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“beautiful, cool and calm in the centre of Essaouira”
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Riad Al Madina
Ranked #29 of 74 Hotels in Essaouira
Certificate of Excellence
London, United Kingdom
Level 2 Contributor
8 reviews
4 hotel reviews
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“beautiful, cool and calm in the centre of Essaouira”
Reviewed 28 September 2010

After finding all the places to stay in Lonely Planet full or utterly mediocre and overpriced we stumbled across this hotel. It's bigger than a true Riad but it no way less individual or peaceful. The courtyard is stunning and cool, the perfect place for drinks and the food is well above average. Our room was pretty, cool and very comfortable, the perfect place for our most relaxing three days in Morocco. The only negative was that at checkout we couldn't pay with credit card as previously promised, they couldn't give us a proper bill and they forgot to hand back our passports (admittedly we also forgot to ask) resulting in us having to turn the car round an hour along the road to Marrakesh.

  • Stayed September 2010, travelled as a couple
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Glasgow, UK
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Reviewed 13 June 2010

We booked this Riad after reading reviews on tripadvisor and we were not disappointed. The whole establishment had a lot of charm and character. Our room itself was very nicely decorated and furnished and was larger than expected, with a separate sitting room area. Although the street outside was fairly noisy, this quietened down by 10pm. The staff were friendly and professional and most spoke excellent English. There were a number of welcome features in the accomodation, particularly an extensive roof terrace, a pleasant restaurant and a laundry service.

Breakfasts were somewhat marred by wasps but there were indoor dining areas where this was not such a problem.

All in all a very nice Riad in a great location.

  • Stayed June 2010, travelled as a couple
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East Midlands, UK
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Reviewed 27 February 2010

There are plenty of reviews here and in guide books. Most tell the same story: it's a delightful place to stay, thogh a bit pricey for what you get. I'd agree, and I'm glad I chose to stay there, because although I'm sure I could have got almost the experience in a similar place, I don't think they have quite the atmosphere of this one. I loved it. It made my stay in Essaouira. Bags of character; no funny plumbing (as reported somewhere I recall) . It's stylishly decorated in a trad Moroccan kind of way. My room was comfortable and individually decorated, with its own small sitting room and giving onto a pleasant baclony around one of two courtyards. It was possible to sit and relax here, in one of the downstairs rooms, or (my favourite) on the roof terrace which has comfortable seating and loungers. The staff were very welcoming and helpful. Breakfast was excellent.

  • Stayed January 2010, travelled solo
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UK
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Reviewed 18 February 2010

We treated ourselves to a night here in January after staying in very budget accommodation for a week, and thought it was lovely. On a par with the Maison du Sud which is just over the road. The room was on three levels and traditional morrocan style. Breakfast plentiful and tasty. Lovely courtyard, terrace and lounge areas. Own hamman. And right in the centre of the Madina. We paid £40.

  • Stayed January 2010, travelled as a couple
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London
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Reviewed 21 October 2009

I stayed at this Riad with my husband in October 2009. It was a brilliant choice and we had a great time here. The room was large with a beautiful bathroom. The shower was great, lots of hot water and good pressure. The bed was not amazing, but not too bad. There is a beautiful outdoor area to eat your breakfast and relax. The breakfast was fantastic with coffee/tea/juice, breads, jams, eggs, cereal and yogurt. A clean, spacious Riad that I would definitely recomment to anyone.

Stayed October 2009, travelled as a couple
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London
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Reviewed 5 January 2009

We stayed here during our 3 night visit and it was fine. The room was clean if a little on the small side, and I think that it could use with a little updating. With all the wonderful Moroccan fabrics/textures/colours available, I cannot understand why they have not used them! The room felt like it had last been decorated in the 80's.I agree with the other reviewers that it seemed a bit overpriced for what it offered.

Pros: Fantastic central medina location! Nice courtyard.

Cons: Running out of hot water in the morning 2 days out of 3. Mediocre quality bed linens.

Breakfast consists of tea/coffee, french bread, fresh preserves (fig, apricot, strawberry), fresh fruit salad, eggs (ask for a boiled one to avoid the pale scrambled ones on offer), cold cereals, croissants, yogurt, fresh OJ, Moroccan pancakes and raisins.

The staff were friendly. I think for a short stay this riad is fine.

  • Liked — Location
  • Disliked — Lack of consistent hot water
  • Stayed January 2009, travelled as a couple
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Rowlands Castle, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 11 April 2008

Great Riad - beautiful courtyard - nice rooms. We stayed for a couple of nights in Essaouira. The town is nice and compact and much more laid back than marrakesh - the shopkeepers are not in your face. The Riad did good food - had breakfast lunch and evening meal there - all good with friendly staff. well situated in the Medina and mear the beach and fish port.

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  • Stayed April 2008, travelled as a couple
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Property: Riad Al Madina
Address: 9 Rue Attarine, Essaouira 44000, Morocco
Region: Morocco > Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region > Essaouira
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #29 of 74 Hotels in Essaouira
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Riad Al Madina 3.5*
Number of rooms: 54
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
this elegant owned is located in the heat of essaouira.200 metres from the beach ans near all the attractions and souks.it has a central courtyard with fireplace and stream room on site or you will be offered massage and sauna.Also restaurant Riad El Madina served both traditional moroccan cuisine and intarnational dishes.free wifi,bar,patio and panoramic terrasse. ... more   less 
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