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Riad Sidi Magdoul
Ranked #36 of 77 Hotels in Essaouira
Certificate of Excellence
Bordeaux, France
1 review
“Above and beyond”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 February 2014

A quiet and spacious hotel nestled between the two large tourist streets in Essaouira, Sidi Magdoul is a secret gem. The rooms are large, comfortable, and clean, with a private bathroom attached. The breakfast is prepared hot for each new arrival, and the orange juice is freshly squeezed. For the price they ask, Sidi Magdoul is excellent - but it's the service that really takes them above and beyond. A friend got quite ill during our stay, but the hotel employees helped us with everything from carrying her down the stairs to offering toilet paper and blankets when the hospital had none. I will undoubtedly return to Sidi Magdoul, and I recommend it to anyone heading to Essaouira!

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled with friends
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Gent, Oost-Vlaanderen, Belgium
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 February 2014

We stumbled upon Riad Sidi Magdoul by accident and we were very happy about that. For only €7.5 we had a four person room on the roof with a shower and toilet outside (no breakfast). The staff was helpful and we went back to stay there a second time. It's not luxurious but it had everything we needed and it was clean.

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled with friends
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UK
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 January 2014

The Riad Sidi Magdoul in Essaouira is no luxury hotel, so it depends what you want. If you want a comfortable bed, a decent en-suite, a clean, functional room, free wi-fi, a very nice breakfast, helpful (and really nice) staff, and if value for money is your top priority, then stay here. If you want a hairdryer, heating/a.c., paper hankies, fluffy towels, subtle lighting, little bottles of shampoo, views, then pay more. Our room wasn’t huge, but for two nights it was fine. You have to pay cash, and extra drinks cost extra.

I loved this place. It was really easy to find as well (get a decent map or take a photo of the one at the wall gate.) It was about a 10 minute walk from the Supratours bus station, and was right in the heart of the town. There was a nice rooftop terrace too. The rooms up here looked wonderful.

We wanted to hire bikes, and the guy on the desk was really helpful.

Go to Essaouira – it’s calm, relaxed, beautiful. You won’t be disappointed if you stay here, and in this wonderful Riad.

Room Tip: Rooftop rooms looked great.
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  • Stayed January 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Bristol, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 August 2013

I will start with pluses - location, peace and quiet at night, cheap, very cheap, quite nice people and nice breakfast.
Now why in our opinion, regarding all pluses, is poor. Well, smell of mould in the bedroom. I wasn't expecting something luxury for that price but smell was terrible. We stayed only 2 nights and our clothes were smelly. Other thing - hot water. I never had a hot shower, had to wash in cold water (couldn't; wash my hair for example even if I wanted). And last thing - we mentioned to one gentleman we are leaving Essaouira early in the morning (breakfast were between 8-11) - before 8am. we asked if it's possible to eat around 7am - only asked. The answer was yes. So, we dressed up next day, went downstairs with our belongings downstairs - no one. No breakfast, no people, no one. There was one guy walking but we didn't know who is he - not familiar. Maybe he was on duty that day, had no idea - not good morning on something, didn't talk to us. We decided to wait a while - then decided to go and find a place with breakfast somewhere in Essaouira...If we would hear - no - in the first place, it;s still better than listening never made promise. We won;t go back there ever and I won't recommend this place to any of my friends. And seriously, we are not fussy (there was no light one evening - ok, relaxed, not very interesting design inside, that;s fine - it's only 10eures per person accommodation.

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Birmingham, England, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 August 2013

On arrival we were welcomed with a glass of mint tea and given the opportunity to relax before being shown to our room. The staff were both friendly and helpful, and the service we received was excellent. Breakfast was good and always served with a smile, with additional coffee offered if we wanted it. Our room was beautifully decorated in traditional style and was spacious, comfortable and clean. It was also very quiet, which ensured a good night's sleep! Being in the centre of the Medina meant that amenities were easily accessible with shops, restaurants and art galleries all within walking distance. Regrettably our stay was short, but would definitely return again another time.

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 June 2013

Loved our 2 week stay at Riad Sidi Magdoul. Great and very friendly staff always willing to help. Very clean, comfortable and spacious room. Perfect location. An overall perfect experience. I would definitely return.

Room Tip: We had room #2 but in looking inside other rooms I would say you can't go wrong. They all seem...
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  • Stayed June 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Paris, France
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5 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 May 2013

It's not my first time at Sidi Magdoul, but it was my first time at the terrace room that I loved. The sympathy starts right on the e-mails we ex-changed and then the staff is the most kind and professional, not as a duty but natural in them: each one and as team. This was also what made me come back as they makes you feel home, in the most friendly and clean environment, respecting your privacy, always available, keeping it peacefully warming: and that's contagious to everyone that stays there, no matter how old you are or where you come from. I only have to thank to the whole team for the pleasant stay I had. And hope to have again soon.

  • Stayed May 2013, travelled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Additional Information about Riad Sidi Magdoul

Property: Riad Sidi Magdoul
Address: 21 Rue Sidi Abdesmih | 44100, Essaouira 44000, Morocco
Region: Morocco > Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region > Essaouira
Amenities:
Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Room Service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #36 of 77 Hotels in Essaouira
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:2 star — Riad Sidi Magdoul 2*
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Riad Sidi Magdoul is located just a few steps from the picturesque port (parking with municipal attendant) and the vast beach of Essaouira, in the heart of the artistic and artisan neighbourhoods of the Medina, souks, restaurants, galleries, cafes. The Riad is made of ten rooms all with private bathroom, placed on three floors around a large ‘puits de jour’ – an open space in the center of the Riad from which the light pours in.A bright and sunny terrace offers a view on the roofs of the Medina.Wireless internet connection (WIFI) is freely available. ... more   less 
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