I stayed in the Maison du Sud for a week's photography holiday in Essaouria run by Darren Lewey of imagesinthesun.com. A very good course and highly recommended. The riad is in the centre of the Medina, with no cars allowed in the Medina itself.
We arrived late in the evening and we met by very friendly staff. Maison du Sud is very different and very welcoming. Go for Room 13 on the Terrace, which is very light and airy. Good room to have but, as there is a mosque nearby, everyone is woken up at 5.30 a.m. by the call to prayer. Take some earplugs! Also, you have to climb 69 steps to get up to the Terrace!
However, a very enjoyable week at Maison du Sud. The staff were very friendly and service good. Mainly French was spoken, with little English Breakfast each morning was exactly the same - orange juice, coffee and pastries - a change after a week might have been an idea.
All in all, a very good week experiencing the sights, smells and atmosphere of Essaouria.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located 300 m from the sea, Riad Maison du Sud is a beautifully restored 18th-century hotel set at the heart of Essaouira’s bustling medina. Luxuriously renovated in Moorish style, the 24 room Riad offers an authentic mix of Moroccan and Andalusian architecture, design and style, making it the perfect boutique residence. The Riad has many quiet salons to relax in as well as two large rooftop terraces with sea views to enjoy breakfast on whilst the service at the Riad is attentive yet understated in the long tradition of Morocco’s finest establishments. At Riad Maison du Sud we endeavor to offer a friendly personalised service and our staff speak several languages. Although there are some direct flights from Europe most clients arrive by private taxi transfer and we can arrange this from any city or airport in Morocco if we have your flight details in advance. Alternatively if you’re arriving with your own transport we can assist with parking and bringing your luggage to the hotel for a small charge. Services offered at Maison du Sud include:- Downstairs wifi - A laundry service - 24 hr room service - Private taxi transfer - The booking of activities in Essaouira. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Maison Du Sud Hotel Essaouira