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Kasbah du Toubkal

At a Glance

    Pros

  • freedom to inhale in the crisp air in near-solitude
  • excellent on-site hammam
  • hotel can organize tours, including a packed lunch

    Cons

  • luxury, comes at a price, even though 5% of room prices goes back to the local community

Kasbah du Toubkal Review

Thank your stars that the short trek to this stunning, yet simple Kasbah keeps some guests away; it's easy to see why Scorsese filmed part of his film Kundun here. Gaze over the snowcapped Atlas peaks and contemplate the highly satisfactory result of the Kasbah's slight detachment from the bustling little town of Imlil below. Dinner or a drink (nonalcoholic) in the glass-fronted cabin, which crowns the Kasbah, presents a glorious sense of being on top of the world. Just as liberating is the simplicity of the decor of this fully restored mountain stronghold (no plush bath robes here, although staff do wash your hands with rosewater when you arrive). Food is served in a number of locations on the premises, so take your pick. All is prepared in-house, from tangy salads to rich tagines. The staff is focused, friendly, and knowledgeable about the local area: resident guide Hajj "Maurice" is greatly respected. The manager will gladly tell of the hotel's initiatives to contribute to the Berber community, with impressive social programs, which change each year. But the best-kept secret is that the 10-minute climb to the ecolodge must be done on the back of a pack-mule (there's a reception office in Imlil's center; expect to pay 60 DH for the transfer, plus a small tip).

    Hotel Details

  • 5 rooms, 6 suites, 1 house, 3 dorms.
  • Rate includes breakfast.
  • Credit cards accepted.
Updated: 05-13-2011

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