The three words above sum Lodge K up perfectly for us. Coming on the back of a few days in the Medina (staying at Noir D'Ivoir - another fantastic property) this was the perfect 'Oasis' to spend a few tranquil days of R&R. This must be one of Marrakech's best kept secrets as no-one seems to know it exists - we have friends in Marrakech who have lived and worked there for years (in Tourism) and they knew nothing about it! Perhaps its size has something to do with it - with only 5 lodges (not 6 as a previous reviewer has stated) it is very small and feels very exclusive - but it deserves better recognition for the standard of accommodation on offer and the value it represents. Have a look at the website - what you see really is what you get although the 'lodges' probably feel bigger (and the pool slightly smaller) when you get there. We had a look at all the lodges in the course of our 4 night stay and our favourites were probably 'The Master' - the frankly enormous one that we stayed in - The Art Deco and the Egyptian (the smallest but perhaps the most stylish of all). There were never more than 3 of the lodges occupied in the time we were there and it is inexplicable to me why that was the case. My wife told me that the spa treatments she had were excellent and represented good value for money.
It was interesting to note that on one of the days of our stay, Louis Vuitton (or should I say a team of photographers etc. on their behalf) rolled in for a photo shoot (in the Egyptian Lodge) that may raise some interest/awareness in fashion circles but for now it seems that Lodge K remains a remarkably well kept secret.
If there are downsides, I would say that the size of the property leads to some idiosyncrasies with things like meals. You need to order well in advance (i.e. mid-afternoon for your evening meal, mid-morning for lunch) as they prepare things specifically on request (don't expect to sit down in the evening with a menu!) but you can understand why if they are only feeding a handful of guests every night. The standard of the food was very good (predominantly Moroccan cuisine) and, contrary to a previous poster, I think 35 Euros per head for a 3 course lunch or dinner (40 euros for seafood) represents great value. If you only order 1 course when three are offered it seems a little disingenuous to complain - they still need to provide a chef, waiting staff and so on. You will probably want a night out and there are plenty of eating options close by, for example, Dar Ennassim is a short cab-ride away (still in in The Palmerai district) and serves superb French cuisine.
Drinks are generally quite pricey 9 euros for a local beer or a G&T etc. although good quality wine is reasonably priced (30 euros a bottle) so there is value to be had (and a glass of Gris is very nice in the sunshine)!
I would point out that the pool was very cold. Great for quickly cooling down if you overheat in the sunshine but not so good for a 'quick dip' in the morning. 'Bracing' - to the point of heart-stopping - is the best way I can describe it....
Overall, I could not recommend this place highly enough if you want to relax in stylish, peaceful surroundings and generally chill-out for a few days. A great place to come if you want to split some time between the Medina and something a bit less frenetic. I would think twice about bringing kids to a place like Lodge K but for a romantic break in a place in some truly stunning accommodation, this could be one of the most unique places in the World, let alone Marrakech. Go there before more people find out about it and the prices double!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A prestigious address in the heart of the Palmeraie district, the Lodge K is an oasis of tranquility far from the bustling town centre. Surrounded by palm trees, cactus, fruit trees and flowers, five luxurious lodges and three suites with all the modern comfort are spread out over the one hectare domain. Each lodge is beautifully decorated and depicts one culture and one different civilization. The African lodge homage to African art, the lodge “Art Deco” celebrates the Roaring Twenties, the Egyptian Lodge recalls the long lost rich Egyptian civilization, the Master Lodge has an enormous nomadic chef’s tent (230 m2) which looks as though it is straight out of an Arabian Night’s tale. A bathroom with a fireplace, a vast patio, a library around a bar, a central fireplace for the royal lounge, rich wall hangings, embroidered chairs…The Balinese Lodge has it’s own private heated swimming pool just in front of the bed. Art is everywhere in Lodge K. Exceptional staff and impeccable service. A Moroccan and International restaurant offers a wide choice of cuisine with oriental flavors. For those who love cooking you can have lessons during your stay. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- k Hotel Marrakech