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“We won't go back there - sorry” 2 of 5 stars
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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 #27 of 78 Hotels in Essaouira
Bristol, United Kingdom
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“We won't go back there - sorry”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2013

I will start with pluses - location, peace and quiet at night, cheap, very cheap, quite nice people and nice breakfast.
Now why in our opinion, regarding all pluses, is poor. Well, smell of mould in the bedroom. I wasn't expecting something luxury for that price but smell was terrible. We stayed only 2 nights and our clothes were smelly. Other thing - hot water. I never had a hot shower, had to wash in cold water (couldn't; wash my hair for example even if I wanted). And last thing - we mentioned to one gentleman we are leaving Essaouira early in the morning (breakfast were between 8-11) - before 8am. we asked if it's possible to eat around 7am - only asked. The answer was yes. So, we dressed up next day, went downstairs with our belongings downstairs - no one. No breakfast, no people, no one. There was one guy walking but we didn't know who is he - not familiar. Maybe he was on duty that day, had no idea - not good morning on something, didn't talk to us. We decided to wait a while - then decided to go and find a place with breakfast somewhere in Essaouira...If we would hear - no - in the first place, it;s still better than listening never made promise. We won;t go back there ever and I won't recommend this place to any of my friends. And seriously, we are not fussy (there was no light one evening - ok, relaxed, not very interesting design inside, that;s fine - it's only 10eures per person accommodation.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 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
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Birmingham, England, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2013

On arrival we were welcomed with a glass of mint tea and given the opportunity to relax before being shown to our room. The staff were both friendly and helpful, and the service we received was excellent. Breakfast was good and always served with a smile, with additional coffee offered if we wanted it. Our room was beautifully decorated in traditional style and was spacious, comfortable and clean. It was also very quiet, which ensured a good night's sleep! Being in the centre of the Medina meant that amenities were easily accessible with shops, restaurants and art galleries all within walking distance. Regrettably our stay was short, but would definitely return again another time.

  • Stayed August 2013, 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2013

Loved our 2 week stay at Riad Sidi Magdoul. Great and very friendly staff always willing to help. Very clean, comfortable and spacious room. Perfect location. An overall perfect experience. I would definitely return.

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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 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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Paris, France
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2013

It's not my first time at Sidi Magdoul, but it was my first time at the terrace room that I loved. The sympathy starts right on the e-mails we ex-changed and then the staff is the most kind and professional, not as a duty but natural in them: each one and as team. This was also what made me come back as they makes you feel home, in the most friendly and clean environment, respecting your privacy, always available, keeping it peacefully warming: and that's contagious to everyone that stays there, no matter how old you are or where you come from. I only have to thank to the whole team for the pleasant stay I had. And hope to have again soon.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled solo
    • 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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Sheffield, UK
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2013

We drove to the medina and left our cars in the supervised car park to the right of the entrance, where a man with a barrow took our bags and led us to this gem of a hotel hidden in the middle of the medina. Well worth the few dirhams to find it! After the inevitable and very welcome thé à la menthe marocain on arrival we found ourselves in a typical riad, with rooms on two levels over a central courtyard - a true oasis in the turmoil of the medina. Our rooms on the first floor were large and airy, with plenty of space, clean and comfortable. The staff were very welcoming and helpful, and made our regrettably short stay a very pleasant one. The riad is well placed in the middle of the medina, and only a short walk from the shops, the craft stalls, restaurants and harbour. Although this was our second visit to Essaouira, we didn't really have enough time to explore properly, and hope to return to this riad again one day, if only to sample the excellent breakfasts!

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2013

When choosing our hotels in Morocco, we needed parking nearby as we'd come in our own car. Although a little way from the Riad, we had no worries about the attended parking by the port, so we could go on to relax in Essaouira. The Riad itself was plain and practical, but excellent value for money. Returning guests were noisy one night, as were the seagulls, but it's no good getting upset about a degree of noise in an inexpensive riad - it's virtually unavoidable (rather like the vagaries of Moroccan plumbing). The staff here were very helpful indeed, and their additional hints and a good map helped to make our stay very enjoyable indeed.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2013

riad sidi magdul is a simple and affordable riad in the middle of essaouira. breakfast is very fulfilling (orange juice, coffee/tea, bread, jam and "moroccan pancakes"). Staff are incredibly helpful and very welcoming. the first night we arrived kamal kindly walked with us to a lovely restaurant nearby and made sure we got familiar with the place.
i agree with those who have previously described this riad as a "non-luxury" hotel. compared to other riads, it is absolutely not the nicest nor the best furnished one...(the shower was also not working well)..but for its value, i believe it is a great deal!! bear in mind that essaouira is so beautiful that you will hardly spend time in the riad...

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 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 ( Wi-Fi ) Room Service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #27 of 78 Hotels in Essaouira
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2 star — Riad Sidi Magdoul 2*
Number of rooms: 10
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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