“Chic hotel built on the Essaouiran town ramparts, offering superb views across the beach and harbourfront”
The beige-and-sandstone shades of the bedrooms give a soothing uniformity to Madada Mogador. These were once the upper floors of a rich Souiri merchant’s house so all are blessed with high ceilings and an airiness enhanced by the pleasing tang of sea air.
The Loft Suite is the largest with 2 bedrooms, a palatial living area and direct street access. The spacious Suite Cherifa has a wonderful private sea-view terrace overlooking the city ramparts, harbour front and beach. The Madada room has a balcony facing the harbour; Mogador has one too, as well as a mezzanine-level salon. We were quite taken with simple Pacha and Salma rooms, whose entrances lead onto the spacious communal roof terrace. Perfect for lounging on its array of low-slung wicker chairs.
Every ensuite bathroom has ivory tadelakt showers or roomy bathtubs, plus beautiful aged brass hand-basins from Fes. All rooms come with a Bose iPod dock, WiFi, air-conditioning and heaters.
The subtle creamy tones are continued in the lobby and lounge areas and the overall feel is one of space and calm… exactly the type of atmosphere you’d expect a former flight attendant to yearn for. Thankfully, Christine followed her desire and Air France’s loss is our gain.
The generous breakfast is a beautiful array of pastries, yogurt, fresh fruit and juice, eggs and pancakes. It can be served in your room or on the terrace… also the perfect setting for afternoon lemonade and cake. Of course, many also gather here for the requisite sunset aperitif.
As night sets in it’s time to meander down to La Table by Madada, the elegant and buzzy restaurant (open to both hotel guests and the public). Food is French and classic Moroccan, with an emphasis on fish (lemon-grilled mullets, monkfish tagines) and indulgent desserts. You’ll be welcomed you with a cocktail list and jazzy music. We sat by the fireplace and settled in for a cosy evening of superb food and delightful service.
Although children are catered for there aren't any specific activities for them, so it's not ideal for active noisy kids. That said, the staff will do their best to make families welcome and can assist you in arranging local activities such as camel trekking and quad-biking.
Teens (over 12)
The Loft Suite has a mezzanine double bedroom and a twin room, plus 2 bathrooms and lots of living space. Most rooms can hold a baby cot.
Babysitting available by arrangement.
Baby cots available on request.
Remember baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking