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Palazzo Desdemona Essaouira Reviews
Top Location, Super Staff but Dated & Rustic Dec 28, 2010
I stayed 3 nights here in one of the upper level "suites" with massive private terrace.
The location of the hotel is excellent, located right on the edge of the venerable and picturesque, whitewashed & blue, Essaouira medina. A 30 second walk from the main square with all its cafes, restaurants and the winding laneways of the medina beyond.
The room had lots of windows and direct access to the private terrace, with an unobstructed view of the harbourfront, clocktower and charming surrounding buildings. Other than the many birds (including a noisy rooster next door), it was very quiet.
The service was excellent-excellent from the manager to the cleaning crew to the wait-staff, it was really professional and friendly.
The restaurant on the main floor is home to a local wifi hotspot and guests get free useage 24 hours a day.
I only had breakfasts here and they were pretty good...Not exceptional but decent.
On the downside, the hotel needs a retro-fit in a pretty major way: The paint is crumbling on the exterior, and the 61 steps up to the top floor are fine for a young, strapping buck like me, but would be a major problem for those with mobility issues.
The finish and decor in the room itself was very dated and a bit worn out. Opening and closing the doors was an exercise in slamming and yanking-hard, and it wasn't just my room with this problem: I could hear other doors slamming around the hotel as well, so they must have all had the same problem. While there were lots of sheets and blankets on the bed, they too had seen better days.
The bathroom was functional, but dated and worn as well, and water temperature regulation was a nuissance at best; a burn or freeze experience at worst. The towels looked like they could have actually been used by Jimi Hendrix himself on his last visit to Essaouira, sometime in 1968.
The room's terrace was massive and clean, but there was only 1 wooden table and ancient chairs present. Given the exposure to ample sunlight, a couple of loungers would have made it a very, very nice place to spend the day.
Listen, I know it sounds like I'm bashing the place, but I really DID enjoy my stay as a solo traveller, as I'm pretty easy-going. With a bit of new paint and some investment in some new ammenities, this place could easily be something really, really special. I paid 75EU/ night incl breakfast and it was worth it for that amazing view and terrace but overall, I would only give it 3 out of 5. I WOULD stay here again however, if that means anything to you.
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The Palazzo Desdemona Hotel is located in Essaouira making it one of the best hotels to stay at while in town. All hotel's guestrooms have all the conveniences expected in a hotel in its class to suit guests' utmost comforts. Each of the hotel's guestrooms offers non smoking rooms, shower. Guests can experience the high standards of comfort while staying at this luxury Essaouira hotel with everything they need right on the site such as 24hr room service, executive floor, bar/pub, laundry service/dry cleaning, restaurant, room service, tours. To unwind, guests can enjoy the leisure facilities provided on the hotel's property, including massage, spa, outdoor pool. With elegant facilities and hospitality, guests at this hotel will surely have an impressive stay. To make your booking at the Palazzo Desdemona Hotel Essaouira, please enter the dates of your stay and sumbit our secure online booking form.
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