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
We had three nights in this room on the top floor up four flights, no lift, under the roof terrace. It was large with a separate toilet (with its own door) and large bathroom. The porter took our bags up thank goodness, but we didn’t expect a lift of course. It was light and airy and a good view from the roof over the beach. The courtyard hosted three Moroccan musicians each evening for happy hour, so don’t try to take a nap then. They were great, and loud. We had breakfast included but I’m afraid it wasn’t special. They couldn’t help me with my gluten free diet so an omelette was my meal for all breakfasts. We did have dinner there the first night but found much better meals in the restaurants nearby. It was very clean. My bed creaked an awful lot when trying to get up quietly at night.
Excellent location. Quirky yet comfy rooms. No A/C, but it is Morocco. Pretty public area. Nice staff. Ate lunch in the restaurant. The equivalent of 13 USD for three spectacular courses. Certainly worth trying.
Stayed here for two nights. The hotel is charming and in a great location. The room was comfortable. A yummy continental breakfast was served in the morning.
The rooms are centered around a courtyard in the middle of the riad. The windows looked out into the hallway - this meant that if the shutters were open anyone walking by could look directly into the room.
There are three floors of rooms; no elevator.
There is a rooftop terrace that is nice to relax on - there is a partial view of the ocean.