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What We Love

  • 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
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A luxury boutique riad on the Essaouira seafront, with a traditional Hammam – includes breakfast and perks for longer stays

The Lowdown

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.

How to Get There

Hotel Palais des Rempart
18 Rue Ibn Rochd
Essaouira, 44000 Morocco


4.0 Very Good 374 Reviews
Great place to stay
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We stayed one night with friends last week, could not fault any aspect of our stay.
Great location, friendly and helpful staff, they came to meet us and escort us to the hotel and helped us with directions on departure.
Good breakfast served on the roof terrace which has a lovely sea view.
Rooms were spacious and clean
We visit Essaouira often and this is the best accommodation we have found. We will be back.

Lovely hotel, wonderful staff, perfect location.
Reviewed 1 month ago

This is a lovely riad in a very convenient location - right in the medina. The staff are WONDERFUL: very accommodating and eager to serve. We asked to change our room on the first night and the wish was granted without hesitation. They even upgraded us again after the second night to a room with a stunning sea veiw! Essaouira is very windy, but the terrace has a plexiglass cover that makes breakfast inviting. Dinner is served in the lobby level restaurant with traditional Moroccan fair. The location makes it easy to walk around the medina or out along the beach with no worries of getting lost. A great place to stay!

A luxury Riad-style hotel in Essaouira with lovely staff
Reviewed 1 month ago

This was a great place to stay in Essaouira. The staff were lovely – they made us feel very welcome and valued. We had some great conversations with them about living in the city and the culture of Morocco from a resident’s point of view. They really wanted us to enjoy our stay and helped with all the questions we had. We had a rooftop room in the hotel with amazing views over the city and the nearby sea. The room was well appointed and after several days walking in the Sahara, we really appreciated the full-length bath (which my husband could even fully stretch out in!) – it also appeared to be made of cob but it worked. We also enjoyed the live music played at the neighbouring rooftop restaurant of Salut Maroc which we could look down on from our windows. Thank you to all the staff for making our stay so memorable.

the best Riad in the Medina
Reviewed 4 months ago

We booked 2 rooms in 5 people. Workers here were friendly, the place is lovely and the rooms were clean. Breakfast on the rooftop is good.
We had some problems regarding sickness out of our previous meal in another town, and the receptionist was very nice and helpful.

I strongly recommend this riad

Reviewed 4 months ago

Do not stay here..... THIEVES
My wife and I stayed here and the day before we left she had jewellery stolen.
The maids were arrested and we had confirmation the item's would be returned. After numerous phone calls/emails no response from the hotel or police.