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“Gorgeous Retreat with wonderful service” 5 of 5 bubbles
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Essaouira Lodge
Ranked #21 of 77 Hotels in Essaouira
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“Gorgeous Retreat with wonderful service”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 December 2012

Completely agree with Rachel1372. Our Riad was large and comfortable. Breakfast was freshly made every morning and we LOVED the Moroccan crepes. We did not have a car, but we used the hotel shuttle into the city. When the shuttle was not available, Radouane was very helpful to arrange transportation. He also recommended and arranged nice activities for us like surfing and horseback riding, The entire staff was friendly. One of our favorite employees was Soufiene, our waiter for breakfast and dinner. He even translated the recipe of two of our favorites dishes from the hotel so we can make them at home! I truly believe Essaouira and this hotel are hidden gems. A great value for the money compared to Marrakech!

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  • Stayed December 2012, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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EssaouiraLodge, Directeur général at Essaouira Lodge, responded to this review, 10 October 2016
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Chers hôtes,

Une nouvelle équipe a repris la direction de l' hôtel qui s'appelle maintenant ESSAOUIRA LODGE. Nous mettons en place de nouveaux standards hôteliers afin de satisfaire nos hôtes et espérons vous accueillir prochainement.

Dear guests,

A new team took over the management of the hotel, which is now called Essaouira LODGE. We are establishing new hotel standards in order to satisfy our guests and hope to see you soon.

Welcome.

team Essaouira Lodge
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 June 2010

I had huge reservations about booking this accommodation as 1. We weren't familiar with Essaouira and (more importantly) 2. I couldn't find another review on the internet for which to rationalise my choice! Having driven past the residence a few times, we finally found the remote entrance on a dirt path, leading to what seemed to be.... no where. My doubts were building even quicker at this point.

800 meters off of the main highway from Marrakesh to Essaouria, and approximately 15km from the town centre of Essaouira, the Douar Souiri is a true Oasis. The self professed, 'Berber Style' village is indeed as described in the website. The complex, in what can be described as a 'soft launch' phase, is meticulously designed, so much so that it could be part of a movie set or Disney Village.

Our accommodation was more than adequate. The one bed apartment had a studio style kitchen, cosy dining area and large bedroom with sitting area. It was the perfect size for two adults and baby. We had a child safe, spacious terrace which had never ending, unobstructed views off to the sunset.

The pool house was simply stunning in a simple way. Clean, cool design embraced the pool area, making the space feel welcome, friendly yet somewhat posh in an unpretentious way. The restaurant serves all food poolside (or in room) with 24 hours notice as they bring in all ingredients fresh. The breakfast consisted of traditional Moroccan fare - complimented with homemade preserves, local oils (including the famous Argan Oil) and the best coffee I've had in ages. Traditional mint tea is served in abundance.

The wet spa consists of Hammam - both as just a steam bath or as the typical wet scrub down. Massages are available in the spa treatment room. The Argan Oil massage felt particularly authentic for the area. Highly recommended.

We were really sad to leave the Douar Souiri as the service was first class, yet extremely personable. Nothing was too much trouble for the staff and we were made to feel like VIPs in every way. This was by far, one of the most relaxing holidays we have ever had. Our stay at the Douar Souiri was just superb.

  • Stayed June 2010, travelled on business
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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EssaouiraLodge, Directeur général at Essaouira Lodge, responded to this review, 10 October 2016
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Chers hôtes,

Une nouvelle équipe a repris la direction de l' hôtel qui s'appelle maintenant ESSAOUIRA LODGE. Nous mettons en place de nouveaux standards hôteliers afin de satisfaire nos hôtes et espérons vous accueillir prochainement.

Dear guests,

A new team took over the management of the hotel, which is now called Essaouira LODGE. We are establishing new hotel standards in order to satisfy our guests and hope to see you soon.

Welcome.

Team Essaouira Lodge
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Additional Information about Essaouira Lodge

Property: Essaouira Lodge
Address: Douar Lamssassa, BP 617, Essaouira 44 000, Morocco (Formerly The Douar Souiri Hotel Resort)
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Region: Morocco > Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region > Essaouira
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #21 of 77 Hotels in Essaouira
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:4 star — Essaouira Lodge 4*
Number of rooms: 31
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
ESSAOUIRA LODGE, authentic Moroccan break in the heart of lush vegetation. A place offering peace and tranquility 15 min from Essaouira. Situated in the heart of one of the many cedar forests, Essaouira Lodge is open all year. Experience the peace of the Moroccan countryside and the comfort of its villas, built according to Berber tradition. ... more   less 
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