A gem of a hotel. Cool, calm and very beautiful, Villa Maroc has proved over the years to be a great place to stay whilst in Essaouira...
Claiming the distinction of being Morocco's first riad hotel, Villa Maroc was originally surfer-central, catering to the boarders who are such a feature of Essaouira. These days it’s much more serious, much sharper: a calm white-and-blue gem, run by a friendly couple and spread across three houses and courtyards deep in the Windy City’s UNESCO-protected rabbit-warren medina (old town).
ROOMS: Like the property as a whole, Villa Maroc’s 21 rooms are immaculately (and traditionally) styled, light and spacious, with plenty of mod-cons for good measure. White plaster floors, splashes of dark red fabrics, soft wooden furniture and the odd big colourful pot are par for the chic course. Some rooms also enjoy sea views and separate lounges; ask us to book these.
FACILITIES: After a day haggling in Essaouira’s boisterous markets, surfing the Atlantic waves or bartering in the daily port-side fish markets, Villa Maroc’s fabulous roof terrace is paradise. A small Oriental Spa provides alternative routes to relaxation while, if gardens or a pool are required, all guests have complimentary access to Les Jardins de la Villa Maroc, a beautiful, sister country villa only 15 minutes away via free shuttle.
MORE INFO: Guests can wake each morning to a traditional Moroccan breakfast served either in-room or up on the terrace. Creative, tasty dinners are served in the dining salons, with a fireplace standing ready for the winter months. There’s free Wi-Fi in all public areas.
Villa Maroc has been rated 8 times, with an overall rating of 4.38 out of 5.
From Tania Forte who stayed here in March 2015
Villa Maroc could not have been more perfect. The staff were welcoming and attentive. The owner charming and always available. The rooms and the salons so beautifully decorated and welcoming. A truly amazing place with so much attention to detail. The location also could not be better and if one wanted to be away from the hussle and bussle then head to the Jardin de Villa Maroc - a truly amazing place in an oasis of peace and quite where every single detail was perfect. “Top rooms also with balconies and superior rooms or suites have the extra room that make it even more comfortable.”
From Harry & Sue Carlton who stayed here in March 2014
Arriving at Villa Maroc was an interesting experience, walking through the city gates to reach the hotel just inside the second wall was like stepping back in time. We had a very light and airy room just below the roof which was very comfortable and just a flight of stairs away from the roof terrace where we enjoyed our breakfasts overlooking the harbour and very wide beach. Once again the staff and the owner of the hotel were very friendly and very helpful, that went from the maid that cleaned our room to the waiting staff and the receptionists. Once again, a safe in the room for our valuable would have been useful. The two dinners that we had at the hotel were very enjoyable as was the red wine. As you are aware, Essaouira can be very windy but we managed to cope with that and walked the length of the beach a few times.
From Mark Sloneker who stayed here in December 2013
Villa Maroc was beautiful-loved exploring the riad's many little rooms. Breakfast was great. They went out of their way to set up breakfast inside with a fire going since it was cold. Location was great. Villa Maroc did have a menu and pricing for dinners, at the reception desk, which was good.
From Nicolas C who stayed here in October 2013
Excellent hotel, the staff all very attentive. When luggage was taken to Maroc Villa the porter demanded 100 Dirhams ,checking with the hotel they confirmed the rate was 20 Dirhams ! A very minor issue.
From Patricia N who stayed here in September 2013
Essaouria is a truly charming place. Villa Maroc is charming to look at, although we feel their service lacks the attention and care if that received at Les Yeux Bleus. We weren't able to check in until three. We would suggest you let customers know this in advance. The customer service from reception was pretty poor and unwelcoming and we felt she was more interested in finding out if we wanted dinner. We sat In the reception area for about ten mins thinking we could check in only to be told we couldn't. They could have suggested to have a drink on the terrace. The suite was lovely, but didn't have the personal touch like Les Yeux Bleus. I suppose we're saying it's become too big and become detached from it's customers. The Porter from the car park was also a disappointment. We felt overcharged and when we were leaving we said we didn't need one. The receptionist didn't really listen and he walked with us to the car park, in the hope of getting some money.
From Justine S who stayed here in May 2013
The Villa Maroc was lovely, staff fab, food the best we had all holiday. All in all would certainly return.
From Wendy T who stayed here in May 2013
Villa Maroc, which is just charming, and we were given a suite which was a nice luxury though we didn't spend much time in it! We took the option of a day at Les Jardins, and though it absolutely beautiful. We loved Essaouira, and we also really enjoyed the trip to the mountains.
From Deborah H who stayed here in October 2012
Villa Maroc - stunning room & totally amazing food - brilliant!!