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...
A labyrinth in the warren of courtyards and passages leading from one house to another, Villa Maroc is a totally authentic Moroccan riad hotel with so much charm that one cannot quite believe how lucky one is to have found it!
Owned and run by a delightful couple, the hotel's rooms are immaculately styled and equipped with all that one could need. Simple but very comfortable, the rooms are very welcoming and one feels instantly at home.
Meals in the hotel are served in the dining salons, with a warm fireplace in the winter months. Step outside Villla Maroc and you are right in the heart of Essaouira's bustling streets and a minute's walk from the port and the main square. A must...!
Access to the gardens and pool at Les Jardins de la Villa Maroc (a beautiful country villa only 15 minutes from the town by free shuttle) is available to all clients of the riad. The two properties are owned by the same people.
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!!