We booked this because of its history and I must admit that I had some reservations and feared that it might have lost its lustre or become casual about service in the way that places that get customers without trying can become. What a surprise then to find that the staff were very kind and helpful and that the place still has the charm that no doubt made it attract its first customers. We had lovely rooms (although I got a bit of a shock when we arrived to be told that we had to move room after the first night as this was not mentioned to me at the time of booking.... so one black mark!). Beds were very comfortable and both rooms had sitting rooms with writing tables and a little private terrace outside with our own table and 2 chairs where we could breakfast if we wished - a nice touch. We breakfasted on the roof terrace which had wonderful views of the dramatic coastline.
Be warned though - Essaouira is very windy most of the time (hence the kite surfing) and so terrace dining can be chilly.
The hotel is full of little nooks where one can disappear to read in peace and lovely open fires are lit at the first hint of chill. Its position is excellent for heading to the harbour or to the souk. I would return.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Villa Maroc Hotel Essaouira
- Maroc Hotel Essaouira