We stayed in Essaouria for 4 days. Our car stopped outside the walls and from there we had a minute walk to the riad. We turned down an alleyway and our instant reaction was one or apprehension as we walked toward the door of the riad.
Our fears were quickly dispelled as we walked through the door to be greeted by a truly opulent courtyard. The decor is so rich and luxurious that it takes the eyes a few moments to take it all in. After the check in and customary mint tea welcome we were shown our room on the 2nd floor. Our host decided to show us another room which was even better than the one we had seen earlier and so we decided to go for that one without any costs. The suite we stayed in was Mandara on th first floor. It's a beautiful room, spectacularly over the top. The bathroom was enormous as well.
The only negative room was the shower. There is a separate shower and bath tub but the shower quickly turns the bathroom area into a wet room as the glass partition does not stop the water from flowing into the rest of the bathroom. So use the bathtub instead.
The roof terrace has a wonderful view of the sea and the rooftops. We had breakfast on the rooftop which was great but the variety of food is limited.
The wifi coverage is disappointing as this is only available in the courtyard downstairs and you have to come downstairs if you need to use it
The spa/pool area is nice but be aware that you have to pay to use the pool and sauna facilities.
One restaurant to eat in is El Minza which is just outside the doors of the riad. Wonderful food and great value
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