The Best Hotels in Essaouira, Morocco
The StarTripper Journal presents the best places to stay in Essaouira,
both International luxury and city centre boutique hotels.
Our team in Essaouira are young European Travelers. They love to travel and they love
Essaouira and the Moroccan culture.
Essaouira, the blue city by the Atlantic ocean. Its ramparts pounded by the Atlantic waves, its
white facades with blue shutters, all the carved doors and its lively souks make it a charming
protected medina you’ll quickly fall in love with.
Here Orson Welles shot his 1952 classic version of "Othello" with several memorable scenes from
the medina, and Bille August produced “Jerusalem” in hotel Riad Al Madina, in the same hotel
where Jimi Hendrix wrote "Castles Made of Sand".
Located at the foot of the Grand Atlas, facing the ocean, surrounded by hills, argan forests and
dunes, Essaouira is built on a rocky peninsula. Founded to promote international trade, from
the outset it has been a place of warm welcome for all cultures and religions, an intention
that is engraved on the grand entrance of the port.
The city’s craftsmanship is rich and varied thanks to the mix of cultures. Here are masters of
jewellery, inlaid woodwork and carpentry, mostly in thuya wood. Fishing still remains an
important industry because of the old port, the heart of Essaouira, and the towpath of its
handcrafted shipyard, unique in the world. Snapped up by the most famous luxury brands, argan
oil is gold in the region and has made Essaouira’s reputation worldwide.
In the seventies Essaouira was the hippie-capitol, and Jimmy Hendrix old rom at Hotel Riad al
Madina still stands as he left it.
In recent years, new disciples have arrived: windsurfers and kitesurfers attracted to the
waves pushed by the Alizés winds towards Moulay Bouzerktoun and Sidi Kaouki.
Music-lovers will also enjoy the Festival des Alizés (chamber music, April) and Gnawa World
Music Festival (fusion music, June) held annually in Essaouira.
Stroll down to the old harbour in the early morning hours, sniff the wonderful sea-air, feel
the mild breeze, listen to the seagulls and watch the fishermen returning with the night’s
catch. Then the sun rise and you are in heaven. No wonder that the old hippies choose Essaouira,
the blue town.
Language is Moroccan, but everybody speeches French. Currency is Moroccan dirham (MAD or dhs).
The StarTripper Journal Recommends these Hotels and Restaurants:
This luxury 5-star hotel is located close to the beach and only 5-minute walk to the medina and the
harbour. It is designed around a large outdoor swimming pool and blends modernity with Moroccan
Inspired by the magnificent Moroccan Riads, the Médina Thalassa sea and spa is decorated in the
traditional red of Essaouira. It offers spa facilities, 3 restaurants and 2 bars, and free Wi-Fi in
The air-conditioned rooms with balconies have modern decor and are equipped with TV, minibar and
free wired internet. Rooms have in suite bathroom facilities with bathtub and shower.
With the thalassotherapy institute directly linked to the hotel, guests can enjoy a range of
treatments. For supplement, a hair and beauty salon is available on site.
The hotel's restaurants present good International and Moroccan cuisine. Afternoon tea, French and
Moroccan pastries are offered in La Scala tearoom and the evening Mogador's Club offers cocktails
in stylish environment.
A modern and nice hotel with excellent professional service.
Located in the heart of Essaouira, inside the fortified walls of the Medina, on the premises of a
former residence of Mogador notables, Villa Maroc has kept intact the architectural heritage and the
friendly hospitality of the premise.
The rooms inside this historic mansion have traditional Moroccan style, timeless charm yet equipped
with all the modern comfort, romantic alcoves and spacious family rooms, and there is a spectacular
ocean view from the roof terrace. The accommodation quality is more than a good match for a big and
The hotel has a beautiful Hammam with natural products and bio olive oil soaps produced on their
own farm, among other the essential and famous Argan oil from the argan tree.
The spa Villa Maroc – L’atelier du bien-être – a place of know how, professionalism and exclusive
cares in a beautiful environment.
Villa Maroc, a very friendly and nice place with views and the sea freshness, excellent service
and gourmet food.
10, rue Abdellah Ben Yassine
A very nice Riad built between the ramparts of the old medina of Essaouira, recently renovated
to represent authentically classic forms of the traditional medina, an elegant building decorated
and arranged with style and taste of traditional Moroccan architecture.
This stylish Riad dating from the 18th century is overlooking the Atlantic ocean only 3 minutes
from the beach.
All the spacious rooms at Palais Des Remparts are individually decorated with warm wooden
furnishings. They have private bathroom and traditional Moroccan decor.
The Riad serves regional cuisine made from fresh local produce. Guests can enjoy meals in an
intimate atmosphere in the cosy dining rooms, relax on the terrace planted with palm trees,
or enjoy a moment of relaxation in the SPA Palais Des Remparts.
Beautiful building next to the ocean – spectacular view – well furnished – very friendly and
18 Rue Ibnou Rochd, Kasbah