The palace L'Heure Bleue is located in the heart of the medina, close to the Bab Marrakech Gate. The souks, the port, the ramparts, the beach are close by.
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"Fabulous Riad Experience"
Adjacent to the ancient medina of Essaouria the Heure Bleue is a restored building in the style of a Riad - 4 floors built around a central courtyard enclosing a beautiful garden. All of the rooms open to the attractive and bright courtyard. The rooms are well furnished in a style evoking Morroco in the '30s. The location is within easy walking distance of all of the attractions with a souk just beyond the front entrance to the hotel. Pool, bar, restaurant are all well done and the staff is most hospitable. This is the perfect place to stay when visiting Essaouria. One caution. We were independent travelers and relied on the hotel to arrange a half day walking tour of the Medina and a car with English speaking driver/guide to visit an Argan oil cooperative and surrounding area. The walking tour with Hassan was wonderful, the visit to the Argan area was a disaster. The "guide" didn't have a map to show us where we were going, didn't speak but a few words in English, and took us on what amounted to a two hour taxi ride along the coast. Very disappointing service from an otherwise very hospitable and enjoyable hotel.
"Our second visit - won't be our last!"
This is the best hotel in Essaouira and one of the nicest I've stayed in anywhere! The rooms are pure 1930s style Moroccan luxury - think if Agatha Christie had set a murder mystery in Morocco! A cross between a Sultan's dream and a gentlemen's club. The rooftop sun deck is a great place to swim, read relax and catch the breeze and have a lovely lunch. The location is perfect. Breakfast is delicious (especially the Berber pancakes made fresh in the dining room). The restaurant is also excellent for dinner.
"It's like being in a classic black and white"
This is probably one of the most atmospherically charming old world romantic hotels that I've stayed in. It's has a real Casablanca "play it again Sam" kinda feel. The dark wood panelling of the restaurants and bar with animal skins and with the scent of old leather and cigars is intoxicating. The room is just as charming with a central fire place which can be lit by request and it has bay windows with shutters where you can look in to the central atrium and peep on opposing suites while you read. The roof top bar and pool is also a bonus, really chilled with great views, a real sanctuary from the hustle and bustle of the streets. My only criticism is the variety of food, breakfast was a little limited mainly breads and all a little dry. Evenings were okay but once again a little more variety in dishes would be great. It's all very 007.
"Hospitality until 21.30"
I have been visiting this hotel various times as I own a house in Essaouira and was never impressed by their hospitality. Tonight we went for cocktails; we were 3 and paid 50 euro's, returning at 21.40 for dinner and being told the kitchen is closed. After saying we didn't understand and walking to the reception, the manager and receptionist didn't even bother to get up and said 'we're using fresh products and there is nothing left' It was quite obvious there was no willingness and not necessary an empty kitcken. Bizar for a Relais & Chateaux; obviously their rates doesn't reflect their staff motivation
"The most beautiful hotel in Essaouira"
This hotel really made my whole trip to Essaouira special, it was absolutely one of my favorite parts about this city! You escape the hustle and bustle of the Medina into this beautiful, tranquil, and calm courtyard full of palm trees when you walk in the door. The rooftop pool deck is great not just for the pool, but I also had one of my favorite meals of the trip here, a really lovely lunch spot. The location is perfect as you don't have to venture far into the winding alleys of the Medina to get here, it is just right inside the gates so it is super accessible and easy to get to. I definitely recommend staying here if you are heading to Essaouira!
Credit cards accepted by the hotel: Visa - MasterCard - American Express - Diners Club
Check-in: 3:00 PM , Check-out: 12:00 PM