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“Fantastic place to stay, made our stay in Marrakech perfect”

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Les Borjs de la Kasbah
Ranked #28 of 502 Hotels in Marrakech
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed August 13, 2010

Me and my girlfriend stayed at this hotel for 4 nights in August 2010, we found this hotel was a excellent as all the other reviews on trip advisor suggested.
We were able to easily arrange airport transfers via email for a reasonable price, the driver was very friendly & knowledgeable and their comfortable people carrier was also available for excursions etc.
On arrival the staff were very friendly especially the manager Mohammed, we were served complimentary mint tea and very tasty cake/sweets.
The food in the restaurant was of a very high standard, warranting the higher price than other local restaurants.
The pool was excellent for relaxing out of the very hot midday temperature, it also has a bar which serves reasonably priced snacks and light lunches.
There were several lounge areas close to the bar both inside and out with free wifi and even a computer free to use for internet browsing.
We found that our room was excellent, very well decorated in the traditional Moroccan style with high quality bedding, towel's, bath robes, naturally produced soaps and very effective air conditioning.
The bathroom was consistently decorated with the rest of the room, with a very pleasant bath and shower.
We also went on the fantasia horse show excursion, which although slightly expensive was really good, 5 course meal, great entertainment and travel to and from it, which was about 30 mins.
All in all we found that the hotel was great quality, had fantastic service and was in a great location about 15 mins walk from the main square so you are close to the culture but have all the amenities you would expect from a modern hotel.
This hotel really is an oasis of calm and comfort in a very hectic city, really enjoyed our stay and would definitely stay again and recommend for anyone wishing to stay in Marrakech.

  • Stayed: August 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 24, 2010

This is a gorgeous hotel in the middle of the craziness that is Marrakesh. The rooms are well appointed with air conditioning for the summer or heating, as we needed in the middle of winter! Rose petals on the bed everyday were a lovely touch.

The pool is lovely to relax by after a day wandering around Marrakesh. The hammam and massage were good too.

Had dinner there a couple of times, which was good but by far the best was the mint tea and little moroccan cakes and biscuits that we had at least once a day in the relaxed bar whilst we were there.

The staff are great, all of them were extremely helpful and it was interesting to talk to Francoise about the environmental practices that they try to employ at the hotel.

Whilst I was happy enough to leave Marrakesh, I didn't want to leave this hotel!

  • Stayed: January 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 7, 2010

I stayed in this hotel with my boyfriend and I think we couldn't have chosen better. Staff is really friendly and helpful, rooms are clean and comfortable, the mint tea is perfect!
We've also taken a day trip to the atla's mountain, organized by the hotel, which was also great.
They have a very nice restaurant, too.
We have absolutely no complaints about the hotel - Marrakech, in the other hand, was kind of disapointing... streets are crazy, traffic is just non sense and when you go to the market, thousands of seller practly force you to buy stuff. You get lost easily and local people try to confuse you even more, so they can charge you later to help you get back to a familiar spot... It was certainly a once in a lifetime (literally) experience!

  • Stayed: January 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed June 28, 2010

My wife and I stayed here for 4 nights to roughly coincide with my birthday. From the moment we arrived at reception the welcome was warm and friendly - as was the complimentary mint tea! We had booked a superior room which was pretty large, very comfortable and well appointed (and on special offer at 4 nights for the price of 3!) .

We ate out each night except the last when we had a very enjoyable meal in-house which was pretty reasonable pricewise. The first 3 nights we ate at Chez Chegrouni (authentic unlicenced on Main Square nr Cafe de France), Le Marrakchi (touristy with belly dancing!), and Riad des Mers (specialist seafood in a riad) all of which were excellent but Chegrouni, on the main square was without doubt the most authentic & best value for money. We had excellent lunches at The KozyBar (Place Des Ferblantiers nr Bahia Palace) & The Old Post Office (New City behind the new Post Office).

We tended to do our sight-seeing in the mornings & get back to the hotel late afternoon to relax by the pool or in our room before having an aperitif in the courtyard before dinner. One day my wife and I had Hamman treatments which were very relaxing and excellent value for money. The buffet breakfasts in the hotel although not abundent were excellent - including the made to order pancakes cooked before you!

We visited many of the sights both in the Medina and in the New City and overall had a fabulous time and found eveybody to be very friendly. One of the better places we found for shoppong as an alternative to the main souks was the Artisan Centre on Rue Mohammed 5 which is a co-op and haggle-free zone! The Main Square at night time is a crazy place & you need to have your wits about you, but we never felt threatened despite walking wherever we could rather than taking taxis.

We would recommend Marrakech and more importantly Les Borjs des La Kasbah without hesitation, and would specifically mention a number of their excellent staff who made our visit a bit more special - Mustapha in the Bar; Fatima at breakfast (plus the pancake lady!); Nadia at reception ; Assiza in the spa/hammam ; Senna at the pool bar ; Naoul ; and last but not least, Mr Tayeb the manager who gave us a lift one day to Jardins Majorelle when he thought the taxi driver was asking to high a fare!

  • Stayed: May 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed June 6, 2010

Great place to be if you want to be near to the Djemaa el Fna but far enough away. Not too much to see nearby and if you want to eat out you are a cab ride away from anywhere decent. Eating in the hotel is very good, great setting and the meal with local entertainment should not be missed...

The staff are fantastic and their recommendations are solid gold.

  • Stayed: May 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed May 24, 2010

Five days in Marrakesh is about three days too long. But staying in this Riad made it much more pleasurable. The staff are attentive and welcoming, the rooms clean and spacious and although located in the kasbah, you would not hear a thing once inside the Riad walls. We don't normally eat in hotel restaurants but the aggressive hassling from the locals meant we stayed in to eat at the Riad more nights than not - the food was excellent (the steak and the lamb dishes were superb).

We booked a guided tour on the afternoon of our arrival (you can get lost in those souks!) - in about three and a half hours we saw all there was to see of old quarters; the next afternoon, we saw the new city. The main square at night is a sight to see but be warned - you will not be left alone and we even got people asking for money just to take photographs. The activities in the square seem set up purely for tourists and you can't just stand, look and enjoy unless you retreat to one of the cafes around the sides. On reflection, I wish we'd spent three days in the Atlas mountains but as stated above, the Riad made everything so easy.

Having travelled all over the world, I found Marrakech the one city that I couldn't wait to leave. Being so heavily reliant on tourism, it would do well to remember not to bite the hand that feeds it - I didn't want to give a single dirham to the local businesses there who treated tourists aggressively - we are cash cows, there to be fleeced. The friendliness of the locals soon revealed nothing more than a desire to take you to an uncle's shop or to ask money for 'accompanying' you to your location. So be warned and gird yourself whenever you leave the Riad.

  • Stayed: May 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed May 13, 2010

Stayed here for 5 nights in early May and we were very pleased with our choice. It's not really a Riad, which tends to have only a few rooms and limited facilities, it's technically a hotel since it was formed by combining several Riads. The advantage of this is that it has many more facilities, such as a nice swimming pool, spa, full service restaurant and bar and an internet room, which you might not find in a normal Riad, but is still relatively small, so still feels quite personal.
In terms of decor and ambiance, I'd describe it as comfortable and pretty rather than seriously upscale and luxurious. We visited plusher place like Villa Flores and Jardins de la Koutarbia, which are maybe more at the luxury end. However, this is no bad reflection on the Borjs as the decor is tastefully done, but it is more of a 'kick your shoes off' style ambiance which we much preferred. It is, as others have pointed out, a very pleasant haven to retire to after a day in the madness of Marrakesh Medina.
There are two main courtyard areas, the one at the back being home to a pleasant swimming pool with a small cafe for lunch and drinks, plus the spa and hammam. The front courtyard, with fountain, is classic Riad and a lovely place to sit with an early evening glass of wine (still too cool in early May to dine outside) and includes a Majlis style sitting area at one end and a library/enclosed sitting room opposite. The restaurant and seperate bar are also situated off this courtyard.
We opted for a suite (303) which was situated away from the main courtyard and found this to be very comfortable, spacious (though I suspect the standard rooms are quite modestly sized) and surprisingly quiet, with the morning birdsong the only thing likely to interrupt your sleep. Importantly, there isn't a mosque within near earshot so you won't be disturbed by a 5am morning call to prayer amplified through speakers, which we came across in other riads/hotels.
Food is a pretty good quality, not haute cuisine, but nicely prepared and tasty. In a city where hygiene is a consideration, the kitchen can be viewed through a large glass window, which is re-assuring. Breakfasts were the standard fare of fruit, yoghourt, pastries, Morrocan pancakes and eggs any way, but most if not all were home made (including all the pastries and even the chocolates after dinner). We can vouch for there being some skill in the kitchen because we took advantage of a cooking course where, with the chef's help, we prepared our own lunch of Moroccan Salad and Chicken Tagine with preserved lemons. This was a fun and informative morning and thanks are due to the friendly and helpful chef for being patient with us.
It's a good point in this review to make a mention about the staff generally. In addition to our chef, all the staff were friendly, helpful and pleasant to deal with. It was one of the things that made the stay so relaxing, and so was much appreciated.
Marrakesh actually has a surprisingly large number of attractive looking Riads and hotels. I think the Borjs would suit those who appreciate quality but want the ambiance to be more relaxed, rather than hushed tones-a place where you can be comfortable. I think Borjs de la Kasbah fulfils this brief perfectly.

  • Stayed: May 2010, traveled as a couple
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Address: Rue du Mechouar | Kasbah, Marrakech 40000, Morocco
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Location: Morocco > Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region > Marrakech
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#16 Spa Hotel in Marrakech
#17 Luxury Hotel in Marrakech
#33 Romantic Hotel in Marrakech
#36 Business Hotel in Marrakech
#55 Family Hotel in Marrakech
Price Range: $104 - $234 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Les Borjs de la Kasbah 4*
Number of rooms: 18
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Les Borjs de la Kasbah, a charming boutique hotel (opened in 2007), combines all the character of a traditional riad with modern comforts and the professionalism of a dedicated staff, close to the Royal Palace, 15-20 min walk from the famous Jemaa el Fna square. 18 non-smoking rooms, 3 lounges, bar, restaurant and meeting room, all with free internet access. There is also a secluded 10m swimming pool (a rarity in the Kasbah), and a SPA with traditional Hammam and treatment rooms. Direct access to front door by car and minibus. ... more   less 
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