When I started looking for a riad to stay in, Zahra the owner responded to emails very quickly. I explained to her that this was my 30th wedding anniversary and wanted it to be good. She said that she would arrange something special so my husband and I went with high hopes. She arranged transport from the airport which was waiting for us and we got to the riad with no problems. On entering the riad we were met by Aziz who was very polite. The place felt like it had been empty for ages. No one else was staying there which really didn't matter to us but the riad had no warmth or homely ness at all. There were nothing fresh around the place, it felt stale and there was lots of dead insects in the pool although this was cleaned within a couple of hours.
In my emails to the owner I had specifically asked for one particular room and was really surprised that this one was locked and we couldn't use it. We were shown all the rest and picked one. We chose the largest one but this didnt really make up for the fact we wanted a room on the first floor with a shower. All the bedrooms were clean. Very good wifi connection.
After we had settled into the room we told Aziz that we were going out. We were given a key and told that if he wasn't in we were welcome to go into the kitchen to get ourselves a drink and shown the kitchen. This is where we were most shocked. The kitchen was dirty, had obviously been used quite a few times and not been cleaned after use. There were rotting vegetables in a rack, bits of bread every where, loads of washing up in the sink and the cooker and work surfaces needed a good clean! We decided not to eat anything there including breakfast but I did drink coffee.
We considered moving to a different riad but decided to stay at riad anjar as we did like the fact that we were on our own, the location was very good and the hassle we would get trying to find somewhere at the last minute and moving our luggage.
The kitchen was given a good clean after our second night.
Perhaps I expected too much. I was looking forward to rose petals in our room, little candles lit in the evening, great breakfasts and a dinner on the roof terrace. The owner wasn't in Morocco at the time I was there so perhaps she doesn't know what it is like when she isn't there, who knows. All I can say is that I was very disappointed with this riad, what i had been promised and i couldn't recommend it. Considering this was in no way the cheapest place to stay, I think it was very over priced.
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