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“Well located for the town.” 4 of 5 stars
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Palazzo Desdemona
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   12-14 rue Youssef el Fassi, Essaouira, Morocco   |  
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Ranked #34 of 78 Hotels in Essaouira
Chichester, United Kingdom
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37 reviews 37 reviews
20 hotel reviews
Reviews in 20 cities Reviews in 20 cities
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
“Well located for the town.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2012

Very helpful staff. We felt cold in the evening in December and they immediately put a heater in our room so it was cosy when we came back from a meal out. The cheaper rooms are inside which is quite good as far as street noise goes. The hot water was a bit erratic and slow but it did work eventually. The pillows were overstuffed and hard but that seems a bit of a Moroccan thing as we found the same elsewhere.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 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 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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London, United Kingdom
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9 hotel reviews
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2012

The hotel is located in an idea position. Very easy to find. The owners are friendly and accommodating. The faults we found were the shower head broke as soon as we got there. Also, we were promised a balcony room but ended up in a room with windows that overlooked other rooms in the hotel, but also did not shut properly so we could hear people come in and out. The main room is very quirky and fun and it is a pleasant stay overall.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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6 hotel reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2012

We stayed two nights in this hotel.
Our room has a big window and small balcony. So the room was sunny,bright room.
That feel really nice.

But taking shower sodden with washroom is a bit of a pity.

Anyway I was very satisfied with your services.
Thank you so much:D

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 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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Helsingborg, Sweden
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34 reviews 34 reviews
13 hotel reviews
Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2011

This is a beautiful hotel with charm and character. All the rooms are different and i enjoyed walking around and look at them all.
The location is perfect! Right between the busy shopping streets in the medina, the harbor and the big square with all the cafees and restaurants. No dark alleys to get there at nights, big plus for me as a female solo traveller!
Staff is nice and breakfast is good with orangejuice, coffee, 2 kinds of bread, butter, honey and 3 kinds of jam.
And it´s clean! (unlike most of other places in essaouira..)

Hope to come back someday!

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled solo
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Leicester, UK
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2011 via mobile

A beautiful hotel, lovingly restored. It's not your bland Ibis, it has character and a few cracks but in our view all the better. Breakfast is included and a really good start to the day.

  • Stayed June 2011
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Dorset, UK
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15 hotel reviews
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17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2011

We arrived here from Marakesh and I have to say it was great - we had room 5 - which was very spacious with high ceilings, sofas, really comfortable bed with cotton sheets. The room was painted white - spotless, open the windows look over the square to the sea - really lovely and the bathroom had a window ! Breakfast was served downstairs and again was good and very tranquil The girl we met, who I think was the owner's wife was very welcoming and the location couldn't be better - away from the hustle of the medina a very short walk to everything - a lovely peaceful place to stay - would highly recommend it.

Stayed March 2011, traveled as a couple
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East Gwillimbury, Canada
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74 reviews 74 reviews
31 hotel reviews
Reviews in 36 cities Reviews in 36 cities
210 helpful votes 210 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2010

I stayed 3 nights here in one of the upper level "suites" with massive private terrace.

The location of the hotel is excellent, located right on the edge of the venerable and picturesque, whitewashed & blue, Essaouira medina. A 30 second walk from the main square with all its cafes, restaurants and the winding laneways of the medina beyond.

The room had lots of windows and direct access to the private terrace, with an unobstructed view of the harbourfront, clocktower and charming surrounding buildings. Other than the many birds (including a noisy rooster next door), it was very quiet.

The service was excellent-excellent from the manager to the cleaning crew to the wait-staff, it was really professional and friendly.

The restaurant on the main floor is home to a local wifi hotspot and guests get free useage 24 hours a day.

I only had breakfasts here and they were pretty good...Not exceptional but decent.

On the downside, the hotel needs a retro-fit in a pretty major way: The paint is crumbling on the exterior, and the 61 steps up to the top floor are fine for a young, strapping buck like me, but would be a major problem for those with mobility issues.

The finish and decor in the room itself was very dated and a bit worn out. Opening and closing the doors was an exercise in slamming and yanking-hard, and it wasn't just my room with this problem: I could hear other doors slamming around the hotel as well, so they must have all had the same problem. While there were lots of sheets and blankets on the bed, they too had seen better days.

The bathroom was functional, but dated and worn as well, and water temperature regulation was a nuissance at best; a burn or freeze experience at worst. The towels looked like they could have actually been used by Jimi Hendrix himself on his last visit to Essaouira, sometime in 1968.

The room's terrace was massive and clean, but there was only 1 wooden table and ancient chairs present. Given the exposure to ample sunlight, a couple of loungers would have made it a very, very nice place to spend the day.

Listen, I know it sounds like I'm bashing the place, but I really DID enjoy my stay as a solo traveller, as I'm pretty easy-going. With a bit of new paint and some investment in some new ammenities, this place could easily be something really, really special. I paid 75EU/ night incl breakfast and it was worth it for that amazing view and terrace but overall, I would only give it 3 out of 5. I WOULD stay here again however, if that means anything to you.

  • Stayed December 2010, traveled solo
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 12-14 rue Youssef el Fassi, Essaouira, Morocco
Location: Morocco > Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region > Essaouira
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Restaurant Room Service
Hotel Style:
#32 Romantic Hotel in Essaouira
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Palazzo Desdemona 3*
Number of rooms: 15
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