The Hotel des Iles was the first hotel to be built in Essaouira. It opened in 1948 and the illustrious Orson Welles stayed here while filming in the city. Since then, the traces of time (history and climate) have left a negative impression on the hotel: the 2-storey building is in disrepair, worn by the sea, the wind and time. However rest assured, major works are underway throughout the hotel to renovate, modernise and expand the complex. The 40 bungalows are being demolished and extra guest rooms will be built instead (about one hundred). A total of 35 Suites are also under construction, as well as 12 villas and 40 residences. A spa with a hammam and a gym will also be built as part of the project. There is therefore no need to tell you that, for the moment, the hotel is a bit like a construction site, which does not necessarily make it a pleasant place to stay.
At the moment, the hotel welcomes its guests in a dark lobby, and upstairs, the Orson Welles bar is only open in the evening. The pool area is a bit neglected but it too is also set to be given a face-lift shortly. Another bar, not far from the pool area, serves cocktails and drinks.
In the evening, there is also a nightclub open for guests.