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“Authenticity and joie de vivre!”

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L'Heure Bleue Palais
Ranked #12 of 74 Hotels in Essaouira
Certificate of Excellence
London , UK
Level 4 Contributor
29 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“Authenticity and joie de vivre!”
Reviewed 3 July 2013

To repay the exquisite hospitality of my friends in Marrakech, I have invited them to spend a long weekend in Essaouira, at the hotel L’Heure Bleu.
Situated in the medina, but easy to get to, this old caravanserai has been transformed into a beautiful hotel by the owner, a Moroccan adviser of the King, known internationally for his culture, which has been able to renovate the building with great taste. Beautiful and immaculate rooms with comfortable beds.
The service was perfect and excellent the food served: The beautiful terrace with a swimming pool offers serene moments of relax, under the splendid and clear sky of Essaouira. A place to consider for the authenticity and the joie de vivre of the past.

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled with friends
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Laguna Niguel, California
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 May 2013

We spent four nights at this property because my husband was determined to surf in Morocco. The beach was long a beautiful but it was very windy and the water cold. He was prepared with his wetsuit and was able to rent a board from a local outfit. The surfing was not great but worth it when he got to take a picture with him and the board on a camel! Success.

This hotel is locate at one of the entrances to the medina and is a lovely, colonial style property. Our room was large and very lovely - especially the bathroom. The staff was kind and somewhat knowledgeable although we had just come from a very exceptional experience at the small riad - Dar les Cigognes - in Marrakech where the service was amazing and very personal making this property seem lacking. The pool and roof top terrace was lovely as well as the inner courtyard and the delicious breakfast each day. My favorite staff member was the Sengalese doorman Mamado who was very warm and personable.

Room Tip: The third floor was lovely and reasonably quiet.
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  • Stayed May 2013, travelled as a couple
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f_laustriat, Directeur général at L'Heure Bleue Palais, responded to this review, 27 June 2013
Thank you for your nice comment, Mamadou and the whole team Heure Bleue awaits you in YOUR home for a new moment of happiness!
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Stoke-on-Trent, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 May 2013

This is a lovely hotel and the staff make it so with their attention to detail. The room was good, however it was the roof terrace that made for such a relaxing stay. If you want a pieve of luxury try this.

  • Stayed May 2013, travelled as a couple
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f_laustriat, Directeur général at L'Heure Bleue Palais, responded to this review, 27 June 2013
I would like to sincerely thank you for sharing with us your feedback and letting us know about your recent visit.
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Meifod, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 22 May 2013

We arrived here after a traumatic time with husband in hospital in Marrakech. Some relaxation was needed and a bit of pampering. We were upgraded to a fantastic suite and it was absolutely beautiful. Service excellent all round. Food out of this world. Dinner is not cheap here but it is beautiful and the salt baked fish is especially to be recommended. Wonderful views from the terrace too.
The facial I had in the spa was a little disappointing - I had hoped for an hour of relaxation but it only lasted 3/4 hour and much of this time was spent being steamed and having pores "dealt with" - however the spa is lovely, the beautician was very sweet and the Sens de Marrakech products are heavenly.

  • Stayed May 2013, travelled as a couple
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f_laustriat, General Manager at L'Heure Bleue Palais, responded to this review, 27 May 2013
We are all happy that you had good stay among us. Thank you for telling me about the treatment in the Petit Spa, I will pay attention to this service. We hope to see you soon again at Heure Bleue Palais.
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dakin
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 May 2013

I loved this place, my partner did not. She hankered after the cool minimalism of our Marrakech Riad Dar-K. However I loved the colonial style, the staff who couldn't do enough for us and the wonderful suite that they put us in. The view from the roof was beautiful and the English Bar- just fantastic. I want to come back someday.
The staff were fantastic- the doorman was right out of a Tintin book- huge, fez wearing and very smiley. The food at breakfast was lovely and the courtyard beautiful. We had a hammam at the hotel which was great fun, very naked and very invigorating. Wonderful.

Room Tip: Book a suite, you can have a fire in your room! Wonderful.
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  • Stayed April 2013, travelled as a couple
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f_laustriat, Directeur général at L'Heure Bleue Palais, responded to this review, 23 May 2013
thank you for your nice message and your objectivity. I promise to do everything possible in order to make your partner love this beautiful home. The staff awaits you soon!
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Sydney, Australia
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72 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 May 2013

I can't recommend this highly enough. We had a lovely warm welcome with dates and tea followed by a guided tour of the hotel services. The rooftop pool was delightful with views over the town and sea and the complimentary fresh fruit kebabs were a generous refreshment. Breakfast was delicious, we loved the freshly made moroccan specialities. Our only comment would be that the food in the hotel is very expensive compared to some very nice restaurants in the medina, we spent a lot on dinner on our last night and had tagines which were not as good as we'd had elsewhere and were more than twice the price. The decor, staff and location are all excellent, we hope to return someday.

  • Stayed April 2013, travelled as a couple
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f_laustriat, Directeur général at L'Heure Bleue Palais, responded to this review, 11 May 2013
All team of Heure Bleue joins me in thanking you for your very kind words about our beautiful home. We are so glad that you enjoyed your stay and hope to see you again soon to share good times!
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Clovelly, Australia
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238 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 109 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 May 2013

Just inside the Medina in Essaouira is this pleasant Riad. Very comfortable and with good facilities, although they could have dispensed with cathode ray tube televisions.

Only a short walk to the usual jumble of shops and stalls in the Souk.

Just one word of warning, and this relates to the fish restaurants by the water. They are not as cheap or as good as they either could or should be. They cost of a meal of fish and sea food sitting on "rustic" wooden tables with similarly ordinary seating was nearly on a par with a first class restaurant in Fes. One is better off eating at a less fashionable place in town.

  • Stayed April 2013, travelled as a couple
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f_laustriat, Directeur général at L'Heure Bleue Palais, responded to this review, 11 May 2013
Thank you very much for your comment. It is very helpful. You are right, my dear sir, our TVs are a bit "tired" and we are planning to change them soon. I am pleased to see that the rest of our services satisfied you, please be informed that the entire team looks forward to seeing you again one day soon at Heure Bleue Palais
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Property: L'Heure Bleue Palais
Address: 2 Rue Ibn Batouta | Bab Marrakech, Essaouira 44000, Morocco
Region: Morocco > Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region > Essaouira
Amenities:
Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#3 Spa Hotel in Essaouira
#4 Luxury Hotel in Essaouira
#11 Family Hotel in Essaouira
#23 Romantic Hotel in Essaouira
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:4 star — L'Heure Bleue Palais 4*
Number of rooms: 33
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A masterpiece of the Essaouira medina...this palace of marvels lies in the heart of this town loved by artists and aventurers alike. The panoramic outdoor pool on the terrasse overlopks the medina and the ocean. the cuisine offers a subtle blend of french and Moroccan influences ... more   less 
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l`Heure Bleue Palais And Spa
l`Heure Bleue Palais Hotel Essaouira
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