A charming boutique riad stay by the Essaouira seaside, steps from the bustling Medina The hotel’s rooftop terrace – an ideal spot for breakfast and cocktail hour alike
Enjoying an invigorating Hammam treatment in the full-service spa
Embracing the charmingly traditional Moroccan décor throughout the riad
What To Know
Less than a five-minute walk from the beach
Well-located near the medina but on a quiet street
Breakfast is served on the roof with unparalleled panoramic views
A luxury boutique riad on the Essaouira seafront, with a traditional Hammam – includes breakfast and perks for longer stays
Artists and rock stars (such as Jimi Hendrix) have long been aware of Essaouira’s charms, where a picturesque harbour and sand beaches meet spice-scented souks. And with its authentic Moorish décor and super-central location, Hotel Palais des Ramparts is an idyllic bolthole in this enchanting destination.
As the name suggests, it’s positioned right beside the old city ramparts, with the bustling stalls of the Medina on your doorstep. A stone’s throw from the sea, you can enjoy the sight of the Atlantic breakers rolling onto the beach from the hotel’s rooftop terrace – where breakfast is served every morning.
The restored 18th-century building spreads across four floors (unusually for a riad, it has an elevator) and encircles a private central courtyard filled with palm trees. A carefully chosen array of paintings, traditional wooden furniture and textiles makes each of its 23 rooms and suites unique. Its tranquil spa provides an ideal sanctuary after a day out exploring the souks or wind-surfing on the beach, complete with an authentic Moroccan Hammam as well as a range of treatments and massages.