Clearly a labor of love, this beautiful riad was the only place we stayed owned by Moroccans. Mustafa explained he had tried to recreate his childhood home inside Taroudant, and it's a pretty spectacular place in a little town outside of Taroudant. Although we didn't have a car, they arranged for taxi transport in and out of Taroudant and for an expedition to Tafraoute, which was one of the highlights of our trip.
Others have mentioned that the wifi doesn't work in the rooms--it's because of the thickness of the walls, but one day Fatime reset it so it worked by the pool. She also noted that they don't have a password on it so the neighborhood can piggyback on it since they're the only ones who have it in the area, so we didn't mind walking to the reception area to check email.
The staff all say they want you to feel at home, and if you treat the riad as yours, you will be in for a treat. One evening we wandered into the kitchen and saw a big bstilla production going on, only to be offered spoonfulls of the filling--it was Naima's recipe for fish bstilla, and we immediately requested it for the following night. We had fish bstilla again in Essaouira and all agreed that Naima's had been better--she's from Safi, a port north of Essaouira and it was really superb. All the food was really excellent (and as others have mentioned, the breakfasts were the best we had in Morocco, aided in no small part by the spectacular poolside setting). This is a dry riad, but we brought our own wine and they were happy for us to bring it into the dining room to have with dinner--you will not be able to find stores that sell alcohol in Taroudant so you will need to bring it with you from Agadir or Marrakech.
Mustafa mentioned he'd spent a lot of time in the mountains and suggested that if we came back equipped he'd set us up with a guide so that is something to consider requesting if you go. French is spoken, not sure about English.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- JNANE INES Riad exceptional It is built according to traditional 90%. For 3 years, craftsmen of the Berber region have given the best of themselves in order to provide a single place, a work of art, a masterpiece of subtlety, originality, brilliance. In JNANE INES, you will find comfort, tranquility, beauty, tranquility, warm welcome to the Moroccan by Moroccan very attentive to the care of the home JNANE INES an exceptional place. ... more less
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