I came to be at Riad Lunetoile off the back of the reviews on here and I have to say that the hype is justified.
It's located on one of the two main streets running through the medina and would have been easy to find. However I did not need to as one of the local ladies working there came to meet me at the bus stop.
I was originally booked into one of the ground floor rooms with shared bathroom. However, on arrival I was offered a room on the 1st floor (number 3) at a lower rate as the ground floor room was double booked. I decided to take it.
The room spanned the front of the riad. It was nicely decorated and had a wardrobe, corner couch/seat and lots of shelving. I was given local snacks, oranges and a bottle of water which I thought were nice touches. This being January the room got quite cold at night but with the heater provided I survived without much of a problem. A slight annoyance was the pool hall/amusement arcade just down the street. The local youth made a lot of noise. The screaming and shouting continued until at least 00.30 when I put my earplugs in.
The private bathroom was pleasant. A heated towel rail, decent supply of toilet paper. More nice touches like petals spread on the floor towel next to the shower and soap provided. The only negative was an occasional unpleasant odour. This must have come from the pipes rather than being down to any cleanliness issue.
There's a kitchen at your disposal but with so many restaurants to try I didn't go near it. A laptop is provided for internet access for those who do not have their own device. The wifi itself was not the best. The connection was not very strong and worked about 80% of the time. I feel bad mentioning it as I did not come to Morocco to check f.b but this could be an issue for anyone planning to work online during their stay. The roof terrace was a nice place to relax (there's also an indoor section for those particularly windy days.) Although the wifi signal did not reach it.
A basic breakfast was included in the price - a croissant, baguette, jam, butter, yoghurt, hot drink and juice. You could eat downstairs, in your room or on the roof terrace (you might have to share with the seagulls if the choose the latter option.)
The best thing about this hotel in my opinion was the local ladies working there - Kabira and Latifa. They were so friendly and made my stay a pleasure. Not a lot of English was spoken but this pushed me to practice my limited French. Latifa could also speak some basic Spanish.
If I was to return to Essaouira I would definitely come back to Riad Lunetoile.
- 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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