- Reviews: 2792
Residence Louzani: Seaview Apartments
Residence Louzani offers large, sparkling clean apartments with a sea view from the windows and balcony, and an impressive beach vista from the roof terrace. Its location is great for the beach, and only a 10-15 minute walk from the medina. It also has possibly Essaouira's only alcohol shop next door. It's excellent value for money.
It doesn't have any heating or air conditioning, but the climate in Essaouira rarely gets too hot or too cold. That said you'll appreciate a jumper in winter if you stay up late. The kitchen equipment is limited - just two gas plates and no oven. The place also has a lot of cats, which is great if you love them, but if you hate them or suffer allergies, like me, you will need to bring along you anti-histamine. The hairs seem to get on everything despite the seemingly 24/7 cleaning operation in the building.
The owner, Zacharia, is a really friendly and very helpful host. The rest of the staff are equally kind and welcoming.
- Reviews: 82
I had no fixed plan to find accommodation on arrival in Essaouira, except to give the bus station apartment touts the customary body swerve, successfully accomplished, I made my way through Bab Doukkala gate down into the Medina. I had noticed this hotel on previous visits, so I called in to investigate, if it seemed unsuitable or too expensive there were plenty of other options........
I interrupted the lady owner and femme de menage (cleaner) at lunch, both eating from an enormous plate of coucous (typical for Moroccan women) but business is business, so I asked for a room ensuite facing the Medina street. She summoned a young man who led me upstairs to the first floor and showed me two options, one was the "king room" because it had a small private balcony and a four poster bed with draw-around pink curtains, price Dh500. I decided I didn't want to be king and opted for the alternative pleb room at Dh220.
I returned downstairs to complete the deal, the ladies were still eating (surprise?) but I insisted on interrupting again to pay a week in advance and finalise passport registration, being well aware that the lady owner was desperate to get back to the feeding plate in case femme de menage guzzled all the food, I managed to hack forty dirhams from the deal and paid Dh1500 (psychology is a wonderful asset!)
The room was fine, clean with plenty of space and a view of the street below, there was faultless hot water in the shower, but the wall fixture for the shower head was worn and allowed the nozzle to move sideways and spray water into the bedroom. Being a competent practical person, I fixed this small problem by shimming the gap between the nozzle head and wall fixture with a piece of surgical sticking plaster from my first aid kit.
Unfortunately, on day two, femme de menage, while cleaning the room and for reasons best known to herself, removed the sticking plaster, after which the water happily sprayed back into the bedroom!
There was supposed to be optional breakfast on the roof terrace, but when I investigated there was a small kitchen and seating area but nobody in attendance, however this was no real problem, there are endless breakfast places throughout the Medina.
Femme de menage washed my clothes for a fee of Dh20, organised and priced by the lady owner. When I left at the end of the week the young man promised that next time I came, the roof terrace would be operational.
It's location is ideal, on the main street Zerktouni, in the middle of the Medina and close to all places of interest.
- Reviews: 275
La Medina Essaouira (ex-Sofitel): A fabulous stay
At the end of a tour from Marrakech, to the High Atlas and to the coast, this is just the place that we needed: good rooms, good food, excellent service and sauntering distance into the city.
If we went back, we'd certainly stay here!
Our room had a fine bathroom with a shower over the bath, plenty of wardrobe/cupboard space, a huge, comfortable bed, a balcony with a table and seating...
A large pool, two evening restaurants (the one on the beach is better than the one in the main hotel), live music in the evenings...
We can't help you with the price because it was part of a tour.
- Reviews: 54
Casa di Carlo: Artistic & very sociable stay
Owner Carlos is extremely welcoming. Accommodation on a whole is better than the actual rooms. Individual rooms are small without window. Make sure to get 1 of the large rooms. Sleep 3 and are spacious and airy.
Showers and toilets a bit run down.
Very many Italians probably drawn by name of place although German owner.
(Down side - nut case called Klaus was semi living there. Made me feel uncomfortable as a woman. I even changed hotel due to his odd behaviour. On day of departure owner Carlos had promised he would move him along as there were several other unacceptable incidents with Klaus)
The courtyard is covered with paintings and painted figurines. Lovely breakfast bar and great for socialising and meeting other travellers.
Great food. If Carlos is there to cook.
Sincere. Stayed during Gnaoua festival. Where other places were charging DH200/bed in room for 6, Carlos was charging DH200/double room
- Reviews: 230
La Vague Ocean Blue: Budget accommodation
This is very good option to stay cheaply in Essaouira. We really loved this pension also thanks to very kind staff. It is located close to the sea and approximately 15 min. to Medina, by taxi 2 min. There is a small garden, where breakfast is prepared. Rooms are cosy with wooden furniture and bathroom. Double room for 250 DH (25 euros).
- Reviews: 376
Sidi Magdoul Camping: Essaouira's tiny Campground
Good located near the beach. There are trees at the middle of the tiny courtyard, The ground is not so good for a tent... It is bordered with high walls Are also a few bungalows. Well a kind of…
It coast 47 dhr-about 4 euro- 2 persons, 1 Camping car, electricity.
Toilets are new and very clean. It also have cozy café. At the reception they speek good english!!
- Reviews: 166
Riad de la Mer: Unbelievable
I'm not exaggerating in the title; we really couldn't believe how fortunate we were to have reserved this place. Riads in general offer fantastic value for money - as we had already seen in Marrakesh - but Riad de la Mer is something else again. Each room is beautifully decorated with its own distinct flavour with things obviously bought around town. And it's all done with great taste. It would be so easy to go over the top with Moroccan decor, but there is both attention to detail and restraint here. The result is beautiful.
There was also more than a slight hint of Englishness about our studio, which went unexpectedly well with the Moroccan touches.
There's more than design, though, to a good hotel and Riad de la Mer offered friendly service including a tasty breakfast on the roof terrace and a friendly welcome from the attentive couple who run the riad. The London-based owner had sent us all the information we could want in advance and we felt well taken care of.
The hotel has been lovingly furnished to a standard that is rare in this price bracket. We only wished we could have stayed longer.
The couple who run the riad can prepare meals to eat in and the prices seemed to be far lower than what our riad in Marrakesh would charge for the same service.
- Reviews: 62
Carole & Dennis's: Renting a riad for 10 is good value for money
In the heart of the Medina only a short stroll from Moulay Hassan Square and a 6 minute walk to the beach this traditional homely riad has 4 bedrooms and can sleep 8 to 10 people on 3 floors each floor has a shower room & W.C. There is a kitchen & lounge on the ground floor for guest use and a sunny terrace with good views over the sea & the medina. If you are a group of up to 10 people renting this riad is great value at £450 per week,bedding & towels are provided. When the house is not occupied you can book single or double rooms on a bed & breakfast basis for £25 per night.
Khadija the multi lingual femme de menage is on hand to cook typical Moroccan Tajine's, & Delicious Cous-Cous should you require. Khadija is a wonderful teacher and if you would like to learn about the ingredients and method she will give lessons. A great way to impress your friends when you get home.
- Reviews: 2023
Maison d'Hotes Mounia: a beautiful place
Maison Mounia is a beautiful place to stay, with a great location, right in the centre of the old town. The only downside to this is that it can be a bit noisy at night.
There are 4 suites and 5 rooms on 2 floors. There is a a nice lounge and breakfast is served on the rooftop terrace. The rooms are some of the best decorated I have seen anwhere in the world. The family who own it are very friendly and will let you access the internet for free from their computer behind the reception desk.
The price for a double, which is negotiable, ranges from 300 to 450 dh per night, including breakfast. It is great value. You may find cheaper places, but none as nice as this.
- Reviews: 1132
Slimanes gaff: Slimanes gaff
We stayed at the bloke who runs the trekking's apartment. If you end up booking with Nature Trekking Maroc, and you want an aprtment when in Essaouira, then ask Slimane, the company owner if you can stay at his.
Its a nice enough place in a residential area, about 5 mins from the beach but 15mins from the port/main part of town.
It has 2 bedrooms but has room for 6 people in beds, and even more if you take into account the large living room.
It cost us 20euros per night between us.Its probably a better option if youre a family or if a number of you, not really for 2.
- Reviews: 453
Sidi Kauki hotel: Sidi Kauki by Kiri
In Sidi Kkauki there are only 2-3 pensions, but the best for us is the withe on the right at the end of the road, the man that live there is Kiri and in the court live a beautifull dog, german shepard, Mona Lisa....the place is quiete, good breakfast, if u want to eat there ask to Kiri to prepare the meal ( couscous or tajine), there is a big room good for having brakfast or dining,take a tea in the afternoon or lying in the sofa .....like Lorenzo do!!!!!!
- Reviews: 1149
Hotel Tafrouart: Very good place
There are doubles without private bathroom (150 dirham), with (250) and triples for 250 Dirham which made it the most expensive lodging we had in Morocco.
The rooms were very clean. They had modern furniture with washtable.
Perfect beds are very clean linen
I had to walk and search for more than half an hour to find something free...
- Reviews: 23
Rented houses: Your own spot in Essaouira!
I don't mention the house I rented because I sadly lost the address of both the real-estate agency and the house itself.
Anyway, the point is, living for a few days in a real (but of course prepared for renting) moroccan house, with its terrace, is a fantastic experience I would recommend everyone.
There are very nice and cousy hotels in Essaouira, but if you don't mind giving up "room service", I think having your own piece of Essaouira for a few days is not a bad idea, is it? There are a few agencies who (in my case) easily find you a cousy and big house to rent, for absurdly cheap prices.
- Reviews: 23
Residence Al Arboussas: Cheerful, bright, well-located in the Medina
This is a 19th century building perfectly suited to its present purpose. It's immaculate, cheerfully painted in blue and yellow throughout with lovely framed music festival posters on the walls. The breakfast room on the main floor is cheerful, but you can also have it served on the rooftop terrace if it's not too cool. The substantial Moroccan breakfast kept us going for the morning.
The service was pleasant. It would be wise to book ahead in summer or shoulder season, and a must for the music festival. The website below has some great photos of the riad, and the door and window straignt ahead in the last photo of the web page belong to Room #9.
I'd strongly recommend this hotel in any case, but especially if you can score a rooftop double. Ours (#9) had a very large sparkling bathroom behind sliding doors, with a window that opened to the terrace. The room had a window as well, so it was very bright and airy, and we had a small table and chairs. The price is the same as the other doubles at 350 dh for two with breakfast, so just ask for it.
For the first night we stayed in #6, which was smaller, but still had a closet and reading lights. A small bathroom with a shower, no window. There were no table and chairs in the room, but there were on the landing just outside the room.
The whitewashed rooftop terrace had chaises longes and tables and chairs, potted plants -- in blue and white with touches of yellow. There was also a quartet of kittens, which I'd imagine is not unusual.
- Reviews: 7
peoples own homes: Families may be the key
When I got off the bus from marakesh at 10pm, I was harrangued mercislessly by the locals. Usual for travel in developing countries, but in morocco, this is highly illegal, and the tourist police do sometimes clamp down on it. However, myself and four other westerners ont he bus had decided to gorup together to sort out some accomodation, for safety as it was so late, and found ourselves experincing wonderful home made food in a wonderful local home.
This is quite the norm in essuuria, so whether you go for it immediatley, or go to your prebooked hotel and ask around after a day or two, i highly recommend this for the expdererience. I did the same in Gao, a few palces in India, and always to the good. Of course I woudl not reecomend this on your own, only if you are with a few others, but do give it a go. It's generally cheaper (although will probably cost more in gifts for the family) and you will get a much better insight into the area. Oner thing though, don't do this for your whole stay as you will find your freedoms compromised through sheer weight of hospitality. Taht was my experience anyway. Remeber, peole think differently in other places, and your idea to esacpe to the beach thsi afternoon may be interrupted because granny wants to have lunch with you.
better food, unique local knowledge, less harrasment from hawkers if you're out and about with a local (althoguh essouria is much less a problem in this regard than the rest of morocco). All in all wonderfuly unique experience.
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