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10 Rue Abdellah Ben Yassine, Essaouira 44000 Morocco
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#18 of 96 hotels in Essaouira
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.
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Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Free breakfast
Airport transportation
Rooftop terrace
Baggage storage
Bar / lounge
Full body massage
Non-smoking hotel
Sun terrace
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English, French, Arabic, German
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Muzza668 wrote a review Oct 2021
Zurich, Switzerland25 contributions16 helpful votes
From the first direct contact with this boutique Riad, they could not have been more helpful. We had the family suite which worked really well for us and our 2 children, 8 and 9. The staff were brilliant and had clearly had a tough time during the pandemic but were now back in their happy element. I don't know everyone's names but to name 2, Fatima is a wealth of helpful knowledge and knows all there is to know about Essaouira and about the history of the Riad. The owner is a Swiss, Cornelia, with her husband Ibrahim and they have really made this a special place. Their olive oil is worth the trip alone... And a day by the pool at the Jardin fu Maroc their inland sister property is time very well spent. Thank you!
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Date of stay: October 2021Trip type: Traveled with family
Room Tip: Book your transfer from Marrakech through the Riad. We'll priced and comfortable. Visit Ranch...
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Response from Abderrahim Ezzaher, Directeur général at Villa Maroc
Responded Apr 18, 2022
Thank you. We are glad that you enjoyed you stay with us. We are all happy to be able to do again what we love most, welcoming and caring for guests. Looking forward to seeing you soon again.
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runningaway_11 wrote a review Aug 2021
London, United Kingdom17 contributions9 helpful votes
We booked this hotel as it was highly recommended on multiple websites and covered in multiple magazines. The location is very good. The decor is nice and well maintained and as advertised. The location makes it easy to access other restaurants, the medina and the beach. The wi fi was one of the best in any hotel in Morocco. It was a lovely hotel but the price point does not match the service - the hotel is significantly overpriced for what it is. There is no air conditioning, this was actually fine but something customers should be aware of. The pool is located another 20 mins drive away, this is not explicitly stated and if you don't have your own car then you are stuffed (the shuttle runs only during certain times). The breakfast was acceptable and the lady who served breakfast each morning was extremely friendly and lovely. However, the crockery is a little old and chipped and I had to ask to wash the mugs again. The service at reception was ok, having spent time in Morocco, we became accustomed to super friendly receptionists and staff - this was not the case at Villa Maroc. At one point we were left waiting at the main door for over 20 mins, as the receptionist was on the rooftop. Overall, I feel a basic double room should not be advertised for £120/night (which I believe is the lower rate). We have spent time in much nicer hotels, for less than half the price, with air con, with a rooftop pool, with a better selection of breakfast. Management need to up their game and match the competition. It is no good constantly reminding us that they were the first riad hotel in Morocco, the service and standard of service needs to keep up with the times and the competition.
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Date of stay: August 2021
lisafrique wrote a review Jul 2021
Rockville, Maryland179 contributions65 helpful votes
We loved the location of Villa Maroc close to the medina, port and beach. The hotel itself is a maze of four townhomes, which have steep steps. If you have any mobility issues, book a lower floor. The rooms are pared to essentials and not luxurious. They do have carefully selected art objects. There are two family charming suites and a country annex with a pool. The only problem was a lack of hot water. We were happy that we ate breakfast and dinner at the hotel. The food is delicious and beautifully presented. Breakfast is on a terrace with a spectacular view.
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Date of stay: June 2021Trip type: Traveled as a couple
Room Tip: Call ahead if you have lots of luggage so that the hotel can send someone with a pushcart to...
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Love2Travel984 wrote a review Sep 2020
10 contributions1 helpful vote
We booked a stay at Villa Maroc and were very excited. However, when Morocco closed down to travelers, we obviously could not get into the country from the US. I requested a refund, and management told me my refund would be processed on May 25. it was not. They then asked for an e-mail from Expedia, which Experdia sent. No refund. Then Expedia tried again, another e-mail was requested and was provided. They then said the government had told hotels not to refund any more than 50% of the reservation paid. OK. Still no refund has been received, despite multiple promises to do so, and despite having met every changing requirement. It is clear they are not concerned about integrity. If they did not intend to refund my money, they should have at least been honest and said they could not pay the refund.
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Date of stay: May 2020
Dieschorndorfer wrote a review Mar 2020
Schorndorf, Germany1 contribution
Very nice hotel, owner managed. Very stylish and lovingly cared for. Very nice rooms with a beautiful roof terrace and a view of the bay The cuisine is excellent, the staff is very courteous but not pushy. The owners took great care of the guests even during the Corona crisis!
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Date of stay: March 2020
Room Tip: Very recommendable
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Anita R wrote a review Mar 2020
London, United Kingdom354 contributions148 helpful votes
Spent 2 nights here when visiting Essaouira. Great location - everything close by. Gorgeous riad with lovely decor, cute little rooms with fires. Breakfast on the roof was lovely, as was dinner by the fire. A couple more sunloungers on the roof would have made it perfection!
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Date of stay: March 2020
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Response from VillaMaroc, Propriétaire at Villa Maroc
Responded Mar 17, 2020
Thank you for your comment. We are glad you enjoyed your stay with us. Looking forward to welcoming you again among us.
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jeanbd wrote a review Mar 2020
Dublin, Ireland139 contributions37 helpful votes
we recently stayed at Villa Maroc in Essaouira and absolutely loved it. The location is perfect and the roof top is the most wonderful breakfast setting. There are lots of wonderful small reception room which guests can use. I particularly liked the nice small touches - rose petals on our bed, hot water bottle each evening and a glass of lovely red wine by the fire in one of the many reception rooms at the end of a busy day.
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Date of stay: March 2020
Response from VillaMaroc, Propriétaire at Villa Maroc
Responded Mar 13, 2020
We are glad you enjoyed your stay with us.
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Kate M wrote a review Feb 2020
Brighton, United Kingdom29 contributions15 helpful votes
Villa Maroc grows on you with its charm, ambience and really lovely staff. That being said it didn’t get 5 stars as I feel there are certain areas which could be improved and then it would be perfect! The good points are the friendly, efficient staff who will look after you very well. The location is great and very quiet considering you are right in the Medina. The breakfasts sitting up on the rooftop were fabulous and the birthday cake they made for me was the best I have ever had! (Would love the recipe) The evening meals were a little hit and miss, sometimes superb other times a bit dry and not very interesting (the chicken pastille) Good choice of Moroccan wines which are very good. The not so good points :- the first room we had on our first night felt very small and claustrophobic and the decor was very dull. Might I suggest livening up a small space with more warmth and colour, it felt drab and unloved. The second room we were given was much nicer and having a fire in the evening brought the room to life making it feel very cozy and romantic! I did also feel that some areas were not as clean as they could have been so perhaps that needs looking at. However all that being said they are small points for improvement but overall we thoroughly enjoyed our stay....with a few tweaks this place could be amazing!
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Date of stay: February 2020
Response from VillaMaroc, Propriétaire at Villa Maroc
Responded Mar 3, 2020
Thanks for your comment. We are glad to hear that you enjoyed the warm welcome from our staff as well as the special attention for your birthday. We take feedback very seriously and will do everything we can to remedy the points in question.
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Simon Prosser wrote a review Feb 2020
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Seemingly unchanged in the 15 years since I first stayed — though it has now expanded over four houses — the decoration and atmosphere remain as magical as ever. Just inside the medina, a stones throw from the port and the beach, which you can look over while eating a perfect breakfast on the terrace, why stay anywhere else in Essaouira? A special thank you to Fatima! For being wonderful, and for rescuing my lost clothes. Can’t wait to return.
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Date of stay: February 2020Trip type: Traveled solo
Response from VillaMaroc, Propriétaire at Villa Maroc
Responded Mar 3, 2020
A special thank you back to you. We all hope to seeing you soon again at Villa Maroc.
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SafariSud28 wrote a review Feb 2020
Ille-sur-Tet24 contributions21 helpful votes
Villa Maroc is a very special place. Not only is it beautiful - four old houses, each with their own central courtyard are inter-connected to provide a variety of both bedrooms and different sitting rooms in which to read, have a drink, enjoy a meal or just generally relax. The roof top which dominates the port, beach and the jumble of rooftops of the Medina is exquisite. Decoration is very tasteful with original art, plants in every corner, roses, candles and log fires lit every evening. But best of all are the people, many of whom have been with the hotel since it started 30 years ago. We were waited on like royalty but with a simple sincerity which went beyond the bounds of duty, whether it be giving us extra helpings of our favourite Moroccan bread (made freshly daily by Amina), or decorating our bed with rose petals or taking us to a special merchant in the souk to buy spices to take home when we did a cooking course... The food too is exquisite and we left after a week several kilos heavier vowing to return to see the friends we'd made here during our stay.
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Date of stay: January 2020
Response from VillaMaroc, Propriétaire at Villa Maroc
Responded Feb 10, 2020
Thank you for that wonderful review. We are all delight that you enjoyed your stay at Villa Maroc. Hope to see you very soon again among us.
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Frequently Asked Questions about Villa Maroc
Which popular attractions are close to Villa Maroc?
Nearby attractions include Centre d'art Le Real Mogador (0.1 miles), Essaouira Ramparts (0.2 miles), and Le Souk (0.3 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Villa Maroc?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and an on-site restaurant.
What food & drink options are available at Villa Maroc?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Villa Maroc?
Yes, parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Villa Maroc?
Conveniently located restaurants include Restaurant Sayef, Cafe Restaurant Berbere, and Restaurant Khmissa.
Does Villa Maroc have airport transportation?
Yes, Villa Maroc offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Are any cleaning services offered at Villa Maroc?
Yes, dry cleaning and laundry service are offered to guests.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Villa Maroc?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English, French, German, and Arabic.
Are there any historical sites close to Villa Maroc?
Many travelers enjoy visiting Medina of Essaouira (1.9 miles), Chaim Pinto Synagogue (0.4 miles), and Bordj El Berod (1.6 miles).
Does Villa Maroc have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the harbor view available here.