Madada Mogador

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Chic hotel built on the Essaouiran town ramparts, offering superb views across the beach and harbourfront
Did you know there are only 5,000 people in the world with a passport from Monte Carlo? And did you know one of them has opened a very chic hotel in Essaouira? Well now you do… welcome to Madada Mogador, the realisation of a dream of Christine Dadda, former Monte Carlo resident, now the glamorous proprietor of this sleek maison d’hotes on the town ramparts.

The location is key as it means Madada Mogadar sits right on the edge of Essaouira – the views across the seafront from the sweeping roof terrace are sublime. The interiors are cream-and-taupe, with a sophisticated city-hotel aura and there’s a trendy restaurant on the ground floor. Its attractions are striking: a group of French tourists immediately vacated their rooms at the big-chain Sofitel resort further along the coast once they spotted Madada Mogador from the waterfront below and Christine allowed them a peek… luckily she had availability then, but this kind of choice spot doesn’t stay secret for long!


  • Fantastic roof terrace with panoramic views of Essaouira’s beach and harbourfront
  • Spacious stylish renovated interiors; superb ground floor restaurant/bar
  • We have excellent feedback regarding the warm and efficient service


  • Its nouveau-Maroc design is not really suitable for children
  • The nearest parking is in the public harbour lots which are about a 2 minute walk away
  • New in 2014, we're yet to view the Loft Suite but it looks like a spacious home-from-home

Best time to go

Avoid August when the town gets swamped by large numbers of visitors from home and abroad. Spring is much quieter and from March onwards you're almost bound to have good weather.

Our top tips

Unwind at a traditional hammam or thalassotherapy spa in town; both can be organsied by the staff at Madada Mogador.

Great for...

City Style
  • = Recommended
  • = Best in region
  • = World favourite
  • Boutique Hotel
  • 8
  • All ages welcome
  • Open all year
  • Pool
  • Spa Treatments
  • WiFi
  • Pet Friendly
  • Disabled Access
  • Beach Nearby
  • Off-street Parking
  • Restaurants Nearby
  • Air Conditioning
  • Guest Lounge
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Gym


The beige-and-sandstone shades of the bedrooms give a soothing uniformity to Madada Mogador. These were the upper floors of a rich Souiri merchant’s house so all the rooms are blessed with high ceilings and an airiness enhanced by the pleasing tang of sea air. The Madada and Mogador rooms have private terraces facing the ocean, one has a mezzanine salon. We were quite taken with Salma, one of 2 rooms with personal entrances to the spacious communal roof terrace and its array of low-slung wicker chairs and canopy for shade. Every bathroom is ensuite with ivory tadelakt showers or roomy baths and beautiful aged brass hand-basins from Fes. All rooms come with a Bose iPod dock. The Mogador room and the Cherifa suite have space for an additional bed, and the Loft Suite has 2 bedroom, a palatial living area and direct street access.

The subtle creamy tones are continued in the lobby and lounge areas, with clusters of high-backed light orange cloth chairs and deep brown wooden bookcases. 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 has followed her desire and Air France’s loss is our gain.

Features include:

  • Air conditioning
  • Central heating
  • Cots Available
  • Extra beds
  • Internet access
  • Ipod dock


Breakfast, the usual but classy construction of orange juice, coffee, breads and fruits, can be served in your room or on the terrace… also the perfect setting for afternoon tea (mint, with delicious Moroccan pastries) and of course, the requisite aperitif during sunset.

Then it’s time to meander down to La Table by Madada - the restaurant recently opened to both hotel guests and the public. Food is French and classic Moroccan, with emphasis on fish (lemon-grilled mullets, monkfish tagines) and indulgent desserts. Music is jazzy and chilled, like the cocktails and there’s tapas on the menu too.

Features include:

  • Bar
  • Breakfast
  • Cooking classes
  • Restaurant
  • Restaurants nearby


  • Sip cocktails and enjoy a sunset view on the spacious terrace with fabulous coast views

  • Explore the sea ramparts of this ancient Portuguese (and formerly) Roman town

  • Moroccan Cookery Classes are held daily in the funky Atelier Madada next door to the hotel which is fast becomming the talk of the town. The classes last around 5hrs and and the first people to sign up chose the menu. Dishes range from the traditional tagine to the more complex Pastilla and each budding chef has their own work surface and utensils to work with under the supervision of Nour-eddine, the expert billingual chef and Mona, a tradtional Moroccan cook. You then get to enjoy your creations in the tranquil Oriental lounge over a glass of wine, what better way to immerse yourself in the local culinary culture.

  • Horseriding can be arranged from a nearby stable and also quad-bike rides or camel rides in the sand dunes

  • Windsurfing and Kite Surfing from the sandy beach are popular sports (equipment can be hired)

  • There is an excellent music festival in June, with Gnaoua and other tribal performers

  • Go shopping at the souks (markets): friendlier, cheaper and often better quality than in Marrakech, especially for wooden furniture and carvings; or choose some fresh fish and have them grilled in front of you

Activities on site or nearby include:

  • Cooking classes
  • Nightlife
  • Shopping / markets
  • Swimming
  • Windsurfing


Although children are catered for (cots, extra beds and babysitting are available) there aren't any activities for them, so it's not really that suitable.

Best for:

Teens (over 12)

Family friendly accommodation:

The Loft Suite has a mezzanine double bedroom and a twin room, plus 2 bathrooms and lots of living space.


Babysitting available by arrangement

Baby equipment:

Baby cots available on request

Remember  baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking

Kid Friendly:

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