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... out of the Medina to the Majorelle Garden named after the French artist Jacques Majorelle who built himself a house here and designed the gardens. It was later bought by Yves Saint-Laurent and restored. It was a little sanctuary in the middle of complete chaos outside. In fact, when you are in the internal courtyard of a Riad you feel that way too. The streets are completely chaotic here then you go inside and everything is peaceful and ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Les Borjs de la Kasbah Marrakech
i have tried to make a reservation 3 times over the phone and twice by email.kept getting told to call back another time and email was not responded.friends stayed here and loved it but unfortunately in our case no matter how great the place is they were not interested in a booking for four nights.they are obviously content in the knowledge that the rooms will sell themselves without them caring about service.what a shame
A. Tayeb (Director)
Arriving at Marrakech Airport, I was met by a driver organised by the hotel and within eight minutes I had arrived at the huge city wall which encloses the Medina and through the magnificent Baba Agnaou gateway. I'm heading for the hotel through the chaotic, exciting and very exhilerating Kasbar with mopeds, horse-drawn carriages, taxis, exotic smells, pavement cooking and lots and lots of happy people. Suddenly chaos became calm as I stepped out of the taxi to be welcomed by hotel staff (how did they know when I would arrive?) into the tranquility of what surely must be the best find in all of North Africa, a new 18-room riad hotel near the Royal Palace, right under the city remparts called LES BORJS DE LA KASBAH. Opened in 2006, after four years converting six townhouses and one riad into this style gem by Mike and Francoise Bruce-Mitford, the owners, and an up-and-coming young Moroccan architect. The interior is traditional Moroccan with acres of deep-cut white plasterwork hand carved by local craftsmen - often carved without the aid of templates or stencil drawings - and all the walls are polished, tinted plaster shedding a soft glow on everyone. The large bedrooms, some with their own terraces, have very spacious ensusite bathrooms. The best feature, besides unbeatable comfort, are the beautifully coordinated fabrics and drapes, so carefully chosen by Francoise to give each room its own style. Throughout the hotel, unusual and interesting paintings hang, all of which were chosen by Francoise, who toured the local art galleries and studios to discover emerging Moroccan artists. Continental breakfasts is served in the dining room or on your own terrace, with oodles of fresh organe juice and the legendary Moroccan pancakes plus wonderful pastries and yoghurt and fab. coffee. (You can choose cooked, but with this morning fare, you can have Full English back home!) You can stay around for lunch and dinner in the Jasmine Restaurant where French cuisine with traditional Moroccan specialities is served. The head chef, with an excellent reputation, was persuaded to join the hotel's team as his dream is to make the Jasmine 'the best one in Marrakech'. I stayed for three days and was enchanted by the friendly professional young Moroccan staff and when the many readers of this site visit the hotel, do introduce yoursleves to le Directeur, M. Tayeb, who is an absolute 'pro' and has huge local knowledge as well as the ability to steer this young, fledgling hotel to stardom. Soon to open is the Spa with pool, jacuzzi, hammem and poolside bar. Francoise and Mike, who live in the UK, have paid enormous attention to the environmental credentials and have partial solar energy, all energy efficient lighting and are involved in upgrading and enhancing the close environs by redesigning and planting a small public garden
As we climbed out of the taxi late last Sunday evening and looked into the entrance hall of Les Borjs de la Kasbah, it was difficult to imagine that this was the project that had caused so much heartache and angst. Electricity seemed to have arrived and the staff were charming and most hospitable.
Hôtel de rêve au coeur de Marrakech
Ce charmant Hôtel, extrêmement confortable est idéalement situé dans ce quartier attachant de la kasbah, quartier populaire tout proche du nouveau Palais Royal : on est en 5 minutes sur la place Djamah el fnaa tout en étant dans un quartier calme et ceci est très appréciable dans Marrakech!
Les chambres sont jolies, avec de belles touches d'artisanat local, mais avec le confort parfait, bonne literie, belles parures de lit, magnifiques salle de bain....le tout chauffé, ce qui est merveilleux en Janvier !
L'équipe est charmante, les patios jolis, les prix raisonnables, les petits déjeuners délicieux (Le meilleur des jus d'orange), l'hôtel idéal avec le charme d'un Riad mais avec en plus le vrai service d'un Hôtel ! dans Marrakech ! Une réussite
We had a warm welcome from the reception staff and when we turned to go further into the hotel there was an enchanting sight; the way ahead was set out with candles in elegant lanterns at every turn and all around the courtyard. (we arrived after dark, of course!)
I was told of this hotel by a friend, which opened at the start of 2007, and decided to make my booking, for 4 of us, for a 5 night stay (28/01-01/02). It's an 18 room affair with a spa and pool opening later in the year and is ideally located in the southern part of the Medina called the Kasbah. It's about 15 min walk to the main square.
A great little hotel
A recently opened riad conversion within the Medina. Staff very friendly and helpful, rooms were spacious and beautifully furnished and decorated. Restaurant food good. Highly recommended if you want to stay in Marrakesh old city.
It was kind of you to add your favourable impressions of Les Borjs de la Kasbah to the Trip Advisor website. Since your visit the bar is fully functioning. We hope you will visit us again when the pool and spa are available (from May).
Wonderful location in the Kasbah, very quiet, close to the main square, attractions and the King's Palace. The rooms are spacious, well appointed and very tastefully decorated in keeping with Moroccan style.Wonderful and excellent professional service. The restaurant has a varied menu, always beautifully presented gourmet cooking. Excellent chef! Breakfasts were a treat and every morning's menu was different and surprising. In particular, we loved the freshly squeezed orange juice,dates and pancakes.The staff were always very attentive and provided us with useful information regarding the local amenities and sights to visit. It was very pleasant to relax in the two different lounges in the early part of the afternoon, sipping a mint tea and enjoying the brilliant blue skies above the courtyard that has been well designed with colorful climbing Bougainvillea, flowers and a centre marble fountain.
Les Borjs de la Kasbah is a new hotel converted from six traditional houses set against the city walls of Marrakech, next to the old palace (a borj is a watchtower). It is beautiful, with inner courtyards complete with orange trees, fountains and bourganivillia. Fine plaster-work, wood carving and hand made tiles give an air of opulence and authenticity. Our welcome was warm, and we were well looked after throughout our stay. The food was excellent and the rooms charming. The electricity had a few teething problems, going off momentarily a few times, and the water was sometimes warm rather than hot, but as we were the first guests so we expected it, and it didn't in any way spoil our stay. A pool, steam room and health spa are due to open in the Spring. Stepping out of the hotel into the Rue de la Kasbah, the walk to the souk is about fifteen minutes.