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Caverne d'Ali Baba
2.5 of 5 Hotel   |   39, Avenue de l'Istiqlal, Essaouira, Morocco   |  
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Ranked #46 of 78 Hotels in Essaouira
Perth, Australia
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35 reviews 35 reviews
19 hotel reviews
Reviews in 25 cities Reviews in 25 cities
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
“Great location and value for money”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

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.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Devon
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37 reviews 37 reviews
15 hotel reviews
Reviews in 17 cities Reviews in 17 cities
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2012

Very relaxed little place with a clean room and excellent, really friendly and helpful service.  Room was a little basic and perhaps not of the highest build quality but had a good comfortable bed and is ideally located in the medina. Overall superb value for money in a lovely little town.

  • Stayed December 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2012

We stayed here for 3 nights in October and it was a beautiful hotel. Very well situated (we wandered a bit, as we missed the sign a few times, so look carefully for it!) in the center of the medina. The room were beautifully decorated with stained glass windows, a decorative fireplace, vaulted wood-beamed ceilings, and carved cedar doors. The breakfast (and dinner, not included) were very tasty and the manager was very friendly and helpful. Our only complaint is that our particular room opened onto an alley, which was pretty noisy (and let in a fishy smelling breeze), but since it was warm while we were there, the room would get stuffy if we didn't open the window. A fan would have solved it, but I think usually the city is much windier and cooler, so this might just be a seasonal thing. Overall a great place to stay! Highly recommended!

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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Zurich, Switzerland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2012

We stayed at Caverne d'Ali Baba for 6 nights. I accidently booked a twin room, which the Hotel Manager changed into a double room (actually a room for 3 people!) without hesitation and at the same price. Great Service though. Also the breakfast was excellent and served in the Salon. The Riad is located in the middle of the Medina at the main street. It is a bit hidden and therefore also quiet and calm, an Oasis in the daily busy life of Essaouira. The building is very old and has a special atmosphere. We would definitely recommend this Riad, because you get good value for the money and a very attentive staff.

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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2012

Ali Baba is an old Riad, or walled private house, converted to a hotel. Located in the heart of the Medina, or old walled city, it is set back from the street and closely walled in, so street noise is not a problem.
Staff are very accommodating to traveller requests.
French language is fluently spoken, English less so but communication was not difficult.
Breakfast 8AM to 10:30 consists of crepe or omelette, fruit, juice, bread, jam and honey, tea or coffee.
If you get up early and want coffee, no problem. If you really want yogurt and a banana, no problem - they will go and get it for you.
Strong wi-fi signal in inner courtyard, can pick it up in sitting area outside some of the rooms. Not available in room.
Not airconditioned, but thick walls keep it cool in summer.

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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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London, England, United Kingdom
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2012

We stayed here in Septmeber, Was not so busy in the hotel so we were able to look at most of the rooms and pick the best one. Great service, we only stayed one night and paid £15-16. The room was the nicest one. Beautifully decorated, with a four posted bed, moroccan themed. The shower room was small, but did the job!
The room made up for that. Beautiful view over the bust market streets, lovely traditonal shutter style windows. Was very quiet at night, the market, shops and resturants close at 10pm. only the odd one or two open. So only thing to do is go for a stroll along the sea front!

Great location, just down the road fresh fish bars. You get to see whats on offer before you commit to buying. A few nice resturants down the road and cafes, serving tradional moroccan food. we went to a nice one, forgot its name, but very close to the hotel. Served many moroccan tagines and lovely salads. We told them we were on honey moon so they gave us loads of salad side dishes free and free drinks!
We didnt eat at the hotel and had breakfast out. You can buy coffee, cold drinks and continental breakfast/ moroccan breakfast pretty cheap in the small cafes down the street.

Beautiful town, reccomend at least 2nights here. I didnt get to see everything. There are far much nicer hotels. But if you just need a place to sleep and chill out this place is great and good value for money.
If you want all the mod coms of a western hotel there are larger hotels, on the sea front. That are not personal, and way over priced.

One negative the water was only warm, and we couldnt get hot water in our room. Was ok as it was summer and boiling out.
So much to explore in one day, so next time i go will be 2nights!

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  • Stayed September 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 39, Avenue de l'Istiqlal, Essaouira, Morocco
Location: Morocco > Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region > Essaouira
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