Hotel Details

Kasbah du Toubkal

Overall guest rating 7.3
BP31, Imlil, Asni
Region:Atlas Mountains
Location:Imlil
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Accommodation Type Low Mid High
Standard Rooms Double or twin beds, en-suite facilities, access to roof terraces n/a 160 € n/a
Superior and Deluxe Rooms All have double or twin beds, en-suite facilities. Superior: small private balcony. Deluxe: small private balcony and views n/a 220-250 € n/a
Junior Suite and Apartment Suite Junior: double room with en-suite, upper floor with Berber lounge and terrace. Apartment: double room, en-suite, kitchen, large lounge with sun terrace n/a 340-440 € n/a
The Garden House Three en-suite rooms in self-contained house with large lounge, sun terrace and views n/a 820 € n/a
Berber Salons Berber couches on ground level and upper gallery with sleeping area for 3-6 people n/a 130-160 € n/a
Please note: All prices are per room per night

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Other Charges

In keeping with Kasbah du Toubkal’s commitment to the local community, all invoices will incur a 5% levy to the Village Association “Association des Bassins d’Imlil”. This charge helps to fund the building of community centres (particularly schools) as well as establish other worthy projects. The 5% levy is added to all charges made at the Kasbah.

Kasbah du Toubkal can organise transfers between Imlil and Marrakech for €85 per trip (for up to 4 people). However, street prices for this taxi journey can sometimes start at as little as €30. 

Lunch costs €15 whilst dinner is €20.

Hotel Policies

There is a minimum stay of two nights.

Check-in time is usually 2 p.m. although the rooms may be ready well before this. Guests are welcome to arrive before this and will be given access to the room as soon as it is ready. Check-out time is 12.00 noon. 

Full payment is usually payable upon confirmation. Cancellation more than 48 hours prior to arrival will incur a charge of 50% of the total cost of the stay, or 1 day’s Bed & Breakfast (whichever is the greater from the point of making a confirmed booking). Cancellations 48 hours or less prior to arrival means a 100% charge.

Dirhams, Euros, Dollars and Pounds are accepted as are Visa and Mastercard and other international debit cards.

 

Packages

Remote Trekking Lodge 2 day special

2 days of guided trekking staying at luxury private suite in Toubkal's lodge, including all meals:

  • €600 for 2 people including private transport Marrakech-Imlil on days 1 and 2; or
  • €480 for those arranging their own transport to Imlil

Price:
€480-€600

Facilities

Swimming poolSwimming pool
None as culturally inappropriate to the immediate region but there is a nearby river and a small plunge-pool in the hammam
Air-conditioningAir-conditioning
None but all rooms have fans
Spa on siteSpa on site
Hammam (steam-bath)
Sunbathing areaSunbathing area
Some rooms have roof terraces and private balconies
Internet connectionInternet connection
Wireless connection in public areas of the Kasbah
Disabled friendlyDisabled friendly
Also, speak with the Kasbah in advance of booking
Vegetarian foodVegetarian food
A limited menu is available
SmokingSmoking
But not in indoor communal areas
Child-friendlyChild-friendly
And baby-cots are available
Bar and drinksBar and drinks
The hotel does not serve alcohol but guests are welcome to bring their own
In-house restaurantIn-house restaurant
There is a typically Berber restaurant, serving moroccan bread, honey, yoghurt, jams and cereals for breakfast, and for lunch and dinner tagines, couscous, soups, salads, kebabs and salad
OtherOther

A conference room can be made available for business meetings or special events, complete with computer and DVD projection equipment.

For guests not wanting to go trekking, there is a good book and music library, and a selection of board games.

Tented areas outside the Kasbah provide a good place to relax.

Description

Ideal for trekkers of all aptitudes or for those who just love to be in a mountain setting, Kasbah du Toubkal sits at the crown of the Imlil Valley in the heart of the Atlas Mountains. Originally owned by a local feudal chief as a summer house, the Kasbah has been renovated into what its European owner likes to call a “Berber hospitality centre” rather than a hotel, run by the local Berber people. The Kasbah has received a variety of awards including a place in the Top 50 Eco-Lodges of 2009, judged by the National Geographic Magazine, as well as being highly rated by Fair Trade Travel. Kasbah du Toubkal respects its environment to the utmost and provides a unique and unpretentious base for travellers looking to appreciate an authentic experience at the foot of Jbel Toubkal, the highest peak in North Africa. 

As well as overlooking the stunning Atlas Mountains, the Kasbah provides views over the Imil Valley where the river serves a number of adobe villages, home to farmers of apple and cherry orchards. This local rural environment has been embraced by Kasbah du Toubkal. As well as the hotel's championing of sustainable tourism, Kasbah du Toubkal’s commitment to the local community led to the founding of the Imlil Village Association. A small 5% levy requested of guests helps to fund the building of local schools and community centres amongst other projects. So it is of no surprise to find that the Kasbah’s last renovation emphasised Berber traditions with rooms remaining rustic with solid wooden furniture and hand-woven rugs and blankets, many with intricately carved wood ceilings. However, the guestrooms are comfortable with en-suite facilities and fans, and even have the occasional modern touch with glass walls opening to private terraces in the Apartment Suite and Garden House. The variety of rooms offers appeals to a range of travellers, suiting different needs and budgets. Whilst the shared dormitories provide low-cost accommodation, the five standard ensuite rooms offer greater privacy and luxury. As well as the superior, deluxe rooms and suites, the Garden House is a spacious, self-contained private house accommodating up to three people with a balcony looking up to mountains and waterfalls. The Berber salons of the Kasbah created in a rustic-style also provide accommodation for groups of people. Additionally, the Kasbah du Toubkal owns a small riad in the Imlil village and the essential Toubkal Trekking Lodge located four hours walk from the Kasbah.

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Kasbah du Toubkal’s indoor lounge areas include a book and music library and a choice of board games, which guests are welcome to use. Additionally a conference room is made available for business meetings or special events, complete with computer and DVD projection equipment. Outside, two large roof terraces provide public areas for sunbathing and guests will also find shaded areas in which to cool-down. Furthermore Kasbah du Toubkal’s on-site hammam proves a popular attraction for guests, particularly as a break from trekking. The steam room and plunge pool complex provide relaxation and quietude. The Kasbah deliberately chose not to build a swimming pool on the basis that the temperature in the mountains is generally cool and the river below provides a fun place to splash around in.

The Kasbah’s restaurant seats up to one hundred and serves Berber cuisine, created with locally sourced ingredients such as local Berber bread for breakfast, as well as cereals and yoghurts. Lunch is similar to dinner, serving traditional tagines, cous-cous, salads and brochettes. 

As you would imagine from its location, the Kasbah recommends many different guided walks, covering various destinations for an overnight trip or a five-day excursion. Mule trekking with a mule guide, as well as guided ascents of Mount Toubkal, which stands at over thirteen-thousand feet, can also be arranged through Kasbah du Toubkal.

Where is it?

Kasbah du Toubkal is located 90 minutes from Marrakech by car or grand taxi (most hotel will arrange this for guests) and a short walk from the village of Imlil. 

Travel Times

Airport 90 minute drive and 10-15 minutes by foot or mule
City 1.5 hour drive and 10-15 minutes by foot or mule
Beach 4 hour drive to Essaouira

Other useful information

Hikes which can be organised range from simple strolls and day treks to neighboring villages, overnight or multi-day treks to remoter areas and uninhabited landscapes, as well as the Toubkal Ascent.

A shared dormitory is available for guests but cannot be booked in advance (dormitory beds cost 40 euros per person per night).

Depending on season the site of the Kasbah can be cold due to its mountain location so guests may wish to pack warm clothes.

The Kasbah can at times be booked by large groups so guests may wish to enquire as to when these booking are to ensure a peaceful stay. 

7.3
Overall score: 7.3 / 10
4 people have reviewed this hotel
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Condition of rooms and the hotel 7.3   Food and drink 7.0
Overall cleanliness 6.5   Relaxation 7.3
Pool and facilities 6.8   Value for money 7.5
Quality of staff 8.8   Overall rating 7.3
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User Reviews on Kasbah du Toubkal

Below you'll find reviews written by our users, that have stayed in this hotel. The reviews are vetted and verified by us and may have been summarised by our editor to give you a meaningful summary.

The Editor's Summary

open quoteGuests staying at Kasbah du Toubkal have left positive reviews of the Kasbah, highlighting "the peaceful surroundings" and "wonderful sense of remoteness" its location provides. The Kasbah has provided a tranquil alternative to "the city" with the local village of Imlil, which is "full of rustic charm". Overall Kasbah du Toubkal is admired for its "authenticity", "hospitality" and "friendly atmosphere". Whilst one guest has felt the guesthouse to be "slightly overpriced", it is somewhat balanced by the Kasbah’s "ethical supporting of the nearby villages" which "has to be admired". close quote

Guest rating 7.1
Review by leseck
October 2010

open quoteWe stayed four nights, but also booked two treks, one a four day three night trek, the other a two day trek up Toubkal. Truelly you are trekking in style with these folks. The service was excellent , and they areaways willing to go the extra step to make sure you comfortable. Our guide for all our trekking was Abdul Rahim, and he was awesome. Overall the Kasbah is a great place to stay when you visit the high atlas mountainsclose quote

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Condition of rooms and the hotel 7.0   Food and drink 6.0
Overall cleanliness 7.0   Relaxation 7.0
Pool and facilities 7.0   Value for money 7.0
Quality of staff 9.0   Overall rating 7.1
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Guest rating 6.9
Review by Evelyn
January 2009

open quoteWe stayed here on our honeymoon for three nights after staying in Marrakech. It has to be said, it was a relief to get out of the city! The air feels much cleaner and heading up to the Kasbah gave a wonderful feeling of remoteness- the mules carry your luggage up whilst you steeply walk up a part of the mountains. We were greeted with friendly staff and enjoyed dinner later on. The meals aren’t brilliant, but with little choice in such a rural location, they could be a lot worse. Also, the rooms weren’t quite as comfortable as we expected, generally they provided comfort but the furnishings seemed older and dirtier than we would have hoped – not very romantic. But the location of this place saves these faults. The views are VERY impressive and the village of Imlil is full of rustic charm. Try one of the treks, we chose a four-hour trek and enjoyed it immensely, the peace and quiet in this place cannot be questioned. close quote

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Condition of rooms and the hotel 6.0   Food and drink 7.0
Overall cleanliness 6.0   Relaxation 8.0
Pool and facilities 6.0   Value for money 7.0
Quality of staff 8.0   Overall rating 6.9
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Guest rating 8.0
Review by Anonymous
January 2009

open quoteTravellers thinking of heading here should be aware of the serious respect with which Kasbah du Toubkal takes its location and atmosphere. It’s a very generous guesthouse, giving to the local community and stressing hospitality, and that’s exactly what we got when we stayed here in October. The guestrooms aren’t luxurious, but have a very friendly atmosphere and we loved the view from our window. Similarly the food wasn’t fancy, but unassuming and traditional. We liked staying here because of the authenticity of the place, the staff speak English and can recommend hikes around the area which was helpful but ultimately they remain un-intrusive, respecting your privacy as long as you respect their environment and principles.close quote

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Condition of rooms and the hotel 8.0   Food and drink 8.0
Overall cleanliness 7.0   Relaxation 7.0
Pool and facilities 7.0   Value for money 9.0
Quality of staff 10.0   Overall rating 8.0
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Guest rating 7.1
Review by Fiona Lewis
January 2009

open quoteKasbah du Toubkal is really unique. The rooms are great – they provide cosy spaces in which to relax and make the most of the peaceful surroundings. The location itself is limited in some ways unless you’re an ambitious hiker, but remains a good place for a couple of nights. At the end of our stay we felt the Kasbah was slightly overpriced but on the other hand their ethical supporting of the nearby villages has to be admired.. would love to come back here in another view years and stay in the garden house with my friends. close quote

See breakdown of guest's rating
Condition of rooms and the hotel 8.0   Food and drink 7.0
Overall cleanliness 6.0   Relaxation 7.0
Pool and facilities 7.0   Value for money 7.0
Quality of staff 8.0   Overall rating 7.1
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