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“Cheap and good traveller's Hotel in the heart of Marrakesh Medina!”

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Riad Hotel Essaouira
Ranked #185 of 499 Hotels in Marrakech
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Reviewed 22 February 2016

Hotel Essaouira is located in the heart of Marrakesh Medina (Old town) near Djemaa al fna. It's very cheap (Single Room 90 dh), cool in winter like many hotels/hostels in morocco. For small breakfast you pay 15 dh, big one 25dh. You eat breakfast at the roof - which offers hell of a view! Simply amazing!!
Normally the receiponists are friendly but a bit reserved, but one or two where really nice and gave me tips where to eat really good tajine and lental soup for a fair price. He eats there himself during his lunch break. And it was really good!!! I have to look up the name and will write a review about that soon, too.

I found my room clean and felt safe, cause you could lock your door with a thick locket. My single room was on first floor and had one window - out to the riad. That was quite new for me, but ok. If you needed privacy you simple locked it up too. I think every room has its own sink, so you don't have to leave the room when brushing your teeth or washing your face. It had no warm water thoug.

With my sister I stayed here two nights in a double room for 100 dh, The roof was quite adventures (The wallpaper came off a little) But other than that it was good. Had a window to the outsite.

Showers on top floor where all right. Just two of them. I made sure to get up early in the morning, so I could take my time. They are cleaned in the morning and in the afternoon.

The vibe is quite alternative. I had a neighbour playing his guitar and singing old hippie songs which was really nice. Most of the people were really friendly but I think everyone just looked for a cheap, clean and safe room while exploring marrakesh.

Nearby I found a very small pottery at crossing of Bouloukate and Riad Zitoun Lakdim - really nice and humble salesman, not pushing at all (gift shopping at its best).

Recommended!

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  • Stayed: March 2015, travelled solo
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Reviewed 29 January 2016

very very close to the center! for hostel prices, you can get your own bed in your own little room. shared toilet and shower room. it's a bit cramped. but very friendly and helpful staff. clean and quiet.

  • Stayed: January 2016, travelled solo
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Reviewed 16 December 2015

At first it was a bit hard to find but actually the hotel is in a very good location - near Djeema-El-Fna but also away from the crowd. The room was simple yet comfortable with the only drawback being lightning - if one plans to read a book or something in the evening, it might not be possible. The roof terrace is great and the hotel offers breakfast for 20 or 25DAM. The staff was friendly and overall I am satisfied with my stay in this bang-for-the-buck hotel.

  • Stayed: December 2015, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 15 April 2015

I've stayed in the Hotel Essaouira a couple of times and the next time I go to Marrakech I will stay there again - as long as its not booked up.

I can't really put my finger on why I like it there so much. Maybe it is because it is so close to the Souks and the main square. The rooftop area where you can just chill out is probably what makes it stand out from the other hotels in this area and in this price range.

The staff are quite friendly and helpful, but given that they see so many faces they can be forgiven for not always being as attentive as some high maintenance people might expect. However, if you are a low maintenance kind of person, who is on a budget, then I thoroughly recommend it.

The accommodation is pretty basic, but it is clean and the beds are comfortable and anyway you can't really expect a 5 * palace at budget prices can you? I've paid a lot more for similar accommodation, so I think it is good value for money by anyone's standards.

I would advise you book early though because word has got out about this gem of a place. My favourite room is Room 7 which has a window onto the street below and has a good source of light.

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  • Stayed: December 2014, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 29 March 2015

The hotel is just in a side street at the beginning of the souks, close to the main square.
The room did not have a bathroom, toilets (2 in total) were outside along the stairs. There were 3 showers as well (the two on the top floor had hot water - learnt it on the hard way).
No toilet paper.
Rooms quite small but serve the purpose, however, they are quite noisy, dont block too much sound off.
Staff was sleeping most of the times we passed reception.
Very cheap.
Good breakfast on the terrace for 20 dhiram

  • Stayed: March 2015, travelled with friends
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Additional Information about Riad Hotel Essaouira

Address: Riad Zitoune Kedim 3, Derb Sidi Bouloukate, Marrakech 40040, Morocco
Region: Morocco > Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region > Marrakech
Amenities:
Restaurant Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #185 of 499 Hotels in Marrakech
Price Range: ₹ 2,516 - ₹ 7,038 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Riad Hotel Essaouira 3*
Number of rooms: 18
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Located in the Medina neighborhood in Marrakesh, 100 m from Palais de La Bahia, Riad Hôtel Essaouira features free WiFi throughout the property. Every room has a private bathroom equipped with a shower. You will find a 24-hour front desk at the property. The riad also provides car rental. Museum Dar Si Said is 201 m from Riad Hôtel Essaouira, and Cooking School is 300 m from the property. Menara Airport is 4 km away. ... more   less 
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