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“Like nowhere I've been before ... in a good way!” 4 of 5 stars
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3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Toubkal National Park, Imlil 40000, Morocco   |  
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Ranked #2 of 6 Hotels in Imlil
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Sydney, Australia
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“Like nowhere I've been before ... in a good way!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2012

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.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Leicester, United Kingdom
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122 reviews 122 reviews
45 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2012

This really is one of life's great places to stay in! A must. Perched high on its own promontory with panoramic views of the High Atlas mountains, and a full-on view of the high peak of Jbel Toubkal, the place is a real haven of peace. We had a lovely, large room in the 'tower' with its own balcony looking directly on the Jbel; a very authentic Berber room. The Kasbah has numerous terraces to relax on, full-on in the sun, or sheltered, with the lovely mountain air keeping you cool; the high terrace is wonderfully Berber and the perfect place to drink mint-tea with a plateful of delicious fruit and nut nibbles! The food is first-rate, both at breakfast and dinner: superior quality and endless quantity. Free hot and cold drinks are served all-day long. The Kasbah has a lovely central garden and outdoor ovens where you can watch the traditional Moroccan flat-bread being made. The staff cannot do enough for you; they are naturally warm. The location is ideal for trekking the High Atlas especially the Jbel Toubkal peak.

Room Tip: The rooms in the 'tower' have the best head-on view of the Jbel Toubkal range.
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  • Stayed June 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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2012

Great location. Do not expect five-star hotel - rooms are comfortable but fairly basic. Staff extreamly relaxed. The food was a low point, too expensive and really not that great. If you are a vegetarian, do not get your expectations up at all - couscous and sad vegetables was the standard meal. At the same time, sitting up on the rooftop at the kasbah is hard to beat. Went on a two-day tript, which was great.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2012

After two nights at a 5* oasis/hotel in the Medina we moved to the Kasbah. We were met at the Kasbah office in Imlil where our luggage was loaded onto mules and we walked easily uphill through the woodland to the Kasbah. After a wonderful fresh night’s sleep we awoke to the rush of the mountain streams, and the sound of chickens. The sun streamed in our window and through the window the summit of Toubkal stood majestic against the blue sky. Not a sound of vehicular or air traffic or air conditioners. After a shower we enjoyed the sun on our balcony and admired the views. But breakfast beckons - tea (Moroccan or English style), coffee, endless fresh squeezed OJ, eggs (anyway), yoghurts, fruit, pancakes. The staff are so helpful, happy to see you, and will chat with you about your experiences. At 1800 metres in June it was 30 degrees so the choices are many - a day of trekking on the many easy trails (1-3 hours) around the Kasbah, relaxing with a book/iPad (WiFi 24/7) in the roof lounge overlooking the valley, stay for lunch atop the Kasbah and enjoy chicken/lamb brochette/kebabs, embark on a 2-3 day summit climb, or walk to the nearby waterfall and eat lamb tagine for lunch etc. Late afternoon why not sweat it out in the hammam. Dinner is magical served on the roof space beneath a star studded sky with the lights of nearby villages between you and Toubkal. We spent 3 days and met many like-minded souls who will all return and recommend it to their friends. It is all about tranquility, world-class views, interesting & interested local people, panoramic night skies, Berber culture, local cuisine. You feel like you are in the foothills of the Himalayas, that is why it was a Scorsese film location. A wonderful counter-balance to time spent in Marrakech. Visit the Kasbah bearing in mind it is a built environment where everything was brought up on the back of a mule or a human being. The Kasbah benefits the local Berber people of the Atlas mountains and that alone makes it unique and worth a visit. All the better that you cannot drive to the front door in a four wheel drive that was rented at the airport, or watch TV endlessly, or drink alcohol by a pool, there is no pool, no in-room TV, no alcohol. Nice touch that all drinks any time of the day including your frigo bar are included in the price. The Kasbah should be ranked by the number of stars you can see in the sky each night………..

Room Tip: The best room overlooks the garden with Toubkal on the horizon (see photo). You are next to the hamm...
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  • Stayed June 2012, 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2012

The location is really the main drawcard for this place. You are surrounded by mountains and valleys so the scenery is beautiful. The price is high for Moroccan accomodation so we had suitably high expectations. My only critique would be the food. It wasn't bad, but for this level of accomodation, we expected the quality of the dishes to be well above standard village fare. I believe it's silly to pretend you are having an 'authentic' Berber experience when you are staying in an expensive hotel designed for western tastes - so we actually expected a greater level of creativity with the dishes. After eating the ubiquitous chicken tagine on the first night , the second night we decided to save 40 euros and head down to the village for some real authenticity. Grilled cumin lamb chops and a dessert of cinamon dusted orange - much tastier!

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Tasmania
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59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2012 via mobile

The Kasbah is perched on a hill above Imlil with breathtaking views of Mt Toubkal - the highest peak in North Africa at 4167 metres. We went for the Deluxe Double room at €250 a night. The room has a real authentic / cosy feel. Don't forget where you are and that everything required to build the Kasbah was labored up the steep hills by man and mule. Accordingly the fit out is relatively basic and if you're looking for large appartment style accomodation with marble bathrooms this probably won't float your boat, but it has a feel of real authenticity and the views from the deck area are just stunning. We could spend hours watching clouds roll off the mountains. The food was homely and excellent, the staff friendly, genuine and accommodating. The only let down (no reflection on the Kasbah) was the amount of litter carelessly discarded on the mountainside on what should be a pristine environment. Very dissipointingly Western travelers were to blame for at least some we saw - 2 disposable nappies! If I ruled the world they would be thrown out of the country and their passports cancelled never to blight anywhere further afield than their home town with their presence; but I don't, so all I can say is that you shouldn't miss this part of Morocco and won't be disappointed with Kasbah du Toubkal which will only enhance your experience

  • Stayed June 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Alameda, California
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24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2012

A fantastic place in the Grand Atlas mountains, at the base of the highest peak in North Africa, Jbel Toubkha. A somewhat steep hike up from the road, the Kasbah is a Berber hospitality center perched high above the town of Imlel. We stayed there a total of 3 nights, split with 2 nights at their remote trekking lodge in the Azzaden valley. Our first stay at the Kasbah was in a fantastic room overlooking the mountain stream that runs below the Kasbah. The room opened onto a pleasant balconey that was partially shaded by a giant walnut tree, but still provided a breathtaking view of Jbel Toubkal. Comfortable beds and an en suite bathroom made for an excellent stay in what seemed to be a somewhat older room with a lot of charm. The second day we spent on a guided 7-hour trek around one of the nearby mountains; exhausting, but the return to the Kasbah's comforts and excellent food helped our recovery. The third and fourth nights were spent at the trekking lodge, spending the days hiking around the stunningly beautiful Azzaden valley. Upon returning to the Kasbah, we were placed in what seemed to be a newer room on the other side of the hotel. While as comfortable and with just as nice views as before, the more modern construction was not as carefully done as in the older room, which gave a much less favorable impression to the facilities and gave a somewhat charmless feel (the bathroom doors were not hung properly and so did not close, and the fixtures on the washbasin seemed ready to fall off). The food was always superb, even at the remote trekking lodge.

I highly recommend the Kasbah to those looking for comfort in the midst of active recreation - while it would be possible to just stay at the Kasbah without much exertion, much of the attraction here is the ready access to the stunning yet challenging scenery of the hikes and treks in the Grand Atlas.

Room Tip: get a room on the river side facing Jbel Toubkal - the sound of the water makes sleeping easy.
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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with friends
    • 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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Address: Toubkal National Park, Imlil 40000, Morocco
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Location: Morocco > Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region > Imlil
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Ranked #2 of 6 Hotels in Imlil
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Hotel Class:3 star — Kasbah du Toubkal 3*
Number of rooms: 14
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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 
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