Hotel Les Iles Hotel 4 star
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1948 BD MOHAMED V 44000 ESSAOURIA Maroc Essaouira, Morocco
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This is a historic hotel in Essaouira, where Orson Welles once stayed. The Hotel des Iles is a little old and worn but it has a kind of aura and mystery about it. It is well-located and provides an alternative for travellers on a restricted budget. It will be interesting to revisit this hotel once the renovation work has been completed.

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    Location 9.16 /10

    The Hotel des Isles is ideally located facing the ocean, near the entrance to the medina and the port. All the main attractions are within walking distance: restaurants, souks, tourist attractions, the port, the medina etc. Furthermore, in order to get to the beach, all you have to do is cross the road. The airport is 45 minutes away by car.

    Accommodation 6.20 /10

    The 65 guest rooms were all renovated in 2011 but the decor still remains a little kitsch. The wooden furniture is most certainly period furniture. Some of the rooms do not have a balcony. The views from the rooms overlook either the sea or the pool. At the moment, there is no internet access in the rooms but this service is set to be provided when the planned renovation works are complete. The bathrooms are quite small and the decor is nothing special, but the main facilities are provided: a bathtub, a shower, a hair-dryer and hospitality products. At some point in the near future, the plan is to add 35 suites, 12 villas and 100 guest rooms to the 65 existing rooms.

    Overview 6.20 /10

    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.

    Food and drink 6.20 /10

    The restaurant is located on the first floor and offers views of the ocean. It is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Moroccan and international cuisine is served as a buffet if there are a lot of guests or la carte if there are fewer people staying at the hotel. In shades of red and black, the decor is modern and warm, however, this large room can seem cold and dreary when empty.

    To know

    The Hotel des Isles was the first hotel in Essaouira, built in 1948 by the same architect who created La Mamounia. Orson Welles stayed here during his sojourn in the white city. The hotel is currently undergoing a major renovation phase.

    Equipment

    • Handicap access
    • Restaurant
    • Internet access
    • Air conditioning
    • Spa

      beauty salon, Turkish bath

    • Swimming pool
    • Sports equipment

      tennis, surfing

    • Hairdresser
    • Whirlpool bath
    • Safe
    • Solarium

    advantage

    • Good location, facing the sea and not far from the medina

    disadvantages

    • The old-fashioned decor
    • The general, run down, condition of the hotel

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