Stayed here after Marrakech and felt instantly relaxed. Abdul the manager kindly met us at the coach station which is swarming with chariot(trolley) pushers and riad hawkers very keen for your business!!
We stayed on the fourth floor which is lovely and light and airy. The views out to sea and the little islands are stunning, even more so from your own terrace above the room which feels like you have the best view in town. The Riad is very nicely done, is a great location for everything and is very well run by Abdul and Saida. Breakfast is very nice served on another terrace with equally fab views.
Couple of drawbacks are the nearby mosque which has morning prayers at 5 am and seem to last about 15 minutes! Also the stairs are quite steep and narrow to the top if your not too fit.
Essaouria itself is very nice, although it's a tourist destination it's still very Moroccan and tourists in the minority. There are lots of druggy types hustling for coins everywhere which did put a bit of a bum note on things. Lots of lovely crafts including a lovely Thuyya wood craft shop tucked away in the ramparts and a fab restaurant Des Alizes just a minute from the riad.
Would love to stay here again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Riad de la Mer is a very large 18th century Jewish merchant’s house situated in the oldest part of the Medina, known as the kasbah. Recently restored with the addition of modern facilities, it nevertheless retains the rich character of the original house.This is one of the best located riads in Essaouira, with stunning panoramic views from the terrace of the sea, port and the massive sweep of the entire bay. Just a few paces from the heart of the town, Place Moulay Hassan with all its bustling cafes and restaurants, this is nevertheless a house which affords a great sense of tranquillity and considerable space ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Riad De La Mer Hotel Essaouira
- Riad De La Mer Essaouira