Oceanside House Asilah, Morocco

House - Entire home/apt · Avenue Ibn Batouta, Asilah, Tangier-Tetouan, Morocco

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Lovely, historic Asilah will capture you with its 15th century city walls, terrace cafes and seaside setting. Relax on the sandy beaches or walk the cliffs to the south with crashing waves. Sit and watch daily life on the terrace next to the medina wall, from country people coming into town on donkeys to local hip hop kids. Stroll through the artists’ shops, sew a custom caftan, eat grilled sardines at the Thursday souq. A horse cart can take you to Paradise Beach, miles of sand, about 5 K away.
I am an American who has been here in Asilah for over 15 years, speak Arabic, and look forward to facilitating your stay. My first floor apartment is comfortable and well equipped with towels, sheets, blankets, cooking and dining supplies. Relax on the sunny roof top terrace with sea views or cool off on the shady patio. There's also a washing machine and drying lines on the roof . The apartment, located in the neighborhood of Lalla Rahama, is a five minute walk to the old medina, restaurants, and shops.
Buy your dinner on the way back to the house if you feel like cooking. Fresh fruits and vegetables are sold right there on the street, and fish fresh from the ocean from carts at Bab Al Homar, the main gate to the medina. Load up on freshly ground spices while you're here. The train from Asilah gives you easy access to the rest of Morocco. Take a day trip to Tangier or Roman ruins on the Larache road in a group taxi, private,"coursa," taxi, or bus.

Room type: Entire home/apt
Bed type: Real Bed
Accommodates: 4
Bedrooms: 2
Bathrooms: 1.5
Beds: 3
Extra people: $14 / night after 3 guests
Minimum Stay: 3 nights
Weekly Price: $398 /week
Monthly Price: $782 /month
Cleaning Fee: $28
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Cancellation: Moderate

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  • I really enjoyed my stay at Jan's apartment , Jan is a wonderful host and the apartment is very comfortable and good located ,just few minutes walking to the medina of Asilah.
    I only spent 2 nights there and felt like home since the first moment , a special thank to Khalid that prepared a tasty dinner and a wonderful dessert :-), thanks for hosting me !

    November 2013
    Jan
    Response from Jan:

    Thanks so much, Ennio. Come on back any time.

    November 2013
  • I didn't get to meet Jan as she was in the States but her caretaker Khalid was wonderful and welcoming, and the apartment was fantastic -- well-kept, great location, quiet, but still close to the medina. Would recommend to anyone!

    July 2013
  • We spent our honeymoon in the wonderful Jan´s house. Fully equiped, perfectly situated, calm but near the places to go. The housekeeper was friendly and willing to help anytime. The only pitty is that we couldn´t meet Jan. We made the promise to come back when we have children, I hope to meet you then!!! Thanks, this experience will stay in our hearts forever!!!!

    July 2013
    Jan
    Response from Jan:

    Maria, you are very kind. I'll have a crib ready for the babies.

    July 2013
  • Jans little riad in Asilah was perfect for two nights in this smallish city by the sea. Very comfortable beds, workable kitchen and comfortable salon with English TV. Khalid was also an excellent help and caretaker - thank you Jan!

    June 2013
  • Located in a local residential part of beautiful ASILAH just outside the Medina walls.Restaurants and shops near by.The house is big enough for four people and the lounge room can sit easy 12 people.there is a TV with English channels,a patio,washing machine .roof top with sea view.A perfect place for a holiday because the place is so easy and fuss free yet at the same time homely and much nicer than the photos in Airbnb.While we were there Jan was overseas so unfortunately we never meet her but she organised everything perfectly from far (website hidden) her place we meet Khalid who was a super host and helped us a lot with the everyday things of life,taxi ,info,shopping etc.We hope to be back one day.I also like to say something about a complaint a previous reviewer had about the rubbish.Rubbish unfortunately is not just found in Asilah but on our travel throughout Morocco we have encountered dirty streets (website hidden) seems be to be a part of Moroccan life....sad but true.Also we never felt unsafe anywhere in Asilah.

    June 2013
  • We are a retired couple travelling on our own for two months. Jan's apartment was great for us, lots of room (more than we needed, but felt nice to spread out for a few days). Her very personable friend met us at the bus station and helped us get oriented, what a blessing for us, he spoke English! The apartment has a nice patio right off the kitchen where we had our morning coffee and hung our washing. We had restful sound sleeps and pleasant hot showers! We enjoyed being so close to the medina, ocean beaches and the many sidewalk cafes and restaurants. We'd recommend this spacious ground floor apartment to anyone looking for a clean place to stay off the main tourist path, among local residents and within walking of the local attractions.

    May 2013
    Jan
    Response from Jan:

    Thanks so much, Corie. Come back anytime.

    May 2013
  • We stayed two days in Asilah in Jan's place. The apartment is in a great location and is spacious, clean and well equipped. Jan was not there at the time but her friend Khalid met us off the train and showed us around. Jan had also provided some great information via email prior to our arrival.Recommend this apartment.

    May 2013
  • hello eberybody, me and my friend spent two nights at jan´s house in asilah, the house is nice and jan was very helpful with the arrival coordination but we were kind of dissapointed with the sorroundings of the nieighbour (that were extremely dirty) and kind of scary in the night to walk on our own (two girls) besides this the house is ok and asilah a nice town, was a pitty not to meet jan, maybe next time !

    April 2013
  • Wonderful location, great neighbors, and a very cute little Moroccan house for us to have a lovely 4 days in. Thank you so much Jan! I highly recommend you check this place out. Great location, great place, and great advice from the owner.

    October 2012
  • As everyone else has shared, the pictures don't do this place justice. I really enjoyed just being there. Only two drawbacks - noisy neighbors - but okay, I was there for Ramadan (very festive); and the internet was difficult to use - which wouldn't be a big deal for a short term stay - it is wireless, but not wi-fi - you must have a computer in order to use it! But Asilah is beautiful! Jan was extremely helpful, even though I didn't get to meet her. And Khalid (the caretaker) is one of the most gentle people I've met. What a great month in Asilah!

    August 2012
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Languages
English, العربية
School
University of Massachusetts, University of Vermont
Work
Retired teacher
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I'm a retired teacher from Massachusetts. I came to Morocco initially with the Peace Corps, but the mystery of this fascinating culture remained. Fortunately, I retained my ability to speak the Moroccan dialect, helped along by several summers studying classical Arabic at the American Language Center in Fes. At this time, I'm living my dream to try to really understand Morocco and be part of the community. I'd love to help you meet people and be part of this way of life. I spend more than half the year in Morocco in my house in the Lalla Rahama neighborhood, named after a local holy woman. The downstairs apartment is available to travelers. I can help you as much or as little as you would like. Gossiping with local women and collecting recipes,especially for vegetables, are my two great preoccupations. I grew up eating waxed beans, boiled New England-style, salt and pepper only. What a revelation Moroccan cooking was! All those spices, all those fresh vegetables year round. From artichoke stalks to preserved lemons, kefta to grilled liver sandwiches, almond-filled gazelle horns to sticky sweet shebakia during Ramadan, I love it all. Moroccans are open-minded, generous, willing to discuss politics or not, religion or not, but always with a sense of humor.
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