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Riad Hotel Essaouira
Ranked #190 of 496 Hotels in Marrakech
browercarlson@yahoo.com
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“Peaceful, Fun, Exotic”
Reviewed 19 August 2008

Lovely Moroccan architecture, helpful staff , laid-back ambiance - great place to meet engaged, cosmopolitan travellers - rooftop patio with view - shared showers no problem, clean and available - such a decent deal, I can't say enough! I'll be back!

  • Liked — the authenticity of being in Marrakech, of being in Morocco (at a killer price!)
  • Disliked — sorry - i was intrigued by it all!
  • Stayed June 2003
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 December 2007

We spent nearly a week in this hotel during December 07'.

This place has got to be one of the best value-for-money hotels in Marrakech. We paid 100 Dirhams for 2 people each night, which roughly equates to £6.40 or $12.5. There are other hotels nearby with similar prices, but this one was in recommended in our guidebook. You probably won't get cheaper than this in the centre of the "Medina" of Marrakech.

For those of you who are really on a budget, I you can even sleep on the rooftop terrace (sheltered though +blankets provided) for around 30 Dirhams, though we did not try this out.

It is worth booking ahead (all they require is a name/time of arrival) by telephone, as some they weren't always places for people who hadn't booked. The owner was very friendly and spoke French and English.

The rooms were very nice, simple and very clean (see pictures); and most (if not all) have a tap/sink too. Our room had no power socket - however I found on in the toilets. Blankets were heavy but warm. There is no double-glazing hence it can be a little noisy, but if this never lasted very long (into the night). That said, it could be worth to take some earplugs... especially since the Imam calls out for the morning prayers at 5AM.

There is a toilet/shower at each floor, and there IS hot water (free) - just need to wait/turn the tap on properly. The toilets aren't luxury, but they were clean, and we always saw the cleaning ladies doing a good job everywhere they went.

The hotel is located in a small side road, that has a few twists and turns, but is really quite safe. It is also around 2 minutes away from the main square Djemaa al Fna.

It is recommended you tip the staff as you leave, and they are paid very little.

Overall and excellent experience - loads of other tourists wondered how we got such a good deal. Don't expect anything luxury, but the hotel had nothing that would make you want to run away.

Pros:
- Great Price
- Very clean
- Friendly
- Centrally located, near the main square
- Can keep your bags aside for 15 Dirhams

Cons:
- No power supply in the rooms we had (used one in bathroom)
- A bit noisy, but really nothing to complain about

  • Liked — Price and location
  • Disliked — Bit noisy (but nothing bad) and no power supply in our room
  • Stayed December 2007, travelled with friends
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 August 2007

A great little hotel. On a quiet road but right in the middle of the action. Less than 5 mins to Djemaa el Fna.

Taxi from the airport during the day should cost no more than 80dh but they can't take you straight to the hotel. The taxi will drop you off by Djemaa el Fna and you will go the rest of the way by foot so take a map!

No A/C in the rooms but I didn't want it anyway. Pretty small room but very clean and comfy. £6 per room for a twin. £1.50 per person to sleep on the roof terraces (they provide mattresses and blankets).

Small bar and cafe on the roof terrace but I didn't eat there as plenty of other places to go to.

Managers are very friendly and helpful and their English is pretty good too.

They have a room that you can store your bags in after you check out if you need to.

It does get fully booked so phone ahead! You can find more details here [--] for more details. The Hotel Essaouira link is at the bottom of the page.

  • Liked — Decor, friendly and helpful staff, proximity to everything
  • Disliked — Stuffy rooms
  • Stayed July 2007, travelled with friends
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 December 2006

Great little hotel in a very central location. Basic and very cheep for what you get, £6 for a double for single occupany, only downside is no ensuite, but there was always plenty of hot water.

Room fairly small but comfy bed and evrything very clean, firendly manager and felt secure. You could pay far more elsewhere for something bar less, clean, central or nice. The whole house has a fice feel to it with great paint work and traditional central courtyard.

Best part however is the roof top terrace and cafe, good views over the roof tops. Great place to chill out and meet other guests and be sociable. Not great for anyone with mobility problems as tight circular staircase up onto the terrace, with the main stairs not much better.

All in all I have no hesiation in recomending if you are traveling on a budget and don't mind a trip to the bath room! Probably not the best at the hight of the summer as no air con, also no heating for mid winter.

  • Liked — Reasonable, great location, clean and roof terrace.
  • Disliked — No ensuite shower/toliet
  • Tips/Secrets — Try for the secoind floor with an outward rather than inward facing window.
  • Stayed November 2006, travelled solo
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 September 2006

Great hotel with very helpful owner. Small rooms with shared toilet and shower, but very clean and great atmosphere.
Breakfast on roofdeck!

  • Liked — Roofdeck with breakfast
  • Disliked — toilet and shower were often occupied
  • Tips/Secrets — Don't go in summer, Marrakech is too hot then!
  • Stayed September 2006, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 8 March 2005

great atmosphere, great price, the place for hip young travelers of all nations. keep in mind, it's in the medina so amenties are limited but the hotel is utterly charming and well worth a hundred times the price of the room.

  • Stayed February 2000
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Property: Riad Hotel Essaouira
Address: Riad Zitoune Kedim 3, Derb Sidi Bouloukate, Marrakech 40040, Morocco
Region: Morocco > Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region > Marrakech
Amenities:
Restaurant Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#8 Best Value Hotel in Marrakech
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 18
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Located in the Medina neighborhood in Marrakesh, 100 m from Palais de La Bahia, Riad Hôtel Essaouira features free WiFi throughout the property. Every room has a private bathroom equipped with a shower. You will find a 24-hour front desk at the property. The riad also provides car rental. Museum Dar Si Said is 201 m from Riad Hôtel Essaouira, and Cooking School is 300 m from the property. Menara Airport is 4 km away. ... more   less 
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