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Berber Cultural Center
Poole, United Kingdom
Level 1 Contributor
4 reviews
“A true experience”
Reviewed 7 October 2012

From the moment you step through the door you feel you are home, the house and the family are filled with laughter and love.
It is a great place to relax from the pace of life, there is no WIFI so you can switch your devices off and rediscover the joys of playing cards, listening to live music and chatting. We only stayed 2 nights but wish we had more time there

  • Stayed September 2012, travelled with friends
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Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed 3 September 2012

I stayed at the Berber Cultural Centre for 2 weeks in July 2012 and I had the most incredible time. Mohamed and his family were so lovely and welcoming. They really work hard to integrate you into their community and make you feel at home. I was taught how to cook Moroccan dishes and mint tea. One day we went for a hike for the whole day up a mountain which was amazing. We learned so much about their culture and religion and they were more than happy to answer any questions about it. I recommend this place to everyone!

  • Stayed July 2012, travelled solo
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Reviewed 18 July 2012

Our stay at the Anir Berber Cultural Center was the highlight of our trip. From the moment we arrived, Mohammed and his family welcomed us with open arms. My 12 year old played soccer with Anir and my daughters and I helped make dinner. The fun, however, was only beginnning. Khalid showed us how to properly make mint tea and then came the tea making contest. We all made our own pot and then through a blind taste test - they crowned the winner! After dinner, we sat up playing cards with our new friends until the wee hours of the morning. They were incredible with my teenage kids - they taught them some of their language and just shared who they were. We were up early to make bread for breakfast and then off for an amazing walk through the village. My kids were especially interested in getting to see the school and where the village kids played. When we got back to the center, we broke up into teams. Khalid took the guys, with the donkey, to get water from the well and they girls made tagine with Fatima and bread (in the outdoor, rock oven) with Hafida. It was truly an experience our family will never forget and the only way to truly experience Morocco!!

  • Stayed July 2012, travelled with family
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capitola,ca
Level 2 Contributor
6 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 April 2012

Went to the Berber Cultural Center as part of our small tour. We spent 3 nights enjoying the center. Mohammad, his family and staff could not have been more hospitable. If you are looking for a unique way spend some time in Morocco, this is the place. Learning how to cook, bake bread, gather water from the well and make tea will provide memories that will last a lifetime.

  • Stayed March 2012, travelled with friends
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Bournemouth
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Reviewed 15 April 2012

I can't praise this place enough! It was the highlight of my trip, I enjoyed it so much I went back. The family are so welcoming and offer a true experience of Berber life. The facilities are good and it's good value for money, they even threw in a guided trip up the Atlas Mountains for free. I will never forget my time spent there, definitely worth a visit.

  • Stayed April 2012, travelled solo
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Cessnock
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Reviewed 25 June 2011

A night at the Berber cultural centre is a must if you want to really experience Morocco. Not really a hotel more an experience. When you arrive you participate in cooking your own lunch which includes cooking your own bread in the community oven. Very basic facilities but that all part of the experience and worth suffering the bed to enjoy listening to music payed but a whole group from the village not paid musicians for the tourist but friendly people who just let us share in their evening. We all learnt so much about the culture, probably the highlight of our trip. GO.

  • Stayed June 2011, travelled as a couple
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Nottingham
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Reviewed 25 January 2010

We stayed at the Berber Cultural Centre with our two boys aged 5 and 8 and some friends. The staff were very welcoming and it was an excellent place for the children to explore and play. You are allowed into Berber village life in a very authentic and genuine way; Mohammed the owner's English is excellent and he is a very pleasant host. You can get invloved in food preparation and tea making or juts relax or go walking.The furnishings are simple, in keeping with the rural setting. I would advise taking your own pillow if possible and plenty of warm clothes if you are going in the winter/ spring as the nights are cold high up. They offer trekking too but we managed just a walk round the village.

  • Stayed December 2009, travelled with family
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Additional Information about Berber Cultural Center

Property: Berber Cultural Center
Address: Boulaoune | Imi n Tanout, Marrakech, Morocco
Region: Morocco > Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region > Marrakech
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #76 of 286 Speciality Lodging in Marrakech
Number of rooms: 14
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Berber Cultural Centre, in the foothills of the Atlas Mountains, is a family homestay with 14 simple yet comfortable rooms. A stay with Mohamed and his family includes all meals and a daily activity, such as a cooking class, taking the donkey to the well or a trip to the weekly market. BCC is a great base for trekking, or just relaxing and experiencing Berber life. Mohamed has many years of experience in hospitality, event hosting and tours. Your stay at BCC will provide direct support to the local economy, education, local people and the land. ... more   less 

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