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Sofitel Essaouira Mogador Golf & Spa
Ranked #14 of 75 Hotels in Essaouira
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 25 October 2012

We had a fantastic stay at Essaouira and the Sofitel Hotel, the rooms were amazing, the pillows are to die for and the food was fantastic at lunchtime by the pool....
My Partner who is a golfer loved the course, if you get chance walk over the course to the beach, it is unspoilt and beautiful, there aren't any sunbeds as it is windy but take a towel with you,,,
Tip - iit is fine to sunbathe at the beach in Essaouirs town, they cost us 4 euro for a bed for the whole day, there is a shuttle on the hour down to the town and taxis are cheap and easy to grab..it was nice to be just outside the main town and having looked around at other horels we defo got the best in our opinion considering the cost etc...we would rerturn to Essaouira and the Sofitel due to resort and the helpfulness of the staff

Room Tip: We had a room overlooking the golf course and sea which was superb
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  • Stayed: October 2012, travelled as a couple
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Dkarbownik, Directeur général at Sofitel Essaouira Mogador Golf & Spa, responded to this reviewResponded 26 October 2012

Dear Guest

Thank you very much for your feed back...We share all the coments with all our staff...And so thank you for them!

We are happy you enjoyed your stay with us and hope to see you soon in Mogador!!

Best Regards

Daniel Karbownik
GM Sofitel Mogador

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Reviewed 19 October 2012

We stayed here for 11 nights and loved every one of those.

If you want a location which just provides real peace, quiet and relaxation then this the place for you. I have just come back and we had sun every day with only 2 hours (total) of bits of cloud. The rest of the time the weather was amazing.

There is a breeze at Essaouira but I actually found that was quite nice. However, take something for the evening if you like to sit out. After hot sun all day it does go off a bit cold in the evening.

The rooms were lovely and they provided excellent transfers from Marrakech airport - which really helped the holiday at the beginning and the end.

Breakfast was lovely - a good wide selection buffet and the same with the Cafe Kasbah buffet dinner (although a restaurant is available). The breakfast actually filled me up for most of the day!

Service from the staff was professional, efficient and really friendly. However, it was not overpowering which can be a little bit annoying - they give you space to actually move around without asking if you want something!

The pool was a decent size and heated. Some people had complained it wasn't 'hot' enough but, to be honest, with the temperature in the sun being so high a cooler (not cold!) pool was a bonus. the natural pool was not heated (as you might expect) and is set away from the main area - which means its very quiet indeed but there are no services available to you easily for drinks etc.

We wandered around the golf course - lots of paths if you feel like a stroll or a morning run. Actually from a running perspective, the paths have lots of twists and turns and hills so quite a good workout - if, like me, you'd rather run outside.

You can walk to the beach in about 15-20mins. Nice walk and the beach is empty and private. Perhaps a slight downside is that there are no facilities down there at all but then i don't necessarily think you would go to this hotel if you wanted a beach. There were several camels just wandering around - very friendly and actually really quite cute - no spitting at all!

WiFi around the pool was reasonable - could be challenging at times but that might be a benefit to most people. I was slightly put off by there not being WiFi in my room but, in honesty, I didnt ask if they could rectify this with a router - to be honest they probably would have done based on their other service levels. If you have your own I'm sure you could take with you as ethernet is available in the room right next to a power socket :)

If you do want to wander in to Essaouira, there's an hourly free shuttle bus which was great. It collected you from the same spot on the half hour. Certainly meaning that morning or evening out in Essaouira was possible for a change of scene and a bit of Moroccan culture/shopping. Essaouira is much calmer than Marrakech and, similarly, the levels of bartering much gentler and 'Euro-Friendly'

Perhaps the one slight disappointment was the evening entertainment (which you can easily avoid if you'd rather). It was a little repetitive with the same act performing each night and performing the same songs. I would probably have liked to see a different act each night. They had a baby grand piano and I was nearly ready to get up and play :D

All in all, if you want quiet and relaxing pool-side but with the ability to get out and about then this is a perfect location. Sunny and modern and very good service.

Room Tip: Deluxe Rooms facing the golf course have nice outside space and are away from the hubbub of the main...
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  • Stayed: October 2012, travelled as a couple
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Dkarbownik, Directeur général at Sofitel Essaouira Mogador Golf & Spa, responded to this reviewResponded 22 October 2012

Dear Guest

Thank you very much for your feed back! We share with our staff all the coments ans do we will share with them yous comments ontheir friendly and the their efficacity!!

Hope to see you in Mogador another time!

Best Regards

Daniel Karbownik
GM Sofitel mogador

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Reviewed 18 October 2012

My husband and I stayed at the Sofitel Essaouira for 6 nights:
1.Absolutely breathtaking hotel, with fine modern details
2.After being greeted in Marrakech by our driver and escorted in a clean and full stocked Mercedes van with refreshments for our 3 hour drive, I didn't think it could get better than what were experiencing...I was wrong...it got much better, being greeted with mint tea and macaroons when we step foot into the hotel. Absolutely amazing reception.
3.Once shown to our room, I couldn't believe that they had rose petals and swans made out of towels laid out with champagne and more sweet snacks. The view from our room once we stepped onto the balcony over the resort, pool and coast was to die for!
4.We never once ate outside of the hotel, the meals are expensive but it's definitely worth it, and one must take advantage of the food served by the pool.
5.I will definitely be staying here again, between the romantic and thoughtful details, the food, cleanliness and the service received, nearly a year on I still can't stop talking about how amazing it was.

  • Stayed: November 2011, travelled as a couple
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Dkarbownik, Directeur général at Sofitel Essaouira Mogador Golf & Spa, responded to this reviewResponded 22 October 2012

Dear Guest

Thank you very much for your feed back!! We were happy to share your feed back with all our staff!!! And one more time...Congratulations and Be Happy!!

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Daniel Karbownik
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Reviewed 17 October 2012

beautifully perfect to build unforgettable experiences and souvenirs
no doubt it is one of the nicest hotel on the atlantic ocean ...
just one regret ... not to stay longer there

nb : may be one area where the service can however improve : the pool services ...

  • Stayed: August 2012, travelled as a couple
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Dkarbownik, Directeur général at Sofitel Essaouira Mogador Golf & Spa, responded to this reviewResponded 22 October 2012

Dear Guest

Thank you very much for your feed back!! So we are waitinf for you for a stay a little more longer!!!...and be sure we work on the pool service

Hope to see you soon in Mogador!

Daniel Karbownik
GM Sofitel Mogador

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Reviewed 12 October 2012

This is a beautiful hotel, with two full size swimming pools, spa and gym, and lovely grounds. The reception staff were very friendly and helpful and breakfast was great, lots of choice. The pool staff were also very friendly but the one thing that really let the place down was the service at lunchtimes. The staff from the fish restaurant by the pool were extremely slow. We waited 15 mins for a menu then the waiter didn't come back for half an hour. I'm sure people would have perhaps ordered dessert or tea/coffee had the service not been so slow. Bar service in the evenings was also very slow and I would not rate it 5 star service. It is a pity as this is the only downside, the rooms are really lovely and I particularly liked the way the chamber maid made up the room each day, putting the curtains into different designs and doing artistic things with the towels. Very pretty to come back to.

  • Stayed: September 2012, travelled as a couple
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Dkarbownik, Directeur général at Sofitel Essaouira Mogador Golf & Spa, responded to this reviewResponded 13 October 2012

Dear Guest

Thank you very much for your feed back. We apologize for the problems of service and will share this message with the staff...

We are happy you appreciated our staff and the design of the hotel and hope to see you again in Mogador!

Sincerely

Daniel Karbownik
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Reviewed 7 October 2012

We arrived after a 2 hour journey from the Marrakech airport. If this is your first time to Morocco, be prepared as the road traffic is mental! Donkeys, horses, tiny motorbikes...makes you appreciate the motorways at home haha!

Well upon arrival at the hotel we were made to feel very welcome. We were offered the traditional mint tea and a man played some classic Moroccan music in the background. The reception area was very modern and relaxing, a real feature of the hotel. A brilliant first impression.

A nice man showed us to our room and on route explained the various restaurants and bars available.

Moment of truth... opening of the room door! Wow! We had a superior pool view room and the layout was fantastic. Brilliant shower and bath...The bath was a real feature. Brilliant wardrobe facilities, all the mod cons required and we were told that anything in the mini bar (soft drinks and water and espresso) were free and included. Room was air conditioned and the view from the windows was fantastic. We even had our own balcony terrace area with a very comfy sofa to lounge on.

Next the pool area. As soon as you approach a very friendly man comes to layout your towel and move a parasol to your requirements. The pictures on the website do not do this area justice. It is a fantastic pool and the staff are brilliant. I they will serve you drinks and food (which is v good quality) and will even come round with free shots of fruit smoothie every now and then.

In the evening you can either dine in the brilliant restaurant (buffet) and for 350 Dhiram (25quid each) it is very good value for the quality.

If you prefer, (we did) you can go into the town of essaouira on one of the free shuttles which run into the town (10 minute journey). The shuttles run all day by the way every hour. In essaouira you can expect to have a bottle of wine, starter main and desert each for circa 500 Dhiram (35 quid) we used trip advisor to help find these places.

We understood from another British couple that the gym and spa facilities were awesome. I we never found the time to use them though! By the way, this hotel was not full of 'bits abroad' mainly French to be honest (main language)

All in all this hotel was extremely good, I highly recommend to anyone looking to visit Morocco.

Room Tip: They all looked brilliant...If I had to say anything then try to get one on the LG level as this is...
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  • Stayed: October 2012, travelled as a couple
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Dkarbownik, Directeur général at Sofitel Essaouira Mogador Golf & Spa, responded to this reviewResponded 12 October 2012

Dear Guest

Thank you very much for your feed back. I will share it with all the staff. We are very happy ,you appreciated yous stay in Mogador

Hope to see you soon!

Daniel Karbownik
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Reviewed 17 September 2012

The place is not totally developed yet, but it is worth a visit. Especially, if you can get a suite...the service is unbelievably nice, the view from the room breathtaking, the choice of food excellent (especially the Atlantic restaurant - great fish, pity it is open only for lunch). The breakfast buffet has everything one can imagine. But... The halls look terribly run down. Not sure why, it hasn't been open for two full years yet. And there are lots of small things that are not done properly. For example, my shower door didn't have an inside handle, so it was impossible to pull it to shut properly (water all over the floor). Still, if you are not very picky and can overlook some little flaws, it is definitely worth trying. (Husband played golf there and loved the course)

  • Stayed: September 2012, travelled with family
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Dkarbownik, Directeur général at Sofitel Essaouira Mogador Golf & Spa, responded to this reviewResponded 28 September 2012

Dear Guest

Thank you very much for your feed back!

We share all the coments with all our staff.. So we will do it and I'm happy you appreciated your stay with us!

Just one thing, now the Atlantic restaurant is open for lunch!! For the deails, be sure, we will check and solve these issues

Hope to see you soon in Mogador!!

Best Regards

Daniel Karbownik
GM Sofitel Mogador

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Additional Information about Sofitel Essaouira Mogador Golf & Spa

Address: Domaine Mogador, Essaouira 44000, Morocco
Region: Morocco > Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region > Essaouira
Amenities:
Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Business Hotel in Essaouira
#5 Spa Hotel in Essaouira
#5 Luxury Hotel in Essaouira
#9 Romantic Hotel in Essaouira
#12 Family Hotel in Essaouira
Price Range: £72 - £146 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — Sofitel Essaouira Mogador Golf & Spa 5*
Number of rooms: 177
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