We were the only guests at this sweet, quirky little Riad in Essaouira for three nights between Christmas and New Years, and found it a nice budget option. The courtyard is lovely with a burbling fountain, the rooms were very generously sized and very clean. We had the yellow and red rooms, which the riad advertises as good for families as they share a private landing and we enjoyed having our own little sitting area between the two. Closet space in the yellow room is very ample. The only real complaint with the building was the shower in the red room--the water was hot, but very difficult to regulate, and ended up either scalding or freezing. Beds were really good, and there were radiators in the rooms, which were very comfortable in the cold weather. We noted that the owners leave their clothes and papers in these rooms, and Ilham commented: we have trust in our guests!
Ilham was unbelievably helpful, extremely responsive to every email request I sent, and arranged transport for us to and from Essaouira, but since we were the only guests, the staff left the riad when they were done with their housekeeping. We were given the key to the riad so we could come and go as we pleased. The same thing happened when we ate dinner in, we asked for dinner at 8, and a fire, and the room was set up really beautifully with a blazing fire, then the food was all brought in at once and the staff left for the night.
We were asked about breakfast, and requested boiled eggs--they were presented each day in addition to the basic Moroccan continental, which was accompanied by the Riad's own fig preserves, a very nice touch. The day we left it was very very early, so they made us little takeaway packages for our breakfast which was much appreciated. There is a terrace, but it was only partially furnished, and we weren't offered the option of having our breakfast up there, they may have thought it wasn't warm enough and I didn't ask, largely because I didn't think of it until I saw guests at a neighboring riad eating on theirs. The dinner we had was lamb with artichoke hearts and peas, which we hadn't seen on any other menu, and was a nice change, and although it was only December 30th, they comped us a bottle of wine, which was a lovely touch. We speak French, and I don't think the staff have English, so you'll need to have French to communicate.
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- Discover the treasures of our Riad and the region of Essaouira. Located in the heart of the medina, Riad du Figuier is one of the the few in the city to offer a large patio. We offer our guests to live through Moroccan traditions and especially its cuisine. Culinary art is one of the best ways to discover a country so we encourage you to take a Moroccan cuisine cooking class with our cook. ... more less
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