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“Perfect place to visit and relax en Esauira”
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Riad Alech
Ranked #48 of 75 Hotels in Essaouira
Reviewed February 13, 2014

We enjoyed the worm hospitality of the owner of this nice and well kept riad. After the long way from Marrakesh to Esauira and the stressing task of avoiding some annoying people offering a place were to stay just entering into the Medina of Esauira we could relax on the terrace of Riad Alech resting with a delicious maroccan meant tea.
The Riad was quite and homely. Room was cosy and full of nice details. Bathroom little but clean and tidy.
Just a bit difficult to find in the labyrinth of the Medina even because "rue ceuta" is not on googlemaps!

Room Tip: Next rime I might choose a room on the first floor just to have more privacy The room on the ground...
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  • Stayed: February 2014, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 6, 2014

The incredible host (Mohamed), romantic rooms and extensive breakfast are making this Riad a place you don't want to miss. We had a great time here during NYE. The host cooked a traditional diner, invited a live berber music performance and hired a calligrapher to write our names as a special memory. It's a small Riad that I can highly recommend for couples.
Let your journey begin here!

  • Stayed: January 2014, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 5, 2014

The building and all the rooms were saw inside it were of a high quality, nicely decorated and kept very clean. Considering there are only 3 bedrooms the inside and rooftop communal areas offer ample space to relax. The main thoroughfares and sights of the medina are all within 5 minutes walk.

The staff were very friendly. If we were sat about in a communal area for more than 5 minutes mint tea was offered (and the prefered level of sugar remembered each time). I got some laundry done, which appeared in my room later that same day nicely folded and was not even charged for it.

Finding the Riad isn't too hard as it is quite close to the crossroads of the two main medina streets. There are no signs other than the one by the door, but with a few mins glancing at a map and noting down the street and number I found it no problem on my first trip to the medina.

Only problem you might find with it is the price which isn't the cheapest but is well worth it.

  • Stayed: December 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed June 14, 2013

I'm only giving this riad a good rating because of the staff that work their. Boushra; the housekeeper (moroccan girl), was amazingly friendly and attentive, and was able to interact well despite her limited English. She made us feel welcome and at home, and I felt sorry for her climbing up and down the stairs every morning for breakfast! The riad is otherwise overly priced, the bottom rooms are dark, cramped and damp smelling. The french owners were if anything aloof, and quick to get the welcome over. The breakfast was worth getting up for. Thanks Boushra!!!!!!

The riad is hard to find and is labeled with a small sign next to the door. Most people are friendly and we ended up being shown the last block without being hassled for money.

Room Tip: Avoid the bottom rooms, they lack privacy and are dark and damp.
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  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed May 13, 2013

During an official tour of my father in the city we stayed here for three nights. Everything is superb here. The décor of the building, rooms, breakfast, the hospitality of the staff and everything really impressed me. Property is very clean and intelligently designed. I spent a great time here with my mother and really enjoyed a lot. I will be back again soon, very soon!

  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed March 22, 2013 via mobile

this riad was genuinely one of the loveliest places we stayed in Morocco. all the staff were incredibly welcoming with the manager being so warm and helpful. our room was stunning with a separate bathroom which literally had the biggest bath I've ever seen!!!! the roof terrace is spacious and just the break you need from the busy streets.
its located in a quite hard to reach part of the town (a maze!) so i would suggest paying one of the people with the wheel barrows to direct you.

  • Stayed: March 2013
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Reviewed December 20, 2012

Riad Alech was an absolutely wonderful experience. We were only going to stay two nights in Essaouira but ended up staying four because this place was so great. The owners are super friendly and patient and they helped us with all our questions and showed us all the best hole-in-the-wall places to eat in town that the locals visit. They were also super accommodating and helpful with all the other questions they had. It's a French couple that moved away from France a few years ago - their English is really good and I had no problems getting any information.

One of the best things about this place, hands down, is the friendly and thoughtful staff.

The night watchman, Abdellah, is a thoughtful and hospitable person. He would go through this elaborate ritual every evening where he would make us Moroccan mint tea and try to explain to us in French how the tea is made. Very endearing. Thanks to this evening ritual, we're now going to get a Moroccan tea set for when we go back home to try and repeat the experience at home. He was also remarkable about anticipating our needs despite not speaking our language and responding accordingly.

The lady that works there during the day, Khadija, is also very nice. She was also great at anticipating our needs and was happy to serve us breakfast on the terrace every morning despite repeated trips up the stairs.

Overall, this was a great experience, and I'm really glad we came here. We're definitely going to visit again someday. Hopefully the owners, Abdellah and Khadija are still here.

  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled as a couple
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Additional Information about Riad Alech

Address: 61 Rue Ceuta, Essaouira 44000, Morocco
Location: Morocco > Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region > Essaouira
Amenities:
Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites
Hotel Style:
#21 Romantic Hotel in Essaouira
#25 On the Beach Hotel in Essaouira
Price Range: $44 - $100 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 5
Also Known As:
Riad Alech Essaouira
Riad Alech Hotel Essaouira

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