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It was less than half an hour up to Essaouira so we were there in no time. Our campsite is about a 30 minute walk along the massive beach to the town. We set up camp then headed along the beach into town. It is slightly cooler here in the mid 20s but the sun is still very hot. Essaouira has a mild climate all year round due to the trade winds from the Atlantic. ...
... though. They specialise in fish (not sure what kind) and everyday a man on his bicycle comes into the camp selling fish. He has a number of stray cats following him – very cute! We had a meal at one of the restaurants and Ross got the fish of the day but the waiter couldn’t tell him in English what kind of fish it was. I just opted for the beef ...
... town. I order fried fish and received two small pieces of white fish with bones, and sardines. At least I think they were sardines, I've never actually eaten one in real life (or fake life for that matter). I pretty much licked a small piece of sardine(?) and didnt enjoy that poisson. Following lunch, Jill and I wandered through the streets and bought more stuff. It's hard not to buy things when they are so cheap and places accept USD. We got lost, shocker, and ...
... 2000 km) to the south, across Morocco and Mauritania.
Every time I'd neared the desert to this point, I'd been driven away by the heat. But, the long road south stayed close to the ocean, which should've kept it cooler. And it was paved the whole way. I wore shorts and sandals and carried a lot of water. I hoped I'd make it!
Orangeish dirt and occasional shrubs made up the first 400 kilometers of ...
... get up and get out for the day. I had been the first one up so that I could write my blog entry for the previous day, and thirty minutes to an hour passed before other people started shuffling into the common area for breakfast.
By the time we finally made it out of the hostel toward the beach, it was already coming up on noon. We walked through the medina, past the cafes that were already starting to fill up for lunch, past the hustlers in ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Madada Mogador Essaouira
This is an outstanding riad with style and class. My partner and I stayed here for 3 nights and were overwhelmed by the beauty of the place, the stunning views from the balcony but most of all how welcoming the staff were. If you're staying in Essaouria, you'll miss out if you don't stay here!
possibly the best hotel i'ver ever stayed in! the staff were simply charming and always keen to help out and give advice on the local area. if you get the chance stay in one of the larger rooms downstairs as then you get a private roof terrace and are able to sunbathe in privacy (not really possible on the beach). fantastic breakfasts on the terrace really set you up for the day! 5% surcharge on credit card payments is my only critism.
Just more agreement from me with what all the other reviewers have said, it's a lovely place to stay.
Quite simply the best place to stay
This has to be the best place to stay in Essaouria, if not Morocco! Stylish, chic, and modern with a Moroccan theme.
Christina, the owner and the rest of the staff are extremely helpful and pleasant. Watching the sunset from the roof terrace with a bottle of wine is a must.
The inclusive breakfast is fantastic and also served on the roof terrace.
If you would like a balcony with some privacy ask for one of the 2 downstairs rooms with a balcony as the top floor are shared.
Lee and Amanda, September 2005
Don't let the entrance hall put you off this Riad! it is very tatty. The room we had was very comfortable and clean with a hugh bath in the bathroom. It has a very nice roof terrace but has no protection against the sun so unfortunatley you can't sit and relax for too long without roasting. The breakfast was one of the best that we had during our two weeks traveling in morocco. The staff were all very friendly and ready too please.
We have just returned from spending 10 days in Morocco, 4 of which were at the Madada Mogador.
We stayed here for three nights after Marrakech. This small hotel is quite charming and while very different from the riads was equally enjoyable and comfortable. There are basically about 4-5 rooms surrounding the central area which includes a small office, boutique (nice selection) and a few more on the next level up. We booked the Mogador Suite on first level because it has a "private terrace". A word of advice here. The terrace is right next to the next room's terrace and totally open to view and worse there is a big barrier so that you cannot see the outside without standing up on a chair...the one next door (much less expensive was with a nice view)...that said the room is probably the largest and everything in it was nice. I would opt for the second level which has "shared terraces" which are really more private as far as I could tell as everyone sort of does their own thing and although the hotel was full we were the only ones up there. The view is superb up there. Staff were very helpful but I would not take them up on the recommendation of "Chez Sam"...worst fresh seafood I have ever had and as mentioned in other reviews no Moroccan atmosphere...very touristic. La Licorne..too expensive for most Moroccans but pretty reasonable for other tourists was very good but again only tourists. It seemed to me there were many smaller places with nice atmosphere and just walking around to see what looks good is the way to go. The weather here is quite cool after Marrakech , in fact, sort of cold even in June. Location of Madada Mogador is excellent and independent exploring right from the hotel is very rewarding. We were very happy with our choice of hotels.
We stayed at Madada Mogador for two nights, immediately after completing a trek in the High Atlas mountains as part of our honeymoon. We arrived at the hotel after a long, sweaty and dusty day involving a challenging walk and a hair-raising drive from the mountains to Marrakech and then from Marrakech to Essaouira in a grand taxi.
I booked the hotel online for New Year (not on their own website unfortunately) but via a french one that I found on a web search. Having been to Marrakesh previously Essaouira seemed a small but atmospheric place and the hotel looked exactly what we were looking for - so the flights (to Agadir)were booked around staying here for a few days. We arrived the day before New Year after a 3 hour winding drive from Agadir to find that they didn't have a record of our booking! Lots of heartache ensued where Christine (the owner) tried to liaise with the online booking agent (based in Paris) - apparently the hotel had been booked out for months before Christmas. The upshot was that Christine (thank God - and many thanks) let us use her room and went off to Marrakesh early for New Year. The alternatives don't bear thinking of! This is THE only place to stay in Essaouira if you want laid back moroccan chic. The terrace is amazing - it overlooks the port, the fort and the beach and Christine's staff are helpful and quick to respond to any requests. Essaouria is small but that makes it much more personal than the more developed Marrakesh - and there are enough bars and restaurants (some incredibly cheap) - all of which are good quality. You definitely notice a difference if you have to fly into Agadir which deals with much more lower grade tourist packages and karaoke in the restaurants! The Madada Mogador made our holiday - we spent New Year in the restaurant below the hotel and had a fantastic gourmet 6 course meal with Champagne for about half the price of a London equivalent. We also had a fantastic meal in Sams Place which is famous for fish. Thanks again to Christine though for coming to our rescue - I'd advise booking on i-escapes or direct with the hotel to ensure your reservation!
Fantastic small hideway
The best hotel I have stayed in in Marocco. Worthwhile a few extra nights. Fabulous interior design and stunning terrass. It only has a few suites, so the place feels more like a private appartment rather than a hotel. More a place for trendy couples or friends rather than families. The suites are huge and the bathrooms fantastic. I have never seen a bathtube that big. It is directly at the beach and only a few meters from the city centre. For those that come with a rental car, there is a public parking close by. The best about Madada Mogador however is the extremely friendly staff. The hotel also has a trendy restaurant on the ground floor. Recommended!