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“Home away from home!” 5 of 5 stars
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Riad Lunetoile
191 Rue Sidi Mohamed Ben Abdullah | Medina, Essaouira 44000, Morocco   |  
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Ranked #19 of 158 Essaouira B&B and Inns
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“Home away from home!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2012 via mobile

Highly recommend! Susan and her staff are so gracious, even picked us up from the bus station when we first arrived. The location is a 5 minute walk to the port and very near to trendy cafes and shops. The breakfast is homeade and literrally served to you whenever you wake in the morning. Rooms are very clean and the staff even make ur bed for u when youre out for the day. Only thing i might not recommend is purchasing a hammam day through the hostel, i was looking for more of a spa type hammam and they took me to a communal hammam.. Not a bad experience but i could have done that on my own with 1/4th the cost.

  • Stayed October 2012
    • 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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Lunetoile, Owner at Riad Lunetoile, responded to this review, October 23, 2012
Thank you so very much for the lovely review, and for taking the time to write it. We were very happy to have met you, and to have you stay at Lunetoile. Sorry about your feelings of the hammam...I usually make it very clear that it is a local authentic hammam....so, re your misconception of it being a spa, I am very very sorry! Spa it is not! Hehehe...no white slippers and robe and soothing music..just raw, honest, Moroccan Hammam which is filled with girls and their Mums all doing their weekly ablutions..or, in the case of Men's Hammams...filled with Men. However, the cost of 115dhms, is NO spa price! And to say you could have got it at 1/4 of the price is, of course true, if you were to have done your hammam yourself! But, being a novice, this would not have been easy for you, as you would not have known what to do, nor would you have had any of the mats, soaps, exfoliating glove etc...not to mention the lady who spent 1 hour with you, giving you, what I thought was a fantastic massage? And ALL of this for 115dhms...which is about 10€ ! Personally, I think that this is fantastic value for money....but, I do appreciate what you have written...and thank you...Sue
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2012

We stayed here for 2 nights and had a wonderful time. Sue was warm and welcoming and a wealth of information of food and what to do, had we stayed for longer there would have been several activities such as horse or camel riding, or hammam which they can organise which would have been fantastic to do. The femmes de ménage do a wonderful job of looking after you, form coming to meet you at the bus stop to making sure that your stay is as good as possible. Location can't be beaten, there is some excellent food to be had in the local area which they know all about, the rooms were genuinely fun and well decorated and it was lovely to be able to go and have breakfast up on a sun bathed terrace, looking onto the sea.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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Lunetoile, Owner at Riad Lunetoile, responded to this review, September 27, 2012
Excellent review!! Thank you soooo much..
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2012

Riad Lunetoile lies in the medina of Essaouira at the northern end of the main shopping street.

My wife and I stayed for 18 nights in August 2012. We had booked the apartment at the top of the house and found it to be very comfortable and satisfactory. I especially love the various types of Moroccan tiling in the apartment and in fact the whole riad is very tastefully decorated!

The apartment had a bedroom with double bed, a sitting-room with tv, a kitchen with gas stove and fridge, a bathroom with bathtub, toilet and bidet.

A big bonus was the quite large private terrace that goes with the apartment. One could sunbathe there during the day and in the evening one could look down and watch the alley scene below. At the end of the terrace is a small extra room which was locked while we were there but which is available for use if you are a family or larger party.

The owner of the riad - Sue - makes sure that all her guests are properly welcomed with a glass of mint tea and a local map along with her tips about the best places to eat, etc. in the medina.

The girls who work at the riad are very pleasant and conscientious and easy to communicate with, even if you don't speak French.

Coming to the riad for the first time it's a good idea to follow Sue's advice and ring in advance to let them know when you'll arrive so that they can arrange to meet you to guide you to the location! We didn't do this because I thought the locals would know but the porter who trollied our bags from the medina gate went all over the place without finding it (perhaps intentionally!) until we called on the phone.

The riad is very safe and secure and, as it lies at the end of a main thoroughfare you soon get to know your way about in the medina! The other main street (market street) is parallel with this one so that makes it easy!

A stairway outside the apartment door leads up to the main roof terrace where there are great views of the medina and sea and even a sort of conservatory/lounge which we didn't really use but is probably very cosy in the colder months of the year.

The girls prepare a nice breakfast each morning which you can either take downstairs or in your room or on the terrace. There is no cooking in the evenings (unless you do it yourself) but there are loads of places to eat all over the medina.

One of the services provided was a visit to the hammam. My wife went with one of the riad girls (Latifah) and she took care of her and helped her with the whole nine yards of bathing and scrubbing and what-have-you and reported that it was a great experience!

We enjoyed our stay very much and would definitely stay there again!

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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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Lunetoile, Owner at Riad Lunetoile, responded to this review, September 20, 2012
Wooow! What an amazingly long review!! Thanks so much for taking the time..so v kind of you... And we look forward, one day, to your return. Thanks from all of us at Lunetoile..
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Iowa City, Iowa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2012

I stayed with some friends at the Riad for 1 night over the summer. Sue knew we only had a short time in the city and made the stay well worth it. She gave us great ideas on things to do and great restaurants to eat at. The Riad was beautiful and the staff was as friendly as you can get. If you get a chance to stay in Essaouira, don't even think about staying anywhere else.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Lunetoile, Owner at Riad Lunetoile, responded to this review, September 16, 2012
"don't even think about staying anywhere else"!!! Thank you Sooooo much...what a lovely review!
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2012

This is a very charming place to stay. The staff was super friendly and Sue, the owner, was a very warm and welcoming lady who made us feel right at home. She gave us many helpful tips about places to go explore around the city. Our room was tastefully decorated, extremely clean and surprisingly large. There was a nice rooftop terrace with an ocean view that was open for everyone to use and a nice common area on the first level where we could talk with other guests. I thought it was a great value for the money. I would highly recommend this as an excellent place to stay.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Lunetoile, Owner at Riad Lunetoile, responded to this review, September 9, 2012
Thank you!! LOVE that you appreciate "THE GREAT VALUE FOR MONEY"... ( Amongst all the other praise)...thank you so much...Sue
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2012 via mobile

i can only recommend lunetoile as we spent 6 days and nights here and it was never boring! camel riding at la maison de chameau, hammam (thanks to latifa who made this an unforgetable relaxing experience), massage, waxing, enjoying the nice breakfast every morning and chilling out at the rooftop terrace... well, essaouira is not too bad either :) we will come back with little babyboy!

  • Stayed July 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Lunetoile, Owner at Riad Lunetoile, responded to this review, September 12, 2012
Thanks for the wonderful write up...we SOOO await your return with baby....wishing you a serene next few months...from all of us at Lunetoile.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2012

We had a very pleasent stay at Riad Lunetoile in Essaouira. The staff is very kind and caring, and the owner of the hostel (Sue) is very involved with the guests who stay at Riad Lunetoile. We got a lot of information about Essaouira when we arrived, which made us immediately a bit familiar with this for us unknown city.
The Riad is very clean, the breakfast is great and the rooms are beautiful, for a reasonable price. We definitely come back one day!

  • Stayed August 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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Lunetoile, Owner at Riad Lunetoile, responded to this review, August 27, 2012
Thank you so much for the wonderful review...and please do come back....always welcome! Sue
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Address: 191 Rue Sidi Mohamed Ben Abdullah | Medina, Essaouira 44000, Morocco
Location: Morocco > Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region > Essaouira
Amenities:
Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( Wi-Fi ) Kitchenette Room Service Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #19 of 158 B&Bs / Inns in Essaouira
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Riad Lunetoile, situated in the heart of the Medina, with sea-views from the top terrace and from apartment 5, is the ideal relaxing, comfortable, holiday home / guest-house / B&B, to rent, in Essaouira. Ideal for surfers, individuals, couples or families... our Moroccan hospitality will enthrall you.....so, Submit yourself to a gentle introduction to true Moroccan hospitality, mixed with a little European comfort, and spiced up with a few Indian accessories. Enjoy all, that the Orient, has to offer, whilst still being in Africa!Savour our home-made BISUITS and sip mint tea from our sea-facing, rooftop terrace and listen to the waves of the Atlantic Ocean, crashing onto the rocks, whilst you let yourself drift into the mysteries of this far-away, Arabic, land. ... more   less 
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