My family and I have just stayed for 4 nights (22 -25) at the Riad Watier. This was not only our first time in Essaouira but our first time in Morocco and the very first place in which we stayed. I have no hesitation in recommending Essaouira and this property to anyone especially as a place to ease yourself into Morocco. It´s a cosy, welcoming hotel with the owner Jean Gabriel and his assistant, Hiyat, making certain that you are well taken care of and that you´re well informed about the town. Being right in the heart of the medina, you only have to step out of the front door and all of the colour, sounds and smells of Essaouira hit you. Similarly, at the end of a busy day in the town the Riad is a calm and peaceful place to return to. I have to say that Essaouira is pretty much hassle free as far as medina goes. No aggressive selling or bothering of tourists here. It´s very safe. Our room at the riad was a duplex room with sitting room including working fireplace and double bedroom downstairs and upstairs a twin bedroom. Breakfast was served on the rooftop terrace and was tasty (fruit salad, homemade yogurt, fresh bread, Moroccan crepe, eggs to order, jams and honey, fresh orange juice, coffee, tea). Jean & Hiyat were particularly helpful sorting out a reliable doctor when our daughter fell ill and our insurance company let us down badly with the doctor they had sent us who was terrible. You can´t drive to the riad as the medina is car free. I suggest parking by Bab Marrakesh (Marrakesh Gate) and from there one of the locals who offer a porterage service will wheel your bags in their mini trailor to the hotel for 20 - 30 dirhams ( 2 - 3 euros). While in Essaouira be sure to dine at the Caravan Club. Wonderfully entertaining riad restaurant with live music, a magician and loads of character and atmosphere. Food is good but the experience is even better. And should you wish to have an orientation tour of the city, go shopping or a cooking class I highly recommend contacting an interesting and charming young American woman living in Essaouria whose name is Mahatara Youssef and her email is email@example.com
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