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“Dinner at the Villa Maroc” 5 of 5 stars
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Villa Maroc
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   10, rue Abdellah Ben Yassine, Essaouira, Morocco   |  
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Ranked #18 of 78 hotels in Essaouira
Guildford, England, United Kingdom
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“Dinner at the Villa Maroc”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2013

I booked the Berber Room in the Villa Maroc for a group of fourteen people at the end of our week's stay in a nearby hotel. This small hotel has a series of rooms for hire off an attractive central courtyard. The Berber room was a long room with three tables and a fireplace at the end. The chairs and seats were upholstered with Moroccan kelim-style carpet and it was an attractive and intimate candle-lit place for dinner. The three course dinner (with a choice between three main courses) cost 180 MAD each (approximately £14) and was beautifully prepared and presented. It was a memorable treat from start to finish.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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VillaMaroc, Owner at Villa Maroc, responded to this review, May 1, 2013
Dear Jane
Thank you for your review. We are very happy to hear that you and your group spent a nice evening at Villa Maroc. Hayate, our chief cook, will be happy to get your compliments. We hope to see you soon again at Villa Maroc. Cornelia
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2013

Villa Maroc is a wonderful place to stay if you want leisure, tranquility and good service. We stayed 3 nights ans would like to stay longer. Placed just in the south of the medina you have easy access to this and the wonderful beach south of Esaaourira. A rich breakfat was served at the roof. The owner, a Canadian, speaks French, English, and German fluently and cares about you. Certainly not the cheapest place in Essaourira, but probably the best. You must be able to climb steep staircases.

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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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VillaMaroc, Owner at Villa Maroc, responded to this review, May 1, 2013
Thank you very much for your lovely comment. We hope to be able to welcome you soon again at Villa Maroc. Warm regards. Cornelia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2013 via mobile

Stayed four nights in march- loved the place very relaxing, Mia is so lovely and looked after us so well . Had been told about the ville by my son years ago so was hoping it would live up to my expectations which it did and more .We ate there two nights food very good , lovely fires and candles .Breakfast lovely nice views from roof terrace .

  • Stayed March 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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VillaMaroc, Owner at Villa Maroc, responded to this review, May 3, 2013
We are happy to hear, that you had a good time at Villa Maroc. Thank you.
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Stockholm, Sweden
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2013

We spent 4 nights in Villa Maroc end of February. Our room was fairly simple (superior double room) but nice. If going there again we would probably book one of the rooms on the top floor. The inside of the hotel is very traditional and really nice. The food is also very good. They serve nice breakfasts on the roof terrace with a nice view of the sea and the beach.

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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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New York City
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2013 via mobile

..The Villa Maroc has the best sea view in town...our favorite thing to do whenever we have guests in town is to have dinner in one of the old firelit salons or breakfast on the highest terrace of the Villa Maroc. Old world service, the freshest food and an ambience like no other continue to make the Villa Maroc the best address in Essaouira.

Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
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New York City, New York
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2013

Villa Maroc has a great location close to the sea wall. It's very well designed and authentic in feel. When we arrived (early evening) there was no manager in evidence. The energy from the staff was lethargic. Fires and candles weren't lit. Poor lighting in common areas. The hotel describes its food rather optimistically as 'gastronomique'. They were unable to accommodate 5 guests in their almost empty restaurant without prior notice. Sensing imminent let-down, we had a great dinner at Madada (3mins' walk away). Same at breakfast. Nobody offers you anything. You have to seek out staff. With springy management and more effort, this place could easily be outstanding. They need to create atmosphere, get a bit of voltage going on. It's just annoying to see people drop the ball and not care enough...

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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swan lake mb canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2013

We stayed here after reading about it. We here for 3 nights, had a terrible meal across the street at L Mechaour our first day, then had 2 dinners at Maroc, both were excellent in very a cosy setting with excellent service. The Moroccan staff were very helpful, a special thanks to Ayashi. The European staff were all good as well.

I thought the breakfast was just okay for the price paid, nothing memorable, extra charge if you want an egg etc. Bar service etc was very attentive. Would have give this place 5/5, but it is in need of a coat of paint here and there, especially on the upper terrace. We also had a stained undersheet on our bed, which was quickly taken care of as well.

All in all would recommend.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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VillaMaroc, Guest Relations Manager at Villa Maroc, responded to this review, February 14, 2013
Thank you very much for your comment. Your opinions keep us encouraged to improve our service in the future.
Best wishes from the entire staff of Villa Maroc
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Also Known As:
Villa Maroc Hotel Essaouira
Villa Maroc Hotel
Maroc Hotel Essaouira
Address: 10, rue Abdellah Ben Yassine, Essaouira, Morocco
Location: Morocco > Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region > Essaouira
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#2 Romantic Hotel in Essaouira
#8 On the Beach Hotel in Essaouira
#15 Family Hotel in Essaouira
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Villa Maroc 3*
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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