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Kasbah Bab Ourika
Ranked #1 of 3 Hotels in Ourika
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Pros -

The team of staff - the Kasbah employs someone from each family in the local area, and they have a brilliant rapport with the guests, and with each other. Hugely warming welcomes, service with a smile, very dedicated to being attentive, sheer professionalism in working around gluten free/vegetarian requirements, and they take such pride in serving their local produce.

The majestic scenery, and the amount of 'elements' in the grounds - different little seating areas to discover, olive groves, lavender patches, donkeys, the kitchen garden, the pool, terraces and so on.

Authentically rustic yet clean, modern and minimal designs throughout.

The chef is working some serious magic - easily some of the most incredible dining I've experienced abroad. Always an element of surprise - a salad will be puréed aubergine and mint, for instance. Spectacular stuff. Very special.

The breakfast spread is very generous - eggs any way you like (including the berber omelette, spiced and sizzling in a tagine!)

Cons -

It's worth being clear that this isn't a 'luxury' venue, though it charges expensive, London hotel prices, without some of the basic amenities (no conditioner, which is essential in the hot dry heat, for instance). Given the local produce and staff, and the living wages and local pricing, you just know they're making incredible margins.

My room (12) had the most spectacular terrace view, but looked very, very different to the 'deluxe suite' as shown on the website. A lot smaller, more basic, darker.

You're a captive audience when you're there, so dining costs can rack up extremely quickly. It's not priced incredibly highly, it's city-dining prices and the quality is very good, but on the Thursday they offer a buffet as the only option at 330dhs (£26) per person - and it's 4x tagines, bowls of vegetables and meringues and fruit as the dessert, so doesn't at all justify the cost - all excl. drinks. Bottles of water at dinner are £4. I wasn't overly hungry, and I don't eat meat, so it ruled me out of 3 of the 4 mains and I only wanted one medium sized plate of food - having explained this to reception, the lovely staff very quickly agreed to charge us for one main for me, instead of the full all-you-can-eat cost.

Again, the cost of the transfer - 70 euros, and both ways, 140 euros stacks up!

Would love to return! It's an incredibly special place (though will take me til next season to save up!)

Room Tip: Best views are the ones with terraces backing on to the red mountains!
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  • Stayed: October 2017, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 5 October 2017

Booked to visit the Kasbah as part of my hen party with a group of 11. We arranged to use the pool area, be collected from Marrakech and have lunch there. The drivers who picked us up were very friendly and informative during the 1 hour drive. The Kasbah itself is stunning in a beautiful location up high on a hill surrounded by mountains with stunning gardens and scenery. The pool area was lovely and relaxing with good service from the waiters. Lunch was a lovely filling buffet with Moroccan salads, breads and BBQ meats. The day turned out to be around 1000 DHS each but this did include the lunch and transportation.

  • Stayed: October 2017, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 4 October 2017 via mobile

Booked this Kasbah to unwind after 3 gloriously hectic days in Marakesh. Everything was just perfect - especially once you accepted that this is a place to relax and unwind in. Delightful staff, very good food, great pool, hamam, and for the energetic visitors guided treks. Forget the telly - you don't need it. Enjoy the spectacular views instead. Thanks to Damien and the lovely group of people who made us feel so welcome. Rooms utterly comfortable.

Stayed: October 2017, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 27 September 2017 via mobile

This is a fabulous place to stay! Beautiful views, lovely gardens with shady places for resting, a great pool, friendly staff and good food!
It is up a winding, steep road where you are not sure where you will end up- and then you come on this spectacular setting!

Stayed: September 2017, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 14 September 2017 via mobile

This hotel delivers a sense of tranquility and gentle perfection that is truly to be desired. The comfort is of a style that the Mulberry brand seeks and Bad Ourika effortlessly delivers.

The staff are polite, almost perfect and invisible until just before that moment that you want them to hand. Many have been with Bad Ourika for years.

The rooms are delightful as are the terraces, pool area and interior shared spaces of which there are many.

Meals are a particular pleasure. The chef being a talented young man who prepares truly delicious traditional Moroccan dishes and others that are international. The menus for lunch and dinner are presented at breakfast, offering a selection of circa 3 or 4 starters, main courses and deserts. The kitchen will also prepare other dishes to meet guests preferences.

There are a range of interesting excursions that can be booked by Bad Ourika. A particularly interesting single day excision is to Imlil, about 1hour away. From there one can either take a guide to walk (there are various routes ranging from 1 to 3 hours) to Aremd. Armed is a Berber village very high (2,600m) in the High Alps. One can also drive up to Aremd from Imlil, so some members of a group can walk and others meet them for a spectacular Berber meal in a truly stunning setting on arrival.

There is another premium hotel called Tamadot, that is owned by Richard Branson and is in the same approximate area, however Kasbah Bab Ourika is the place to stay for those who know what a truly wonderful hotel is seeking to provide.

Stayed: September 2017, travelled with family
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Additional Information about Kasbah Bab Ourika

Address: Tnine Ourika, Ourika, Morocco
Region: Morocco > Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region > Ourika
Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 3 Hotels in Ourika
Price Range: $232 - $626 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Kasbah Bab Ourika 4*
Number of rooms: 21
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Bab Ourika perches majestically on a hilltop at the apex of the Ourika Valley, guarding the gateway to the snow-capped Atlas Mountains – yet it is only 45 minutes from Marrakech’s International airport. With 360 degree panoramic views, this innovative new hotel receives warm sunlight all day, ending in spectacular sunsets. From its unique eyrie-like position it offers a birds eye view of the Atlas, of traditional Berber villages and of the lush river valley below. The Kasbah is one of the most eco-friendly hotels in Morocco; constructed principally from rammed earth, the traditional Berber building technique, it seems almost to have grown out of the rocks beneath. The thick walls provide such good insulation that air-conditioning is unnecessary. Solar panels provide hot water for the hotel and and the underfloor heating in the dining and bar area. Soon a biodigester will provide electricity and compost not only for the hotel but also for the village below. ... more   less 
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