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5 Reasons to stay at Les Borjs de la Kasbah

Monday, July 11th, 2011

When it comes to choosing accommodation in Marrakech there is no shortage of large international hotels for package tourist and business customers and there is no lack, either, of riads of all kinds, the vast majority of them unregulated and run by non-professionals.

However, Les Borjs de la Kasbah, with its eighteen rooms,  is one of a small number of boutique hotels in Marrakech to offer an intimate and exclusive atmosphere in addition to a full range of services of the highest standard.

Opened in 2006 after a three year building and restoration project, this friendly, luxury hotel is a haven of peace and tranquillity amid the hustle and bustle for which Marrakech is so famous. Here are some reasons for staying with us:

1)     Location: just yards from the Royal Palace, Les Borjs de la Kasbah stands in the heart of the fortified Kasbah, in the most southerly part of the old city, an entertaining walk from the central Jemaa el Fna square but far enough away from its hurly burly atmosphere to be delightfully peaceful by comparison.

2)     The Pool: a secluded leisure area houses the 5m x 10m heated pool with its sun terrace and poolside bar. After a day busy shopping and sightseeing in Marrakech you can unwind in this remarkable haven of tranquillity sipping a mint tea or iced drink – you can take a light lunch here too.

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New Menu – French Cuisine and Moroccan Flavours

Monday, June 20th, 2011

Since the day it opened in 2007, Le Jasmin, the restaurant of Les Borjs de la Kasbah, has taken pride in the quality of its cuisine.

However, following employment earlier this year of a top consultant chef from France, gourmet visitors to Les Borjs de la Kasbah will now be treated to an even more memorable dining experience thanks to a new menu featuring French cuisine with distinctive Moroccan overtones, as well as a separate selection of classic local dishes.

Smoked Atlas trout

Smoked Atlas trout

In February we invited Olivier Pichot, former head chef at the Trianon, Paris (where he obtained 2 Michelin stars before handing over the reins to a certain Gordon Ramsay), to have a look at every aspect of catering at Les Borjs de la Kasbah and to make recommendations.

Over a three month period the entire restaurant operation was assessed and a programme of additional training implemented including, not least, the techniques required to produce and serve a number of exciting new dishes, both French and Moroccan.

Salad of gambas prawns

Salad of gambas prawns

The main aim behind the review of dining at Les Borjs was not only to raise the bar a little by presenting a number of new, light and refined dishes, including certain French classics, but to imbue them with the unmistakeable influences of Moroccan herbs and spices.

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Royal Visits to Marrakech

Not only is Marrakech a popular destination for growing numbers of tourists from many European as well as other nations, including celebrities from all walks of life, the city also receives more than its fair share of attention from several royal houses.

King Mohammed VI is, of course, a regular visitor to the pink city, one of his favourite locations, indeed he has recently announced that a number of cabinet meetings will in future be held there.

Charles and Camilla in Morocco

Charles and Camilla in Morocco

Furthermore,  a number of other royal personalities have spent time in Marrakech this year, including Britain’s Prince Charles with his wife Camilla, who visited in March, and King Carlos of Spain who was there in May. (more…)

No.1 Hotel in Morocco – says TripAdvisor

Monday, May 9th, 2011

Les Borjs de la Kasbah has been named among the Top 10 Luxury Hotels in Africa, by TripAdvisor in its 2011 Travellers’ Choice survey.

Now in their ninth year, the annual TripAdvisor awards list the world’s best hotels which have earned their distinction via the opinions of those who know them best – the customers themselves.

You can see the Top 10 listing here. Les Borjs de la Kasbah is ranked 6th best hotel in Africa and 1st in Morocco. This achievement comes on top of last year’s surveys by Expedia and TripAdvisor which also placed BK among the top players in both Africa and Morocco.

To read the reviews of Les Borjs de la Kasbah just click here.

2nd Expedia endorsement for Les Borjs de la Kasbah

Thursday, October 7th, 2010

With a significant percentage of the Les Borjs’ bookings coming via Expedia, it was interesting to note the results of the online travel company’s 2010 ‘Insiders’ Select’ survey into standards at its 114,000 hotels around the world.
After a stellar performance in 2009 when, to our great surprise, we found ourselves propelled into a remarkable 20th place overall, the highest ranked hotel not only in Morocco but in Africa, this year we appear, at first glance, to have come down to earth with a bit of a bump. However, on closer examination, these most recent results offer more than a few crumbs of comfort for, despite the hotel slipping down the rankings to 497th out of 2,525 hotels and guest houses listed in the first division of Expedia’s many thousands of hotels worldwide, BK’s rating in the overall classification this year makes it the highest ranked of all Marrakech hotels and the second highest in Morocco, with a rating of 97.8%, according to Expedia’s rating methodology, based on Traveller Opinions, Value for Money and Expedia’s own Expert Assessment.
Commenting on the 2010 ‘Insiders’ Select’ results, BK co-founder, Mike Bruce-Mitford, said

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Marrakech Marathon 2011

Monday, August 9th, 2010

Under the patronage of King Mohammed VI, the 22nd running of the Marrakesh marathon, one of Morocco’s major sporting events with an expected entry of 5,000 competitors from around the world, especially Europe, takes place on 30th January 2011 in the ideal 20+ degree temperatures of the Moroccan winter.

One of the leading producers of world-class distance runners, Morocco is proud of its many champions and you’ll have the chance to see the best of the current elite squad if you join the crowds lining the picturesque course around the town.

Considered to be one of the fastest in the world, the flat circuit follows the ancient city walls, continuing along the elegant boulevards of the residential Hivernage and commercial Géliz districts en route to La Palmeraie, with its golf course, palm groves and smart villas, before returning to town.

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New website for Les Borjs de la Kasbah

Thursday, July 29th, 2010

Early August sees the launch of this all-new website for our boutique hotel, Les Borjs de la Kasbah, a key feature of which is the facility to check availability and make bookings online. Another feature is the introduction of our blog. So, from now on this site will be among the best ways of keeping up with what’s new at the hotel and what’s on in Marrakech itself. Here you’ll find news of festivals and other events, special offers for that weekend break, comments from recent visitors about golf, excursions, cookery courses and much more.

a picture of our website!

Les Borjs de la Kasbah – No 1 in Africa

Wednesday, March 17th, 2010

Les Borjs de la Kasbah, Marrakech, has been recognised for its high levels of customer satisfaction in a worldwide survey conducted by Expedia.com, the online hotel and travel booking company.

Expedia’s Insiders’ Select is a ranking of the best hotels in the world based largely on reviews posted by customers on Expedia/hotels.com and its affiliate websites. In addition to end-user reviews, perceived value for money is taken into consideration in drawing up the rankings, as are the opinions of Expedia’s own area managers on the ground. The Insiders’ Select rankings for 2009, which feature the best performing hotels from Expedia’s vast 80,000 worldwide portfolio, show Les Borjs de la Kasbah at number 22 out of the top 1000 hotels worldwide and a remarkable Number 1 on the continent of Africa.

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