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“Fabulous retreat in the middle of Essaouira” 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 #20 of 76 Hotels in Essaouira
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Lincoln, United Kingdom
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3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
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“Fabulous retreat in the middle of Essaouira”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2013

Villa Maroc is a fabulous hotel in the heart to the medina of Essaouira. The best home-made breakfasts each morning on the roof watching the huge Atlantic waves roaring in with the fishing boats bobbing in the harbour. A beautiful old house that has been cleverly restored to make a very beautiful place to relax after the hustle and bustle of Essaouira medina life. The staff were lovely and very friendly and helpful. Can't wait to return.

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  • Stayed November 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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  • 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
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Elmhurst, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2013

We recently stayed, two nights, with a group of six friends at Villa Maroc. The riad has a great location inside the medina and it is very easy to find. The breakfast, served on the roof terrace, was good, including fresh squeezed orange juice, coffee/tea, crepes, French bread, etc.. One day we got muesli, another fresh donuts. We had dinner one evening and it was good.
Villa Maroc is very atmospheric and the owner, Cornelia, very amiable and visible during our stay. She is Swiss and her husband, Moroccan.

The only negative aspects about the villa are: 1- none of the bedrooms in the building that we stayed at (we had four rooms) had air conditioning. It was warm inside the rooms until very late at night. It cooled down way past midnight. Our stay was in October. I don't want to even think about what it would be like in the summer months. We booked through "Experience it tour" company and we had specifically requested a riad with air con. 2- We could hear other dinners, at the riad, talking and laughing until very late. I had to resort to using ear plugs in order to fall asleep. My husband was awaken very early by the seagulls. One of the other couples commented on hearing local people chatting outside the riad, as their room faced the outside walls. The ac would have really helped.

There were fresh cookies, upon arrival, in one of the bedrooms, but not in the other three. I mentioned it to the owner, Cornelia and the following day, we all received the delicious cookies. Also, one of the rooms had fresh flowers, none of the other three rooms did.

It is not easy to run a hotel, restaurant, or place were you provide a payable service but definitely, consistency is important and people do look at details. Overall, we did have an enjoyable stay at Villa Maroc. It is a beautifl riad....Would I stay here again if we returned to beautiful Essaouira...no. Air con is very important for us!!!!

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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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VillaMaroc, Owner at Villa Maroc, responded to this review, November 26, 2013
Thank you for your review.
In Essaouira it's never hot, we have around 25° C in summer and the riads are build to keep them cool - we really don't need air condition.
Our philosophy is taking care about environments, serving organic food - it is our choice not having air condition and we are sure, that the big number of returning guest think like we do.
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Oslo, Norway
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2013

A very spesial Hotel. A little mysterious, a lot of rooms to experience, clean and for us in nr. 25, a wonerful view over the bay. And above all, a very kind hostess who everything day checked out with us that everything was ok. Lost of places to play cards and meet the others in our company.
The breakfast was ok, but some of us missed chees !! As for dinner, I would prefer to
go to a restaurant.

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Thank you for your comment. It would be a pleasure to welcome you next year with your friends.
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Vancouver, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2013 via mobile

This place is great. The location is perfect and their jumble of buildings has so much character. The room was neither large nor elaborate but it was clean, the bed was comfortable and we loved our experience. We were with a group and had dinner in one of their dining areas and it was excellent.

Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Thank you for your report. We are pleased to hear that you enjoyed your stay at Villa Maroc. We are looking forward to welcoming you soon again among us.
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portugal
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2013

after busy days in Marrakech a great place to relax, the old riyad is tastefully - not stylish - decorated with beautiful fabrics and Marrocan furniture, excellent food and very friendly private atmosphere. Great location within the Medina with wonderful view to the beach and harbor.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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VillaMaroc, Owner at Villa Maroc, responded to this review, October 16, 2013
Thank you. We are happy that you enjoyed your stay at Villa Maroc. Hope to see you soon again.
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Rome, Italy
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31 hotel reviews
Reviews in 38 cities Reviews in 38 cities
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2013

We had planned to stay two nights, but when we arrived my partner decided to make the decision one night would be enough and we headed back to the (amazingly perfect) El Fenn in Marrakech. Villa Maroc came recommended from friends and we weren't disappointed, but we also weren't blown away. We had a room at the very top off the breakfast terrace. It was a cute set up with the sleeping area up one level and a nice sitting area when you first enter the room. But, the door didn't close tightly enough to stop the wind from rattling it continuously (this was solved with a washcloth in the space). The bathroom was a little more run-down than I'd hoped to see, but other than these two complaints the riad was charming. Dinner is served tucked into various little rooms/alcoves and the food was very good. Breakfast was served up on the terrace (it's chilly with the wind, of course) and the service was pleasant while the food wasn't as good as that served at dinner.
The location is great - it's just a short walk to the beach, breakwater and you're right in the medina.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Madrid, Spain
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2013

We have spent 4 nights, this past month of august in Villa Maroc. Our stay was really super, highlighting achitecture and interiors character (tres bon goût) , unbeatible service ( thanks to all) amazing rooms and rulers savoir faire. Food is also fantastic. This is real luxe, traditional and simple plaisir de vivre, not modern marketing. Thank you Cornelia. Nous reviendrons Incha Allah. A la prochaine fois !!!

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Thank you. Hope to see you soon again at Villa Maroc.
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Address: 10, rue Abdellah Ben Yassine, Essaouira, Morocco
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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:
#10 On the Beach Hotel in Essaouira
#10 Romantic Hotel in Essaouira
#15 Family Hotel in Essaouira
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Villa Maroc 3*
Number of rooms: 21
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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