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“Fantastic staff” 4 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 #26 of 77 Hotels in Essaouira
London
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3 reviews 3 reviews
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“Fantastic staff”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

Pros: This centrally located riad is very nicely decorated. Breakfast was good and included in the overall cost, which was very affordable. What really made it stand out was how brilliant the staff were- so exceptionally helpful, kind and friendly, even helping to show us around after their shifts and finished.

Cons; no air conditioner or ventilation in the room meant the floor stayed wet following a shower and the room was always very humid.

Definitely would recommend it and stay there again.

Stayed June 2014
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Rating summary
  • 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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St. Petersburg, Russia
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4 hotel reviews
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2014

We stayed in this riad for several nights in between our trip around Marocco and liked it very much. The staff are very helpful. Rooms are nice and clean and if when there were several rooms available we could choose where to stay, so we tried 3 types of rooms. There are no airconditioners, but actually we did not need them as the air is pretty fresh. To get access to WiFi you need to come to the reception, but as we did not come to spend our time in Internet this was not a problem. We had an early departure and our request we got our breakfast packed and ready for the trip. Very good location and very good service, and the place is beatifully painted white and blue.

  • Stayed May 2014, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Dundee, United Kingdom
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7 hotel reviews
Reviews in 16 cities Reviews in 16 cities
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2014

Good value for money and excellent location - right in the medina and close to the beach or bus station. Rooms are simple but clean and comfy, wi-fi is working very well and the staff is just amazing. They were very helpful and nothing we asked for was a problem for them.
Breakfast was very good and we appreciated the fact we could use the kitchen on evenings :)

  • Stayed April 2014, traveled with family
    • 5 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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Adelaide, Australia
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95 helpful votes 95 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2014

We had three nights at this lovely Riad and found it extremely close to everything, right in the medina and well equipped.

Staff were very friendly and willing to help with any question or matter.

Breakfast was very nice and included in the price.

The rooms were clean and comfortable and the Riad itself was very nicely decorated.

  • Stayed April 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Innsbruck, Tirol, Austria
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2014

We found the hotel Sidi Magdoul, because it was mentioned in my travel book. And we were very happy with our choice! It's a nice little place with excellent price value directly in the medina!
All the people working here did a great job! When we asked for help with booking a grand taxi and immediatley they called a taxi driver who picked us up at the Riad the next day!
Also when we asked for a place for a cooking class we were sent to a restaurant where we could ask for a little introduction in making chicken pastilla!
The rooms are also quite big and the beds are comfortable! I would stay here again! They also have bigger rooms for 4-6 people so it could be also interesting to stay here for groups!

  • Stayed April 2014, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Colombo, Sri Lanka
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014

It cost the same as the Riad in Marrakech but was half as nice!

The rooms were clean and bathroom was ok (clean but a bit dark, humid and the shower made the entire bathroom floor wet!). The entire Riad lacked character - unless old and dilapidated was its intention! The place needs a new painting and some love!

The breakfast was mediocre and the food not great. On the first day we were greeted by a grumpy and incredibly unhelpful staff member who fortunately was replaced by another person the next day. Perhaps the regular person was on holiday?

The wifi only worked downstairs and not in the rooms. The Riad is however centrally located.

I will however not return here!

  • Stayed April 2014, traveled with friends
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Ghent, Belgium
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3 reviews 3 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
128 helpful votes 128 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2014

We hadn't looked at any riads arriving in Essaouira, and night had already fallen.
Sidi Magdoul immediately took us in for a nice price and hooked us up with a room on the top floor, next to the roof terrace. We basically chilled the whole morning sitting in the sun on the roof terrace, listening to some music, watching the birds fly and cats jump from roof to roof. Essaouira is a beautiful city, but the terrace is just awesome to chill out too.

We returned to Sidi Magdoul a week later the night before catching our flight. Again, a perfect experience.

Stayed February 2014, traveled with friends
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Additional Information about Riad Sidi Magdoul

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 77 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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