The staff were the highlight, all very charming and enthousiastic. Location was also very good, there was free wifi in the lobby and the breakfast was very decent (but not the best). The owner also showed us around and instructed directions over the city map, which was also very helpful. This hotel (like many in Essaouira) is deep into the medina so if you have a lot of luggage it is wise to hire someone to carry it to the hotel.
One of our rooms (the only room in terrace) was fairly poor and in stark contrast to the other rooms of the hotel (with little light and a makeshift PVC door/wall). We did not mind as we stayed one night but avoid it if you are staying longer.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Villa Garance is a charming, spacious riad, beautifully decorated inside, with bags of history and charm, and is located in a small street in the heart of the Medina, only a short walk from the ramparts and the Atlantic ocean. You will be truly delighted with everything that Villa Garance had to offer: elegant, clean and large bedrooms (10 single, double, twin or for families up to 5 people, from 15 to 35 m²); the large roof terrace with distant sea views, where a delicious and hearty homemade breakfast is served in the sunshine, where you can have sunbathe with a book throughout the day; and the charming and helpful owners Marie and Pierre, who are extremely friendly and give you lots of information on the history of Essaouira along with recommendations for restaurants and activities. All bedrooms are heated, with private bathroom, and have large windows except two of them which give access to a bright patio. Lunch, diner and massage can be arranged. ... more less
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