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
It was good to be back at Dar L'Oussia after about 8 years, and which is in one of the best locations in Essaouira. The staff were delightful, the rooms were very comfortable and the restaurant served some delicious food. It was very quiet when we were there but breakfast on the rooftop, overlooking the sea was a joy.
Dar L’Oussia is a wonderful place to stay and I recommend it 100%. I have stayed here a few times now. The rooms are beautiful, comfortable, spacious and very clean, the roof terrace is amazing with great views of the beach and the port and the breakfast is delicious. All the staff are lovely and friendly and cannot do enough for their guests. The location is excellent, just inside the medina and right next to the beach. I love this place and will stay again next time I’m in Essaouira.
This is where we stayed while traveling with our tour group. It is a lovely hotel, with a very nice location. Just after entering under the main arch, the hotel (Riad) is very walkable to the medina. That means restaurants and shopping plentiful. Walk to the water and the fish market, etc. The decor in this hotel is very nice, very Moroccan, has a quaintness and also a relaxing "Casablanca" feel to it. I enjoyed all of that. Something also that we enjoyed that was unexpected was a show that they present to their guests in the courtyard/lobby area. A performance by Gnawa reminds you that you are enjoying Africa to your hearts desire! They put on quite a party! We really loved it and everyone had a great time joining in this celebration of life! A nice hotel and perfect place for your visit to lovely Essaouira - a breath of fresh air!