Villa de l'O

3, rue Mohamed Ben Messouad, Essaouira, Morocco

Action Bar

18.5
Rating

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Ratings Breakdown

  • Rooms18
  • Public Spaces19
  • Service18.5
  • Overall18.5
10
Reviews

Most recent review:

What I liked:

Nice location just within the medina, yet across the street from the beach. The rooftop terrace was lovely, though windy, and we enjoyed drinks there, especially as finding somewhere that will serve before-dinner drinks is a bit difficult in Essaouira.

What the hotel could do better:

Replace the old pilled sheets - so scratchy on my sunburn! We stayed in the Occident room, which had a king bed made from 2 twin beds pushed together, with a discernible ridge in the middle. The mattresses were so firm as to be considered hard and the dense foam pillows were awful. I even considered checking out early. The room also has no natural light, aside from a window that opens onto the (not private) courtyard. It also seemed smaller than what was quoted on our reservation. The shower could use a shelf for soap & shampoo and/or a bench. When we arrived, we couldn't connect to the Wifi. But more important was the staff's response: "That's too bad you're having difficulty. Our computer has connectivity." 36 hours later, after a critical mass of other guests complained, they brought in someone to fix the issue. The staff did not take ownership of their roles and were not terribly helpful. And while I do like Nora Jones, hearing her CD on a continuous loop from breakfast through late evening was a bit much.

Sarah

Stayed May 2014

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Hotel Description

Sure, it’s a bit farther out than Marrakech, but for anyone who’s at all attached to the seaside, there’s no contest: Essaouira has got the medina and the beach, both in one pocket-sized package along the Atlantic coast. And there’s nowhere else a hotel like the Villa de l’O could exist — this place is pure fantasy, all the way through, and needs a fantastic setting to match.

It makes the riad hotels of Marrakech look uptight by comparison. This one dates back to the 18th century, but in its present incarnation it’s an ornate contemporary-luxe boutique hotel, whose young French owner has outfitted it in a style that’s more colonial than Arabian, equal parts modern and classic, full of custom finishes, painstakingly collected antique furnishings, high-end designer linens and unique objects from all over the world.

You’re at the edge of the medina, inside the old city walls — but more importantly, you’re just yards from the beach, which is likely why you’re in Essaouira in the first place. A tiny spa offers hammam, massage and body treatments, and your hosts know the city’s restaurants inside and out. And after a few nights of this, you may just entirely forget about that other Moroccan city — what was that place called again?

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Hotel Criteria

  • 12 Rooms
  • Style: Modern Design
  • Atmosphere: Quiet

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Hotel Amenities and Services

  • 24 hour front desk
  • Babysitting (on request)
  • Bar
  • Bicycle rentals nearby
  • Free wi-fi
  • Multi-lingual staff
  • No pets allowed
  • Room service
  • Self service parking (charges apply)
  • Shopping area nearby
  • Smoking rooms (on request)
  • Spa
  • Spa treatments (on request)
  • Turkish bath
  • Wake-up service

Need to Know

Valid credit card required. Minimum stay during Gnawa Music Festival end of june/15th july to the 15th august/Christmas and New Year celebrations There is a 3.8% extra charge for Visa and MasterCard.

Credit cards accepted:

Visa, MasterCard

Check in:

2pm,

Check out:

12pm

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Hotel Amenities and Services

  • 24 hour front desk
  • Babysitting (on request)
  • Bar
  • Bicycle rentals nearby
  • Free wi-fi
  • Multi-lingual staff
  • No pets allowed
  • Room service
  • Self service parking (charges apply)
  • Shopping area nearby
  • Smoking rooms (on request)
  • Spa
  • Spa treatments (on request)
  • Turkish bath
  • Wake-up service

Need to Know

Valid credit card required. Minimum stay during Gnawa Music Festival end of june/15th july to the 15th august/Christmas and New Year celebrations There is a 3.8% extra charge for Visa and MasterCard.

Credit cards accepted:

Visa, MasterCard

Check in:

2pm,

Check out:

12pm

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