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4 of 5 bubbles Review of Villa Maroc

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Villa Maroc
Ranked #11 of 74 Hotels in Essaouira
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Oslo, Norway
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“A good place to stay”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 October 2012

We of cause read tripadvisor reviews, and had great expectations to our stay in Villa Maroc. We spent 3 days there and had a good time. The location is exellent, the room we had was one of the biggest I have ever had (about 8o sqm) including a bathroom with a cheselong(!) But the architecture is like a riad and when a couple with a small child (with a great voice) moved in in the floor beneath us we had a hard time falling asleep.
The breakfast was served (at your choice) indoors or on a spacious roof terrace. The food was quite ok, but not impressing. On the same terrace ( a very nice place) you could have a beer or a glass of wine in the evening but there was no service so you had to go down to the bar to order. It had been a great improvement to have service on the terrace.
The dinner was served at cosy small tables in niches and small rooms. A very good ambience, but the food was not more than ok.
Overall: 4 of 5 stars and worth the money.

  • Stayed October 2012, travelled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 October 2012

This was the first hotel we stayed in when we first visited Essaouira, 15 years ago. We were so pleased with it that we chose it for this repeat visit. Essaouira has changed a lot in that time. The town has been spruced up with new paving and lighting, the beach has become quite glamorous, many trees have been planted, and there are many new restaurants and hotels. The only change we disliked is that the old medina used to be for pedestrians only. Unfortunately this policy has been changed and now there are noisy motor bikes zooming around all over the old town, which has changed the uniquely peaceful atmosphere of this charming Moroccan town for the worse. Fortunately the streets are too narrow to permit motor cars.

As for the Villa Maroc, it is as delightful as we remembered it. The location is perfect, a short walk from the main square, the port, and the beach. The hotel is not purpose built but rather consists of two old traditional riads that have been combined. The result is an authentic charm that you just cannot achieve in a modern hotel. Of course this means that every room is different, with different outlooks and different furniture to suit its size and shape -- so you might want to check your room first. We found our room to be very comfortable and appreciated its distinctiveness (a welcome change from the predictability of the big international chains). The staff are professional and helpful and contribute to the pleasant ambiance of the place. The food is excellent, and a welcome feature is that the dinner menu changes depending on what fresh foods are available in the local markets that day.

  • Stayed September 2012, travelled as a couple
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VillaMaroc, Guest Relations Manager at Villa Maroc, responded to this review, 23 October 2012
We appreciate your kind words and hope to welcome you soon again in Villa Maroc. I promise that we will do the maximum to maintain the charming atmosphere it has.
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Singapore, Singapore
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 September 2012

We stayed at Villa Maroc earlier this year, and were disappointed. Due to the strength of recommendations on Tripadvisor, and the relatively higher price compared to other riads, we had pretty high expectations for Villa Maroc.

Pros:
-The rooms were the best part of our stay, as they were elegantly furnished and very cosy.
-The location for Villa Maroc is quite convenient, and easy to access.

Cons:
-The standard of the breakfast was bad, in terms of the spread and taste, compared to the fare we had in other cheaper riads that we had stayed in during our stay in Fes and Marrakech.
-Upon checking out, the hotel staff tried to charge us a higher price than what we been quoted earlier. Thankfully, we had printouts of the quotations, and even upon presenting this, there was some unpleasantness and tantrums from the staff. I would advise printing out documentation or emails before staying here to avoid any misunderstandings.

  • Stayed April 2012, travelled with friends
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VillaMaroc, Guest Relations Manager at Villa Maroc, responded to this review, 12 October 2012
Thank you very much for your feedback. We do appreciate your honesty.
Of course we apologize for the inconvenience you had at checkout. I want to emphasize though that misunderstandings like the one you suffered are not our habit and the payments usually work out without any trouble.
We are looking forward welcoming you again in Villa Maroc in order to prove the necessary.
Kind regards, Villa Maroc
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Vienna, Austria
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 August 2012

We stayed at Villa Maroc during our honeymoon one year ago! Unforgettable the pleasant atmosphere, wonderful cooking and the simple elegance of the rooms. The service was friendly and helpful throughout. A wonderful time we had!

  • Stayed July 2012, travelled as a couple
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Munich, Germany
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 July 2012

We stayed in the Villa Maroc in the beginning of July for 5 days, enjoying our time there a lot! The room was very nice, furnished with love and care and provided an oasis to relax and come down from hectic every day troubles! When you start your day with a breakfast on the terrace your do just has to be good ;) I really enjoyed the breakfast, having fresh-made yoghurt and butter combined with the marocan pancake (mzemen) every day..the hotel is directly in the center which makes it perfect for trips to the harbour or into the medina, however there is no noise disturbing the calm and peace of this hotel.
The four riads, which make up the hotel, are nicely connected, there are so many niches where you can just lay back, grab a book from the small bibliothek and enjoy..

We stayed in the Villa Maroc because we went there already the last time in Essaouira for dinner - and it is really a highlight to eat there - one can just TASTE that the ingredients are totally fresh and probably bought at the market on the same day. We had dinner at the Villa Maroc 5 times and it was hard to decide which dish was our favourite because everything was just sooo good! At our last stay I had a dish with beef and apricots and a dreamt to eat it again since then - so I asked if it would be possible in any way to have that dish again. The cook, she was really nice by the way, even showed me how to prepare the dish and i could eat it again...whereas I have to say that my partner had a calamar filled with vegetables and rice and now i know which dish will be my favor for the next time ;)

The Villa Maroc is just the perfect place to relax, have a nice time in the spa, enjoy the view over the harbour, having a walk through the medina and feel like a marocaine princess - and this is especially also because of the really nice and helpful staff! Thank you so much for the lovely service!

  • Stayed June 2012, travelled with friends
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VillaMaroc, Guest Relations Manager at Villa Maroc, responded to this review, 3 August 2012
Well, we thank you for your feedback. We appreciate your comment which may help us make improvements if appropriate.
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 July 2012

We were upgraded to room 16 and it was awesome. If you can, try to be in the open air courtyard section. Roof is great for breakfast but bring a sweater...boy does it get windy! Staff was extremely pleasant though our bathroom toilet stopped working and at first they said it would be fixed the next day, once I explained that next day wasn't a reasonable response, they were able to get it done pretty quickly. Deffinetly worth staying here when in Essaoura.

  • Stayed July 2012, travelled with family
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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 July 2012

Great place - lots of character. We went as a side trip from Agadir to see some "real" Morocco. Great breakfast on the rooftop terrace, we also had a cooking course with head chef Hayat. She even took us to the souk shopping. She's lovely and a good instructor. We really enjoyed eating the meal we helped prepare! All round, a memorable experience, I'd happily stay there again.

Room Tip: Anything on the roof - I think there are a couple up there.
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  • Stayed June 2012, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Villa Maroc

Property: Villa Maroc
Address: 10, rue Abdellah Ben Yassine, Essaouira, Morocco
Region: Morocco > Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region > Essaouira
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#7 On the Beach Hotel in Essaouira
#10 Romantic Hotel in Essaouira
#15 Family Hotel in Essaouira
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:3 star — Villa Maroc 3*
Number of rooms: 21
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The leading Riad Hotel in Essaouira. Villa Maroc has everything you could dream of for an unforgettable holiday. Great location tucked inside the ramparts of the historical medina, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Villa Maroc offers you breathtaking views of the sea and port, 21 rooms with simplicity, spirituality, elegance and refinement, as well as an Oriental Spa. Just a few minutes from the sea and port. Close to both shops and beaches. Villa Maroc is famous for its regional cuisine and romantic candlelit dinners round an open fire. Villa Maroc is the meeting place for artists, actors and musicians." Good Wifi connection throughout the hotel. ... more   less 
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