The location is really good, just off the main square in Essouira and a short walk to the port, the beach, the souks, the ramparts, the restaurants -- everything. It is an older property and definitely has some charm. The main building is traditional riad style with rooms surrounding an open courtyard. The rooms themselves are pretty basic and seemed a bit run down, but then this is not an expensive hotel by Essaouira standards so you get what you pay for. Breakfast is good and very pleasant too, being served in the open courtyard every morning. If you want luxury you won't like this hotel but if you just want a convenient place to stay Riad al Madina is very acceptable. I would stay again.
When I researched Essaouira online two main problems were mentioned, the proliferation of motor bikes in the medina (old town) and the deterioration of the ramparts. Supposedly motorized vehicles are not allowed in the medina but there are motor bikes roaring and beeping everywhere because the police can't be bothered to enforce the rules any more. Sooner or later (probably sooner) the streets here will be like Marrakech where so many bikes are jammed into the narrow alleys that walking around the old town is quite dangerous. As for the ramparts they seem in good condition on the town side which is the part most tourists see. I took a walk on the outside beside the sea (quite difficult to get to, you need to climb over a low wall near the rocks in the main square). On the sea side there is terrible damage to the walls and obviously nobody is fixing it. Also the rocky area outside the walls is littered with disgusting rubbish. Essaouira is lovely town, potentially world class as a beach resort. It's a shame to see the city authorities let this World Heritage location deteriorate. By the way if you get a day without strong wind then that's the time to take a walk along the beach. On really windy days it's impossible because of wind blown sand.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- this elegant owned is located in the heat of essaouira.200 metres from the beach ans near all the attractions and souks.it has a central courtyard with fireplace and stream room on site or you will be offered massage and sauna.Also restaurant Riad El Madina served both traditional moroccan cuisine and intarnational dishes.free wifi,bar,patio and panoramic terrasse. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Riad Al Madina Essaouira
- Riad Al Madina Hotel Essaouira