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Riad Sidi Magdoul
2.0 of 5 Hotel   |   21 rue Sidi Abdesmih | 44100, Essaouira 44000, Morocco   |  
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Ranked #26 of 78 hotels in Essaouira
London, United Kingdom
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“Cheap and cheerful”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2013

The Riad is really cheap and with that in mind, it's great. The room was lovely with a comfortable bed and a nice design. The bathroom was big, though you have to remember to replace the plug in the shower basin after showering otherwise it makes the bathroom smell of drains. People have complained in other reviews about the water, but if you ask the staff will show you how to get the hot water running.

The Riad itself is ok, though not great. The communal area downstairs is quite nice but not particularly special, the "sun terrace" is really just a concrete roof. The breakfast is tasty but not inspiring - drink, bread and jam, but the juice is freshly squeezed.

The staff are really friendly and gave us good advice about where to eat and about buying argan oil.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
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  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2013

Sidi Magdoul is a simple, clean riad down an alley in the middle of the medina (old walled town). The staff are very nice and particularly Kamal and Amine go out of their way to help. I've looked at some of the other reviews..yes, I had to go downstairs to access the wifi which did drop me off quite often, and the hot water takes a while to come through and the pressure on the roof is not entirely consistent. So it's not a luxury riad but makes no pretenses to be one.

A great place for travelers, good for kids (there was a 7 year old when I was staying there who was very happy).

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2013

This riad is lovely! Situaded in the middle of the medina of Marrakech, in a quiet alley. Great breakfast, lovely staff and good rooms! The showers sometimes didn't work very well as the hot water came and went and the water pressure was very high (ouch!). The Wi-fi wasn't good either, it only reached the bottom floor and even there it came and went! The rooms are lovely and the staff are very nice and chatty. 100% recommended to travellers in Essaouira.

Room Tip: On the first floor it is more likely that you'll reach and internet connection.
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2013

Hotel has good location in the heart od old medina, very close to souk. Owner was very very helpful, friendly and nice. But there was also disadventages. Our room was dark, small and poor. There was practically no hot water. We ought to wait long time to get little of it. Typical european breakfest was included.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with friends
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2012

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.

Room Tip: All rooms are pretty good.
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Riad M, Gérant at Riad Sidi Magdoul, responded to this review, November 19, 2012
Sorry, wifi connection problems lasted a week due to bad weather. Usually it works well ... But Morocco Telecom network has been disrupted and we all suffered the consequences (and yes it is very annoying!)
Thank you for your advice and wish you all the best in the world
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2012

We stayed only one night at this very friendly run Riad.Location could not be more perfect-right in the heart of the charming Medina and close to the Supratour bus station and all important sights.Although the riad is located in one of the narrow streets, it is just off of the main one so easy to find after all.Moreover Essaouira's Medina is not very big so one can navigate through it without many problems.Very good value for money including a simple breakfast.Fact,there was no air condition in our room but you do not need it in October at ll.Staff was absolutely fantastic-very nice and helpful.Thanks guys for making our short stay unforgetable.We were recommended the Les 3 Portes restaurant just arround the corner and we ended up having meal there twice as the place was beautifully decorated,with special ambience and most important -delicoius food.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2012

We had planned an overnight stay so we could have two days in Essaouira, but we found the town so pleasant and the staff and hotel so accommodating that we extended our stay by another night.

Centrally located, this is an excellent base to explore the town and environs; the staff are really friendly and it is amazingly quiet at night, (Ignoring the seagull chicks on the roof and crying baby of one of the other guests, cats yodelling and the ubiquitous call to prayer.... :-) ). We all enjoyed really good night’s sleep each night in well appointed simple and clean rooms.

This is a Riad which reflects real Morroco, excellent value for money, easy hospitality and a place you felt you came as guests and left as friends.

The fresh pure orange juice every morning was perfect as was the pancakes, French bread and preserves. My only gripe about breakfast would be the instant coffee which I can’t abide, but this was quickly replaced with Morrocan tea, which is a lovely way to start the day.

The roof terrace was also a great pace to relax any time of the day.

We checked out at 12 but were able to leave our luggage til we collected it later that day, after doing one more camel ride and one more restaurant... all in all well worth a stay.

Room Tip: Lots of stairs and no lift, so ask for lower rooms if you dont like climbing stairs!
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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with family
    • 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 21 rue Sidi Abdesmih | 44100, Essaouira 44000, Morocco
Location: Morocco > Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region > Essaouira
Amenities:
Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Room Service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #26 of 78 hotels in Essaouira
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2 star — Riad Sidi Magdoul 2*
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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