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“Romantic riad” 4 of 5 bubbles
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Maison du Sud
Ranked #23 of 176 Essaouira B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Notts
2 reviews
“Romantic riad”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 January 2013

Romantic riad run by lovely people in the heart of Essaouira's medina. Indoor fountains were filled with rose petals; ivy trailed from interior balconies down stone pillars and into the central courtyards below. Bedroom and bathroom were basic but comfortable. Overall: a delightful experience.

  • Stayed February 2012, travelled as a couple
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Carol Stream, IL
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 December 2012

Stayed here for 2 nights and I have to say that the location cannot be beat. It is right in the middle of the medina. The staff was very friendly and we found that walking around and dining were very easy to do here (as opposed to other medinas where they were tough to navigate). Our room was on the 2nd floor and was pretty large with one bed on the main level and the other up a flight of stairs. We also had a little sitting area which was nice when we brought something back to eat or just to sit there rather than on your bed all the time. The bathroom was VERY small and could use some renovation (if you are tall, you will probably be taller than the showerhead). The room was also very musty smelling and for someone with allergies, this really was a downer! We didn't know that there was a rooftop terrace until after we left, otherwise we probably would have spent some time there.

  • Stayed November 2012, travelled with friends
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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chicago IL
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49 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 December 2012

A friend and I recently spent two nights here. The location can't be beat! Right in the Medina (and the medina is very easy to navigate). The courtyards and common areas of the hotel and very beautifully decorated and interesting. Our room was on the second floor and had a nice sitting area, a full bed downstairs, a full bed upstairs and a small bathroom. The room was slightly moldy smelling. The bathroom also had some mildew in it. Breakfast was simpler than the other riads we had stayed in (just pastries, tea and jam) The staff was very nice. I do regret that we never made it to rooftop terrace. I image it had stunning views.

  • Stayed November 2012, travelled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank jacksonsmom
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Brighton UK
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4 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 December 2012

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.

Room Tip: If you are fit and able to climb the 69 steps to the Terrace, go for Room 13 which is directly on th...
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  • Stayed November 2012, travelled solo
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Stansted Mountfitchet, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 November 2012

This is a beautuful riad right in the center of essaouira medina. Its beautiful with loads of nooks and crannies and archways and little courtyards. we had a family room which was very spacious, twin beds one end, sofas the other end and a mezzanin floor with a double bed on. The only complaint was the room smelt very damp and fusty and the tiles in the shower were desperate for a scrub as they were stained with black mould. we were on the tail end of a huge storm which had caused major flooding in the area we had come from and perhaps this made the smell worse although there were no windows to the outside only windows leading on to the courtyard which has had glass put over the top to stop the rain and allow the use as seating below (this would normally be open in a traditonal riad)

  • Stayed October 2012, travelled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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London, United Kingdom
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38 hotel reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2012

My room was not one of the split level rooms. It was on the first floor and rather dark (admittedly due to the closed shutters).
It directly overlooked the street below so it was rather noisy. That said the room had a certain charm and i would stay here for a night or two....maybe not if I intended a longer stay.

Stayed October 2012, travelled solo
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Girona, Spain
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 October 2012

I recently had the pleasure of staying in this lovely Riad in atmospheric Essaouira. It's location is perfect; step outside into the hustle and bustle of the Souk, step inside for an oasis of calm.
The delightful staff were both helpful and friendly. Unfortunately I was sick for a couple of days, and a member of staff took me to the pharmacy to assist in buying medication and generally ensured that I was looked after - invaluable when you're travelling solo.
My room, located on the roof terrace was spacious, comfortable, spotlessly clean and very quiet, I had no problems whatsoever in sleeping.
There is a good wifi signal in the restaurant, none in the bedrooms.
Breakfast was basic and the same every morning : crepes, croissants, baguette, jam, butter, orange juice and choice of coffee or mint tea. It could have been so much better if varied a little and with the addition of fruit. However, when I asked if it was possible to have some fruit , I was given some. Likewise, when I was unwell I requested natural yogurt, which I was given.

I was staying at this Riad for a week long photography and Moroccan cooking course hosted by Darren Lewey and his wife Naima. Darren was an excellent, patient tutor who showed me the hidden delights of Essaouira which I would never have found otherwise. The delightful Naima is a passionate and enthusiastic cook who made preparing Moroccan food both interesting and fun. I highly recommend this course.

Room Tip: Roof top rooms are quieter, but be aware of the number of stairs to climb!
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  • Stayed September 2012, travelled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Property: Maison du Sud
Address: 29 Avenue Sidi Mohamed Ben Abdullah, Essaouira 44000, Morocco
Region: Morocco > Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region > Essaouira
Amenities:
Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #23 of 176 B&Bs / Inns in Essaouira
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3 star — Maison du Sud 3*
Number of rooms: 24
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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