This charming boutique hotel is located beyond Ouirgane, right in the foothills of the High Atlas mountains of Morocco. I loved its beautifully apportioned grounds, terraced into the hillside, rising from nicely furnished cottage-like suites amid a garden setting, to the swimming pool where breakfast is served around the pool's edge, beneath the trees, and with a glimpse of the Ouirgane Dam far below, and finally rising to the main building that houses the dining room and the suites above (these suites have the best view of the mountains around and the dam below).
the service here is top notch, with owner Momo's brother Fouad helming the well stocked bar and dining room, where dinner is served beside an open hearth, beautifully set tables covered with fresh white linen strewn with pink and red bougainvillea from the bushes espaliered against the entrance that greet the weary traveller after your car winds around the mountain road that leads to the entrance to this gem.
my favourite moments were spent in the little private gardens tucked in between the cottages, where I curled up on a rustic bench with a novel I picked up from the eclectic selection in the library behind the dining room...
what distinguishes Chez momo II from its original sister of the same name is the effort the enterprising owner, Momo, has put into making a new lodging that is not only better located higher up the hillside, but also better landscaped and excellently served by staff who are quick to respond and multi-lingual in the process.
a surprising asset is the well maintained swimming pool, which was the central feature around which guests lounged for breakfast, lunch, or tea, and everything else in between!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The hostel unveils charming Berber buildings, rooms and comfortable after opening on the gardens of roses, exotic flowers and plants. You can also benefit, walks accompanied by a guide recommended by the hostel as well as rides on the backs of mules in the surrounding villages. ... more less
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