We enjoy unique and personal places to get away from the formulaic hotel chains but you run a risk if you do this without being prepared for surprises (good and bad).
This place rightly had excellent reviews but like many unique places may not always be perfect in every area for you or provide equivalent to full service hotel. However, their motto, "treat it like your own home" is seems an impossible request unless you own your palace. We were the only people there so it was very quiet with only 3 visible staff and Jamil at front desk and many other things. He ensured our comfort, although "only" a B&B there was always mint tea on arrival back, if desired, and a simple continental breakfast (juice, tea, coffee, breads, jams), followed by chat about sundry affairs in Britain.
The nice sized deep pool looked green on arrival but by the next day was pristine, with towels and tea beside it for our comfort. There is a TV in main lounge, or royal reception room as I liked to think of it as. There is excellent free WiFi in lounge and around but not in our room. The little groups of rooms are separated by sumptuous seating areas with ample terrace space, even if the hotel was full it could still be very quiet.
It is 1mile from medina gates and the road was a little rough in places seemingly due to major improvements to waterfront, you are out of town with limited food choice on door step. We found the the walk fine and an aid to digestion on return, perhaps small children would not, however the local food choice would be fine for children, I'd guess, and it had some entertainment for them. There was 24hour access for late night people. Internally the house and furnishings are stunning, stunning! A good shower in our room (11) and with sea view, the modern accoutrements, sockets, toilet roll holders are showing usage but if you have a stately home you know how difficult that can be. The town is friendly even in the souks and crime free apparently, the staff at Villa Quieta even friendlier. Think of it not as a B&B but as if your millionaire uncle had invited you to stay while he is out of town for the week. Lovely.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- a private mansion renovated into a luxurious family run Inn. On the beach, a 20-minute walk from the hustle-bustle and humidity of the medina, the Villa Quieta warmly welcomes you. You are totally secure here. Villa Quieta is spacious, sunlit, tasteful and refined. A successful blend of traditional and modern design, you will find the same comfort as in the most luxurious palaces. We have 13 double rooms, a quadruple, a two-person suite, and a penthouse — each room different and personalized with original art, fresh flowers, handcrafted furniture, and modern, luxurious bathrooms. Breakfast is served on the terrace (overlooking the bay of Essaouira, the beach, the town and the port) or in the unforgettable grand salon (approx. 4,000 sq.ft. decorated with elaborately hand-chiseled plaster ceilings, mosaic tile and Moroccan traditional furniture.) For more intimate moments, you may choose one of the smaller, cozy salons with fireplaces. A unique green expanse in the town, the Villa Quieta is the only Charm Hotel situated in a scented garden. ACTIVITIES: Miles of natural beach await you for windsurfing, fishing, long walks, water sports, camel rides, horseback riding …all a few steps away. Art galleries, fitness club, cybercafes, artisanal shopping, massage, beauty treatments, hammam, available close by. SERVICES AVAILABLE: Car rentals, bicycle rentals and airport transfers can be arranged for you; assistance in choosing and reserving activities, restaurants, guides and excursions in Essaouira and the rest of Morocco; laundry and dry cleaning; babysitter; doctor on call. AMENITIES: Welcome tea and cookies; chauffeur service in Essaouira; free parking; concierge; fresh flowers and hair dryer in room. Please tell us if you have a special need or request. With our discreet, friendly staff we are here to serve you. ... more less
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