I have been staying here, half board, since 28th August and leave on Saturday. On arrival I too had a problem with my booking, but our fibre optic superhighway is not infallible. Following a brief apology I was cheerfully shown to a room, better than the one I had booked, and heard no more. I cannot speak for the bungalows but my room was clean, spacious with a well appointed bathroom and the maid service is daily The lobby and lounges retain an opulence of a bygone era, as do the cocktail bar and restaurant on the first floor.
The buffet breakfast is ample, as is the evening meal, and, save the occasional lack of attention to detail, the staff are friendly and attentive.
The hotel grounds have seen better days, but are regularly tended. The pool is clean, well maintained and there are plenty of sunbeds, parasols, tables and chairs There is a bar/snack and the lifeguard is there until sundown, also playing an eclectic mix of background music, save for the regular interruptions of the amplified muezzin from a nearby minaret!
50 yards from the beach, or 15 minutes for the surf beach, the hotel is ideally placed for both the port where can be found 20 odd seafood outlets (chez sam is excellent value), and the medina with its countless restaurants and cafes.Most hotels and riads welcome non residents and you can enjoy a drink, meal or both from the rooftop terraces. Taros, near to the port on the big square has panoramic views over the town and the bay.
Back to the hotel. Yes there are 2 clubs nearby but nothing like as loud as claimed by this lady. The hotel is undergoing expansion and there is a recently opened club by the front forecourt but again it is not intrusive.
Prostitutes coming and going in a hotel? Whatever next! The separation of the oldest profession from the international leisure industry is as likely as the Second coming of Christ! This lady has clearly made the effort to get out more by visiting Essaouira, but I fear with an outlook like hers she will not venture further afield having precuded any visit to most major holiday destinations and several thousand others! Perhaps she should visit Monasticholidays.com where she may find the sympathy, comfort and tranquillity she clearly craves and, ultimately, everlasting peace!
In short, for good value and superb location alone, you could do a lot worse.
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