Riad Dar L’Oussia
What We Love
- A traditional riad in a charming port city on the Atlantic, with breakfast and late check-outStaying in the heart of town, within walking distance of the beach
- Exploring the beautiful Moroccan port town of Essaouira
- Admiring the sweeping views toward beach and ocean from the lovely roof terrace
- The exquisite Andalusian design, with deep-blue tiles and carved-stone archways
What To Know
- The riad is extremely well-located within 2- to 3-minutes' walking distance of the souks, main swuare, and beach
- Luxury rooms come with underfloor heating
- WiFi connection is best in the lobby/ground floor
The characterful, historic port and resort town of Essaouira on Morocco’s Atlantic coast is famed for its long sandy beaches, crumbling seafront ramparts and hip but laid-back vibe. Behind the ramparts, a heady blend of Portuguese, French and Berber architecture frames the warren-like streets of the medina, also home to the charming Riad Dar L’Oussia, a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence winner. Once a caravanserai, then a storage warehouse, it has been an exquisitely restored to its former glory under the guidance of proud owner Yves Pelissier.
Greeted by solid stone walls and an intense sky blue wooden doorway, carry on through to a beautiful blue-tiled patio courtyard, scattered with palms, rugs and comfy seating. On the ground floor is a cool vaulted restaurant, while above are three galleried floors that ooze Andalusian style. Bright, white décor is softened by sandy hues, brightened by vibrant oriental carpets, rich textiles and carved furniture. The high point (both literally and figuratively) is the lovely roof terrace and solarium, where you can kick back on a gleaming white lounger and take in the sweeping views over to the beach and shimmering sea beyond.
How to Get There
First of all I would like to thank the amazing family of people working in this Riad specially Khadija, Kacem and Gabriel. Their work and dedication was out of this world. My mom and myself felt part of this family and super treated. Thank you!
Rooms are super comfortable, clean and with a lot of light. Kudos to the delicious orange flower soap kindly put in the bathtub or walking shower.
They have a magnificent terrace that overlooks the Atlantic Ocean and a lot of beautiful companion will take care that you don’t feel alone .... the known Essaouira Seagulls! Love them!
Last but not least, don’t forget to ask for the amazing home made Moroccan and Mediterranean food, a delicatessen.
A beautiful place to stay. The open courtyard felt very Moroccan. There are a lot of stairs if you have mobility issues. Our room was beautifully decorated and clean. We are at the dining room twice. The sole was melt in your mouth good. The next night was the eve of Ramadan and the menu was extremely limited. We enjoyed the lovely young lady that served us. The last night we were the only guests in the hotel.
Enjoyed a huge room in this hotel which is close to medina wall and easy walk to everything inside the walls as well as beach and Portuguese fort. Friendly staff. Good breakfast. Room had all the conveniences and was light and airy. Overlooking the central lobby area it could be a bit loud and with big windows overlooking same was a bit public unless you closed the curtains.
This Riad is in a great location, just steps within the wall of the old city and withing easy walking distance to the many shopping streets of Essaouira.
The most impressive part of the hotel is the overall unique Moroccan desing with all the rooms surrounding a central courtyard which is lushly landscaped with palm trees. The overall maintenance of the property was actually very good even in all the guestrooms. The only slightly negative aspect is inside the shower stall which I think needs more attention.
The roof garden with a bar was terrific with a view of the adjacent areas and the beach.
Breakfast served in the dining room was very fresh and tasty with warm pastries and eggs cooked to order.
Even though it has no elevator, I would still rate this as a riad with distinctive characters.
It was a nice choice on the Gate 1 tour of Morocco.
Nice hotel, great food, great location. I would stay here again and that is the best review one can get. Food was good, service attentive and clean rooms. Toiletries provided, shower nice, beds great.