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“Bereber hospitality at its best” 5 of 5 stars
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Dr Arghen Imlil Bp 43, Poste asni Par Marrakech, Imlil 42152, Morocco   |  
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Ranked #1 of 15 Specialty Lodging in Imlil
Sudbury, Ontario, Canada
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“Bereber hospitality at its best”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

We arrived in the village of Imlil and found a trekking store - they knew our host Lahcen Ighrem as a fellow trekker and called him. He came down from his smaller village - Arghen - and showed us up to his garage to park our car and hike in the few hundred metres to his home. His father calls prayer five times a day, his mother cooks tagine on an open brazier, and his sister-in-law makes fresh bread for every meal. We were welcomed with tea and accompanying nuts, dates, etc. on the back terrace overlooking the beautiful Imlil valley, then were encouraged to visit Mom and Sis when they prepared dinner. Lahcen acted as host to get us set up for dinner then left us to ourselves until we had finished when he came back to talk about tomorrow's trek. We left early the next morning for 5 hours of moderately goaty trails around the valleys. All wonderful. If you are looking for the genuine Berber homestay, look no further. Lahcen is one of Morocco's young entrepreneurs and his vision is right on!

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  • Stayed April 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

We came here as part of an organised tour, for a few hours.

We were made to feel very welcome, shown around the lodge and then relaxed on the balcony whilst lunch was being prepared.
We got to experience the tea ceremony which was good, we ate lunch indoors which was very nice, then had fruit back out on the terrace whilst chatting and taking in the amazing views!
As we made our way back down to the car, we even got to pick our own fresh cherries to take away with us.

It's great to be able to do something like this and escape the 'city' madness for a while and we really enjoyed it.

  • Stayed June 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Luanda, Angola
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2014

Lachen & Houssain, and little Youssef were our hosts for the day, at the foot of the High Atlas mountains in the Berber village of Imlil...they were going to teach my husband (a chef de cusine) how to cook an authentic tagine and couscous...as well as teach me to make real mint moroccan tea...all of it exceeded our expectations because they are so friendly and accessible that we thought we were amongst family! They treated us like family and that is the best thing I can say about anyone whenever we travel. Morocco is a wonderful place for tourists because they understand what tourists want and they try very hard to make sure all of us are pleased. The cooking went splendidly well, and the food was amazing! Perhaps the best tagine we've tasted in Morocco. It's the hospitality that makes the difference and Lachen understands this, so does his brother Houssain, and even little Youssef, with whom we fell in love! We went with our little daughter 6yrs old and she LOVED IT...would do it again in a heartbeat, and plan on staying there overnight!

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  • Stayed April 2014, 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014

We had a good time with lacen and everything seemed really authentic. Great food (the best we had in marroko) and nice & clean rooms. It was one of our best days in Morocco. Hopefully we will come back soon.

  • Stayed April 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
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2014

We were a group of three and really enjoyed our night at the Imlil Authentic Toubkal Lodge. Within 15 minutes walking distance to the center of Imlil the lodge is located at the Southern foot of the mountains (which means sun as long as possible, considered the location in the valley). Our sleeping room was comfy and clean as well as the living room. The toilet was one of the most comfortable ones we saw during our whole 3-week-trip, so no worries about that. And then there was this amazing terrace with a nice view to the town of Imlil and the 4000ers.
What makes your experience really authentic and special is the original neighborhood. By chance we even could use a really simple and small but authentic Hammam (=public bathroom) within some 50 metres walking distance... an experience I'll never forget.

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2014

One of our best nights on our 10 day tour of morocco was with lahcen and his brother in their house in imlil. Really enjoyed the berber tea demonstration, ate far too much food for dinner as it was so delicious and the breakfast on the terrace outside in the morning was great too. Only wished we could have stayed longer. Will certanily recommend you to our friends who are visiting next week! Thanks so much for your hospitality.

Room Tip: We stayed in their double room which was very comfortable and had good view over mountains.
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  • Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 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 February 27, 2014

We visited the Imlil Authentic Toubkal Lodge during a day trip to the High Atlas from Marrakesh. We were greeted by Lahcen Igdem and warmly welcomed into his home. On the terrace, in blazing sunshine, we enjoyed the stunning view of the village, mountains and valley. With a great sense of humour we were shown the traditional way to greet a visitor and make mint tea.

The meal of a beautiful salad, bread and the tastiest tagine of chicken, vegetables and couscous was the best we had the whole of our holiday. It was served in Lahcen's beautifully decorated guest lounge and his hospitality was second to none.

I was invited to sit with the ladies of the household where we teased wool, 'chatted', sang and watched the children playing - a real privilege.

Before leaving Lahcen showed us the very comfortable rooms he has available for guests to stay in. For a longer stay in the mountains it would be hard to find a more accommodating and genial host.

It was a memorable visit and we are very grateful to Lahcan and his family for their warmth and generosity.

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  • Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Dr Arghen Imlil Bp 43, Poste asni Par Marrakech, Imlil 42152, Morocco
Location: Morocco > Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region > Imlil
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 15 Specialty Lodging in Imlil
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Imlil Authentic Toubkal Lodge is a traditional Berber house situated in the heart of the village Arghan, perched above Imlil.The Lodge has four dormitories decorated in the style of the region. We provide an ample breakfast on the balcony that looks south towards the Toubkal Massif. Hot showers and mint tea will restore you after your excursions and in the evenings.The Lodge is ideally located for hiking in the surrounding valleys and summiting mountain peaks including the famous Jebel Toubkal. We do not have sherpas here in Morocco, but muleteers with their mules will take care of your heavy rucksacks.Whether you want to rest and relax during your stay or discover the mountains by foot, we are here to provide you with all the information you need and welcome you with our Berber hospitality.Are you looking for: An authentic mountain home stay Explore the really moroccan berber hospitality with local berbers . Learn how to make a moroccan food ( tea ceremony + Main dishes exc.. Learn How traditional rugs are made. Meet Local Berbers Bread making Visit our pag authentictoubkallodge Wishing you a very good trip ... more   less 

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