Some of the reviews on this site will dismiss the Kasbah as basic and rural, and some really do give horrid reviews of it, which we only saw after we had booked to stay in the Kasbah in early July. So, we left with low expectations but a hope they were unfounded. After arriving at the airport (be prepared for a long wait at passport control), we were picked up by A2B transfers. Our first point of advice is that your driver WILL get lost, no matter if you arrive in the day or by night - the Kasbah is around 20 minutes from the airport (without getting lost), but we arrived within an hour. This is fairly understandable as the hotel is not big and not well sign posted. Take it with a smile and enjoy the drive through the Moroccan countryside and the Atlas, and don't let the journey put you off! We were amazed when we arrived at how friendly the staff were, how clean the hotel was and by the surrounding area. The Kasbah is a beautiful, old building, with unique features and traditional Moroccan decor, with less of the luxury expected of a chain style hotel (for example no TV or phone in rooms, and only wifi in the lobby and restaurant); if you're looking for an enormous hotel where everything is pristine white and exactly the same, this isn't the hotel for you.
We stayed for a week, during which time we were treated to lovely meals (again all traditional Moroccan, very few Western dishes) and a wonderfully relaxed atmosphere. The pool is lovely, maybe a little cold (but refreshing in the heat), and as many reviews have mentioned the poolside and terrace bars are completely for show - out of action the entire week. The terrace is the most wonderful place in the evening, and if you do one thing the whole time you stay here watch the sun set over the mountains - they are magic! We received a free massage as part of our package which was lovely, and were generally very satisfied with how friendly and accomodating the staff were. Our room was absolutely beautiful (we stayed in 208), the bathroom was fine and everything was very, very clean.
There is VERY little in the way of evening entertainment! However in the days there are a range of activities. The shuttle into Marrakech is perfect (runs in the morning and afternoon, recommend the morning as it's cooler), and amongst other things definitely go for a camel ride - a highlight of the holiday, made especially good by the man who runs them! This is a perfect hotel to completely relax in, and it's just a dream to come back from the madness of the city to the tranquility of the Kasbah.
In summary, if you want to experience traditional Moroccan lifestyle with a touch of luxury, you should definitely stay in the Kasbah. However, if you're looking for a hotel with all the Western comforts (ie. chips for dinner, poolside drinks all day round etc) don't bother coming. We booked the Kasbah because we wanted a change from the glassy corporate hotels and faceless, disinterested staff we have experienced on previous holidays, and weren't disappointed. The Kasbah is about the overall experience - you have to embrace the change from normal life to really get the most out of it. For this reason, our holiday was completely unforgettable.
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