kingdom
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“Beautiful mountain retreat from Marrakech”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2012

We decided to stay here for two nights based on TripAdvisor reviews. The owner met us in Marrakech and helped us get a taxi for the journey through the mountains to Ourika Garden (I think transport could even be provided, with enough notice). The journey is surprisingly short (under 1 hour), the difference in pace of life between Marrakech and the Ourika Valley is quite significant!

We were the only people staying at the Ourika Garden (February is low season) and the staff could not have done more to help us, including preparing great good and lighting the fireplace in the evenings (each of the four rooms has it's own living area and fire!).

A very quiet and peaceful place to stay, with a nice garden, pool and truly amazing views over snow-capped mountains. The small village of Oulmes is a short walk up the hill (and along the river) if you fancy a stroll or a tagine.

The Ourika Garden staff arranged a day trek to a nearby Berber village for us at the last minute; it was a real highlight of our week in Morocco.

I would definitely recommend staying here!

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  • Stayed February 2012, 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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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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English first
Manchester, United Kingdom
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4 reviews 4 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2011

I have endless good things to say about this retreat. We were met in Marrakech and driven up to the gardens by the owner. The place is so beautiful and pictures do not do it justice. Everything is very intimate, with only four rooms available. We opted for the cheapest room, which was still sizable, with its own living room and fire place. We were the only people staying at the villa when we went. All of the staff were extremely attentive, kind and helpful. We were given a menu with options for dinner, with which they cooked using ingredients from their own massive herb and vegetable garden. It is definitely a charming break from the hectic Moroccan cities, whether you wish to go for hikes or just lay by the pool.

  • Stayed September 2011, 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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57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2011

I can't say enough good about Mr. Alaoui, the manager, here. He met us in Marrakech and brought us up to Ourika, stopping off at a couple of obscure places we'd asked about along the way, translating for us, etc. And my friend had her birthday while we were staying here, and he arranged a beautiful personalized cake (mmm--wish I'd eaten more) and a table scattered with rose petals and lit with candles, and all the kitchen staff in their finest formal uniforms.

The rest of the staff was kind and thoughtful too, and we felt so lucky to be here, and so well taken care of. Ben (the owner, who handles email) arranged a taxi and a hiking guide at good rates as well. It was early in the season, so we were the only guests, and had the run of the place. There's a beautiful herb garden, and a million terraces to sit on and take in the view.

I loved my room--the style is very rustic, but not uncomfortable. Very thick walls, traditional carpets and furniture, a comfy sitting area. (I swear--the challenge of staying here was just trying to figure out where the best place was to sit and read my book...)

The place looks very family-friendly--the suites have kitchens and everything--and it seems like it would be especially fun in July or August, when Moroccan families come up from Marrakech for vacation.

The location is nice--not super-remote. I took evening walks up and down the main road, and there are people out, and some shops. But you are basically relying on the kitchen at the hotel for all meals. They're good, but if you were staying for more than a couple of days, you'd probably want to branch out a bit--get a suite with a kitchen and stock up on groceries. Ah....dreaming about a weeklong total chill-out visit now!

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Stockholm, Sweden
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2011

Ourika Garden have a really wonderful garden with fresh herbs, flowers and a pool area. Lovely to hang out in during a warm spring day! The surroundings are also very nice - and conveniently near to Marrakech. The best thing about Ourika Garden is however its staff - always smiling and willing to make your stay the best possible. As another reviewer mentioned they are genuinly nice and very generous (our dinner had been discounted on our bill and we were given wine free of charge). Breakfast was great with pancakes, fresh goat cheese and local argane oil.
Our room was interesting, very large and the bathroom could have better cleaned.

  • Stayed April 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2011

After Marrakech this was an absolute joy the complete opposite - quiet, peaceful and beautiful. The service was incredible even though their English is very limited. The Manager, who lives in Marrakech, was very kind and helpful and took us to see wonderful things in the area and arranged our visit to the waterfalls. We also were taken to a Berber village by one of the staff and to his home for tea. It was the highlight of our whole trip.

The room we had was enormous with a very grand dining room table which had chairs for 8, seating area and a lovely fire which was lit every night with two chairs in front of it plus the very comfortable bed. The bathroom was the weak point as the shower had to be held to wash as it did not seem to connect to the connector. Once that has been sorted then everything would be perfect. There was also air conditioning for the summer with heating for the winter and it was needed and was very effective. The menu forf dinner is not huge but everything was really nice and served with a huge smile! Breakfasts were great and particularly enjoyable eating it in the sunshine.

The gardens are lovely and sitting in the sun around the pool, which is not huge, is lovely. This is the place for quiet and solitude - take lots of books!

  • Stayed March 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 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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Bristol, UK
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2010

This hotel is situated in the steeply riven Ourika valley, surrounded by Berber villages from which you can hear periodic calls to prayer. The dining is traditional, uncomplicated and yet generally excellent - the couscous was the best we tasted. The Moroccan salad platter was perfectly sufficient for lunch.

We took several short walks (2-3h), guided, at the recommendation of the manager, by Omar, a young man who lives across he road. He speaks very little English and intermediate French but his warm character communicated all that was needed. We visited him at his home which was fascinating - they seemed to be having a lot of fun! Lives are simple in terms of technology but rich in community and landscape. It was interesting to see the women in their domain. Generally your dealings are with men. You'll really miss out of if you don't visit the villages.

The hotel is quite rustic - not a luxury establishment but something more fitting to its mountain environment. We decided the furnishings were "Flintstonesque". The staff were incredibly friendly and concerned for our comfort but also gave plenty of "space". The patron said on our arrival "we are family here, not commercial like Marrakech" and frankly I was sceptical. But in fact it was true! Our bill at the end was exactly correct but they had not charged us for upwards of 20 mint teas, two loads of laundry and even a packed lunch for our trip to Siti Fatma.

The garden is very pleasant as is the pool. In our trips up and down the valley we noticed nowhere nicer. You can pop over the road to buy water and snacks so you don't have to buy everything at hotel prices. We were there in Ramadan and this didn't adversely effect our stay. The hotel is a little rough round the edges but for friendliness, traditional food and mountain location I would highly recommend Ourika Garden.

  • Stayed August 2010, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 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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Ottawa, Canada
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Reviews in 17 cities Reviews in 17 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2010

This place is just fabulous getaway hidden among the Ourika Valley. The staff went the extra mile to make our lives easy, the best part though is the food, in my entire life , I haven't had better , fresher vegetables than the ones they serve here. the food experience was just out of this world. The rooms are quite exquisite and exotic, while simple and clean. A small pool was handy for the little ones to jump in. the setting of the rooms is facing huge mountains, which is at the same time daring and relaxing. Now that I think of it, I actually want to go back, and now

  • Stayed July 2010, traveled with family
    • 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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Address: Agbalou | Ourika Valley, Marrakech 40000, Morocco
Location: Morocco > Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region > Marrakech
Amenities:
Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #198 of 1,065 B&Bs / Inns in Marrakech
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 4
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Nestled along the valley of Ourika, this intimate inn offers breath-taking views, native-styled guest suites which feature, mountain views, fireplaces, sunset setting, soothing sounds of nature. Looking for a romantic weekend or family adventure, this warm guesthouse combine a heavenly experience with modern amenities. Using vegetables grown in our own organic garden, our skilled chef will custom-make delightful meals, along with serenity and warm set up will ensure you can resource yourself. ... more   less 

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