We were staying in Marrakesh, got a bus to Essaouira for the day & decided to stay overnight as it was so much more inviting than Marrakech. Having had lunch of barbequed fish & prawns at one of the stalls on the port we strolled into the walled town to find a large hotel on our left & Palazzo Desdemona to our right. Just looking into the hotel raised our curiosity and we asked if they had a room for the night. We had a choice of 3 & they showed us around them . We opted for the middle sized room, room 1, which had french doors, shutters & a balcony overlooking the square & Medina walls. The room was old style & full of character but also spotlessly clean. The bed had a 4 poster style iron frame draped with cloth. The bathroom was an annex of the room onto a large landing & had a window that you could open when in the shower & look onto the landing! Told you it was quirky!! (see the pictures).
The staff were fantastic. As well as showing us the rooms, we were served with mint tea & pastries when we arrived & the breakfast was lovely with fresh croissants & bread.
From here we explored the Medina & found that we were actually spoilt for choice for restaurants (as opposed to finding it hard to find a decent one in Marrakesh!) & opted for one called Le Patio up a small alley that served fantastic fish dishes.
We also spent some time in the port where you can walk on the ramparts & watch trawlers being built by hand out of wood - no Health & Safety regs here!
Turned out to be the best day of of our holiday.
I didn't see any evidence of aircon or heating but I wasn't looking that hard so may have missed it??
I see one reviewer made mention of the clock bells. We slept with the french doors open but the slatted shutters closed & whilst the bells were obvious, they weren't intrusive - & saved me looking at my watch a couple of times!
The room cost us 670 Dirhams, about £53, with tax & breakfast. Bargain!
We'd definately stay again!
The balconies are a superb place to spend a few minutes 'people watching'!
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