Once a Souira Merchant's house, Madada Mogador has been beautifully restored into a chic, luxury six-bedroom guesthouse. It is perfectly located on the edge of Essaouira's Medina overlooking the rolling Atlantic coast.
At a Glance
The sea views form the upstairs rooms must be the best in Essaouira
Madada Mogador is a little oasis at the edge of bustling Essaouira
This quaint hotel is boutique in the true sense, with only seven rooms
Dine in the restaurant situated just beneath the hotel on the freshest of the days catch brought up from the harbor
Take advantage of Essaouira's refreshing breeze be it on a lounger on the roof terrace or out on the sea on a wind surf
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This super stylish hotel situated right on the edge of this pretty seaside town, was once a Souira Merchant’s house and has now been lovingly restored to provide the perfect calm and sophisticated retreat. Madada Mogador is perfect for the style conscious who want a quiet getaway at the edge of Essaouira's charming fishing port and vibrant little town.
With only seven rooms, Madada Mogador feels more like a stylish home than a hotel. Five of the traditional tadelakt bedrooms lead off the main salon and there are two further suites upstairs with superb ocean vistas. Each is designed in contemporary style, with high ceilings and muted colored furnishings.
A highlight of the hotel is the fantastic roof terrace which has the best views of Essaouira and the Atlantic Ocean. Here you can enjoy breakfast, traditional afternoon tea with fresh mint tea and delicate pastillas (Moroccan pastries). Pre-dinner drinks with a sunset view are unforgettable.
Beneath the hotel is a restaurant serving some of the best food in Essaouira and the town offers an endless array of dining choices, from freshly barbecued fish straight from the fishing boats at the harborside, to contemporary and exquisite fine dining. The region also boasts a wealth of activities from shopping to kite and wind surfing, horse and camel riding, quad biking and Moroccan cookery classes. Alternatively, enjoy a massage at the Madada Mogador and spend the day lazing on the breezy terrace soaking up the views.
Madada Mogador's seven rooms are decorated in soothing chic beige and sandstones. All rooms have roomy bathrooms high ceilings and Bose iPod docking stations. Assala is a large bedroom with seating area, medina views and a bathroom with an ivory tadelakt bath and aged brass sinks. Sabra is adorned with pale ochre and red colors and is cosy and contemporary with medina views and a bathroom that opens onto the bedroom. Salma and Pacha are peaceful rooms facing the ramparts, port and beach and have direct access to the large terrace. Madada is a spacious room with bay windows and a private terrace snuggled into the ramparts with wonderful sea views. Suite Cherifa offers superb views across the harbor front and beach from its large private terrace and has an open plan sitting area with sofa and fireplace. Suite Mogador is a spacious zen-like suite with a sitting area on the mezzanine level and French doors leading to a large private terrace with ocean views.
Children are welcome to come and stay at Madada Mogador and cots, extra beds and babysitting are available. However, there is no pool and no real facilities for them so it might suit slightly older children better.
The Madada Mogador's roof terrace is perfect for breakfast, afternoon tea and pre-dinner drinks. The restaurant and bar downstairs is a hip spot for cocktails, tapas and wonderful French and Moroccan cuisine. There is a massage room with views of the bay, library, board games and roof terrace.
Moroccan cooking classes are held daily next door at the Atelier Madada - spend five hours learning the art of Moroccan cuisine and enjoy the fruits of your labour with a nice chilled glass of wine. Activities in and around Essaouira include exploring the ramparts and souks, horse riding, quad biking, exploring the nearby sand dunes by foot or by camel, windsurfing and kite surfing. There is also an excellent music festival in June.
Location & Directions
At 5 rue Youssef El Fassi, behind a blue door, Madada Mogador is in the medina (old city) of Essaouira, just inside the ramparts opposite Orson Welles Garden. On the west coast of Morocco.
When to go
Spring (March May) is popular as these months are pleasantly warm and sunny, and the landscape is lush and green. Avoid August when the town gets swamped by large numbers of visitors from home and abroad. Fall (mid Sep-mid Nov) is also lovely, but the countryside tends to look parched. Summer is pretty hot, and winter can be chilly at night.