Le Medina Essaouira Hotel Thalassa sea & spa - MGallery Collection
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Very happy here
We had a very enjoyable three nights here.
Our room was large, well decorated and well equipped with a pleasant balcony (almost terrace) overlooking the pool.
Buffet breakfast was excellent with choices to suit everyone.
We thought the staff friendly and helpful. I sought advice on buying memory card for my camera and where to buy the haunting orange blossom perfume which greeted us in the hotel lobby.I had exact directions for both.
We hope to return to this hotel and bring our family with us.
Essaouira is beautiful.
Good hotel, but check payment situation
This was a good quality hotel and worth the money we paid. Easy walking distance to the medina, which is a pleasant stroll along the water's edge. Room had a nice balcony overlooking the pool, although we didn't really use it beacuse it was a bit chilly in January. One thing to be aware of: we booked a month in advance using a "credit card pre-paid" deal through Lastminute. So, when we went to check out I was somewhat surprised when the staff asked me to pay for our stay (as I assumed we'd already pre-paid). I was unable to check my c/card statement, so I had to take their word and pay on checkout. As it later turned out, the staff were quite right and I had not actually pre-paid. So, I recommend that you check your credit card statement before you depart so as to avoid the hassle/embarrassment we went through! It turns out friends of ours had experienced the exact same scenario as well, so we were not alone.
Great Hotel, Chilled Place
I went to the Sofitel Thalassa Mogador Essaouira in Nov this year for a week. It is a beautiful, relaxed place. The hotel is very high quality, with great staff and lovely food. It is also a 5 min walk from the town. When you are there the best place to eat is in the port area, where you can pick what you want to eat from the fresh catch of the day. Everything is negotiable which makes for an interesting lunch but the food is second to none and well worth a visit.
If Your Tired of Riads Your Will Love the Sofitel
We spent our first two nights in a very nice Riad before moving to the Sofitel. What I liked about the Sofitel were the little things like reading lights on the bed that actually made it possible to read in the evening and the large and functional bathroom. No it is not within the walls of the old town and no it is not as stylish as the Riad we stayed in but the bed was more comfortable, the room was very quite and after dark the room had enough lights to make it bright.
A prior review noted that no one spoke English. I found at least one women at the recption desk who spoke English well and while she was the only one she was always available to deal with the guest who spoke neither Arabic or French.
We found the food at the hotel to be quite good, though a bit expensive, by the standards of Essouira. The staff was very helpful and while I did not enjoy Essouira nearly as much as I expected both my wife and I were very happy with the Sofitel and were we to resturn to Essouira I know we would stay their again.
BEWARE, IF YOU ONLY SPEAK ENGLISH
I would think twice about staying here if you don't speak Arabic or French. Despite repeated requests we were never provided with an English dinner menu. Having said that I would not recommend eating here, the foods not that good. My husband and I were very ill as were a number of other people staying in the hotel. There are much better restaurants in Essaouira. Make sure when you buy water it is opened in front of you, particularly when you are around the pool.
The reception staff are a bit grumpy and not very efficient.
Don't be tempted to book a sea view room as you have a busy road between you and the sea.
The room was OK, a good size by European standatds, but the bathroom was a bit disapointing. It tries to be French chique but ends up looking just scruffy.
A bit Expensive but worth it!
I visited from Japan and I loved this Hotel.
It was best 5star Hotel in this area.
Although a bit expensive, You can get very clean and new room with nice terrace. Romantic lighting poolside at night.
It not like typical morrocan style. Its very Europian
but I had really nice room service and really good food at restaurant!
I booked their website with promotion price !!
After a wonderful stay in Marrakech and the Altas Mountains arriving at the Sofitel in Essaouira was very disappointing. The breakfast was awful and the hotel and room lacked any real ambiance. Any peace and tranquility around the pool is shattered by music blaring out from dodgy speakers (we tolerated a whole hour of UB40!!). I would not recommend this hotel to anyone wanting to enjoy true moroccan hospitality, decor and food! We checked out of the hotel after only 1 night and returned to Marrakech. Dreadful place!!!!
There was a tiny problem at check-in with the reservation made through Expedia, ie, it took them forever to find it but they offered us coffee or tea while we waited. The room (with lovely balcony that allowed for outdoor private dining) was just fabulous. Room service fare was delicious as was buffet breakfast .
Brilliant hotel in Essaouira
We loved this hotel - lovely room, great service, fab position and wonderful view. It has everything you need and a brilliant swimming pool as well! Essaouira is one of the loveliest towns that we have discovered on our travels and this hotel was the perfect place to enjoy it. The only small problem was the relative inefficiency of the reception staff, but the rest worked like clockwork. I would also recommend the spa and beauty treatments. A little bit expensive but very well done. They gave us 33% discount, booking direct, in August 2004. We'll definitely return.
Class on the beach
The pool is the focal point of this hotel - centred right in the middle and overlooked by many room balconies. At night, a fountain and beautiful lighting magically transform the scene. The restuarant overlooks the beach, as do most of the other rooms. The rooms are all identical, but large and cool. Good proximity to the town and private beach and fish restuarant just over the road. The ability to speak French will assist your requests with staff. Many free events laid on such as an exemplary guided tour of the medina, Moroccan dancing and a cocktail night. Relax in luxury.
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