The Ryad Mogador in Essaouira is, as other reviewers have mentioned, not in the idea location for exploring one of the more beautiful locations on the Moroccan coast - the "ocean view" is more of an "if you stand on your tiptoes in the parking lot you can kind of see it." You can be on the ocean in minutes, but when we were there (March 2012), they were taking advantage of the low season to rebuild the (unlit) road in front of the hotel. They're building a Label Vie supermarket just up the street a little, which would be a great amenity to have in future.
I think we may have been the only guests in the place. The rooms were perfectly decent and clean (the bathroom was almost unnecessarily large), and the pool was lovely to look at, although it was too cool to use. Breakfast was perfectly passable, but dinner was ... interesting. I'm not sure what kind of cuisine it was supposed to be, but ... well, we all ate it and no one got sick. Most surprisingly, this was the only hotel in Morocco I've visited that was dry -- no beer or wine to be had.
The staff were quite willing to help, but we did have a language barrier--most of them spoke very little English (fortunately, I speak Arabic, but some of my travel companions struggled a bit). I'd love to come back to Essaouira in the high season to see what all the fuss is about, but don't know that I'll be rushing back to the Ryad Mogador.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Ryad Mogador Essaouira is a 4-star hotel located in the picturesque village of Essaouira. It features an outdoor swimming pool, tennis courts and a 24-hour front desk. Each Ryad Mogador room is equipped with a TV with satellite channels and a telephone. All rooms have a private bathroom. Guests can dine in Le Tamusiga, the hotel's international restaurant or in the Moroccan restaurant La Scala. There is also a cocktail lounge. Ryad Mogador Essaouira has a wellbeing centre offering a traditional hammam, a sauna and massages. Free Wi-Fi is available in public areas. Free private parking is available. ... more less
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