4.5
Very Good 1948 Reviews
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What We Love

  • An immaculate 18-hole golf course designed by Gary Player
  • The So Spa, which features eight treatment rooms, a traditional steambath, a wave pool and a decadent spa lounge
  • The unique surroundings: forest, dunes and the wild Atlantic Ocean
  • The brand new So Good restaurant and So Lounge Mogador, featuring a live DJ

What To Know

  • Not in Essaouira itself but in the new tourist area of Mogador, a 10- to 15-minute drive farther down the coast. Although the hotel offers a free shuttle, it can be a little ad hoc at times
  • A 10-minute walk or five-minute bike ride from the beach. Bike rentals are free
  • The food can be a little uninspiring, but there are countless authentic Moroccan restaurants in Essaouira

Amenities

  •  Babysitting
  •  Bar
  •  Free WiFi
  •  Golf
  •  Golf Course
  •  Gym
  •  Handicap Accessible
  •  Kids Club
  •  Parking On Site
  •  Pet-friendly
  •  Pool
  •  Restaurant
  •  Spa
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Overview

A stylish modern take on traditional Moroccan design a stone’s throw from hippie beach haven Essaouira

The Look

Acclaimed interior designer Didier Gomez, who has worked with the likes of Yves Saint-Laurent, Louis Vuitton and Christian Dior, created the provocative design of this Morocco getaway. He drew his inspiration from the hotel’s environment and location. Think rich Atlantic-blue tiles set against soft, spice-infused furnishings and traditional Moroccan lattice wood paneling. With a location like this, views are key, and the generous windows flood the hotel with light, blurring the border between outside and in.

Bed and Bath

The rooms, suites and villas all feature Gomez’s contemporary take on traditional Moroccan design, mixing primary colors with traditional patterns. Each room also features Sofitel’s famously indulgent MyBed, as well as a Nespresso machine, TV and WiFi. Those traveling with children should consider a villa, if the budget allows. With two bedrooms, two bathrooms, a dining room, a small garden and a private pool, villas cover every base — they even come with a private butler! Serious golf fans adore the designer Lacoste villas, located near the first hole and clubhouse.

Beyond

You’ve got a range of on-site bars and four restaurants to keep you boozed and fed. L’Antique pays homage to the ocean, serving fresh fish against the relaxed backdrop of the pool. For Moroccan fare, check out the buffet restaurant, Café Kasbah. For a romantic dinner, L’Atelier aux Arômes pairs creative plates with well-curated wines and for laid-back lunches the Le Club House overlooks the golf course. Be sure to grab a sunset cocktail at Le Pool Bar. The nearly 14,000-square-foot spa includes eight treatment rooms, a tiled pool and a chill-out lounge. The spa offers exclusive Sofitel treatments suited to your mood; it also has Clarins and Cinq Mondes onboard as product partners. There are also three swimming pools to choose from; the biological outdoor pool, the heated outdoor pool and the heated indoor pool.

In the Area

Famous for being Jimi Hendrix’s hippie home away from home, Essaouira is one of the most culturally diverse and relaxed cities in Morocco. From camel riding on the beach to razzing up the sweeping dunes on a quad bike, it’s perfect for adrenaline junkies. If you’re seeking laid-back fun, take a stroll through the city’s enchanting cobbled streets or spend a night sipping tea while grooving to some live music. Check out the Moroccan textiles and hand-worked leather at Boutique Mehdi, the funky homewares at Kif Kif and the bold paintings at Frédéric Damgaard’s gallery. Afterward, linger over dinner at the retro-1970s Elizir or the nouveau Moroccan Villa Maroc.

How to Get There

Sofitel Essaouira Mogador Golf & Spa
Domaine Mogador Diabat
Essaouira, 44000 Morocco

Reviews

4.5 Very Good 1948 Reviews
Sofitel Mogador Hotel
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

On arrival we were greeted by friendly, professional staff, who's English was better than my French, thankfully. We were upgraded to a 2 bedroom villa with private pool and butler service. I'd read some reviews after booking, so was a little worried, but despite some minor "lick of paint" type issues, our accommodation was clean, luxurious and perfect for our stay. We ate in the a la carte restaurant, buffet and with room service, and can honestly say that the standard of food and service was outstanding. Special mention has to go to Aziz, who help make our stay perfect.
If you're looking for relaxed luxury a little out of Essouira, with amazing views, great food and service, this is the place.

Sofitel Mogador Hotel
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I have to admit that upon entering the Sofitel Essaouira Mogador I was greeted warmly by the Hotel Manager, who asked his subordinate, to proceed with my check in procedures. His subordinate’s both English and Arabic were not understandable. I was appalled by the way she insisted on seeing my voucher of accommodation. She demanded impolitely to get the voucher in her broken language or I would not be admitted to stay. If it was not for my Agent who did the booking for me, I would be sleeping in the street.

The Hotel’s cleaners' role was to organise instead of clean and report any malfunction in the room. Upon entering my room and during my stay, the two washbasins' water mixers and the Arabic water hose, known as shattaf, were not working properly. The corner of the granite table of the washbasins was damaged along the whole length. The wood below the wash basins was not protected against water. Some painted areas on the floor, whether in dry or wet areas, were damaged and peeled away. The plaster of the corner walls was spalling. The floor had liquid stains. One of the bathroom’s fixtures bulbs was not switching on. The coffee machine was leaking. And most importantly, the bedroom’s main WC was not flushing.

On the other side, the servers of the Atlantique Restaurant were helpful except the chef who acted as per the book ignoring the fact that the Client did not eat certain food. The staff of the breakfast restaurant were super. They all were happily explaining what food varieties they were offering. The Hotel maintenance team made effort in pleasing the Guest. They came in and amended the basics of my room problems. They asked housekeeping to wipe the floor where the coffee machine leaked. They requested a replacement of the coffee machine. Unfortunately, the replacement was not materialised.

I have to admit that Sofitel Essaouira Hotel (Mogador) is truly great in location and building. The decor was relaxing. But the front staff (reception including concierge and bellmen) of this Hotel need to learn and broaden their horizon in various matters most importantly how to address its clients politely to further gain their return. The Hotel's Management ought to realise that its Housekeeping staff did not clean. They organised. They wanted to show the Client the beautiful picture he saw in the Net.

Very average hotel
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Stayed here for 2 nights in 2 bedroom villa. The condition of room wasn't great. Needs maintenance. Floors peeling. Carpet stained. Outdoor chairs mouldy.

Poor in room service. Tried 5 times to ask for an extra doona but it never arrived. Not sure what is happening here with the service.

Asked on checkout how our stay was and responded that we had some difficulty getting service to room. Lady didn't even take any notice of what we said just ignored us. A simple apology to let us know we had been heard is minimum expectation.

Wouldn't bother staying here again.

We fleed the hotel!
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We arrived for the Gnaouia Festival, most amazing fusion world music festival. We were so surprised by how much this beautiful facility became rotten! This hotel was designed by one of the most famous Morrocan architect, Rachid Andaloussi...he did an amazing job by all means. Unfortunately, the Accord Group dis not maintain the facilities. The room smelled so much that it was very hard for us to sleep. The floors were stained with humidity, the carpet smelled like old wet stinky fabric. The safe was not functioning and even thow a nice technician tried he could nt fix it! Next day the smell was worst. I called the spa to book a massage, a rude unprofessional gentlemen answered me and couldn't propose any arrangement at all. We finally decided to leave the hotel and move to another hotel. It used to be amazing bow it s terrible. So sad cause it is definitely the most beautiful facility. Too bad.

Enjoyable stay but needs more attention to detail to be a 5*
Reviewed 2 months ago

Really happy with this hotel,amazing pool area and good breakfast selection. The rooms are spacious going outside into a lovely balcony. Beware the prices for food and drink are very expensive and the hotel knows there's no shops in the area so knows guests will pay. We ate in the buffet restaurant on the first night as arrived late and it was 350 dirhams each this could get you 3 evening meals in town with drinks. To say it's a 5 star it wasn't perfect needs more attention to detail for the little things. I would expect a much higher standard for a 5*-cracked and marked floors in room and corridors,dirty windows in corridors,chipped paint and personally would say it's a 4 star. We still had a positive experience and enjoyed the stay just agree with the other reviews with the hotel needing to keep on top of maintenance.