At a Glance
- One of the chicest, understated hotel designs in Marrakech
- Tucked away from the hubbub of the city
- All in all, its about peace and quiet at Berber Lodge
- However, there aren’t much in terms of mod-cons or facilities
To begin with, we would say Berber Lodge is all about stylish simplicity. It is the brainchild of Romain Michel-Ménière, a Swiss architect who has lovingly crafted this nine-bedroom bolthole. Each room is housed in its own low-rise building, set within the gardens. These contain 100-year old olive trees and wild cacti. The buildings have all been designed using traditional Berber materials. These include earth bricks, palm-tree beams and tadelakt plaster.
The rooms are both simple yet especially stylish. Barren tadelakt plaster merges beautifully with tiled floors. Little objects of African art complete the feel, alongside mid-century French furniture hand-knotted vintage rugs. Each room also has its own fireplace for colder evenings. Bathrooms feature a bathtub with an overhead shower and a marble font sink. Furthermore, all rooms have a shady private terrace or garden to spend a few hours reading or just listening to the birdsong emanating from the Olive trees.
All meals are usually served outside in the garden, and in the evening, this is made even more special by candlelight. They use the freshest produce and also produce daily set menus. For example, we love the Ottolenghi-style salads for lunch.
Berber Lodge is an excellent base from which to explore the villages of the High Atlas Mountains. It is also a superb place to relax after a long tour of Morocco.
At Berber Lodge, you won’t find TVs, a spa or a bunch of facilities. It’s all about relaxing in the gardens and getting away from the frenetic world of technology. WiFi is only available in reception, which is actually a plus point for many guests
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If you want a truly authentic, yet utterly stylish retreat then Berber Lodge is your answer. Escape the pace of modern life and kickback. It is perfect if you have already visited the Medina and stayed in a Riad on your first stop in Marrakech before coming here after a visit to the Atlas Mountains for example. Berber Lodge is very different from the all singing and dancing resorts that you now find around the city. Indeed, it is this sort of understated charm that so many guests try to find when travelling to Morocco.