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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.
Ok but would not stay there again
A bit disappointing: booked the cheapest room but still think it was too expensive for what it was.
Location is quite convenient in the medina at the end of a narrow and dark alley. The Riad has 10 rooms on 4 floors around a courtyard. The decor of our room on the ground floor was ok but the shower was broken and water came out in all directions.
I did not like that the room had no window outside, just one out to the courtyard, so it was quite dark in the room and you had no fresh air if the window was closed. With the window open, you had lots of noise from other guests but no real fresh air either, because the walls are so high that not much air or light gets into the courtyard. When we arrived in the afternoon, the courtyard smelled like desinfectant because they were cleaning the rooms.
Unlike stated on the reservation website, the room had no airconditioning. The worst part was the smell: the whole room and especially the bed and the carpets around it had a terrible damp and mouldy smell! I only survived it after spraying perfume all over the bed. Actually the whole town of Essaouira is a rather humid and damp place.
The welcome at the Riad was friendly, although we weren't offered any drink when we arrived either. The owner chatted a bit with us, which made us feel a bit more welcome, but I also had the feeling that he is not overly warm or caring about his guests. I guess this is just his personality.
The terrace at the top had a nice seaview but no plants, no towels and the furniture looked quite old, probably from the humidity. I didn't look too inviting.
Breakfast was ok, the usual Moroccan breakfast with bread, pancakes, tea, coffee, butter, jam and orange juice. The girls who served breakfast were really nice.
I was surprised that the hotel did not accept credit card payments due to the high charges for the owner, which he refuses to pay, so he makes customers suffer instead. At least this should be stated on the website, so that guests can bring enough cash with them.
Overall, the place was ok if you don't mind the smell and don't expect too much comfort.
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.
Chambre magnifique et service très chaleureux
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.
Le petit déjeuner, qui était très bon, est servi sur la terrasse. Il y a également une autre terrasse pour prendre des bains de soleil. Notre chambre était magnifique et immense !!! Le lit était très confortable et était recouvert d'une couette plutôt que de couvertures. Nous avions également un salon séparé. La belle salle de bain était de style marocain et était équipée d'une douche. Il n'y avait ni télévision, ni téléphone donc c'était ce qu'on appelle de vraies vacances.
Mais le meilleur de cet hôtel était le service. Tout le monde était très sympathique et semblait vraiment content de travailler ici. Les deux femmes qui préparaient le petit déjeuner plaisantaient et riaient tout le temps. Quand nous sommes arrivés, Samir est venu nous chercher en voiture de la place principale et nous a conduits à l'hôtel. Tout au long du séjour, il s'est occupé de nos moindres besoins. Le propriétaire, Jean Claude, est incroyablement serviable et sympathique : il nous donnait tout le temps de bonnes recommandations sur les activités à faire et autres et vérifiait qu'on passait un agréable séjour. Il a même réservé nos billets retour pour Marrakech par téléphone en passant par Supratours (chaudement recommandé) et s'est organisé pour qu'une personne vienne chercher nos bagages avec un chariot.
Nous y retournerons à coup sûr ! Nous avons séjourné dans cinq hôtels différents au Maroc et nous vous recommanderons celui-ci est celui en premier. . . Amusez-vous bien !
Wonderful room and such friendly service
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.
Our room was wonderful - and very large!!! The bed was very comfortable - with a duvet (comforter) rather than blankets, and we had a separate living room too. A nice Moroccon style bathroom with a great shower. And no television or phone so that it felt like a real holiday.
But the best thing was the service. Everyone was so friendly and seemed to genuinely happy to be working there. The two women who did breakfast were always laughing and joking. When we arrived, Samir came and picked us up from the main square, and walked us to the hotel - and throughout our stay he looked after us with all our needs. And the owner, Jean Claude is so incredibly helpful and friendly - always giving helpful advice on what to do etc and checking to see that we were having a great time. He called to book us our transport back to Marrakech - by supratours (strongly recommended) - and then arranged a man with a trolley to get our bags there.
We would definitely go back! We stayed in five places in Morocco and this was the one we would recommend most strongly. . . Enjoy!
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.
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