Travel Blogs from Essaouira
... we followed our local friends through the crowded and dark Medina and to the one bar in Essaoiura. The bar is outdoors and on a rooftop overlooking the harbor. It also had live music... An acoustic performer from Algeria with the most massive Afro you'd ever imagine. No kidding- the diameter of this dudes hair is probably about a foot and a half... And, true to the spectacle that was his hair, his voice was no exception. He was magical. An hour acoustic ...
... point to see a line of what looks like beach huts. These are, in fact, the 'fish grillards' where one can purchase fish by the weight then have it freshly cooked. We decide we will return this evening. Just round the corner lies the beach, a huge expanse of golden sand but the water looks rather green, not the azure blue one might expect. No-one is swimming though a few are paddling. Ian tries to persuade Gill that swimming could be dangerous here. Looks like Gill would like ...
... falafel shop around the corner that made real chickpea balls. Dasha even found an Asian restaurant "Wok" serving noodles with vegetables and a Mex place "La Cantina" serving Veg curry and Veg chili! We were in paradise! Plus, there was no shortage of fresh orange juice squeezed in front of our eyes, all for 4D (0.40 cents a glass). It was our morning ritual to take a stroll by the pier, drinking a class of fresh juice while admiring the ...
... couple of live musicians playing a local style of music called Gnaoua (http://www.essaouira.nu/culture_gnaoua .htm), brought to Morocco centuries ago by slaves from the south. It is very trance like for dancing.
Then it's off home to bed.
Day 2 in Essaouira and it's good to have cereal for breakfast.
9.00 we meet for the city tour to familiarise ourselves with the town.
Leaving our hotel we walk to Square Orsen Welles, ...
We left the
Marrakech campsite slightly later than intended, mainly because of the queue of
large motorhomes, also trying to leave. There are some very large vans around, some the size of buses.
I did speak to an English couple who told me they had been living full time in
a motorhome for four years but I have no idea whether the owners of these giant
vans have sold their homes ...
How has this hotel rated in the past?
Historical Traveler Reviews Riad Watier Essaouira
Would go back
We have just got back from Essaouira and we stayed in Riad Watier. We really enjoyed our stay here finding the all the staff and the owner very friendly and welcoming.
Our room was on the ground floor and did have a slightly damp smell, which I was expecting as I had read in the guide books this is usually the case Autumn/Winter time within the medina. However, the feel of the riad was very relaxed and it was not enough to put us off our stay here. It would probably be better to have a room above the ground floor as they have windows which can open onto the outside as opposed to the main court yard for better ventilation.
I would go back here as we were made to feel very welcome adn the staff were very helpful during our stay.
Relajado y acogedor paraíso
Éste es verdaderamente un adorable lugar para alojarse. Te harán sentir muy bienvenido, las habitaciones son amplias, bien iluminadas y ventiladas (un gran alivio después de los atracos que encontramos en Marrakesh). El desayuno en la terraza del tejado (ten cuidado con las gaviotas) te preparaba muy bien para el día y el dueño hacía todo lo posible por ayudarte con consejos o cualquier arreglo para tus próximos viajes. No estábamos locos por Essaouria, pero sin duda recomendaríamos este lugar fuertemente a todos los que vayan allí.
Lo pasamos fenomenal en el Riad Watier
Pasamos dos fantásticos días en el Riad Watier. Las habitaciones eran muy amplias (nuestro lugar era más grande que nuestro primer apartamento en Londres). Estaba también muy limpio y con camas muy cómodas, y lo mejor de todo - suaves edredones.
La otra cosa muy buena acerca de este Riad era el servicio. El dueño, Jean Gabriel, es muy servicial y simpático, y con fantásticos consejos de buenos lugares para comer y beber. También tiene una manera de hacerte sentir muy acogido y relajado. El resto del personal tienen la misma actitud de simpatía. De hecho, ¡no creo que recuerde a alguien que no sonriera!
Con todo, es un fantástico lugar para alojarse, y lo recomiendo completamente.
A bit disappointing: booked the cheapest room but still think it was too expensive for what it was.
Did'nt live up to expectations.
The welcome was okay but we got the feeling the owner was not very interested. We arrived late evening, no offer of a drink, just a few directions of where to get something to eat. The riad is quite dark but could have been good if the candles that stood around had been lit, and the fountain in the courtyard was in working order.
Again the terrace at the top was totally devoid of any TLC, no plants, there were sunbeds but no towels. shame because there is a wonderful seaview.
Worst of all, the place smelt of damp. Our beds and clothes smelt of damp. We were there at the start of October so it must get worse.
The staff who worked for the owner ,were lovely and helpful.
but I certainly would not recommend it .
Excellent séjour au Riad Watier
Nous avons passé un excellent séjour de deux jours au Riad Watier. Les chambres étaient très grandes (notre suite était plus grande que notre premier appartement à Londres). Elles sont également très propres et sont équipées de lits confortables, et le meilleur, avec des couettes moelleuses. L'autre atout de cet hôtel était le service. Le propriétaire, Jean Gabriel, est très serviable et sympathique et vous recommande de bons endroits pour aller manger ou boire un verre. Il avait l'art et la manière de bien vous accueillir et de vous détendre. Le reste du personnel nous a réservé le même accueil chaleureux. En fait, je n'ai pas le souvenir d'un moment où personne ne riait ! En gros, c'est un hôtel de très bonne qualité que je vous conseille à tout prix.
Nous avons séjourné dans cet hôtel pour deux nuits et nous avons passé de très bons moments. L'hôtel est situé en bas d'une petite rue non loin de l'une des rues principales dans la Médina. Il n'y a pas d'autre hôtel dans cette rue donc l'ambiance est purement marocaine. Quand on entre, l'hôtel est très spacieux et il possède une cour qui mène aux chambres. Le système électrique est à la fois moderne et ancien. Par ailleurs, cet hôtel qui était une ancienne école a été récemment rénové donc tout est en très bon état.
We stayed here for two nights - and had a wonderful time. The hotel is tucked away down a side street from one of the main streets in the Medina. There are not that no other hotels on this street so it feels like the real Morocco. The place is amazingly airy when you get inside with a great atrium, which the rooms come off. Its eclecticly modern and old at the same time - recently done up within the shell of an old school - so everything is in very good condition. Breakfast is served on the terrace - and was very good. There's another terrace for sunbathing too.
A wonderful time at Riad Watier
We spent two lovely days Riad Watier. The rooms were very spacious (our suite was bigger than our first apartment in London). They are also very clean and with comfortable beds and best of all - soft duvets.
The other great thing about this riad was the service. The owner, Jean Gabriel is very helpful and friendly with great tips on good places to eat and drink. He also has a way of making you feel very welcome and relaxed. The rest of the staff have the same friendly attitude. In fact, I don't think I remember a time when everyone was not smiling!
All in all , a great place to stay and thoroughly recommended.
Relaxed and welcoming haven
This really is a lovely place to stay. You will be made to feel very welcome, the rooms are spacious, light and airy (a real relief after some of the riads found in marrakesh). Breakfast on the roof teraace (beware of the seagulls) sets you up nicely for the day and the owner will go out of his way to help you with any advice or onward travel arrangements. We weren't crazy about Essaouira itself but would certainly recommend this place strongly to anyone that goes there.