“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 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.
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.
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.
Teens (over 12)
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 cots available on request
Remember baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking