The Kasbah du Toubkal is an extraordinary venture, the product of an imaginative Berber and European partnership. There is a shared belief that the beauty of the Toubkal National Park should be accessible to all who respect it. To this end the Kasbah has been transformed using traditional methods, from the home of a Feudal Caid into an unprecedented heaven; one that provides a variety of accommodation and event possibilities to meet differing requirements.
The Kasbah is a welcoming environment for those seeking comfortable mountain refuge, and for those who wish for superb rooms in a stunning setting. The Kasbah du Toubkal is not a hotel in the traditional sense, it is more an extension of the hospitality that stems from the home of the Berbers who run it
Unique Quality: Rooms:
14, including a house with three ensuite double rooms.
€150–€760, including breakfast. Two night minimum stay.
Are basic but adequate. Traditional outdoor hammam, Berber-style, with a cauldron of piping water.
Families will have fun taking over the Garden House as it has three rooms which link together.
All invoices incur a five per cent charge that benefits the Village Association, whose community projects have provided locals with such as their own ambulance. Transfers to/from Marrakech (60km) cost €80. Mule-trekking can be arranged; €15 half day.
Food is very typical Moroccan cuisine, with a lunchtime set menu for €15, and €20 at dinner.
The top terrace in summer; snuggled up by the fire in winter.
Lunch, 13h30; dinner, 20h30.
No room service, but mint tea, coffee and soft drinks are available throughout the day.
Berber tradition dictates that no alcohol is served on the premises. You can bring your own with you so long as you’re happy to serve yourselves.
Directions: Imlil Region,but you don't have the choice to make the way yourself! there is a transfere service from the airport,and it's 80Euro for this 60Kms montain destination .
This small riad is so charming, and very tastefully decorated with Moroccan details. At night lanterns are lit around the courtyard's small dipping pool. The pool is also softly lit in emerald tones. When I took a dip, there were even rose pedals, and towels conveniently placed nearby. The roof terrace is a wonderful place to chill out at the end of the day, and offers a great view of the other roof tops in the medina. I loved to be up there for the last call to prayer, and occassionally caught the sillouette of someone on another roof in what looked like a state of prayer or meditation.
Riad Azzar really gives a lot of importance to detail with the roses in the rooms, and bathrooms, fresh orange juice everyday, soft music in the parlor, and wine upon request. Fatima's cooking is also incredible. I recommend at least one dinner at the riad.
The owners were not there when I visited but the staff was so helpful and upbeat. I was able to communicate with them in my limited French. They set me up with two guides while I was there, one for a morning tour of the medina, and the other for a day tour of the Berber
villages in the Atlas Mountains. Both guides were great.
Although the riad is very close to Jemaa El-Fna but still hard to find because the maps of the
medina are so poor. I'd advise that you have someone from the riad met you in the square so you don't spend an hour lost in the medina like I did. I would tell any woman traveling alone to Morocco for the first time, as I did, to stay here because, once you get your barings, you will realize how great the location is.
Unique Quality: The roof terrace, the dipping pool, the authentic Moroccan food, the many services the riad
provides, including massages, location, location, location!
Directions: Medina, close to Jamaa El Fna and the souks
After the hussle and bussle of the Marrakech Medina, Kasbah Tiwaline in the outlying Palmerie district is a very welcome Oasis. Run by Alain and Zara, it provides 3 Kasbahs each containing 3 spacious and fabulously decorated suites (no cooking or refridgeration facilities). Each Kasbah has its own pool and shaded sitting area.
Fabulous food (esp vegetarian) is provided with most of vegetables coming from the Kasbah's own organic garden (the best food we had in all the time we were in Morocco!) Beer, wine and soft drinks are available from the bar.
Zara arranged a Camel riding 'expedition' for us which was well worth doing (15 euros per camel per hour).
The Kasbah is about 15/20 minutes by taxi (10 - 15 euros) from the Jemma el Fna square in the Medina.
We would definitely recommend and hope to have a return visit soon!
Directions: In the Palmerie district outside the City.
This hotel is one of the most sumptuous and unexpected finds in Marrakech. Located a babouche toss from the Palais Badi, and directly opposite the Royal Palace, it has 11 sumptuous rooms and suites, restaurant serving delicious Moroccan delicacies, a hammam and spa (massages to die for), and roof terrace with one of the best views in all of Marrakech. The beds are enormous, and fantastically comfortable, with plum pillows and high quality sheets, the bathtubs are enormous, and service is exquisite. Rare for a riad hotel, it has street access, making it easy to find, and to come and go in a taxi, which, is a huge advantage.
Unique Quality: The view from the roof terrace and roof garden at sunset onto the palace ramparts, with views of the snow-capped Atlas mountains in the distance, and the row after row of storks in their nests resting precariously on the crenellations of the parapets in the Palace just opposite are magical. The Koutoubia mosque minaret, lit up in the fading purples of the night sky, sun setting just behind, is something we will never forget. Every room at the hotel is different too, each designed with real flair around a theme representing a different part of Moroccan heritage: from French inspired Art Deco to Berber weaving patters, or the ethereal carved stucco that also adorns the palaces. A not to miss hotel!
Directions: rue de Berima is the street that runs alongside the Royal Palace and the Badi Palace. The hotel is on this street, its discreet door faces directly the door of the Royal Palace.
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