The offer of accommodation in Essaouira is quite varied. Expensive luxury hotels in front of the beach, reformed old houses and palaces (called Riads), cheap hotels and pensions, self catering apartments, and last but not least, home staying.
It is highly advisable to reserve ahead. especially during the high season. If you do not have a place to stay, local people will offer a room in their houses at the bus station. Rooms are usually ok.
An excellent option is to reserve a Riad. These old traditional houses are in the Medina (old town). Some of them are old palaces completely refurbished. Others take advantage of the Riad name and are only average houses with some nice decoration. Prices of Riads in old Essaouira are similar to a 3-4 hotel in Europe or America.
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