The best Essaouira hotels come in the form of riads, which are also known as maisons d'hote in French. These Moroccan-style guesthouses tend to offer fewer than ten rooms, and these rooms are usually comfortable and well equipped. In addition to some attractive riads, the accommodations in Essaouira also include some excellent boutique hotels. Since this town is the finest seaside resort in Morocco, the accommodations are relatively expensive on the whole. That being said, there are hotels in Essaouira to fit almost any budget, and the lower end establishments offer some of the most appealing rooms of any discount Moroccan hotels.
While the riads are arguably the most attractive Essaouira hotels, those who enjoy the boutique hotel experience might prefer the Heure Bleue Palais (pictured). This upscale boutique hotel is one of the town's finest, and the rooms and suites can make ideal places to relax. There are 35 total guest units at the Heure Bleue Palais, and since the rooms are on the small side, those who want added space can opt for one of the larger suites. All of the guest units are tastefully decorated, and most feature an African theme. Some of the suites offer different themes with American, Portuguese, and Oriental designs. Luxurious linens, cable TV, individual climate control, and complimentary internet access are just some of the in-room amenities that guests will enjoy during a stay at the Heure Bleue Palais. The staff is available to attend to almost any need that may arise, from ordering an in-room meal to arranging a special tour. When guests aren't relaxing in their rooms and taking advantage of the various services that this boutique hotel offers, they can visit the excellent French and Moroccan restaurant, enjoy a relaxing session in the hamman, hang out at the divine rooftop pool, or even watch a movie in the hotel's private cinema.
While the Heure Bleue Palais is one of the most tempting accommodations in Essaouira, travelers who are looking to enjoy an upscale riad experience will likely find the Riad Mimouna to be a better fit. One of the freshest hotels in Essaouira, the Riad Mimouna recently opened its doors to the public. The 33 rooms and suites make it one of the larger riads in the country. Moorish designs abound in the guest units, all of which are full of colorful character. Most of the units offer excellent views of the sea. The beach isn't far off for those who want to enjoy some watersports during their stay. Back at the hotel, guests can take to the attractive rooftop terrace when they're not relaxing in their comfortable room or suite, or they can retreat to the hamman for some R&R. It can be hard to stray from the guest units, however, as they are comfortable and well equipped. In-room features include marble sinks in the bathrooms, satellite TV, free internet access, and a safe for valuables. While the Riad Mimouna is stunning both inside and out, the rates are very reasonable. As is true at most of the Morocco riads, this Essaouira gem includes free breakfasts in its rates.
The Riad Mimouna offers a lot of bang for the traveler's buck, and the same can be said about the Riad Baoussala. One of the most popular mid-price Essaouira hotels, the Riad Baoussala is actually found outside of town on a quiet, winding, and rather bumpy road. For some travelers, the peaceful, homely setting is enough to encourage a stay. For others, the overall value is hard to pass up. There are only six guest units at this peaceful oasis, and all of them are splendid. The décor and design varies, and some of the units come in the form of suites. The amenities also vary depending on the unit that guests secure. The Sahara Suite, for example, boasts a soaking tub for two, and a few units feature romantic fireplaces. Breakfast is included in the rates at this colorful lodging in Essaouira, and it can be enjoyed virtually anywhere on the grounds. Other meals can also be prepared for guests, and enjoying dinner and drinks on the rooftop terrace is always tempting. The stars at night tend to be quite dazzling. Guests can arrange for a transfer to the Riad Baoussala from the airport in Marrakech if they need, and the staff will also be happy to help guests rent a car. Taxi service is also available.
While the Riad Baoussala is a fantastic overall value, many travelers understandably prefer the hotels in Essaouira proper. Being close to the town's fabulous medina and its picturesque ramparts is very tempting. The Hotel les Matins Bleus can be found right in the heart of the medina, and the relatively low rates only complement the wonderful location. The ten guest units at this inviting riad come in a range of shapes and sizes, and all of them feature bathrooms. Many discount Morocco hotels don't provide bathrooms in their guest rooms. Two of the guest units at the Hotel les Matins Bleus are akin to suites, and they offer added space for families and other small groups. None of the guest units is overly luxurious by any means, but they are all clean and comfortable. The in-room amenities are limited, but outside of the rooms, there is a communal lounge with cable TV and a stereo. The resident cook can prepare meals for guests in the house kitchen, and afternoon tea and pastries are complimentary. Hot water is plentiful at the Hotel les Matins Bleus, and laundry service is available. For travelers who are interested in discount accommodations in Essaouira, the Hotel les Matins Bleus is hard to beat. As a side note, the Riad Nakhla is another excellent option for travelers who wish to stay at one of the better discount hotels in Essaouira. The Riad Nakhla rooms feature cable TV, which might sway the opinion of some when it comes to deciding.