My family really enjoyed our time at Kasbah du Toubkal. The accommodation was comfortable – we were upgraded from a Berber Room to a suite. This meant that we got our own bathroom – the bathroom was one of the best features of the suite. There were three single beds in a mid-sized room with a little balcony with an amazing view.
There is a fantastic rooftop terrace with views that would be hard to beat. It is very comfortable and we had some great meals up there when it wasn’t too windy. We also went up to read in the late afternoons. I would have killed for an icy cold beer but was not well enough organised – you need to get your driver to stop at a supermarket on the way up – there is a fridge in the room. My wife and daughter had a bottle of rose and basically hid it from the staff in order not to cause offense. Others were not so discrete and it did not seem to be an issue.
The staff were all friendly and efficient. We had a couple of guided walks with Omar. On the first one (the free welcome walk of around 2 hours) he took us to a Berber shop. I am quite cynical and I was not thrilled when we were delivered to the Berber gentleman, but I have to say he was a very good salesman – it was a pleasant experience and he seemed quite sincere when he told us he was happy to just meet us, have mint tea with us etc. He spoke amazing English – we asked him all sorts of questions. Berbers can have up to 4 wives, but you need to have a house for each wife as ‘you can’t put 2 snakes in the one basket’ etc … very colourful but also informative.
On day 2 we also went on a 4 hour walk to a lookout with views of the next valley – no unexpected shopping stops. The walk was great.
The Kasbah was a nice change after Marrakesh. It is an interesting place – think 3 star European accommodation I would say – but maybe if you are thinking stars it is the wrong way to approach the place. We loved the donkeys lugging our bags up – my wife thought it was a 2 donkey load, but I don’t agree! – this is a woman who wanted a carrot so she could tip the donkey. Genuine service, but not slick – amazing location.
I rated it 4 not 5 because I think it is fairly expensive in all the circumstances. We paid Dirhams 600 (~60 Euros) for our transfers – a sensible driver in a good car arranged by Riad Dar Dialkoum in Marrakesh. It would have been 85 Euros if arranged by the Kasbah. The walk was 40 Euros for 2 people which seems expensive by Moroccan standards – in addition we felt we should tip the guide. The meals were also expensive by Moroccan standards, though not by western standards – but it would have been easy to walk down to the village and save quite a bit. 5% gets added to everything for certain assistance provided to the locals – which is fine.
In summary, we really enjoyed our stay, I would go back, would recommend the place to friends (and you) but it is hard to pigeon-hole the Kasbah.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- In the heart of Toubkal National Park, in true Berber country, there exists a sublime haven of peace, nestling in the imposing mountain scenery. Located in a stunning natural environment, Kasbah du Toubkal is truly unique. Formerly the summer house of a feudal caïd (local baron), it has been restored using traditional Berber techniques by the inhabitants of the surrounding villages as is now Morocco's premier mountain retreat. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Kasbah Du Toubkal Imlil
- Kasbah Du Toubkal Hotel Imlil