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Riad l'Ayel d'Essaouira

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28 rue Mallek Ben El Morahhal, Essaouira 44000, Morocco
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Cheshire
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2013

On a week’s holiday in Marrakech, we spontaneously decided to visit Essaouria and stay over. As this was spontaneous we hadn’t booked a hotel so as soon as we arrived we went to a cybercafé to figure out our next stop. We found Riad l'Ayel d'Essaouira and it had excellent reviews. However, it was difficult not to compare it to... More 

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Valganna, Italy
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2012

The hotel is clean, the food is very good ! people of the hotel were nice and the room very confortable. I enjoy my holiday by this hotel i can recomand it . I spent 10 days alone to have a kite surfing holiday on the first week of october 2012 ...unfortunalty not enought wind ! Enzo

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Rome, Italy
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2012

We stayed for three nights at the Riad l'Ayel and couldn't have wished for better. This white washed riad the Riad far exceeded our expectations: the owners, Jean Paul and his wife Christine, and the staff (Lachen and the sweet Nisrine) could not have been nicer. Nisrine produced every night wonderful Moroccan meals for us and every dinner, jowing with... More 

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Yeovil, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2012

A great place to stay. Very clean and comfortable and felt very homely. The staff were extremely kind and helpful, and we enjoyed really good home made Moroccan cooking in the riad which can be arrange each morning. Room was very clean and comfortable - not too hot even in the middle of August. Located right inside the old medina... More 

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Burnaby
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2012

First of all, don't rely on google maps for the location, because the riad's marker is a few streets off from the actual address (bad google!). Just pay one of the cart guys 20 dhm and save yourself the hassle of trying to find it (the riad's emailed directions aren't helpful, either). My room, the Mogador, was really small, but... More 

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London
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2012

A friend and I have just returned from a week long trip to Morocco, with three days/2 nights in Essaouira both here. This Riad is very beautiful, run by a lovely family and right in the heart of the Medina. We received an email in advance with some directions on which were very helpful and finding the Riad straight forward.... More 

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California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2012

We stayed here for 5 nights in January and really enjoyed the city. The riad was ok-- it is owned by a Frenchman and the staff speak a little English, but it was difficult to communicate most of the time (especially when a pipe burst in our room, though this was fixed quickly once we sorted the language barrier problem).... More 

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Burlington, Vermont
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2012

The staff were not only friendly but helpful and kind. The riad is clean, beautiful, and right in the heart of the medina. My room was beautifully decorated and I felt like a queen at a reasonable price. I needed to find a place to buy bus tix for the next day and the manager walked with me through the... More 

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Uppsala, Sweden
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2011

For of all, this riad is not a 5* hotel. It is a riad in Essauoira and in being so it is a cosy small place to stay without aircon and flat-screen tv:s. Instead of the modern amenities this place comes equipped with the two most friendly people I have ever met. The couple that runs this riad will not... More 

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Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2011

We picked this after good reviews in the Lonely Planet and we were certainly not disappointed. We stayed here for 4 nights (originally it was supposed to be 2) - lovely breakfast in the mornings, great roof top terrace to escape the bustle of the city downstairs and a good service. You would be well advised to stay here -... More 

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