Les Borjs De La Kasbah
Welcome to Les Borjs de la Kasbah. On entering this haven of tranquillity you will be struck by the restful atmosphere of contemporary refinement and arabo-moorish charm, the whole contrasting sharply with the frenetic activity of the thronged medina beyond its walls.
All 18 bedrooms are disposed around, and look out on, one of the four original patios, each planted with flowering shrubs or orange trees, a couple of them echoing to the sound of water spilling from ornamental fountains. The highest level of modern comforts is also assured, traditional features throughout being combined with contemporary overtones in the stylish furnishing and décor of the bar and two lounges. A few yards away, at the foot of a renovated borj (one of the defensive towers built into the ancient walls of the Kasbah), a separate leisure area has been created with a pool and spa.
The 18 sound-proofed, well insulated rooms, dispersed between four separate patios, are each well appointed with bath or shower (some have both), heating and air conditioning, personal room safe, hairdryer, minibar, telephone, free Wi-Fi connection and widescreen TV with satellite channels. Five rooms on ground floor level (one of them a single) offer easy access while the remainder, on first floor, are reached, respectively, via five separate stairways. Though very similar in terms of decor and facilities, no two bedrooms are identical.
Room prices (see Rates) are based mainly on room size although, in addition to their spaciousness, Premium rooms have space for a comfortable sitting area while
Suites are even larger and have additional features and services such as a complimentary fruit bowl. Suites 303 and 107 have four poster beds. In addition, Suite 303 has windows on two sides overlooking the pool and patio, respectively, and is recommended as perhaps the best room, often reserved for honeymoon couples and those celebrating other special occasions. Flower bouquets, champagne and other such requests can always be met.
Twin bedded rooms, of which there are five in all, two in Standard and three in Premium rooms, can be configured as doubles where required. In each of the three spacious Suites an additional folding single bed may be added for a child (5-12 years). Older children may reserve a separate single room.
The breakdown of rooms by type is as follows:
3 double Suites (28 - 30 sq m)
5 'Premium' double rooms (20 - 22 sq m), incl. 3 twins
5 'Standard' double rooms (16 - 19 sq m), incl. 2 twins
2 Small double rooms (10 - 12 sq m), one with double bed, the other 2 singles
3 Single rooms (9 - 10 sq m)
As well as its 18 en-suite bedrooms, including 3 single rooms and 3 suites, the hotel provides a number of comfortably-appointed public rooms including a lounge bar and dining room located on opposite sides of our 'Le Jasmin' restaurant patio with its mosaic-decorated ornamental fountain and electrically-opening glass roof.
In addition, there are two small sitting rooms, one an open Moroccan lounge, at opposite ends of the main patio, an internet room with printer (Wi-Fi is also available free of charge throughout the hotel) and a meeting room with wide screen TV which doubles as a private dining room. All these rooms open directly onto the pretty main courtyard with its central fountain, colourful bougainvilleas, rose bushes and four orange trees.
Discreetly located in a quiet, sheltered position a few yards away, with access via a passageway from the main hotel patio, a 270m2 leisure area has been created, at the foot of rampart walls, with a heated pool, sundeck and poolside bar where light lunches and refreshments may be taken. Above this is the spa with traditional hammam, sauna and massage rooms.
Discreetly located some 25 m from the hotel's main patio is the secluded leisure area, on a site formerly occupied by three small houses. Here we find an imposing, renovated 'borj' (watchtower) set into 7m high defensive walls at the foot of which is a 10m x 5m heated swimming pool, its depth shelving from 1m to 2m. Along one side is a south facing sunbathing terrace with loungers and parasols.
Le Spa aux Borjs de la Kasbah
Set in the peacefully secluded leisure area, some 25m from the hotel's main patio, our spa, L'Arganier, includes a classic, marble-clad, domed hammam and separate sauna plus two treatment rooms and a rest area, each having traditional latticed windows (menze) overlooking the swimming-pool and sun terrace.
The aim of our restaurant, Le Jasmin, is to provide a range of high quality, light and refined dishes with a distinctly French influence imbued with the unmistakeable influences of Moroccan herbs and spices. The evening meal is based on a series of daily-changing set menus and two gastronomic à la carte menus featuring a varied range of sophisticated dishes, including vegetarian options. All dishes are prepared from fresh local produce by our young Moroccan chef and his team.
Our à la carte menus work out at around 300 dh for 3 courses, excluding the cost of inexpensive but good quality Moroccan wines. In addition to these two à la carte menus, offering French and Moroccan specialities, we also offer a daily-changing, 3-course table d'hote menu (200 dh), with more limited choice, comprising our dishes of the day. Vegetarian options are included in both a la carte menus.
Moroccan evenings: subject to numbers, these are organised on a regular basis, usually in the dining patio between bar and restaurant, and include a traditional Morocan menu with entertainment provided by local musicians and dancers.
Included in room prices, this will usually take the form of a varied, generous buffet including fruit, freshly squeezed local oranges, delicious home-made yoghurts, bread, viennoiseries and pastries. Omelettes and home-made pancakes are cooked to order, the latter being a local speciality served with honey. Continental breakfasts may be taken in bedrooms or, where possible, on adjoining terraces.