The first plus was that, in addition to the bookings.com confirmation, we received a personal mail from the hotel confirming the arrangements. There followed a dialogue about arrival times which was reassuring.
Hotel is in an excellent location within the medina and five or more minutes by foot from the Suprabus stop. Next to a Societe Generale cash machine.
We were upgraded from a standard confort room to a mini-suite consisting of a bedroom and adjacent living room which had two single beds and a small balcony overlooking the small garden and avenue below. So we were very happy. Agree with one commentator that some couples might be disappointed with the elegant four poster standard double bed, in terms of size. We used one of the single beds as well!
Decor is very stylish and not overdone although some of the paintings are a bit amateurish! Our room was impeccably clean. Good hot large tiled shower. Lovely yellow and white tiles in bathroom. No safe in our room.
Essaouira was windy and a bit cold and we liked the room so much that we used it more than we would otherwise, in order to rest. There is building work going on somewhere close so that was an interruption during our day time rests but normally that would not bother the usual tourist. One bit of advice for Essaouira which was not particularly clear from our guide-book is that the place can be coldish as well as windy in the winter so you shoud take a pullover or windbreaker as the temperature is very different from that in Marrakesh.
More than adequate breakfast consisting of fresh orange juice, yoghurt, excellent baguettes with butter and jam, pain au chocolate, and a kind of madeira cake. Coffee was good but not hot enough. However, the friendly waiter just gave it a buzz with the expresso machine.
The young staff are a great asset to the hotel. Good English and of course French, outgoing, friendly. The manager at reception carried our small over-night bag up two flights of stairs. (We stayed two nights from Marrakesh.)
Our impression was distorted positively because of the upgrade but we certainly recommend this place.
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