We were slightly concerned by some of the negative reviews but need not have worried. The hotel is perfectly situated five minutes from the medina and across the road from the largest beach we have ever seen.
The rooms are large, comfortable and quiet and although the tiling in the bathroom left something to be desired, were spotlessly clean. We had chosen a pool view room but these all face in on each other so next time we would chose a sea view room to take advantage of added privacy and the view across the bay, along with the spectacular sunsets.
There was a good selection at breakfast and, although the pool area was busy, there was usually space there or on the sun terrace above the spa. The hotel also had a private beach area where, when the tide was out, you could watch the windsurfers, kite surfers and camels!
What really made this hotel special was its staff who were, without exception, friendly and helpful, even though English was their third language.
Essaouira is a charming, picturesque town with several excellent restaurants, the best of which were La Table and D'Orient et d'Alleurs. We could not find alcohol on retail sale in Essaouira so you have to rely on the mini bar or room service (at about the same price as you would pay in a local bar) for a drink in your room. Essaouira made for a pleasant introduction to Morocco before the frenetic chaos that was Marrakech!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Reminiscent of a sumptuous Moroccan riad, the facade of the Sofitel Thalassa Essaouira is painted the traditional red of Mogador. Set on the coast, close to the medina, this charming luxury hotel furnished with thuja and lemon wood cabinets, provides direct access to a luxury thalassotherapy centre. Enjoy an unforgettable leisure and fitness break. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Le Medina Essaouira Hotel Thalassa Sea And Spa - Mgallery Collection
- Accor Thalassa Essaouira
- Sofitel Essaouira
- Essaouira Sofitel