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“Awakens the senses! Back to nature”
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Al Fath Hotel
Ranked #57 of 75 Hotels in Essaouira
Reviewed 22 March 2011

My friend and I travelled by car from Marrakech to Essaouira for a day trip and ended up staying 2 nights we fell so much in love with the place. We had to rush out to buy toothbrush, clothes etc as we had taken nothing with us! We looked for a small hotel or Riad and the first place we tried was the Al Fath Hotel which we knew was just right for us. Do not expect luxury - this is a place for travellers who enjoy an ethnic experience and is more like a Pension actually as the rooms are quite basic. The showers work and the water is hot. - but the place has a lovely atmosphere, has Moroccan decor and the staff are friendly and very helpful. We felt at home right away. The room was small but the beds were comfortable and the view from our bedroom was magnificent. We fell asleep to the sound of the waves - I am still dreaming about returning very soon!
We had breakfast on the terrace which was absolutely wonderful. Very simple - lovely crispy french bread, fresh orange juice and lovely coffee - what more could you ask for? If you wish eggs or something extra - you order and pay for that. Views of the fishing port, the little restaurant, the beach and on the other side the main square. Seagulls and sparrows wait to be fed! This is at the beginning of the Medina and has a very special atmosphere with little shops, carpet shops, workshops, cafes and restaurants round about.
We had dinner in the restaurant at night which was amazing - the food was SO good and very cheap - excellent value for money. We were going to order 2 plates of mixed fish but the waiter told us one would be enough - and it certainly was - a crisp, fresh interesting salad to start and a wonderful selection of fresh fish and prawns - so delicious and well cooked - probably the best meal of our holiday and in Marrakech we had eaten in some high class restaurants. It is not licensed but you can buy wine outside and take it in and they will give you glasses.
The receptionist was very helpful and kind. We met two ladies who ran a shop where we bought some clothes and one of them took us to the local Hammam (not the tourist one) - which we would never have found on our own. It was hundreds of years old and the ladies there were so kind. We had a great scrub down and massage - far better than the so-called spas you find in some hotels. It was so nice to have a genuine Moroccan experience and atmosphere. There is a good small cafe restaurant in the town where you can hear live music - it is nearby on the main street on the right - Cafe des Arts - well worth a visit - they also serve good food and great music by local people. We found Essaouira friendly and easy to get around compared with Marrakech. There is a car park near the harbour which is quite near to the hotel. Don't forget to visit one of the women's co-operatives nearby to buy your Argan oil or cream and other products - it will help the women who work there. There is one on the road to Agadir - about 10 mins from Essaouira and a little farther on there is a road leading down to the coast (where the wind turbines are) - which has a beautiful big beach, camel rides and a hotspot for windsurfers.

  • Stayed: February 2011, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 31 March 2010

We have stayed here a couple of times now, during the Gnaoua festival.
We love it, a small and very friendly hotel. The roof terrace is great for breakfast, they do superb main meals and the big bonus is the view of the stage in the square for the festival. I'd recommend it to anyone, but pleas remember where you are. If you want luxury it's probably not for you, but if you want a friendly family run hotel then you wont beat Hotel Al Fath

  • Stayed: June 2008, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 13 June 2009

Although the hotel charges 55 pounds per night for a room, the rooms and the staircase are very dimly lighted and humid,especially the bathroom, it is so dark even when you turn on the light. The rug on our room floor has a very thick layer of dust on it. You would be very disappointed if you go there and expect the normal standards for a room within this price bracket. A very plain breakfast consists of hard and stale bread, juice, tea/coffee, nothing else. The sea view on the balcony is great, which is the only highlight of the stay. Out of all of the hotels we stayed in Morocco, I would say this one is the worst.

  • Stayed: May 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 20 April 2009

We first stayed at the Al Fath in November 2008 and loved it so much stayed 6 nights, and booked to return to Morocco, and Essaouira and the Al Fath the following March. It is a modest medina based hotel with a roof terrace where you can enjoy breakfast for hours, mesmerised by the stunning view of the port and the sea , feeding seagulls and taking memorable photos. It feels more like a guest house than a hotel as the shared public space tends to belong more to the staff in the quieter hours, and on some mornings you may get a little restless waiting for breakfast to start happening - when activity in the main square has already taken off. But if you have one of the rooms on the top two floors, you are likely to have a simple but most memorable stay, as you see and hear the waves and gulls and sounds of the town from your bed. The electricity has a mind of its own, and hot water is dependent on yesterday's sunshine - but the staff are friendly and the position is perfect. You certainly could find cheaper medina hotels, but this seems an undeniably good option.

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Reviewed 13 November 2015
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  • Stayed: November 2015, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 3 December 2014
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Stayed: December 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 4 October 2014
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  • Stayed: September 2014, travelled as a couple
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Address: 6 Et 8 Rue Skala | essaouira medina, Essaouira 44000, Morocco
Region: Morocco > Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region > Essaouira
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Wheelchair access
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Ranked #57 of 75 Hotels in Essaouira
Number of rooms: 12

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