Marrakech, Morocco

Ksar Char-Bagh

Rates from (inc tax)$294.52

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 21 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (EUR297.00), via, using today’s exchange rate.


Palatial comfort


Calm in Palmeraie gardens

More guest palace than guesthouse, Ksar Char-Bagh hotel in Marrakech's post Palmeraie neighbourhood is an Alhambra-like retreat surrounded by nearly 10 acres of grounds. Far too big on first glance to contain just 13 rooms, this ode to calm Moorish style makes use of a neutral colour palette that is a peaceful contrast to nearby souks. Attention to detail reigns here: engraved silver keys, house-made toiletries and fragrant candles all up a delight for the senses.

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Photos Ksar Char-Bagh – Marrakech – Morocco

Need to know


13 suites: traditional and large harem suites, all with private garden or terrace, two with pools; and an apartment with private pool.


Flexible. Earliest check-in, 2pm.


Double rooms from $294.52 (€270), excluding tax at 10 per cent. Please note the hotel charges an additional local city tax of €1.50 per person per night on check-out.

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 21 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (EUR297.00), via, using today’s exchange rate.

More details

Rates include breakfast and airport transfers in a London black cab but excluding 10 per cent tax and €1.50 a night local tax.


An extra bed can be added to some suites for €125 a night, subject to availability.

At the hotel

Billiards room, cigar club, vaulted library, DVD/CD, two heated pools, tennis court, wine cellar, hammam and massage rooms, gym facilities, beauty treatments using Anne Sémonin products, Internet access, boutique.

Our favourite rooms

14, the apartment at the top, has its own terrace and swimming pool. Room 6 has a big living room and is a beautiful light space. Room 3 has a private garden.


A dip in the hotel's 34m pool feels rather dramatic – spotlit palm trees line each side and the hotel's crenellated façade presides over one end. There are plenty of day-beds to stretch out on too.

Packing tips

Tennis whites.


Ksar Char-Bagh has its own herb garden and farm, with wheat for fresh bread, their own olive oil, and orchard fruit to make jam.


Not a child-friendly property, but cots available free of charge, and babysitting, €30 for 4 hours.

Food and Drink

Photos Ksar Char-Bagh – Marrakech – Morocco

Top Table

By the window overlooking the pool.

Dress Code

As informal as you like.

Hotel restaurant

Chef Slim Ben Chahla's seasonally influenced fare uses ingredients from the on-site vegetable garden and plenty of traditional know-how. He also offers cookery lessons if you'd like to whip up some Moroccan marvels at home.

Hotel bar

Drinks can be taken anywhere in the grounds.

Room service

24 hours for drinks and snacks; 12.30pm–3pm and 8.30pm–11pm for the restaurant menu.


Photos Ksar Char-Bagh – Marrakech – Morocco
Ksar Char-Bagh
Djnan Abiad La Palmeraie BP 12478


The nearest airport is Marrakech’s Menara Airport – fly there from the UK and elsewhere in Europe with British Airways (, Royal Air Maroc (, EasyJet ( and Ryanair ( Transfers to the hotel are included in the room rate.


The Moroccan state railway, ONCF (, runs inexpensive (but limited) services to Marrakech from Casablanca, Fez and Tangier. Look for TCR (Train Climatisé Rapide) trains to guarantee an air-conditioned journey in summer.


Driving in Marrakech can be horn-filled and hectic, but if you insist, hire a car from the Avis ( desk at the airport. The hotel lies 6km to the east of the city centre along the N8 highway, which links Marrakech with Fez.

Local restaurants

For a guide to Marrakech and a list of great recommendations for eating and drinking, as well as tips on what to get up to while you're away, click here.


Photos Ksar Char-Bagh – Marrakech – Morocco

Anonymous review

Until halfway though our transfer to Ksar Char-Bagh, we were wondering if the black London cabs the hotel uses for its guests aren’t slightly incongruous. It takes a while to get used to the staring – a black cab attracts much more attention here than a motorbike laden with a family of five, trailing chickens and frying pans. But eventually, the tarmac gave way to a dusty, potholed track, and the doughty vehicle suddenly made sense: the bumps and scree was presumably a doddle for a cab put out to pasture after a lifetime of roadworks and angry honking.

We knew the mighty Atlas Mountains were somewhere around, but we couldn’t see them in the dark, and hadn’t the first clue where the hotel was. In the pitch black, every light seemed to herald our bed for the night. Eventually, we drew up to a wooden gate the height of two elephants, which slowly opened to let the cab trundle through.

The proprietors aren’t exaggerating when they describe Ksar Char-Bagh as a ‘Guest Palace’ – it looks far too big to contain just 13 rooms. A small door cut into a much larger one silently opened, and we were led into reception. What I first took for a painting was a beautifully lit winding stone staircase, leading to a galleried library and some of the guest rooms. We were greeted by the handsome general manager, Pierre, who showed us to our enormous room, and said the words every hotel guest loves to hear, ‘Your wish is my command. Just dial 20’.

Bathroom at one end, bedroom at the other, our suite was divided in the middle by a large sitting area with open fire (essential in winter months). In the bedroom, through an arch from the sitting room, our wide bed was all wonderful white linen and a white mohair throw. The dressing room looked simple, but a clothes-rail, hand-carved with a floral motif betrayed incredible attention to detail.

Ksar Char Bagh was purpose-built three years ago. The silver door keys (intricate, weighty and satisfying to use), the own-blend toiletries in glass and silver bottles, the scented candles with hand-inked labels, the tadelakt wall finish in the bathrooms – it all took months to get exactly right. Even a humble biro sitting by the phone was wrapped in a silken cord and finished with a tassel. The styling is the opposite of souk-fabulous, though still recognisably Moroccan.

We breakfasted in the main dining room: a glorious vaulted space with huge glass doors to the garden and pool outside. (The 15-foot doors cleverly slide into the brickwork – very impressive, since they look like normal windows, then when it’s a nice day they disappear out of sight entirely). We were at Ksar Char-Bagh to chill, so instead of exploring the four-hectare grounds, we camped on extremely comfortable wooden sunloungers by the pool, stopping for a lunch created with ‘whatever inspired the chef in the market that morning’: delicious fish ceviche dressed with grapefruit, homemade bread and a pear tarte tatin.

However, this isn’t a city to keep your distance from, even when staying in a palace. That night, we ventured out to Crystal at Pacha, after asking Pierre to recommend a tajine-free zone (we knew we’d get our fill over lunch in the Djemaa el Fna during the rest of our stay). On the 25-minute drive there in the black cab we talked about how Marrakech has really hit the international circuit. By day, you can be in the Middle Ages shopping in the souk, by night eating food devised by star chef Alain Ducasse in a superclub. Crystal, self-styled ‘lounge restaurant’ is a slick operation, run by fabulous-looking staff, probably not chosen for their plate-ferrying abilities alone. After a quick drink after dinner in the chill-out room, a gorgeously lit, opulent red-and-gold bar, we called it a day. It was midnight, but Pacha – with the biggest soundsystem in Africa – would boom out for a good four hours more.

The next morning we were glad of the earlyish night, because staff called at 8.30am to see what time we wanted breakfast. OK, it was hardly dawn, but we’d been blissfully asleep (Perhaps arrange a time before you go to bed – or take the phone off the hook…). Now awake, we decided to eat in our room. Today’s offering was a stack of Moroccan pancakes and breads with a selection of home-made jam. It was fresh, hot and tasty, but I still prefer being given a choice – you don’t know till you wake up if you’re having an eggs Benedict or yoghurt and fruit kind of day.

We spent the morning haggling round the souk, before buying a massive haul at Mustapha Blaoui’s Tresor des Nomades. It’s an excellent one-stop shop with piles of rugs, silk throws and bedspreads, and unusual goodies we didn’t see anywhere else, such as silver-rimmed glass serving plates, plus the latest Marrakech must-have, blood-red glazed china. (142 rue Bab Doukkala; +212 44 38 52 40). After a couscous lunch on the roof terrace at Café de France on the Djemaa El Fna, we returned to Ksar Char-Bagh, passing a group of quad-bikers as we neared the hotel.

To explore the foothills of the Atlas Mountains, as they were about to, was a tempting thought. However, the hotel’s pool was even more appealing, especially as we were returning to a grey England that night. In the distance, the mighty Atlas cast an almost surreal backdrop. Liberally sprinkled with snow, beneath a sky the same deep blue as the pool, it could have been styled by Pierre himself. He is the hotel’s genie in a bottle: when he discovered me sitting on the grass in the garden, a rug and cushions materialised; when I mentioned shopping, he printed off his recommendations, eight sides detailing everything from the best kaftans to where to find Tod’s-style shoes. Every Mrs Smith needs a Pierre.

It was a little chilly to swim, even in a heated pool as glorious as this one. If only we’d thought to book a hammam session with the renowned therapist Zora (apparently, her singing is as impressive as her massage strokes). Instead, we warmed up for an hour in the billiards room, before running a last, indulgent bath in our sunken tub. Possibly not the most obvious way to say goodbye to Marrakech, but very in keeping with the ethos of this palace hotel, where it’s almost impossible to do anything but relax. After all, even the black cabs have an easy life here.

The Guestbook

Whenever you book a stay at a Smith Hotel with us, we’ll invite you to review it when you get back. Read what other Smith members had to say in Ksar Char-Bagh’s Guestbook below.

We loved

The attentive staff, the beautiful grounds, the delicious breakfast, the stunning architecture- everything was perfect. Recommend visiting Le Jardin in the Medina and norya ayron's pop up boutique

Don’t expect



Stayed on 24 Aug 2016

We loved

The staff and the food. 10/10

Don’t expect

The Hammam was great, but a little too hot for us. 


Stayed on 13 Mar 2016

We loved

We loved pretty much everything about the hotel. The service was incredibly professional yet personal. The hotel is as beautiful as the photos. We stayed in a suite with vast terrace; I can only imagine what the bigger ones were like. Due to the tragedy in Paris there had been cancellations, so we were alone on our last night, but nothing was too much trouble (heating the hammam to order and then lighting a fire in our room for our return to get ready for dinner).

Don’t expect

The buzz of the medina, or being able to walk anywhere, but that's the charm. Also don't expect the speed of broadband you have at home.


Stayed on 21 Nov 2015

We loved

The stylish interpretation of Moroccan architecture and design complimented with effortless elegance and the warmth and character of crafted detail. Immaculate service inspiring a total immersion in relaxation. Go to Noma Restaurant on the rooftops of the Medina. Delicious interpretations of modern Moroccan cuisine in a stylish setting.


Stayed on 23 Oct 2015