I'm going to start with my frustration with the wireless. It's the single worst WIFI we've experienced after almost 5 months of travel. Everyone there thought so. We absolutely rely on wifi to plan next destinations and communicate back home by blogging and e-mail. This place was SO FRUSTRATING, and it didn't help that the staff was taking up what little bandwidth there was with their own personal laptops and the computer there, which I suspect was also wireless. Fair warning: if you absolutely need to use wireless on this particular leg of your journey, I do NOT recommend staying here. Sorry guys but this absolutely ABSOLUTELY needs to be fixed. It's simply inexcusable in this day and age.
If you DON'T really care about wifi, well then this is the place! The guys at the front are so nice and helpful. They go out of their way to help you find good places, hammams, etc. They love to make you mint tea at any and all times, nor do they charge you for this. i can't speak high enough about how awesome, friendly and helpful the staff is.
Breakfast is basically bread, but very fresh and warm with 3 sides of jam and butter and comes with orange juice and coffee or tea. The hot water is somewhat sporadic, but the rooms are clean, well appointed and the place is in a near perfectly located spot in Ess...close to beach, close to port, close to souks but tucked in a quiet alleyway between the 2 main streets. The place has a communal lounge on the main floor and a great sunny rooftop patio on top. Lastly, it's very inexpensive to stay here and you definitely get a lot for the money.
In short, this is THE place to stay in Ess provided you can get over the utter lack of reliable wifi. Unfortunately, we couldn't.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Riad Sidi Magdoul is located just a few steps from the picturesque port (parking with municipal attendant) and the vast beach of Essaouira, in the heart of the artistic and artisan neighbourhoods of the Medina, souks, restaurants, galleries, cafes. The Riad is made of ten rooms all with private bathroom, placed on three floors around a large ‘puits de jour’ – an open space in the center of the Riad from which the light pours in.A bright and sunny terrace offers a view on the roofs of the Medina.Wireless internet connection (WIFI) is freely available. ... more less
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