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“Outstanding Hotel within old town walls” 5 of 5 stars
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Villa Maroc
Ranked #12 of 78 Hotels in Essaouira
Certificate of Excellence
Rapperswil
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3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
“Outstanding Hotel within old town walls”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2013

we stayed 3 nights in this hotel in the medina, near the traditional fishermen's harbour and the souk. Some 3-4 old houses now form the Hotel, owned and personally ruled by an marocaine-swiss couple. The structure of the former private houses ist preserved. So the "tour through the hotel" has something of the exploration of a labyrinth. The old houses did not tolerate to install an elevator, so that you have to be pretty well on your feet to stay there.
The terrasse overlooks the harbour and the beach. Each (sleeping- and dining-)room has its own character , the rulers and the staff are very helpful and full of hospitality. The meals are excellent. We felt very well, and the stay was worth every single Dirham.

Room Tip: If possible choose a room at the top, so you can look over the town wall
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
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Thank TommyRapperswil
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VillaMaroc, Owner at Villa Maroc, responded to this review, August 13, 2013
We are glad that you appreciated your stay at Villa Maroc. It would be a pleasure to welcome you soon again. Best regards. C
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2013

Villa Maroc has an excellent location in the medina with easy access to the port and the old city. It is made up of four former separate riads and has a homely atmosphere and plenty of privacy; it can appear a bit of a rabbit warren when first encountered. The terrace where breakfast is taken has great views of the port and sea. The staff are friendly and efficient without being intrusive and the food and service are of a high standard. The hotel is great value for money and staying there was a wholly pleasant experience..

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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars
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Thank John C
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VillaMaroc, Owner at Villa Maroc, responded to this review, August 13, 2013
We are happy that you enjoyed your stay at Villa Maroc. Thank you for your commment.
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2013 via mobile

We stayed one night in Villa Maroc as part of a 2-week guided tour. We were delighted and surprised at the quality and charm we found here. The room no. 20 is a junior suite with a garden view that was extremely clean, lovely and well located. We had breakfast and dinner here and we must say it was the best meals of our trip. Check out the dates for city festivals as this hotel's terrace is the best. A favourite.

  • Stayed June 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars
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Thank ichorrofong
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VillaMaroc, Owner at Villa Maroc, responded to this review, August 13, 2013
Thank you so much for your lovely report. We hope to see you soon again at Villa Maroc.
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Berlin, Germany
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2013

Everybody knows Villa Maroc in Essauoira. It is perfectly located and has a superb decoration in all the different rooms of this villa. Breakfast at the terrace has a fantastic view of the sea and the port. Very clean and personal very helpful.
The only missing thing is a swimming pool, but the rest is more than compensated.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with friends
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VillaMaroc, Owner at Villa Maroc, responded to this review, June 28, 2013
We are happy to know that you appreciate your stay at Villa Maroc in town. 15 minutes from town we own "Les jardins de Villa Maroc" our guesthouse with a beautiful swimming-pool where you can spend the day in the calm of the fantastic country side rounding Essaouira.
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Redhill, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2013

Stayed in the family suite in August, so beautiful, clean, stylish and elegant. It's also quirky, with little odd rooms and staircases leading up to interesting places. Quiet and peaceful, yet near to everything. Best of all is the roof terrace, with amazing views. Had breakfast every morning there, the breakfast was good, fresh orange juice and pancakes etc. we stayed with our teenage children. Loved Essouirra, especially in August as it has nice cooling breezes, want to go back. Miss it.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars
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VillaMaroc, Owner at Villa Maroc, responded to this review, June 22, 2013
Thank you for your comment. Would be nice to see you again in august.
Essaouira is known for its breeze in summer. We don't have that african heat you would expect in Morocco.
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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2013

This is a beautiful Riad, and so well located in the Medina. The staff, cleanliness & rooms were all great. the bathrooms were the best we had in Morocco, having said that you pay for it, quite expensive compared to other places we stayed at, but Essaouira is!

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with friends
    • 2 of 5 stars
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VillaMaroc, Owner at Villa Maroc, responded to this review, June 5, 2013
All our guests appreciate the position of Villa Marc. Right behind the ramparts inside the medina, 2 minutes to the beach and the harbor and fantastic views over the sea from the roof terrace.
Thank you so much for your comment.
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Hollywood, Florida
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2013

This Riad is sweet and charming. Simple and yet very stylish! Rooms are nice size and clean.
The dinners are served in very quaint salons and some even have fireplaces next to the tables.
The dinner was fantastic and the portions large. We could not finish our meal so we asked them
to wrap it up and we had it for breakfast! Too good to waste. Centrally located, but not noisy. Would certainly stay again. Only one word of caution watch your head when going up and down the stairs, not made for very tall people.

Room Tip: We stayed in room 11, no view, and not really much noise.
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars
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Thank Elizabeth S
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VillaMaroc, Owner at Villa Maroc, responded to this review, June 5, 2013
Thank you for your lovely report. We hope to be able to welcoming you soon at Villa Maroc again.
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Property: Villa Maroc
Address: 10 Rue Abdellah Ben Yassine, Essaouira 44000, Morocco
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:
#6 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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