The employees leave for the evening around 2 or 3 (which wasn't a problem at all). What was a bit strange was that there were no other guests staying - so I was the only one in the whole Riad for the night! Not a bad thing, just a bit unexpected!
This was a really wonderful place to stay in Essaouira. Easy to find from the bus station with the map that they send. The door is a bit inconspicuous, but has a small sign on the door. I stayed one night in the Nejema Double room, and it was clean and cozy. I was able to take a peak at the other rooms, and each looked fresh and unique. I would have been happy to stay in any of them. The manager and housekeeper were very friendly and accommodating. Even though I don't speak French and they don't speak English, we muddled along! Breakfast was delightful with coffee, fresh juice, pastries, breads, yogurt, and fresh fruit. I asked to take it on the terrace, and that was no problem (I would highly recommend, it was lovely!). Overall, I couldn't have hoped for a better place to stay while traveling on my own. Thank you Riad Thais!