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“An excellent escape from everything for the mildly adventurous”
Review of Kasbah Le Mirage

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Kasbah Le Mirage
Ranked #169 of 501 Hotels in Marrakech
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 4 July 2010

This is an excellent choice if you want to see more of Marrakech and broaden your understanding not just of Morocco but also of rural life in a developing nation.

The Mirage has a beautiful lobby with fine detail in the mosaics and tiles, a refreshingly cool pool of water in the centre and perfectly well sized rooms with traditionally tiled bathrooms. It combines the charm and lay-out of a Riad with the features of a good quality hotel - and no knocking on the door to be let in, there is a 24 hour concierge. Location wise, the hotel's website as well as reviewers on this website make it perfectly clear; this is not in the middle of the city, but in a poor village a commutable distance out (by either taxi or the excellent free shuttle car operated by the hotel). But this is one reason why you should come! Let's be clear, the village is incredibly poor and the hotel is not in its own gated compound but right in the middle of the community. But there is something good about this in that the community helped build the hotel in the first place and are getting some benefits from it. But if you are easily shocked or upset by poverty as you relax in a hot-tub... well, this is not the place for you. The villagers live in little more than sheds and all around are (very sleepy) dogs, geese, chickens, mules, donkeys etc. So be prepared for some rural smells and noises and don't moan on here about them when they happen. It's all part of the charm and arguably no better or worse than the pollution and police sirens we put up with in city hotels the world over.

The evening meal was arranged as a buffet and was very good. Ingredients were fresh and well cooked and well presented. As a veggie, I even got a special dish made up on the spot, though there were plenty of other options. Breakfast was also excellent and substantial: pancakes, breads, coffee, juice, yogurt, fruits, cereals, jams, croissant (of course!) etc.

The service was friendly and efficient. I had no problem whatsoever communicating to the main staff members, so don't be put off by the language problem as there wasn't really one. One receptionist in particular had a very good comprehension of English, as did one of the porters. The woman in the bar didn't speak a word of English, but she sure as hell knew what I meant when I asked for beer and frankly, that was all that mattered. Talking of which, yes it does serve booze, and at fairly reasonable (for Morocco) prices which was a surprise considering there was no local competition because of its rural location.

There were several areas for sitting in the sun, including poolside loungers and a large roof terrace which was clean and comfortable and pretty cool looking, too.

During the day, you can hire a bike for free or take a quad or camel tour. The hotel does offer entertainment some nights or you can get the 30 minute free shuttle into town. I was also pleased to see there was no TV.

All in all, a great place to relax and get away from everything - a real detox from the pressures of working and living - the sort of hotel where you wish there was no blackberry signal, even though there is. But it is also a place which, due to its location, will have you thinking about how lucky 'we' in the West are and how the pressures we face - though real and important in our own lives - are nonetheless comparative.

The owners and staff should be proud of what they have achieved here.

  • Stayed: July 2010, travelled solo
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Reviewed 27 June 2010

Little tip, it really helps to get a driver who knows where this place is. It's not well sign posted at all and you can easily get ripped off by a taxi who'll likely get lost. We had a brilliant driver who took us into town and arranged to pick us up later for about 100Dh. His number (if you speak French is [--]. The hotel arranged him for us, so they'll be able to help with travel and transfers etc.

The hotel is absolutely stunning and there's loads to do there. Highly recommend the Camel trek and also the entertainment in the evening. Great place to chill out after a few mental days in Marrakesh.

We were upgraded to the African Suite which was truly incredible and the staff very helpful despite not being able to speak great English.

High recommend this place for some R&R and the shuttle service comes in handy. Quite far out but worth the trek and a bargain for what you get.

  • Stayed: May 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 28 April 2010

We had a perfect holiday and highly recommend Kasbah Le Mirage. As other reviews have said, it is in a berber village a few miles outside Marrakech, reached down a dirt track. This may not suit everyone, but we found it very relaxing after the intensity of the city and also provided a different insight into local life,with goats being herded etc. The hotel's panoramic countryside views over the palmeraie and to the atlas mountains were particularly interesting during our visit as we were able to observe dust devils and sandstorms in the distance.

The place is immaculately clean and the staff incredibly friendly and helpful. They really went out of their way to accomodate us, but most have little or no english, so a few words of french would help you get more out of your visit. The quad bike and camel rides were interesting, great fun and very well organised. The pool and jacuzzi were nice, rooms and the hotel tastefully decorated. Food was good, but for evening meals you are limited to either eating in the hotel, or taking a taxi back from the city, as the hotel shuttle departs from the centre at 7:30. Some people might find the rooms which face inwards a little dark - the ones with outside windows did not have this problem and in any case you probably won't want to spend your time sat in your room!

  • Stayed: April 2010, travelled with family
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1  Thank ceratonia
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Reviewed 1 April 2010

Although the hotel is a long way out of the centre, it was lovely to see a different side of Morocco. At this hotel you are surrounded by traditional Moroccan villages and we got to see a more 'real' side to Morocco, compared to the bustling and crowded Marrkech centre. The staff are all friendly (although their English was not great so if you dont speak French it could be difficult at times!). The dinner set menu was delicious - the best food we ate all week was at the hotel. As there are no shops nearby it can get a bit pricy buying all your food and drinks from the hotel though. Brilliant location to do activities like quad biking or camel riding - right outside the hotel! The room was fairly small but clean, the only compaint was the noise from the birds and the dogs in the early hours of the morning! The pool was lovely, and the spa treatments were nice but a little expensive. Overall, we would definitely recommend this as a place to stay if you are looking to relax away from the busy-ness of the city, embrace the local culture, and dont mind spending a bit of money for the luxuries.

  • Stayed: March 2010, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 1 April 2010

The uncertainty of getting to the Kasbah was daunting at first, using the internet to translate English to French (as its the second language of Morocco) and then doing the same with replies. I managed to co-ordinate with the hotel my taxi / collection and drop off from the airport at a cost of 100 Dirhams - approximately £10.

The hotel was fantastically located to sample some othe Real Morocco. A mud flat village, made with straw etc, filled with chickens, running children, donkeys, dogs and quite good fun to get to. Down a dirt track, full bumps along the way, makes it all more enjoyable. Upon arrival a porter visited to collect my bag and show me to reception where I was shown to the Bar, Terrace and then given a complimentary Cocktail. Called the Kasbah. Fantastic as I sat to watch the Quad bikes come in, a donkey going down the river and the sight of further quads in the Palmerie.

Finally getting to the room, getting a little confused with the labyrinth of stair ways, flowing fountains the room was of Patio View, called KouKouYou. WIth a large wooden (secure) door, safe, drapes surrounding the bed. The room was fantastic, left to my own accord to find my way around. Hunting the pool, the grounds and the sun terrace in which I sat to read a book. Surrounded by birds, the call from the village mosque. The tranquil atmostphere really did set off the stay for some serious relaxation.

The Menu du Jour is a set menu at a cost of 180 Dirhams, with service with a smile. The final night this also included some live North African Music and Belly Dancing.

The hotel were courteous, a little hard of talking English although you can get by, a shuttle into Marrakech City twice every day, although they can organise taxi's otherwise at a rate of 100 Dirhams, (an extra 50 between 5pm and 9am), is great for a day out of exploring and even a night in Gjeema El Fna square with the fantastic food markets at night.

Although out of the way, this place is perfect to unwind, cut yourself off. Sure theres no TV in the room, but you dont go on holiday to keep an eye on the news, nor to watch English TV. Enjoyed it so much, that I am looking to return in May or June.

  • Stayed: March 2010, travelled solo
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1  Thank carlideal
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Reviewed 7 July 2009

After reading various reviews about Kasbah Le Mirage, I decided to go ahead and book it anyway as a birthday surprise for my partner. The Mirage is situated out of town, but that was half the reason for booking it. We found the Kasbah and the staff to be great, everyone was really helpful and friendly and the food was amazing. They offer a free shuttle service into the centre twice a day. The views from the terraces are lovely and we had a really good stay. Thank you everyone at Kasbah. Nikki 02 - 05 July.

  • Stayed: July 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 16 March 2009

Right well - first thing I should tell you is that this hotel is far away from central marrakech - around 6/7 km I believe... Its in the countryside area of Marrakech and may feel like you're in the middle of nowhere - getting there can be annoying at first since you have to drive on this long dirt track - but you'll get used to this...

When there - it is pretty nice, the air in spring is very still and its quite warm even at night - therefore going out on the patio for a drink and/or shisha is something I enjoyed a lot. In the morning, breakfast was filling and having it out on the patio in the sun was really good - there's a river nearby and hearing it flow at night is brilliant. I didn't go swimming but it definitely looked like a relaxing place to go to. There is a very very small town pretty much surrounding the hotel - the people seem nice although I do regret not going to talk to them to find out more about their way of living and how life is in this part of Morocco (which reminds me, unless you speak a decent amount of arabic or french you may very well have a hard time in Marrakech - unless travelling to the posh parts of the city (e.g. Gueliz).

Leading onto the service - yeh it was very good but again, mt arabic isn't that good and my friend did most of the talking - they were very helpful and allowed us to change rooms.

Altogether it was good but its only for some - if you feel to see more of Marrakech then yuo'd hoped, and venture out a bit into the wild by making those long trips into the centrte city now and again then this place is for you. If you're the sort who likes to have everything easily accesible from their doorstep and be able to only walk 15 mins from the city centre to their hotel room - then perhaps you'd better look elsewhere. I loved it though!

  • Stayed: March 2009, travelled with friends
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Additional Information about Kasbah Le Mirage

Address: Ouahat Sidi Brahim, Marrakech 40000, Morocco
Region: Morocco > Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region > Marrakech
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#95 Spa Hotel in Marrakech
#114 Family Hotel in Marrakech
#119 Luxury Hotel in Marrakech
#169 Romantic Hotel in Marrakech
Price Range: £30 - £81 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Kasbah Le Mirage 4*
Number of rooms: 27
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