A lovely small hotel 'oasis' just inside the walls of the small medina of Essaouira. We stayed in l'Octane (room) which had fantastic views across Place Orson Wells (look it up its an interesting tale) to the sea and small harbour. This isn't a traditional Riad, more a contemporary twist on the Riad/private home with a patio theme, with a distinctly parisian chic feel to it. The service is great, from reception to breakfast the staff couldn't have been more pleasant or helpful. Reception's recommendations for dinner were particularly welcome and well made. Breakfast served on the upstairs roof garden was lovely, but it is worth mentioning that you may want a light top as it can feel a bit damp early in the morning or late evening.
Essaouira itself is a lovely place with a beautiful medina which feels more visceral and real than Marrakech. Some excellent Restaurants in the town. A beautiful beach right on your doorstep that you can stroll along for miles (make sure you carry your sense of humour with you as the constant approaches from camel 'merchants' as you peer out to sea can be both a little surreal and wearing!).
- Also Known As:
- Villa De l`o Hotel
- Villa De l`o Hotel Essaouira
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Sheltered by the Medina walls, Villa de l'O is located at few meters from the beach, the souks, and at the doors of the Essaouira golf court. Eighteenth-century riad, the architectural spirit of Villa de l'O is given by the subtle alchemy between stone, sculpted wood, and the quivering of the beautifully made fabrics. Refined, the modern decoration of the house combines the oriental and colonial spirit. ... more less
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