Kasbah du Toubkal

Jbel Toubkal , Imlil, 40000, Morocco

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    A mixed experience


    This is not a hotel ---as our provider led us to believe! We paid extra to stay at this trekking centre with fabulous views and impressive hospitality.
    However, we had thought that our room would have been far better than it was! There was hardly room to 'swing a cat!' The bathroom was grotty and the whole room, with it's two 2' 6" beds almost filling the space, seemed like a very poor example of student accommodation.
    There is no choice of food.
    Also, the place is dry ---but you can take your own booze!
    A special place in so many ways ---but I'll never return there!

    Unique Quality: The views and location.
    The helpful staff.

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An amazing stay at the kasbah

by TripAdvisor Member bakery

I can't rave enough about the Kasbah du Toubkal. We loved every minute of it, starting from the walk up from Imlil with mules carrying our bags. The scenery was breathtaking. One of the highlights was hiring a guide and taking a four-hour trek up to the mountain pass. Just stunning. And on the way back, we stopped for mint tea in a Berber village. (We're reasonably fit but not experienced hikers, so don't let a lack of experience hold you back.)

The food was simple but delicious. We found that everyone connected with the Kasbah was incredibly welcoming, from the servers to the office staff.

Our room was comfortable with a lovely view. I didn't hear early morning prayers like another reviewer did, and I'm quite a light sleeper.

If you're interested, be sure to book early because the Kasbah is becoming more and more popular. I would return to the Kasbah du Toubkal in a heartbeat!

Great Place-Great People

by TripAdvisor Member omegaet

Great place to spend a couple of nights. Find a local guide to take you to some of the more remote surrounding Berber villages. We stopped in several homes and chatted (through our guide) with the residents....they made fresh mint tea for us and asked us a lots of interesting questions.

Yes, [comments from fellow tripadvisor member] we did see some trash (seems to occur in many third world countries), but no reason to ruin your experience.

We thought the rate structure was fair [comments from fellow tripadvisor member] (not cheap and not over priced) considering the remote location and the logistics involved in maintaining the facilities.

We were treated to a snow shower one morning blowing down from the mountain peaks....beautiful! We took most of our meals outside on the dining terraces....snow covered mountains and remote villages made great backdrops during the day and the lack of ambient light at night, allowed the stars to put on a heavenly light show for dinner.

We found the staff to be delightful....being vegetarians, they looked out for our needs. As first time hammam users....they instructed us on the art of lathering up with olive oil soap and dousing each other with buckets of wood fire heated spring water. Later we visited commercial hammams in Marrakech and found them a bit of bore!

Try some hiking and trekking....it's worth a few Euros to have a local guide lead the way.

Visit this place, soak in all it has to offer (including the hammam)...especially the surrounding villages and Berber people. What a memorable experience!

Slightly overated

by TripAdvisor Member RichmondD

Great location but inconsistent service and not exactly cheap. We had a lovely room in the tower but were woken up first by the call to prayer at 5.30 (it sounded like the speaker was a few feet away and then by some cockerels in the building next door so not exactly restful. Some staff were great others were rather surly. Amazing views from the terraces where you have lunch but LOTS of wasps. Food at dinner was average at best, especially for the price.

Fantastic location but a bit of a disappointment

by TripAdvisor Member khr

We booked our stay at the kasbah only a few nights before our arrival therefore the dorm was the only room available. We had to share the bathroom facilities, although we didn't feel that this was reflected in the price of the room. However, the rooom wasnt shared with anyone else and the staff made up the double bed for us.
We used the hotel as a base from which to organise a three day trek, although i would not recommend doing this through the hotel as they quoted double the price of the toursit office in imlil, which organised an excellent trek for us.
We spent one night before our trek and a night on our return at the kasbah, which unfortunately meant two nights of identical food with no choice (by this point we couldn't bear to look at another tagine!). The breakfast on the terrace are lovely though (if you can ignore the wasps) and there are excellent views of the mountains.


by TripAdvisor Member AliJ3

The setting up in the mountains is fantastic and the staff are extremely friendly and helpful. For the second night we did a 2 day trek to the Kasbah's newly opened lodge higher up in the Atlas. The 5 hour trek including a guide, mule and 3 course lunch was spectacular.We also had the lodge to ourselves and the view overlokking several berber villages was second to none and we felt priviledged to see how the Berber's live.

Can only describe the Kasbah as relaxing and invigorating - it should be included in any trip to Marrakeck (1h 30mins from the city)

Unforgettable setting!

by TripAdvisor Member woodenspoon

Overall, what will make this an unforgettable experience is the breathtaking setting at the foot of the high Atlas. The kasbah itself is nice, but fairly pricey and may not really be a good deal- the inexpensive rooms may be, but once you hit 200E and above you reach a point of diminishing returns. If you are shelling out 400 E and expect supreme luxury, stay at Richard Branson's resort.

Our room was nice, with a big bed (hard mattress but comfy nonetheless), and stunning views. It was a bit dark and the layout of the room made using the provided Berber furniture (low table and dresser) nearly impossible. Bath was very nice.

The kasbah has a wonderful terrace that gets tons of afternoon sun and has absolutely stunning views- perfect for relaxing with some mint tea after a day's hike! The food is good, not great.

If you go, be prepared for the extra charges. Dinner is extra, although there’s no menu and no alternative place to go. There’s a 5% charge on everything for the community- a great idea, but factor this in when you look at the prices of the rooms.

We went on a few day hikes, which were spectacular. If you go without a guide, be prepared to ask the locals for directions occasionally as the trails can be confusing in some spots (particularly in the towns).

Stunning place to stay!

by TripAdvisor Member M.Slater

The kasbah is a real experience. It's scenery is amazing and brilliant for those who enjoy walking in the mountains! Our guide was great and spoke good English. The Kasbah is a simple place and is meant to be an extension of the Berber's hospitality, which most of the time, it was. Little idea of time, we had to wait for breakfast to be laid out on our last morning, when it should have been ready half an hour before. But this is OK, you relax into it and take in the fantastic views and lovely rugs (1 of which we bought from our own room). We were a little disappointed with the food, as Conde Naste had raved about it. All in all an unforgettable experience!

Relaxing end to a wonderful trip

by TripAdvisor Member Torinlon

My husband and I stayed at the Kasbah for two nights after spending five in Marrakech. While we thoroughly enjoyed the latter, we couldn't have picked a better place to spend our last few days in Morocco. We stayed in a room in the tower which was very comfortable and had everything we needed. It was a very nice surprise when we returned from dinner on the first evening to find candles lit in our room and our bed warmed with hot water bottles.
We booked a guide through the Kasbah for a four-hour hike one morning which was fantastic. He spoke good English and took us on a challenging walk - running back down through the valley was one of the best parts of the whole trip.
We found the food to be good - there was certainly lots of it! As others have mentioned there is not a lot of choice - but the service is excellent and the food is hearty and perfect before or after a nice long hike.
All in all - the setting and overall experience of the Kasbah was incredible.

Fantastic pleace - amazing views

by TripAdvisor Member Ktedwards

My husband and I stayed at the Kasbah in February and it really is an amazing place, the views are fantastic. On our first night it was lovely to go back to our room to discover it had been lit by candles and hot water bottles had been placed in our bed!

Be prepared for all climates, we had amazing weather for our first 2 days, we both got sunburnt and then on our last day we woke up to a blizzard! There was 6" of snow by the time we made our way down to our taxi back to the airport. The snow caused no problems at all and the staff were great in making sure we safely made our way down to Imlil.

There are some shops in the village but be prepared for the hassle! We opted out and just spent 3 days chilling out and enjoying the views.

This really is a place worth visiting, for the views if nothing else.

The Fantastic Kasbah!

by TripAdvisor Member delw

The Kasbah and the adjoining Dar Imlil property are fantastic. Not only is the location breathtaking, but they take care of you in every way. In the chaos that is Morocco, the Kasbah was a relaxing refuge. We also summited Mount Toubkal using a guide we obtained through the Kasbah (Discovery Ltd., a UK company) and the hike/climb was awesome. The food, the service, and the setting of the Kasbah make it worth every cent.

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Trekking through Atlas Mountains

by ump001


i'm planning to see the atlas mountains, can anyone recommend any good trekking excursions, and also where the best place to stay around the mountanous areas. Only really looking for day excursions.

Also is it possible to hire motorcycles around the mountains.


Re: Trekking through Atlas Mountains

by travelmad478

I took a day trip from Marrakesh into the Atlas mountains to a village called Imlil (see my page on this place for more). There is good hiking from there. The place we ate lunch, Kasbah du Toubkal, is a restaurant and pensione that can set you up for trekking. Take a look at their web page: http://www.kasbahdutoubkal.com

Re: Trekking through Atlas Mountains

by GordonF

We have just spent 3 nights at the Kasbah du Toubkal and can not recommend it highly enough, it is a great experience. They will organise trekking with or without mules, provide guides and maps and generally ensure you are looked after. You can get info on www.discover.ltd.uk or www.kasbahwebinfo@discover.ltd.uk or of course just put kasbahdutoubkal into your search engine. Its a great stay. I can also recommend a great guesthouse in the Medina in Marrakech if you are interested. Regards, GordonF

Toubkal in winter

by Vojtaa

I´m planning a trip to Morocco in October/November 05 and I´d especially like to hike in Atlas mountains. What´s the weather out there? Is it ok to climb Toubkal in November? And does the trip complicate the fact, that there´s Ramadan that time? Thanks for any kind of help, Vojtaa

RE: Toubkal in winter

by aaaarrgh

I went on one of the last walking tours of 2004, which was mid September. I was told that after then you begin to find snow in the High Atlas. There was already a bit of ice on Toubkal in September, though admittedly early in the morning. It is a quite slippery route up the mountain at the best of times.

The people at the Kasbah Du Toubkal recommended a visit late in the year to *look* at the beautiful snowy mountain tops, but not climb them ;-))

RE: RE: Toubkal in winter

by aaaarrgh

Maybe contact VT member NEILHALLIDYA, who has been into the mountains in winter

Hiking in the Atlas Mountains

by mcgew

I am planning to go to Morocco this December. The details of the holiday are yet to be formed, but I would like to spend time hiking in the Atlas Mountains (about 4 or 5 days).
Has anyone got any suggestions about where to go in the Atlas Mountains?
Any particular companies to book with?
Or is it better to arrange when you get out there?

Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

Many thanks,

Re: Hiking in the Atlas Mountains

by travelmad478

I did a small Atlas mountain hike and had lunch at Kasbah du Toubkal, which specializes in trekking in the Atlas Mountains. The location is about a 2-hour drive from Marrakesh. While I didn't set up a multi-day trek with them or stay at the lodge, I can report that the lunch was spectacular and the site is really nice. It seems to be a very well-run operation. http://www.kasbahdutoubkal.com/home.html

Re: Hiking in the Atlas Mountains

by susanpheonix

hi there, during December the high Atlas mountains are covered with snow. the best areas for hiking during the winter time are Saghro mountain or Mgoun Massif. i have been hiking the last 2years in Saghro and i have met locals,we slept with berber families in their homes and shared alot of memories,this was an experience i will never forget. i had most of my treks and hikings arranged by aroundmorocco.com, they took care of everthing, food, transportation,and lagguage store. i hope this is helpful

Re: Hiking in the Atlas Mountains

by bob&kat

I highly recommend a trip with www.go-maroc.com ; it was one of the highlights of my time in Morocco! The company is very professional, the guides are extremely knowledgeable and the tour was authentic. My friend and I went on a one day hike to Berber villages with Salam and Hassan. They answered all of our questions about the local culture, history and environment. They travel with respect for the local villagers and the environment. Both are from the area and still live there which means the tour is very authentic.


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