We stayed here last minute due to our other accom being double booked… so we didn’t know much about the place beforehand but it turned out to be a good experience.
The best thing about this place was the location – right on the main road in the old medina (no cars), slightly to the south so in the heart of all the areas you want to explore. Essaouira is relatively small so its not too hard to navigate in general but if you are unfamiliar with Morocco I would highly recommend this place as it was SO easy to find day or night. And because it is on the main road it always felt safe too.
The door/desk is manned 24 hours a day which is good because the room doors don't lock properly.
The room we had was on the second floor and was reasonably nice and comfortable although the bathroom was very spartan but considering the price and the regular standard in Morocco it was on par with other places we stayed. The biggest problem was that the toilet was about 10 cm from the wall in front of it... awkward especially if you are a large person... and you almost had to step over the toilet to get to the shower).
The building itself is really beautiful, old and quiet large and has a nice terrace (although not with any special views) - we had breakfast up here in the sun. Alternatively there is a restaurant inside on the ground floor.
The breakfast was the standard Moroccan breaky of pancakes, bread, jams, orange juice, coffee etc which was all good. The restaurant itself was quiet large and I imagine it would be nice when things were busy but we never saw it open for dinner or lunch.
The wifi was not very good - it was generally not available in our 2nd floor room so we had to either sit outside our room or downstairs to access it. But this isn't too different to many other places we stayed at in Morocco.
The young guy in charge of the night shift (i forget your name sorry!) was very helpful, spoke some broken English and helped me with my Arabic. He was genuinely friendly and really made things comfortable. The people on the day shift were fine but didn't really interact too much.
The hotel even had its own shop attached at the front which sold pottery and argan oil etc.
(but before you buy pottery in Morocco - have a read of some of my advice in another section).
I would recommend this hotel to people who don't need a lot of a luxury and are looking for good value for money and an excellent location.
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