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“Go round the corner”
2 of 5 bubbles Review of Hotel Smara

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Hotel Smara
Ranked #65 of 74 Hotels in Essaouira
Edinburgh
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Go round the corner”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 June 2009

Stayed for 1 night in the middle of may, didn't really like the place but it was recommended in lonely planet as the cheapest but has a curfew of 12 midnight. 136Dhr per night for a twin, but for 150Dhr around the corner you can get a MUCH nicer hotel. If you are in the Smara, walk out the door, turn left, take the first alley on the left, then left again, walk into number 30, a blue door and go and ring the bell. 150Dhr for a FANTASTIC cheap hotel. lovely rooms, beautiful terrace, lovely owners. Unfortuantly however, the hotel does not have a name, simply no.30.....a blue door. Don't be put off when you first walk in and its dark, this hotel is lovely and made Essauoira the highlight of my whole trip to morocco.

  • Stayed May 2009, travelled with friends
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1 of 5 bubbles 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!

  • Liked — gorgeous ocean view
  • Disliked — Bed Bugs!!!!
  • Stayed May 2008, travelled as a couple
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4 of 5 bubbles 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

  • Liked — Staff, Views, Price, Location
  • Disliked — Scruffy furniture, Cold showers occassionally, shared bathroom facilities
  • Stayed July 2007, travelled as a couple
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Property: Hotel Smara
Address: 26 Rue De Skala, Essaouira 44000, Morocco
Region: Morocco > Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region > Essaouira
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Ranked #65 of 74 Hotels in Essaouira
Number of rooms: 29
Also Known As:
Smara Hotel Essaouira

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