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“Traditional Moroccan experience”
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Maison du Sud
Ranked #24 of 179 Essaouira B&B and Inns
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Reviewed 8 January 2013

Beautiful traditional riad run by attentive and friendly staff right in the heart of the bustling medina. Rooms fairly basic but spacious and clean. Beakfast also basic but plentiful and served with courtesy and charm in the art filled ground floor courtyard. Terrace rooms provide a view of the medina rooftops and the wonderfully clear Moroccan night sky.

Room Tip: Ask for the relative privacy of the terrace if you don't mind climbing 63 steps to the top.
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  • Stayed: January 2013, travelled solo
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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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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
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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
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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.

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  • Stayed: November 2012, travelled solo
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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
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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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Additional Information about 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 Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #24 of 179 B&Bs / Inns in Essaouira
Price Range: £36 - £56 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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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