If you want to be away from the hustle and bustle of the souks and and Jeema El Fna then Riad Elixer is a wonderful choice. You get to explore and see more of life in the Medina as you have fun winding your way back after a hard days bargaining for that illustrious teapot and you can take some amazing photos of street life and doorways along the way. Don’t worry if you get lost, just ask one of the local women (avoid the men and children unless you want to be led to a mates shop or are willing to pay an eager and friendly child a small fee) for directions to the Bab Tagzout the local square and gate and then it is just a few alleys away from a delicious mint tea and the haven of Riad Elixer. If you decide to eat dinner or immerse yourself in the night life of Jeema El Fna and don’t want to venture back after dark, it’s easy enough to get a small taxi’s to drop you back.
We stayed for 4 nights and found Moha to be a fabulous host. He is friendly, helpful, well organized and goes the extra mile. He will help you to plan an itinerary if that is what you want, book bus tickets or drivers for you to go to the Atlas Mountains or the coast and offers good advice -don't buy anything on the first day! He will escort you to where you want to go – the gardens, and if it is taxi ride away he will go for the ride. He took us to the bus station and saved us time by pre purchasing the tickets. He gives you his mobile number so if you get lost or need anything you can just give him a text. Moha is genuinely interested in how your day has been and wants to ensure your stay is a good one.
The rooms are clean and well heated (we were there in January so it was getting a bit cooler). We were in a downstairs room that was nicely decorated, the bed was comfortable and the room was cleaned daily. The only worry was we found the water pressure in the sink was not so good and the electricity plugs a little dodgy which meant the lamp to read in bed didn’t go but this is all minor in the scheme of things.
The roof top garden is a lovely place to sit in the sun and read and there is a lounge area with a sound system and magazines. The courtyard is decorated in traditional Moroccan style with the compulsory orange tree. Moha had put a sail type covering over the open aired roof in case of rain (I am sure the sky view from the courtyard would be stunning if it was open for the summer). We didn’t get to try out the plunge pool in the courtyard but can see it would be very inviting in the heat of a Moroccan summer.
We have to say that the highlight of our stay at Riad Elixer was the cuisine! We had lovely breakfasts each morning of fresh coffee and a different style of warm local bread and delicious spreads. If you decide you would like to eat in Moha will ask what you would like and chef Lubna produces a wonderful 3 course feast. The first night we requested fish tagine and it was one of the best we had in Morocco. For the 2nd meal we asked for couscous. The starter was a yummy bean soup, so yummy we had 2 helpings. Wrong move as not long after Moha came out with a stunningly presented couscous and enough to feed 6 people! Moha also found us a good bottle of Moroccan red to wash it all down.
Staying at Riad Elixer is value for money and Moha certainly gives it that special personal touch. Thank you Moha for your hospitality … it is long way from NZ but we hope to visit again one day.
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