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“Great Choice”
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Hotel des Iles
Ranked #53 of 74 Hotels in Essaouira
zoe17
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“Great Choice”
Reviewed May 15, 2014

This is a beautiful older-style hotel in Essaouira, featuring traditional Moroccan design in the public areas and in the rooms. The hotel is a block from one entrance to the medina and my room had a view of the Atlantic.

Staff was helpful and congenial.

Breakfast was great, and the omelettes were wonderful. There was a bar in the hotel complex that had reasonably-priced Flag beer.

  • Stayed April 2014, traveled solo
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
Reviewed May 13, 2014

I paid about $50 for a single room - and at that price it was an excellent value. Pros: Great pool; nice enough rooms (could use a refresh but clean and good sized, with huge bathtubs); location (steps to kasbah as well as the bus station); the bar has a lot of charm to it, though not many patrons. Cons: Club next door playing country western music until late at night; breakfast is meagre; wifi only in the main building.

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  • Stayed May 2014, traveled solo
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 188 helpful votes
Reviewed February 12, 2014 via mobile

Chose Hôtel des îles for being walkable distance to medina and beach, very well located. Parking on site.

However:
- no Internet in the rooms, only in lobby
- no hot water in the room (reception said they were fixing something)
- no towels provided in the room. We had to call reception to have towels delivered.
- room was not very clean and old mats were dirty on the floor

For the price paid (less than 100$), and it's prime location, it is expected it would not be a 4-star hotel, but owners are encouraged in investing to modernize it.

Stayed February 2014, traveled with friends
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Alaska
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 93 helpful votes
Reviewed October 27, 2013

Des Isles is a classy older hotel in Essaouira, the wind-surfing capital of Morocco. The hotel has spacious rooms, a huge garden patio with swimming pool, and a good buffet breakfast. The staff is helpful, speaking English and French. Essaouira is a charming town with old Portuguese and French fortifications in good condition. There is a harbor full of working fishing boats. The town medina is not so big as to get you lost. The streets are full of local artists' work. The beach is broad and busy and is directly across the street from the hotel. Take a cruise around the Mogador Islets at sunset.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Cologne, Germany
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Reviewed September 3, 2013

Very friendly, nice Chambers, Lovely people, good (kite)Surf-spots and nice souks, Beach and Medina close to the Hotel, cool traditional music, relaxed Life-style, little Port, nice food, people are not into the Face, calm mentality with a lot hospitality

  • Stayed September 2013
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Leighton Buzzard, United Kingdom
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Reviewed June 21, 2013

Spent week after Christmas here - hotel is closest (5min) outside old town to walls and fishing harbour with its dozen or so fishermen's restaurants with their daily catches on display for your selection and cooking - exceptional - drool with the memory.

Hotel itself is sort of 30s Moorish, clean, tiled floors, large pool garden area surrounded by chalets (holiday huts). Food was ok and bar had some live and local music.Room was large with balcony overlooking beach which is across the corniche - enjoyed the week. I would stay here again.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled solo
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Manila Philippines
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Reviewed May 30, 2013

Our huge tour group had lunch at the top most floor of this hotel . It was an al fresco seating set up, and it was nice enough . After the salad consisting of green leafy vegetables , our table was served a seafood basket with different varieties of fish , and some shrimps . After which we had salad of fresh fruits . Service was rather slow, but somehow I would understand since they are dealing with great volume of people . There is a also a bit of a language barrier, but it is quite understandable .

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with friends
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Property: Hotel des Iles
Address: Blvd Mohammed V | Boulevard Mohammed V, ESSAOUIRA 44000, Maroc, Essaouira 40000, Morocco
Location: Morocco > Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region > Essaouira
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#12 Luxury Hotel in Essaouira
#15 Spa Hotel in Essaouira
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — Hotel des Iles 4*
Number of rooms: 63
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