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Hotel Smara
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Reviewed 14 July 2008

We just showed up at the hotel and got a room. It was a basic riad-style hotel. The sheets were not so nice. The view from the roof terrace was gorgeous however, and we thought this could make up for the dirty corners. Our first night was fine, we used our own sheet and perhaps this saved us that once.

Our second night we got bed bugs though. Big ones. What a horrible experience!!! We had to wander down the dark stairs at two in the morning with only our flashlight to guide us and wake up the sleeping guardian in order to be put in another room for the remainder of the night. I counted fifty bites on one arm the next day and they lasted for two weeks before turning into large welts and finally going away.

I wish we could recommend this hotel because most of the staff were very friendly and the location is quite wonderful, but we would never go back.

If you do choose to go, just make sure to check the sheets for black or red smears and pay for the more expensive room. Oh, and don't get pooped on by seagulls on the roof terrace!

  • Stayed: May 2008, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank gia_18
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Reviewed 22 January 2008

This hotel is a cheap option but the location makes up for its lacking facilities.
Expect cold water sometimes, the occassional unflushable toilet and you will be fine. Singles / doubles with shared bath start from Dh 47 / Dh 96 for a view of the ocean at the front of the hotel pay 196Dh.
We took a third floor double room with sea views and it was wonderful. With the blue shutters and windows open at night we were gently lulled to sleep by the waves crashing against the sea walls outside. The sea air encompassed the room and you felt as if you were actually sleeping on a boat minus the movement! One morning we awoke to sea fog and visibility was at 3m but the ocean waves reassuringly crashed regularly outside our window. The hotel is close to the beach (5mins), turn left and walk following the sea wall until you reach the open square with banks, restaurants and the beach. Its safe to walk around at night also.
Breakfast is served in your room or on the roof terrace at 18Dh for cakes, jams, coffee and OJ, i took teabags and they provided hot water and milk instead.
When arriving by bus from Marrakesh, walk down the street towards the town and then maybe use a man and his 2 wheeled trailer to take your luggage through the narrow streets, mention Hotel Smara and they will take you there for about 15Dh. we planned to stay 2 nights in Essaouira but ended up spending 6 nights there. You have a beach, chilled restaurants, friendly relaxed people, blue skies and peace..perfect..surf boards can be hired and hire a shortie at least the sea is cold or better still take your own wetsuit...without, a swim for 20mins max is possible. Waves increase during high tide so check tide times and better waves are had walking down the beach away from the people. Town has a bakery, follow your nose and breads are 1Dh each, great with soft cheese and tomatoes for midday beach picnics

  • Stayed: July 2007, travelled as a couple
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3  Thank Incastonelandscaping
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Reviewed 29 August 2016
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  • Stayed: August 2016, travelled solo
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Reviewed 25 May 2016 via mobile
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Stayed: May 2016, travelled solo
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Reviewed 15 December 2015
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  • Stayed: October 2015, travelled as a couple
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