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Dar El Pacha

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Dar El Pacha has undergone big changes and renovations. The aim is to be the best in Essaouira! Close to the beach inside the Medina, we offer a free breakfast, free Wi-Fi, a Computer for guest use, a terrace with panoramic views, a free pool table, music plays all day and there is a big screen showing live sports, and drinks are served all day! The reception is open 24 hours and a kichen is available for the guests. As this is a new venture from April 2015 we are very low priced to begin.
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Breakfast included
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Business Centre with Internet Access
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If you miss staying here when in town, you're missing a lot. Great staff, free pool table, free international sports on the telly, quality chilled music during the day, friendly staff, very central location, good value, laid back atmosphere, comfortable rooms, several showers on
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Response from Ben M, Emperor at Dar El Pacha
Responded 18 Mar 2016
Lovely review! Very nice when people appreciate us as we do them.
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Right in the heart of the medina. Clean comfortable room. If you are keen to socialise with other travellers and not lock yourself away this is the place for you. Good base for exploring the town. Great terrace and common areas. Nearby food outlets and good shopping.
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Response from Ben M, Emperor at Dar El Pacha
Responded 20 Feb 2016
I wish I had been there during the time of your stay!
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Ben, the owner is wonderful. He is very friendly and happy to help. Unfortunately the two girls working in the hostel are absolutely miserable. From the moment we walked in they were extremely unfriendly, never smiled, never even said Hi. We have stayed in hostels all over the
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Response from Ben M, Manager at Dar El Pacha
Responded 2 Dec 2015
Yeah yeah just attack all of us and tell lies. This is the place to do it and I do not care. There will be no staffing change as they are great and this little campaign is outrageous but part of the nature of things and the days when it might have changed anything in reality are gone as I sit here in December really quite busy, and am encouraged by the majority of people that come and get on with the staff and don't try to take over the place. Now...What did Bill Hicks say about non-smokers? That's a joke, we are generally ok on the smoking issue as i always have the front door open and the riad is well ventilated from above, but being colder at that time meant that at night the door was closed - but what gets me is that these things always come up later. Say something to me and I am the kind of manager that will adapt things on the spot for those that are requiring such things for their comfort, but in Newcastle they have a saying "Shy bairns get nowt!" It's not nonsense like it sounds :D Anyway onwards and upwards!
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Awful place and poor view of a true hostel business meaning. Smelly, moldy, bad beds and sofas, dirty showers and not a good atmosphere to enjoy with others travellers. Ben, the owner, rude and childish, and his mother, who live there, don´t care about other people but
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Response from Ben M, Manager at Dar El Pacha
Responded 2 Dec 2015
This person has decided to attack us (me the manager mainly) because of one reason only: He made us shut down our system as he dossed around on the setee all day by blaring music from his personal computer. I decided that it is not regular for guests to take over the entertainment system and basically decided to do a full sound check with the hotel system. He was unhappy about my decision to do this and so came and complained. I was not available to talk and could not hear him over the music anyway. Being dismissed and being full of pride he has decided to now attack and get revenge or whatever. Based on the other things he has done since this time I only feel vindicated to stand up to this bully and not allow the threat of a bad review make him now able to dictate to me. He had (before this review) already proven that in my mind and now this, but in all honesty I do not care and in the future will only end up telling guests about him and have a good laugh knowing I was right to maintain my tough stance, and regardless of anything he will always be an insignificant blot on the Dar El Pacha story. We have so many happy guests I can easily generate loads of good reviews and this campaign by he and his stooges is meaningless and why under threat of being attacked here, I always just laugh! For the record this person made a fake booking on a hostel site just to leave a bad review there, but he does not understand knowing we made him so angry only gives us satisfaction and it really does not hurt us seeing as we get so many who are suited to the place and complimentary, and the truth is that having decided on arrival he would stay for a week there was no problem other than a personal one with myself. Whoop-dee-doooo!
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I could try describe my experience here; the hilarious nights, the crazy characters, the laid back feel, the excellent music. But words seem to diminish it in my mind. All I can say is, what sort of person are you? Are you a fussy person? Does your shower have to the right
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Response from Ben M, Manager at Dar El Pacha
Responded 19 Sep 2015
You were here during 'the birthday party'. Quite a big night yes! I will say thank you for the review though I am not sure it is quite fair and it sounds really wild or something! We are a place that can be many things to many people and depending on the kind of guests we can have a good time here. I am not sure about the guests going to rooms for what you say but I suppose as long as they are adults and that they have paid for the room then I can't argue though not sure the need for mention here but never mind! It also almost sounds like we don't have hot showers and comfy beds which I would refute but I am sure you are just wording things in such ways and I know you are giving us a good review ultimately so thanks very much. Hope to see you again one day.
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high security door to our room....
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"rooms smell like smoke and no windows"
"Find other hostel"
"The rooms are so nice and clean, there's one in the corner with a bathroom so pretty"
"accessibility, quietness, cleanliness, location,"
"I paid 48 dirham per night in the 10bed dorm. It was clean quiet and well ventilated. A good sleep was had. It is on second floor so is away from the noise of the common area. It can be a hike up the stairs for certain people."
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