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Reviewed 20 May 2018

We had three nights at Villa Maroc in mid-May. The Riad is beautiful and a great place to stay. It is laid back and full of character and all the staff friendly and attentive. We didn't eat at the Riad but the dining areas looked amazing and the food smelled wonderful. We plan to visit Essaouira again in the Autumn and definitely will be booking to stay here. There is a lot to see and do in and around Essaouira and the natural pace of life is much less frenetic than say Marrakech.The 3 nights that we had weren't enough. We also plan to do a day trip to the Jardins de Villa Maroc next time round. Thank you to all the fabulous staff.

Room tip: We had a seaview suite which was beautiful.
Date of stay: May 2018
  • Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Thank Richard P
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Abderrahim E, Propriétaire at Villa Maroc, responded to this reviewResponded 30 May 2018

Thank you for your comment. We all are looking forward to your next stay and hope you will enjoy dinner in one of our different and cosy dinner salons. And definitely you should take the time for a relaxing day by the pool out at les Jardins de Villa Maroc, our country property.

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Reviewed 14 May 2018

Already 20 years ago I read about the legendary Villa Maroc, of it’s tasteful interior, the fantastic position in the old Médina, just a few steps from the harbor and the sea. Now also we finally spent a few days in that legendary Riad. And we were overwhelmed by the charme of the house and the people who work there. Cornelia, the Swiss owner, is always there for all the guests and is so passionate with her work, it’s a pleasure to watch. Wherever you are in the house, you discover lovely details. Breakfast is freshly prepared on the rooftop, you can have dinner in one of the little salons, also fresh and deliciously prepared by Marokkaner cooks. It was a pity to leave this place!

Room tip: All rooms are full of charme, if you want light, chose one on the upper levels.
Date of stay: May 2018
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Abderrahim E, Propriétaire at Villa Maroc, responded to this reviewResponded 15 May 2018

Thank you. I am so glad to hear that you noted and appreciated the daily work of all our staff to make your stay at Villa Maroc as pleasant as possible. We are looking forward to seeing you soon again among us.

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Reviewed 14 May 2018

Lovely, relaxing place to stay and in a very good location. Also did the pastry making morning which was fun - made enough for the whole town!
Food for both breakfast and dinner was very good. All the staff were very friendly.

Room tip: The sea view from our room was only just a sea view!
Date of stay: May 2018
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Abderrahim E, Propriétaire at Villa Maroc, responded to this reviewResponded 15 May 2018

Thank you for your review. All around Morocco you feel the generosity of the moroccan people - even when you learn to make moroccan pastry ;)

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Reviewed 28 April 2018 via mobile

Having originally been booked into the Relais et Chateaux “Heure Bleu”, our reservation there was canceled due to the hotel being taken over by a “political delegation”. We were rebooked into the Villa Maroc - definitely a rank or two (a *** rather than *****) lower than the Heure Bleu, but a decidedly pleasant facility.

The riad is clean and simply but tastefully decorated in a mostly traditional and very uncluttered style. It is located off an alleyway literally footsteps off the square and main gate closest to the port - a two-minute walk from the parking and taxi drop-off outside the square (hint: unless you are overburdened with luggage, absolutely no need to hire one of readily available luggage carts).

Within the riad, be prepared to climb stairs. We thought it interesting to cross through the many different areas of the riad - many separate and private dining nooks, seating areas, bar, open public spaces in the central atrium - getting to and from our nice, simple room (with separate living area).

Our biggest surprise, frankly - and a very positive one - was the quality of dinner. We stayed two nights and they ask you to have one of the dinners at their restaurant. It’s not something we would automatically have done, but had absolutely no regrets. The private dining nooks were a delight in which to enjoy quiet conversation. The food (we pre-ordered their two special seafood dinners) was excellent - definitely Moroccan, but with a creative, updated twist that was a welcome change from the growing sameness (after 18 days in Morocco) of the succession of traditional tagines, couscous, tangias. Would recommend the restaurant even if you are staying elsewhere.

The roof terrace is also great - excellent views over the harbor and Atlantic ocean crashing into the rocks beneath the ramparts. We had very satisfying breakfasts (traditional Moroccan) served up there each morning, along with pleasant conversations with the riad’s owner/manager Carolina, who has lived in Morocco for twenty years and, like us, still had not become entirely comfortable the country’s bargaining culture when shopping.

All in all, a most pleasant stay at a well-maintained, simple, tastefully decorated riad at a fair price.

Date of stay: April 2018
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Thank _klassendouglas
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Abderrahim E, Propriétaire at Villa Maroc, responded to this reviewResponded 4 May 2018

Thank you so much for taking the time to write these lines. We are glad to read that you enjoyed your stay with us.

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Reviewed 28 April 2018 via mobile

Beautiful ! riad, several floors, beautifully decorated, lots of atmosphere, good food, breakfast on roof with view to the ocean. Lovely rooms with nice bathrooms. Lots of antiques to admire around the riad. Really a beautiful place to stay. Be aware of lots of steep staircases. Minus: no hot water in shower even after having run water for seven minutes.

Date of stay: April 2018
Trip type: Travelled with friends
Thank Vibek
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Abderrahim E, Propriétaire at Villa Maroc, responded to this reviewResponded 4 May 2018

Thank you for your report.
We apologize for the water problem during your stay. Villa Maroc is composed of 4 houses from the 18th century. Not at all designed as a hotel. The ways for the hot water are long, sorry. But we do have in enough hot water and if ever there is a problem, we offer a free use of the hammam.

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