Boasting a fantastic location within the old medina of Essaouira, the Heure Bleue Palais, once a traders hostel in the 19th century, allows you to step back in time whilst experiencing the luxurious touches of a Relais & Chateaux boutique hotel.
Dar Maya, Essaouira, Morocco
The understandably popular Riad Dar Maya is nestled in the heart of Essaouira's old medina, just a short walk from the souqs, ramparts and beach. Offering excellent value for money the Riad is a wise choice in Essaouira, where accommodation standards do not match those found elsewhere in the country.
Dar Maya has been designed in a beautifully understated and relaxed style, very much in keeping with Essaouira's laid-back vibe. Although the Riad is quite compact, the five rooms are relatively spacious and have been tastefully designed with muted colours and traditional quirky Moroccan touches. Unlike the vast majority of hotels in Essaouira, one of Dar Maya's real boasts is that is has a small plunge pool on the rooftop terrace. The pool really makes the Riad stand out from the crowd, as it is very difficult to find a characterful hotel that has this facility.
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Where possible, we like to offer a range of accommodation for each stop of your trip, chosen by our specialists as some of their favourite places to stay. To help you make the right choice, we give each property a rating based on its facilities and service, but we also look for hotels with distinct character or a location that can’t be bettered.
Located just outside the picturesque walls of Essaouira medina, and a matter of yards from the long, sandy beach, Le Medina Essaouira Hotel is arguably the best of the modern hotels in town.
The Madada Mogador is a small, chic riad with just 6 rooms. It is hidden away up a small alley in the medina and only a ten minute walk from the beach.
Just a five minute walk to the old fishing port and the golden beach of Essaouira, Ryad Watier is a quirky yet traditional property with exceptionally friendly staff.