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“our impression was: "what on earth is this!!!!"”
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Hotel Orson Welles
Ranked #98 of 174 Essaouira B&B and Inns
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“our impression was: "what on earth is this!!!!"”
Reviewed 30 November 2012

alright, here you go ...

we got to the hotel about 02:00am, the bloke that opened the door for us was polite but that's where the niceties end,

He took us to our room upstairs (no lift so if you're like me with heart/breathing problems forget it) . He took us to a 'room', opened it, and there you go,

We look in and it is a medieval place!!
oh yes, I am not sure if they intended it to be like that, but that's what it is!

The taps are brass and huge, the sink is as big as a large pint size glass, the shower will only take you if your body is Victoria Beckham size (and she would feel uncomfortable in it).
If you drop a big thing, you won't find it, as the light is so dim, you grow uncomfortable soon.

There's nothing such as a large size bed, what they have is a safari kind of bed that's not good enough for a large person, put two beds together and you won't find space for a child's bed, so if you're taking anyone with you, don't bother planning any sleeping arrangements.

The walls are unpainted (part of the scheme me thinks?) and the whole room feels like it's not been dusted since Mr Wells died back in 1985.

There are flies in the room, so never leave a glass uncovered, and there's nothing such as heating etc. so if you're really scared of cold, take your own heater from home.

Location is horrible, so far you would need a car to get anywhere, otherwise you're prone to greedy taxi drivers.

The town (wouldn't call it a city) has nowts all to enjoy, zilch, nothing, just a few fish places near the port, and they would swindle you with eyes closed every time however careful you are.

Breakfast is a joke, you go and sit at a table, and a guy goes to bring you a set menu every day that's not enough for a little baby of age 2 to actually have breakfast. No choice, no nothing, just his prepared juice, coffee, a very small portion of bread, a tiny peace of butter, and a spoon of jam and honey (tea spoon, not a table spoon size) and a single egg omelette.

The cleaners take your stuff to the kitchen every day, I ended up buying several glasses to put drinks in, every day they just disappeared.

On the way out, you're in for a surprise, they tell you to pay taxes!!!! no idea what for, but if you haggle, you can end up paying E1.50 per day, (we were asked to pay e3.00 but I refused)

so here is my assessment:

food : not enough/ bad
beds: bad
room size: bad
location: bad
service: moderate
greed: plenty of that.

As for pricing, it was not that bad, but that's because the rest of the town is priced at Monte Carlo prices, so this one would be expensive anywhere in the world, but relatively here is ok.

Room Tip: never buy from the fish kiosk people near the port, they will charge you gold prices. Try the souk...
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  • Stayed November 2012, travelled with family
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San Diego, California
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Reviewed 5 October 2012

Don't bother with this hotel: I spent 3 nights there this week, and will never go back. The service was poor, not once in my stay did housekeeping enter my room to replace towels, empty the trash, replace toiletries or even make my bed. The hotel staff was not usually available; the several times I went to the front desk to ask for toilet paper or soap (which wasn't even in the room at check in) no one was there and I had to wait a while. The 9" television has only 3 channels. The 'double' room was 2 twin beds pushed together. The windows did not close properly, and I got many mosquito bites during the night. The floor was not carpeted, and the brick floors were very uncomfortable after a long day of walking around the city. The shower was very cramped, and leaked all over the bathroom floor. The location is at the very south end of the beach, near the camels and horses for rent, but about a mile (or 2km) from the city center itself. The restaurant was not open. I think only one other person was a guest in the hotel.

  • Stayed October 2012, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 21 August 2012

The staff are very friendly, but don't expect too much help. We stayed there and had to change rooms three times. In the first room, the shower flooded the entire bathroom. Although there was a hairdryer in this room, there was no balcony or separate seating area as described. We changed to a room with a balcony which didn't have a hairdryer. We were woken up by cockroaches in the middle of the night. We then moved room again. The shower in the new room flooded too, but we had to take the drain out to stop it from doing so every time we showered. There was no hairdryer here either. We had to use one in a different room. The rooms smell of sewage too. We expected a lot more for the price. Changing rooms every three minutes is annoying. The good thing about this hotel is that it is not far from the beach. We were not shown the roof terrace here.

Room Tip: Steer clear of room 3!
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  • Stayed July 2012, travelled as a couple
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Vilnius
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Reviewed 7 May 2012

There are many cheaper hotels in medina. And it makes this hotel not very attractive. Looks like it has no clients for some time when we arrive, so roooms without good ventilation had a specific smell.
Wide rooms, short distance to the beach are advantages of this hotel.

  • Stayed April 2012, travelled as a couple
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Sheffield,England
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Reviewed 28 October 2011

A hotel of charm and beauty furnished with local produce.Absolutely friendly & welcoming staff. Continental breakfast served in the quaint café.The restaurant was not open during my stay so cannot comment.Lovely garden on the rooftop carefullly looked after by a very nice lady.
The hotel is situated on a busy main road about 20 minutes walk from the town centre & the medina.Taxis are very cheap and plentiful.
The rooms are clean but can be a little noisy at night due to the traffic on the main road.
Near the hotel there are many shops, a supermarket and several cafés & restaurants.
All the staff are very pleasant and helpful and always available to advise.

Room Tip: Room with fixed shower above the bathtub.Poor lighting in room make it difficult for make-up & s...
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  • Stayed October 2011, travelled solo
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Lome, TOGO
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Reviewed 12 July 2011

A small hotel with good atmosphere, pleasant staff and nice rooms. This hotel was perfect for our short stay.
Very good value for money.

  • Stayed June 2011, travelled as a couple
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High Wycombe, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 June 2011

This hotel was value for money, breakfast was ok. location was really good only 5 mins from the beach and the shopping and restaurant areas. There was mosque in the main square to which was very useful for us as Muslim travellers.

  • Stayed October 2010, travelled as a couple
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Property: Hotel Orson Welles
Address: No 19 Rue Al Akaba, Essaouira 44000, Morocco
Region: Morocco > Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region > Essaouira
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #98 of 174 B&Bs / Inns in Essaouira
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Orson Welles 3*
Number of rooms: 12
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The hotel has just been completely renovated from the inside out. No money has been spared in creating an original atmosphere from the impressive facade to the decoration in the lobby, bar-restaurant area as well as the 12 doubles and 2 suites with terrace, all with a different decor finished with the best artiste materials. The hotel is in a peaceful setting near Essaouira city centre and only 5 minutes walk from the beach. ... more   less 
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