I genuinely cannot think of anywhere I would rather stay in Morocco. This is the second time we've stayed and we had such a great time on our first visit we were worried this time would be a let down - we needn't have worried.
The location is nothing short of breathtaking. On the side of the rising Atlas Mountains, up a track, you have an amazing view of the flooded (for a dam) valley and the mountains opposite. When the sky is clear the night sky is incredible. The moon above the mountains was enormous and bright. In fact as the sun goes down and they dim the lights around the pool and put out the lanterns I challenge anyone to find a more romantic spot.
The rooms are either chalets arranged around the pool or rooms above the bar. We were in the smaller of those above the bar. They are clean, comfortable, tall rooms with wood ceilings and rustic features.
While I'm at it I'll touch on the design of the Auberge as a whole - it's just the right balance of traditional Moroccan and modern comforts. The pool is the focal point and is surrounded by tables and loungers, then around the numerous walkways between the olive trees are lanterns, old wooden doors, terracotta pots and bowls. It's tasteful, stylish and traditional at the same time.
The food is of a high standard and great value. They serve a good range of alcohol and this isn't expensive either. I heartily recommend a nice cool Casablanca beer with your feet dangling in the pool as the sun goes down!
The thing that makes Chez Momo though is the staff. What is particularly nice to see is the evident pride that Momo has in his hotel and this is reflected in the attitude of all the staff. They are friendly, polite and nothing is too much trouble. They all speak good English and Mustafa in particular speaks it to a very high standard.
It's possible to get guided walks in the mountains behind the hotel, but Chez Momo really is all about the relaxation. The peaceful atmosphere combined with the staff and the location really makes this one of the best hotels I have ever stayed in and I cannot recommend it highly enough.
- Also Known As:
- Chez Momo Hotel Ouirgane
- Chez Momo Morocco/Ouirgane