Hotel Miramar

3 out of 5 stars3 Stars

20, Boulevard Mohamed V, Essaouira, Morocco
Hotel Miramar
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Value Score Great Value!

Costs 30% less than similarly rated 3 star hotels

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  • Couples72
  • Solo85
  • Business100

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Forum Posts

Anyone been ripped off by the boys at the beach?

by Alifelessordinary

Hi, I was wondering if anyone has experienced the same situation as myself. I have visited Essaouira and was conned into lending 3600 MAD to help a local guy with an apparent kite surfing instructors course (he didnt do it) only to be told he would not be paying back the money and instead his mother needs it to build a house!?!? I spoke to her and she apologised profusely begging me not to go to the police and in turn promised the money would be returned at the end of last month however she is no longer prepared to return it either. I know there is a process of retrieval through the police/embassey. Can others please advise of any similar experiences.

Re: Anyone been ripped off by the boys at the beach?

by earthflyer

Sorry to here you have been conned Big time.

If you want to help somebody with something, do it through a charity, but never give money to anybody who you don't know.

Never give that amount of money to somebody who is doing a Kite surfing instructors course anywhere that is a big con.

As for retreiving your money, your might as well right it off you won't get it back and use this as a huge learning curve for yourself, never give money to anybody in foreign country.

Hope this does not put you off from travelling. many people get conned at somepoint or another.

Re: Anyone been ripped off by the boys at the beach?

by cabeyp

I'm sorry but you have only 1 solution which is to go to the police. The money you paid equated to €360. In a country where the salary for a cafe worker is about €1/hour that is a lot of money. Now convert how much that would relate to in a European country where lets say they earn €7/hr - that makes it equivalent to having leant the over €2000. You need to see it in relation to what it is worth to them, not to us. This is a big rip off. Now do you not think it is worth going to the police for?

Re: Anyone been ripped off by the boys at the beach?

by cabeyp

P.S. Just to list a few of the other known rip offs:
- I have an ill relative and we can't afford the mnedication
- My mother/sister needs an operation we can't afford
- I need to pay a fine or I'll end up in jail
- Lend me some money for petrol and I'll come back to do the trip (never does)
- Can you buy me dinner I don't have time to go home
- Being asked to pay after having been invited for dinner at someone's house
- Any kind of "give me money upfront"

Always pay once the service has been delivered. Or only pay a small holding deposit.

It makes me quite angry when I see poeple falling for Moroccan non-logic or feeling helpless to retaliate. "His mother needs to build a house" Tsss... Now is that your problem? No! It might be an explanaition for being a thief but it is not an explanation that makes it right.

Re: Anyone been ripped off by the boys at the beach?

by Potato-Brigade

Sory, Alifelessordinary, but as you now know - you´ve been had. I suppose you could try the police but well I doubt they will be sympathetic. Give it a try if you like but do you have a receipt or a local witness who´s willing to speak up on your behalf? That´s what I thought.

Not to add insult to injury but if you´d have ask us first (before lending the money) you know what our advice would have been. Yes?

Re: Anyone been ripped off by the boys at the beach?

by footstool

Somebody tried to sell me a bridge in Brooklyn last year, but I was too clever for him; I bought the tunnel instead.

Re: Anyone been ripped off by the boys at the beach?

by Potato-Brigade

"Somebody tried to sell me a bridge in Brooklyn last year, but I was too clever for him; I bought the tunnel instead."

There´s no putting one past you, eh Footstool? You must have seen him coming from a mile off! :)

Re: Anyone been ripped off by the boys at the beach?

by footstool

Yes, and I gave him a down payment on the "A" train as well.

Re: Anyone been ripped off by the boys at the beach?

by Potato-Brigade

I thought "the Duke" took it with him.

Re: Anyone been ripped off by the boys at the beach?

by JamalMorelli

what happened?
Did you get your money back?

Travel Tips for Essaouira

smell the city

by balihai69

smell the city

u must keep your nose open more than your eyes. the strong odours will take you to the spirit of this old fortress. take a walk inside the walls, catching the smell of the wooden doors, the stone, the salty rest in the streets ... and try to follow a peculiar wooden scent till you get one of the shops where the famous wooden articles are sold. go away to the outside crossing the flea market, open your nose again. and get to the harbour. the fishermen bring the fresh fish and seafood, and some market stalls prepare them at the moment for you. go to the square in front of the harbour and have some fragrant tea and some spicy food under the trees and the sun


by matcrazy1

Windsurfing is the main sport activity in Essaouira. There are constant winds that pass this cape town. I saw quite a lot young wind-surfers from Europe coming to Essaouira just to practice it there. It's just cheaper to live and do that in Essaouira than in any European windsurfing center. You should bring your own equipment. Although I noticed commercials of hotels and clubs that they rent equipment and help with the rest.

A new restaurant in the medina

by JLBG about Le Patio

In a very pleasant surrounding, "le Patios" serves an excellent food. An ancient house has been very well arranged into a restaurant. Light curtains divide the dining room so that each table has some privacy but you can anyway see the whole dining room.

Skala de la Ville

by iwys

This is the great stone sea wall that runs along the seafront. Along the top is a line of canons, facing out to sea. You can walk along it from the North Bastion to the harbour. The term ‘skala’, meaning coastal fortification in Moroccan Arabic, comes from the French ‘escale’ , meaning 'landing point'.

Things to see from Skala du Port - Boat Yard 2

by suvanki

I spotted this group of men under the boat, It looked like there was a discussion as to how to do the job, or maybe they were just happy to let the other man do all the work!

This boat yard is a busy working place. it can be viewed from the Skala de Port, or from ground level


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