My wife and I served in the Peace Corps years ago in Marrakesh, so were happy to take two other couples on a visit to Morocco. We got to Imlil fairly often because it was the jump off site for many High Atlas hiking trips. I wanted to summit Toubkal, so Imlil it was. We tried to get into the ritzy Kasbah de Toubkal but they were booked, so we settled for this place.
Honestly, it was great. Very unpretentious, rooms were clean if not deluxe, and the food, served on the rooftop "garden", was simple but really tasty. Everything was very family oriented, including the staff. Loaner jallabas for everyone, which I used as a sleeping bag one night in the climbers' hut up on Toubkal.
During the night I was on Toubkal, our friends went up to the Kasbah for dinner. What a zoo. In their experience, it was a bunch of spoiled rich tourists complaining about the occasional mosquitoes, food "not like home", and one even objected that it got dark too early.
Our fellow guests were unpretentious and fun to talk to. The proprietors and staff were all friendly and eager to please. We were lucky the Kasbah was full and we booked this place. It's much closer to "real" Morocco than the Kasbah can ever be. We'll come back.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Hotel Etoile du Toubkal in Imlil is an ideal place to base yourself for a few easy days before setting off trekking into the High Atlas. The hotel is situated just up the road from the car park as you arrive in the village. Our friendly family run hotel re-opened July 2009 after major refurbishment. We have 18 bedrooms all en suite, 14 of which have balconies with either views of Imlil centre or views of our peaceful garden. We also have a restaurant offering traditional Moroccan cuisine as well as some other alternatives such as pizza and pasta. Furthermore we have a terraced roof with amazing panoramic views of the High Atlas Mountains and surrounding Imlil where guests are able to enjoy anything from a coffee to our extensive menu. We also offer free car parking and a laundry service. ... more less
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