Just outside the romantic eighteenth-century crenallated walls of Essaouira stands this Gem of a Hotel, right on the Ocean Boulevard with marvelous views of Mogador and the Iles Purpuraires. Relatively far from the Marrakech airport, but a precise and efficient hotel driver was awaiting our (delayed) arrival and whisked us through the rainy night to the hotel in exactly 2 hours. Great and friendly, hospitable and expert reception. Everything was immediately taken care of; check-in took all of five minutes.
Our spacious and quiet suite (some 40 square metres) looked out on the Garden and Swimming Pool; overlarge balcony; room equipped with everything you might need. The malfunctioning DVD-player was immediately (!) replaced; fine working table; several comfortable chairs and large sofa with fine coffee table. Utterly comfortable beds. Good lighting all around. Internet, though, was a rather spotty; and given the price of the room should be included in the rate.
Room service: absolutely fabulous. Fresh 'eats' every day, meticulous, timely cleaning service,
Dining: stunningly complete breakfasts at the very top end of what Good International Hotels offer. Everything utterly fresh and tasty. (One small gripe: the croissants are of baked bread rather than the delicious flaky ones we prefer.) Breakfast service: spotless, quick, friendly, anticipating all your needs almost before you are aware of them.
Just across the avenue from the hotel is their Côté Plage, the sea-food restaurant. Absolutely divine. The restaurant alone is, as they say, worth the detour to Essaouira. There's also an in-hotel 'tradtional' Moroccan restaurant which we didn't try; but the delicious aromas emanating from the kitchen promised much (and next time...).
I think this hotel and restaurant is without doubt one of the very best if not The Best where we've ever had the pleasure of staying.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Reminiscent of a sumptuous Moroccan riad, the facade of the Sofitel Thalassa Essaouira is painted the traditional red of Mogador. Set on the coast, close to the medina, this charming luxury hotel furnished with thuja and lemon wood cabinets, provides direct access to a luxury thalassotherapy centre. Enjoy an unforgettable leisure and fitness break. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Le Medina Essaouira Hotel Thalassa Sea And Spa - Mgallery Collection
- Accor Thalassa Essaouira
- Sofitel Essaouira
- Essaouira Sofitel