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Les Borjs de la Kasbah
Ranked #28 of 502 Hotels in Marrakech
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 19 March 2012

The enthusiasm with which other travellers had written about this riad raised our expectations - we were not disappointed. The staff were courteous and pleasant, the ambience extremely tasteful and the food was well cooked and presented with a wide enough choice for us to eat dinner in the restuarant for four out of the seven nights we stayed without getting bored. We upgraded to a suite (booked through a British Airways package holiday) which was superb and made the holiday for us - not so expensive to do it, £160 extra for the week. As others have written, it is extraordinary how you step through a door from the hurly burly of the city into an oasis of calm within the courtyard of the riad. This riad was built in 2007 but based on traditional designs and they have done a cracking job. The pool area looked rather cramped in the photos but we found it was fine in reality. A couple of fairly minor points - service could be very slow at lunchtime (dinner was good) so allow plenty of time and the air freshener in the bathroom was a very strong and persistent scent of naphtha (mothballs) - not to everyone's taste, maybe it's a Moroccan thing? Overall, though, Les Borjs de la Kasbah is highly recommended.

  • Stayed: February 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 16 March 2012

Although we did not stay here it is definitely top of the list for next time.

We had coffee here and were given free access to view the hotel.

The Hotel consists of about four Riads combined around courtyards with fountains and swimming pool.
The overall character is of quiet tasteful quality and the staff were very helpful in answering our questions and showing us round.

On the edge of the Kasbah close to the Palace walls on a very quiet and clean street it is about 30mins. walk to the square but only 30dirhams by taxi. 30 dirhams is the standard fare within the Kasbah so make sure that you agree this with the taxi driver before getting in to avoid misunderstandings at the end of your journey.

  • Stayed: March 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 12 March 2012

Great Riad tucked away in a quiet corner of Kasbah area of Marrakech, Medina. The Riad is about a 20mins to half hour walk to the main square and souk. Therefore, it is not a centrally located venue. The Riad itself is stunning. Great ambience, and the attention to detail and the service is faultless. The only let down is that...more » there are bedrooms with physical single bed. I found this is very disappointing, considering that a lot of visitors to Marrakech are there on holidays - and lets face it, who would want to sleep in a single bed? Let alone sleeping in a single bed while on holidays for 4 nights? Aside from this, I could not fault the Riad. It is run and managed very well, location wise is fine as long as you don't mind the walk. The facilities are well maintained; swimming pool, clean and peaceful outdoor space for you to enjoy the sunshine and to relax. Breakfast is well seved; freshly squeezed orange juice each morning, Morroccan pancakes, fresh fruit.I would recommend the Riad as I really enjoyed the ambience it offers, but I would probably not stay there again given that I was allocated a room with a single bed

  • Stayed: March 2012, travelled solo
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Wyeman, General Manager at Les Borjs de la Kasbah, responded to this reviewResponded 14 March 2012

Whilst such a clearly enthusiastic review as this is always most welcome and gratifying, it is also exceedingly frustrating to read the concluding comment that the reviewer is unlikely to return due to a problem which could hardly have been easier to remedy had it been mentioned at the time of the visit. RL333 was not simply 'allocated' a room regardless of his requirements, as he implies, but was given exactly what he asked for, namely a Small Single room. As the hotel website makes clear, there are just three of these, each a mere 9-10 sq ms and priced accordingly, but there are also 2 Small Doubles and several Standard Doubles all of which can be occupied as Singles by those requiring a bit more space. Our occupancy levels for Small Singles indicates that there is a clear demand for this type of inexpensive accommodation but it is also entirely possible for such single guests wishing to have a bit more space to upgrade to a larger room and, indeed, a larger bed. We would be happy to ensure this were RL333 to visit us again which I hope he will do.

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Reviewed 11 March 2012

Had a really lovely short break here - staff were knowledgable and very helpful. I would have loved to swim in the pool but as it was not heated, sadly this was not an option.

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Reviewed 1 March 2012

Sometimes it's worth doing the extra bit of homework, Les Borjs de la Kasbah is definitely worth consideration to anyone planning a trip to the heart of Marrakech. Although this Riad is situated near the Old Royal Palace and in a quieter part of town (no bad thing), it's an easy and enjoyable walk to the key sights.

I first stayed the Borjs de la Kasbah a little while after it first opened and I recall there were some inevitable but very minor teething problems. I am pleased to report that after five years, the establishment runs like a well oiled machine: quiet, unassuming and efficient. Not the very cheapest Riad but you always get what you pay for and worth going for one that's established and well run.

I stayed overnight en route from Essaouira and so was only able to have breakfast. In short, I concur with many of the other reports, excellent quality and great attention to detail.

Before this trip I checked out a few other Riads via Trip Advisor but decided to stick with what I knew and I'm pleased I did. However, one of the more recent T-A reports for Les Borjs stated that the pool was unheated – I feel I must correct this as the manager told me over breakfast that they'd recently replaced the pool's heat pump, at considerable expense!

I shall continue to recommend Les Borjs de la Kasbah to colleagues, friends and family. Excellent!

  • Stayed: March 2012, travelled solo
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Reviewed 24 February 2012

On arriving for our first visit to Marrakech it was early evening, we were a little daunted when the taxi driver drove us up the Kasbah to the hotel.
On arriving we were greeted and shown to the bar where we then given a cup of Morocco mint tea. Then a quick tour of the Riad and to our room.
We booked one of the Suits and it lived up to expectations. Beautifully decorated and rose petals everywhere. Bed very comfy!.The view from the suite looked over the main courtyard.
The Riad restaurant offers good food and I would recommend going for the specials menu as it makes you try a few different dishes.
The one downside is that on the Riad website it says heated pool and this is not the case, in fact it was icy cold and even putting our feet in was painful.
The Riad is well located at the end of the kasbah and is a 15-20 minute walk to the sooks.
I would also recommend the double decker sightseeing tour as this helps you to get your bearings of the city.

  • Stayed: February 2012, travelled as a couple
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Wyeman, General Manager at Les Borjs de la Kasbah, responded to this reviewResponded 2 March 2012

I would just like to reiterate a point that reviewer ChrisC kindly made for us on March 1st. Our website does indeed state that Les Borjs de la Kasbah has a HEATED pool and in the normal course of events this is entirely true. No hotelier with any sense or integrity would claim facilities that do not exist but, in this case, the heat exchanger let us down suddenly on 22nd Feb and pool temperature decreased rapidly over several days until, last Tuesday, 28th Feb, we managed to get it replaced. Were ChrisC to revisit the hotel now he would be able to enjoy a warm swim because the water, at around 24 degrees, is marginally higher than the very pleasant outside temperature which, of course, is getting warmer every day!

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Reviewed 17 February 2012

We only stayed here for 2 nights so didn't eat in the restaurant. Staying with another couple we both had lovely rooms which were large and very clean with a wonderfully powerful shower and some lovely toiletries and little touches. It is ideally located away from the main square but within walking distance so you can soak up the atmosphere on the way. I would definitely recommend a stay in Marrakech but it can be a bit 'full on' and mad so it was nice to stay a little outside the mayhem. Breakfast was good, with a good selection of breads, toasts etc. Would recommend a stay here.

  • Stayed: January 2012, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Les Borjs de la Kasbah

Address: Rue du Mechouar | Kasbah, Marrakech 40000, Morocco
Region: Morocco > Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region > Marrakech
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#16 Spa Hotel in Marrakech
#17 Luxury Hotel in Marrakech
#33 Romantic Hotel in Marrakech
#36 Business Hotel in Marrakech
#55 Family Hotel in Marrakech
Price Range: $128 - $303 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Les Borjs de la Kasbah 4*
Number of rooms: 18
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Les Borjs de la Kasbah, a charming boutique hotel (opened in 2007), combines all the character of a traditional riad with modern comforts and the professionalism of a dedicated staff, close to the Royal Palace, 15-20 min walk from the famous Jemaa el Fna square. 18 non-smoking rooms, 3 lounges, bar, restaurant and meeting room, all with free internet access. There is also a secluded 10m swimming pool (a rarity in the Kasbah), and a SPA with traditional Hammam and treatment rooms. Direct access to front door by car and minibus. ... more   less 
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