We arrived quite late (23:00) in Essasouira and decided to tag along with some other (Italian) tourists we met in the CTM bus. We tried to take a taxi to the medina but they kept on trying to charge us 40 dirham (10 each) for a five minute ride. So we ended up walking). The Italian couple had booked a Riad. I forgot the name. But basically they had no rooms for the couple (that had booked) and for us. We were then moved to the Riad Jemalhi. At first it seemed okay. The Italian couple booked the other Riad for about 15€ through booking.com. So we tried to get the same price but they wanted to charge us 25€. Then the receptionist said okay lets discus it tomorrow. Anyways we were tired and I had a cold, so we went to the room to sleep. The room was okay, clean sheets and the bathroom's shower was very dark so difficult to see if that was clean or not. The towels were a bit yellow but not extremely old. The bed was comfortable enough. So in the morning we went downstairs for the breakfast. The owner/receptionist moved the discards from the table next to us (bread, butter, and jam with a fly) onto our table. While he gave the other table a new breakfast (we think). We asked him for new food and only received a new jam. The coffee was almost empty too. It would've been polite if he had at least asked us if we minded and explained how long the food was there. Anyways, we stored our luggage there (under the stairs in the open - which didn't feel very secure, so I'm glad I didn't bring any valuables such as laptop). Then we went out and explored the harbor, market and medina. Which was lovely to see. We ate some
tasty tajin for 25 dirham. Then we went back to the hotel to pick up our stuff and pay. The receptionist didn't agree to the fee we discussed the night before and we ended up paying 245 dirham. We wouldn't have minded if they made an attempt to even make out stay comfortable but whatever. Something about taxes and that the 150 dirham is the online price. Don't stay here if your looking for comfort. This hotel is only worth the 150dirham. I hope they can learn and improve in the future. And fix the double booking issues. I'm not surprised someone else left a review about that on here.
The city is great so enjoy that. Lucky we only stayed one night in this Riad.
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