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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
Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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“Perfect stay”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2013

I have traveled a lot, all over the globe, and this is one of the best places to stay ever for me. An extremely relaxing, wonderful and expansive riad and excellent service. our room was modern and clean. The food in the hotel is superb, you get to chose you own location to eat from outside in the breeze to some intimate little nook or cranny, really quite charming, and the food seems to keep coming all night. It is the best food in Essouaria by a long chalk (ok I quite like the Tagines in the local restaurants but there are only so many over cooked and soggy vegetables that a man can eat in his life). It seems a tad expensive at around £20 per person (dinner can easily be found for less than £10 a head in the Medina) but money well spent for a good evening in. The enormous complimentary breakfast is also rather wonderful eaten on the roof terrace overlooking the harbour and the beach, but beware the seagulls, many a Morrocan doughnut was lost from inattention.

The only down side of the place, and this is reflected throughout Morocco, is alcohol is hard to find and expensive when you do find it, a small scotch in the bar cost £8 and the cheap, cheap bottle of wine was £20, it is a bit like going into rehab for me. There is one booze shop in the city and it is just outside of the Medina walls at the end of Avenue Mohammed Zerkatouni where it meets Avenue Moulay Youssef.

I read some of the negative comments here about the the labyrinthine layout of the place, well it's true and I got lost on a regular basis, the different floors are accessed by a number of very narrow spiral staircases (think sword fights up tower in castles) with uneven stairs, to get to our room I would always take the wrong stairs, climb up to the roof walk to the next stair well and drop down a floor to ours, that's just me though. To be honest I thought it majorly added to its charm and character but if you are very unfit (no lifts as far as i saw) or old or disabled this Riad may not be for you.

We also took a trip out to Les Jardins De La Villa Maroc for £50 per couple including lunch. Wow what a beautiful place, fantastic pool, exquisite buildings and the food was superb. We have booked it up for a family holiday next year, yup, it really is that good.

Oh one more thing, don't give up on Essaouria when you first get there, it's relaxed charm takes a while to dawn on you. I nearly got on the bus back to Marrakesh on the first day, so glad I didn't. Seems too quiet at first, but it's just shy really.

Room Tip: As far as I could tell all the rooms were excellent.
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 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 7, 2013
Thank you for your lovely report. We are happy that you liked our house and we are looking forward to welcoming you soon again at Villa Maroc. Warmly. Cornelia&Abderrahim
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2013 via mobile

I have many happy memories of the Villa Maroc. My recent experiences include the newly created tower suite with incredible views of Essaouira, port, ocean and mountain view offering a salon ,lovely private bath and a wonderful bed high above Essaouira ,breakfast on the terrace with fresh, pancakes, omellettes, orange juice, coffee and hot chocolate and this by the way offers the best view in town, great home made dinner in a salon next to a warm fire.All for a great value when comparing the price to other run of the mill standard competitors. There are bad copies of the Villa Maroc but it stands alone as the ultimate experience in an old Moroccan house on several levels. Each guestroom is different.I have stayed in most of them. Some have seaviews, some have fireplaces, all have charm,elegance and decor. Five star service plus intimacy that reallyl doesn't exist in any of the name brand competitors which I've also experienced at a much higher price.

Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
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VillaMaroc, Owner at Villa Maroc, responded to this review, May 9, 2013
Thank you so much for your comment. We do our best to let you feel at home at Villa Maroc and we are happy to see you and other guests coming back so often. Thank you for your fidelity. Looking forward to welcoming you soon again at Villa Maroc. Cornelia
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2013

I have stayed in hotels in at least 15 countries and I am naming Villa Marco the worst for several reasons:

Floor Plan: This building is a warren of several awkwardly adjoined townhouses. The journey to our room was a series of narrow, steep, slippery and turning staircases to a room with many windows looking onto a public courtyard. The windows, including those in the bathroom, had only sheer white curtains for drapes so I am pretty sure everyone saw me naked.

Staff: I simply hate incompetence. Having to walk down (and up) 40 stairs three times to inquire about my when my bags would be delivered to the room never sits well with me.

Plumbing: Toilet paper cannot be flushed. Must go into the bag less trash can in the bathroom. Ick!

Bedding: The homemade platform beds were equipped with mattress so small I assume they came from cribs.

Amenities: No one expects a phone or a mini bar in a riad, but we did expect working outlets to charge our cameras and water glasses.

Smoke: The fireplace in the central courtyard is lit each night. Since our room was higher than the chimney, it was literally filled with smoke. How we survived asphyxiation is a mystery.

Breakfast: Breakfast was served in filthy, chipped, and cracked plates and cups. When we flat out refused to use unwashed bowls for coffee, the maid went the the cafe down the street to borrow coffee cups.

And the swimming pool they so proudly boast is 12 KM away at their other hotel. But you can pay them to take you there.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with friends
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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VillaMaroc, Owner at Villa Maroc, responded to this review, May 4, 2013
Thank you for visiting The Villa Maroc.We are sorry that you were unhappy.Villa Maroc,now a historic property,is the first of it's kind in Morocco.In order to preserve the integrity of specific Essaouira architecture (1879) four old warehouses were joined in a way that has won awards.1) We have no guest rooms facing a central courtyard.2) Our modern plumbing includes only toilets that flush toilet paper.3)Guest Rooms are all equipped with standard size European/American mattresses.4)Room 16's electrical system is in perfect working order.AC/DC converters available upon request.5)There is no fireplace in the central courtyard.6)All dishes are carefully washed by hand.We use French syle Coffee/chocolate bowls.We gave you a cup/saucer from our private collection.There is no cafe down the street. 7)The Villa Maroc has never claimed to have a swimming pool on site.Yes, we do have a beautiful 2nd property in the country completely separate from the Villa Maroc. Thank you,Meg. Cornelia & Abderrahim
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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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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.

Room Tip: Ask for a room at the top, they have the best view.
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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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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.

Room Tip: Pick a room on the top floor with sea views or your own terrace
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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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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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