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“Hidden Gem up in the Atlas Mountains”
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Kasbah Bab Ourika
Ranked #1 of 3 Hotels in Ourika
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 27 August 2010

Picked up from our Hotel in Marrakech for the 60 min transfer (slightly longer than expected due to local market). Kasbah itself is 20 mins up a dirt track by 4WD!!. The views are stunning and the Hotel itself is spacious with plenty of terrace & garden space for sitting down and relaxing. The pool is full size with plenty of loungers - perfect for the relaxing end to a busy holiday.
The hotel does have organised Treks of the local area but the heat in August was too much so restricted ourselves to a small stroll to small village nearby.
Daily menu for lunch & dinner is small but changes daily (I guess depending on what supplies are available in the remote location). It was delicious though and well presented. All staff were attentive & friendly - teh Manageress making a point of chatting to everyone at dinner.

A word of warning - it is very remote - if you are not after the trekking or a relax by the pool then suggest this is not for you.

  • Stayed: August 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 22 July 2010

PLEASE NOTE: I RATE THIS HOTEL AS EXCELLENT BUT CANNOT ADJUST THE RATINGS _ IGNORE THEM! (seems to be a fault on tripadvisor)
I have just spent 4 days in this beautiful hotel. Situated in the Atlas mountains, it is the perfect place to escape and relax. The hotel designers have carefully considered every detail, right down to the choice of softest leather on the seats. It has what I would describe as a 'rustic chic' charm - I loved it. The food was fantastic. The staff are extremely friendly. I look forward to returning to Kasbah Bab Ourika one day. If I had one very small gripe... the price of the drinks was varied but a small can of beer at 60 dh is quite pricey, about £9 a pint, we perhaps should have checked the prices before indulging - but otherwise the hotel visit was worth every penny.

  • Stayed: July 2010, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 21 July 2010

We stayed at Kasbah Bab Ourika for 2 nights and loved it. The views are spectacular and the staff were excellent and helpful. It's a great place to get away from it all (no TV or internet) and there are lots of areas in and around the Kasbah to relax. Food was reasonable but expensive. The only downside is that the rooms are not air conditioned but they are in the process of installing ceiling fans.

  • Stayed: July 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 9 July 2010

I booked this hotel as part of a trip which encompassed the high atlas, Ouarzazate and Marrakech. We stayed 4 nights at Bab Ourika to wind down before journeying on to Ouarzazate over the mountains.

Bab Ourika is in a stunning location. It is perched on top of a hill overlooking the Ourika valley with 360 degree panoramic views (I recommend going onto the roof terrace for some pics). There is a Berber village just down the road which is interesting for a walk (take sweets for the children). Mohammed, the guide organises several treks you can go on which take in villages, the river or the spice gardens. Veronique and her staff are all stars! They are so helpful, homourous and kind. You will feel pampered!

The poolside is lovely, with plenty of loungers and shade. There are even hats dotted around that you can borrow if the sun gets too much. The Pool is cool, but not bone chilling and there are gardens you can wander in where there are more seats. The only downside for me was that there was no hamam, but one is underway so maybe next year.

Bab Ourika is a stylish boutique hotel with an intimate and romantic atmosphere. In the evening you can eat in the courtyard, inside or on the terrace. They alternate depending on the weather. Lanterns are lit for the evening meal - very romantic and atmospheric.

We had a superior room which had a balcony with a stunning view but it was too hot to use during the day and there are so many lounging areas around the Kasbah you really don't need a balcony. There was no aircon, only a ceiling fan which we couldn't use because it squeaked and would have kept us awake all night. However the dogs did a pretty good job of that!

There are dogs that run around barking and howling at night. We had no bad encounters with them - they come nowhere near the hotel. Perhaps we were on the wrong side of the hotel, but they seemed to love running around in the valley making a lot of noise! After the first night my ears got used to them and I slept through, but my husband didn't get a full night's sleep the whole stay. Not just the dogs but the heat and lack of cool air in the room.

That said, we had a lovely stay and wished that we had more time to return at the end of our road trip to relax before returning to the UK. Give Bab Ourika a try - I'm sure you'll love it!

  • Stayed: June 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 1 July 2010

An incredible experience. Perched high above surrounding Berber villages, Bab Ourika has unsurpassed views and a sense of serenity that is hard to find. The grounds and pool are beautifully kept and dinner out on the terrace or in the inner courtyard is sublime. The food is excellent and so is the service. The rooms are large with huge bathrooms. Ask for a room on an upper floor - the views are spectacular. The hotel's guide, Mohammed (he is fluent in 4 languages and is delightful and knowledgeable), can take you on numerous hikes around the area - our favorite was a 4 hour hike into the national "park" that included a donkey and lunch. It is fascinating to see life in the surrounding Berber Villages.

Stayed: June 2010, 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
Amenities:
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: $235 - $636 (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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