We had an excellent two nights' stay at Chez Momo. Beauiful hotel with wonderful mountain views all around. Great breakfasts in the sun next to the pool. Nice walks in the area--don't miss the walk up to the high Berber village and several along the way. We also walked up the river valley, past the synagogue and it was beautiful. We couldn't make it to the market in Amizmiz (supposed to be nice) since we had to go to the airport Tuesday morning. Chez Momo is also convenient to the airport and it's easy to take off early in the morning for a morning flight. Dinners were good with a variety of choices. Our room was a suite in the main house, which was quiet. It was just fantastic to be up on the roof. The bungalows below on the other side of the pool look fine, too, but are closer to the road. We could relax and it was peaceful. Great help from the staff on suggested walks and more. They were very very attentive in the dining room too. They even suggested we try a stay next time in a Berber house that some ladies in the village do. I think it costs 13 a night,but they said it's worth the experience. So, it wasn't all about them and their hotel, which shows a real genuine interest in their guests.
When we checked into our room it was smokey mostly, we discovered later, due to the fact that a chimney from the dining room below is directly next to the bathroom window and our room. The window was open and obviously the smoke had entered the room directly. So, the first night the room was very smokey even though we closed the window immediately. The next night was much better after we aired out the room the next morning. But, on the topic of the smoke, the first night we entered the dining room and it was full of smoke--so much that you could see it heavy in the air and it was stinging to the eyes. It later cleared a bit by the time the rest of the guests arrived, but was still uncomfortable. We noticed they start a fire to warm up the rooms and it is cozy and inviting, but the fireplace in the corner of the dining room to the back is very smokey. The one to the front isn't so bad and the the smoke quickly dissipated. Our last evening, the dining room was full and they lit the corner fire. Well, the room quickly filled with smoke. I think they need to look into the chimney or the wood they're using or perhaps to get the fires going earlier in the evening so it's less smokey. Definitely, please don't start a new fire with all the diners eating their dinners. If you book a room in the main house, above the dining room, make sure you book the room that isn't a direct target from the chimneys if you're sensitive to smoke. This is a very minor complaint overrall, but I think it's good for the owners to know that not all people are comfortable sitting in a smokey environment with stinging eyes. The food is good and the ambiance great. Thanks to Chez Momo we had a lovely last two nights in Morocco. It was a wonderful two week break driving around independently and we'll go there again.