Best hotels and hostels in High Atlas Mountains

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Ourika Valley

    Kasbah Bab Ourika

    Occupying an outstanding hilltop location in the Ourika Valley, this rammed-earth kasbah provides understated luxury, including uninterrupted views of snowy Atlas peaks, top-quality meals, superbly finished interiors and massive gardens. You can relax beneath olive trees while admiring the view, float in the gorgeous pool or unwind in the hammam. There are loads of activities on offer here: 4WD trips, camel treks, mountain biking and pleasant walks you can take from the guesthouse. Turn up a dirt road to the east of the souq and follow it for 3km to the signed final stretch that climbs to the hilltop kasbah.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Setti Fatma

    Au Bord de l'Eau

    This jaunty little guesthouse is tucked down a pebble staircase about 1km before Setti Fatma. As a result, it's wonderfully secluded away from the tourist bustle, with just the sound of the rushing river to disturb dreams of summit ascents. With Martine and Poulou's easygoing hosting and shared conversations around central fireplaces, you'll feel right at home. Rooms are kitted out with cute quilts, Berber rugs and personal knick-knacks. Bring a torch for night-time navigation.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Zaouiat Oulmzi

    Touda Ecolodge

    Quite literally off-the-beaten track, Touda is located up a rutted piste (dirt track) above Zaouiat Oulmzi. You'll be overwhelmed by magnanimous Amazigh (Berber) hospitality, plentiful home-cooked meals, impromptu fireside music sessions and stunning treks in the foothills of Jebel Azourki (3677m). It's half price for children aged four to 12, and free for younger guests.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Imlil

    Riad Atlas Toubkal

    This appealing guesthouse has eight cosy rooms with large picture windows that catch mountain breezes and boast views as fine as those at the kasbah; three rooms also have balconies. Piles of board games and books keep idle hours filled. Guest showers for sweaty trekkers, panoramic views from the restaurant and parking complete the excellent service.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Ait Bougmez Valley

    La Kasbah du M'Goun

    The large size of this newly constructed kasbah, especially when seen from the main road, belies smallish but stylish rooms inside – but given the welcoming common spaces and inviting pool deck we doubt you'll be spending much time in your room anyways. Look for the signed turnoff south onto a dirt road halfway between Tabant and Timit.

  • Lodging in Imlil

    Kasbah du Toubkal

    This converted historic kasbah, at 1800m, lords it over Imlil with grand views over the mountainous landscape. The 11 bedrooms range from quaintly cute to kasbah cool, and ‘Berber Salons’ (three/four people €145/175, €42 for each additional person) allow families and groups to bunk communally. Traditional hammam, mountain guides, board games and tasty meals (prix-fixe dinner €20) are on offer. Minimum two nights in high season. A 5% community tariff has helped build several boarding schools and supply two ambulances. The kasbah is uphill through the forest from Imlil, but donkeys can be arranged for luggage.

  • Lodging in Ourika Valley

    Auberge Le Maquis

    A warm welcome awaits at this 11-room, family-style getaway and launching pad/finish line for bikers and trekkers. The local management makes meals (mains Dh60 to Dh90) feel like dinners among friends, and there’s a play area where kids can cut loose. Don't miss the fossil and mineral collection (from Jean-Pierre's desert forays) in the restaurant. The inn also arranges plenty of treks and excursions, including to the Yaggour plateau petroglyphs (from where you can descend to the Zat Valley) and mule treks for little ones.

  • Lodging in Imlil

    Douar Samra

    At the eastern end of the valley in Tamartert, a trail zigzags among low-slung houses made of pisé (rammed earth); the triple-decker one is Douar Samra. Take the hewn stone steps to candlelit, wood-beamed guest rooms – one of which is in a tree house, which is a hit with child travellers. Donkeys deliver luggage, there’s wi-fi in the organic garden, and aperitifs with sunsets on the terrace. The overall vibe is idyllic.

  • Lodging in Ourika Valley

    Kasbah Jad Auberge

    This appealing family-run place has much to recommend it, starting with attractively furnished rooms, all of which offer memorable views over the valley. Take the spiral staircase to the roof for more great views and a choice spot for meals on request. There's also an indoor pool (open year-round) and a hammam.

  • Lodging in Imlil

    Imlil Lodge

    Run by Jamal Imrehane, owner of Toubkal Guide, this friendly stone-faced guesthouse looks out over Imlil and the Mizane Valley from Tamatert. Arranged around an internal courtyard, riad-style rooms come with fancy stucco ceilings, brass lanterns and stripey Asni blankets. Several rooms have balconies and one also has a fireplace. Needless to say, with one of the most experienced local guides as your host, all your trekking needs are covered here. Just up the hill is the Kasbah Imlil, a similarly nice choice run by the same owner.

  • Lodging in Tabant

    Dar Si Hamou

    Set around a pretty garden courtyard with views over emerald-green fields to snowcapped M'Goun beyond, Dar Si Hamou is Aït Bougmez's first boutique-style guesthouse. Pristine white linens on cosy duvets offset minimal Berber-chic decor of saffron stencils, ochre-and-red-striped woollen cushions and painted chests, while hungry trekkers keep warm around the free-standing fireplace in the salon. Find it on the main road into Tabant, just before the turn into the village centre.

  • Lodging in Imlil

    Dar Imlil

    Marrakesh style heads for the mountains at this 20-room stone guesthouse. Bedrooms are comfortable and climate-controlled with hewn wood furnishings, wrought-iron windows and modern en suites with complimentary babouches (leather slippers) and warm woollen djellabas (full-length hooded garment with long sleeves). Cheaper rooms facing the courtyard are quieter but darker; there’s dining on the terrace or by the salon fireplace.

  • Lodging in Amizmiz

    L'Oliveraie d'Amizmiz

    The large cafe terrace here overlooking the inviting pool and city beyond is a popular stop for locals, and large cool rooms make it a good overnight option as well (as does the lack of any real competition locally). Wi-fi is only available in the dining room, which is also good as a meal stop if you're just passing through. From the main roundabout in the western half of Amizmiz, follow the Marrakesh road north for 600m.

  • Lodging in Toubkal National Park

    Gîte Le Toubkal

    Aroumd's original guesthouse remains popular among tour groups and independent travellers alike thanks to comfortable rooms and plenty of common spaces in which to stretch out and relax before or after a hike. The best feature is the tree-lined courtyard patio, which makes a fine place to unwind. However, the paucity of showers may be a problem when the house is full. Half-board is available for an additional Dh100.

  • Lodging in Toubkal National Park

    Riad Vallée Verte Asni

    This family-run guesthouse is something of an oasis from the tourism bustle in Asni and Imlil. The welcome is warm, rooms are stylish and there's lots of common space for easy relaxing. The included breakfast is phenomenal – particularly when taken on the first-floor terrace as the sun rises over the mountains on the far horizon. It's about 2km south of Asni on the road to Imlil.

  • Lodging in Imlil

    Kasbah Imlil

    Kasbah Imlil has four handsomely furnished rooms, nicely kitted out with tapestries and warm, earthy hues; two have balconies. You can unwind in the lounge amid Berber rugs and finely crafted lanterns. Just up the hill is the Imlil Lodge, a similarly nice choice also run by the owner of Toubkal Guide.

  • Lodging in Oukaimeden

    Hôtel Chez Juju

    Reliable restaurant with a bar, plus simple rooms with en suites. Nicer renovated doubles have mountain views, pine panelling, cotton quilts and flowery drapes; rooms in the back are small and dark and best avoided. The hotel also serves up some of the best meals in the village (though there isn't much competition). Rates drop to Dh700 to Dh1200 in the off-season.

  • Lodging in Imlil

    Riad Ouassaggou

    A walnut orchard shades the valley paths surrounding this eight-room guesthouse, where visitors are received like long-lost relatives by Houssein, an English-speaking mountain guide. Cosy, comfortable bedrooms have en suites, one with a tadelakt (waterproof-plaster) tub. The sunny terrace is ideal after a morning trek, and they can also arrange meals.

  • Lodging in Ait Bougmez Valley

    Gîte Timit

    This historic Amazigh (Berber) home is a breath of fresh mountain air, with family-friendly dorms and brightly painted doubles. Your host family lives in the rear courtyard, and can arrange birdwatching excursions, treks and botanical hikes. Meals (half-board Dh120) are served family-style on cushions in the living room, under a painted ceiling.

  • Lodging in Amizmiz

    Auberge Najma Atlas

    You'll feel very much at home at this family-run guesthouse in this quiet village, which makes a nice launching point for day hikes into the surrounding hills or longer trips up to the Tichka Plateau. Toulkine is 2km beyond Azgour on the road from Amizmiz. Minibuses (Dh10) leave most afternoons from the souq area.