I stayed at the beautiful Essaouira Lodge for 5 nights during my trip to Morocco and wanted to share an honest review of the hotel, in case you’re thinking about staying there or are looking for a great place to stay in Essaouira.
The hotel is located in the hills of Essaouira, about a 15-minute drive from the city and the coast. It is on the edge of a thuja forest, which is so beautiful and definitely embodies the hotel’s tagline; “The Spirit of Nature”. Although out of the way of town, the hotel provides a free shuttle service throughout the day, about every hour. I adored the location of the hotel, I really felt like I was able to get away from it all but could still explore the sights easily too. Plus, Essaouira is known as Morocco’s Windy City, which can be frustrating at times. As Essaouira Lodge is away from the coast, it gets nowhere near as much wind. Perfect for relaxing in the sun.
We stayed in a Superior Suite, which was comprised of a spacious bedroom, kitchenette, bathroom and terrace. The accommodation is relatively basic and more like an apartment than a hotel suite but it’s clean and comfortable. Our terrace was huge, with beautiful views.
Essaouira Lodge also has villas for larger groups, some with their own private pools.
The pool and surrounding area is one of the best aspects of Essaouira Lodge. The pool is large, heated and the tiles are beautiful, as you’d expect in Morocco! There are plenty of sunbeds and seats around the pool, perfect for relaxing. There is also a spa that offers hammams and massages.
The grounds are stunning, the gardeners clearly work really hard to keep all the greenery looking gorgeous. The accommodation is spread over a relatively wide area, which really adds to the being in nature experience; it never feels crowded.
Essouira Lodge offers breakfast, lunch and dinner. The breakfast is very good value, around £4.50 for a variety of Moroccan breads and pastries, preserves, a continental selection, freshly cooked eggs, fruit, yoghurt, fresh orange juice and coffee.
The lunch is also very tasty, you pay around £16 but get a huge plate of salads followed by a delicious main course, and then dessert. Although more expensive than most options in town, it’s well worth trying if you fancy a lazy day.
For dinner, you choose from a few set menu options.
There’s a cosy dining room with a big open fire for colder days and evenings, or you can sit outside on the patio if it’s a little warmer.
As Morocco is a predominantly Muslim country, you’ll find that a lot of places don’t serve any alcohol. Essaouira Lodge offers beer, wine and cocktails, which is nice if you fancy a tipple whilst you’re relaxing around the pool.
The drinks are pretty good but on the slightly expensive side, as you’d expect at a hotel.
Essaouira Lodge has its very own yoga lodge and offers both yoga and pilates classes. Although I didn’t attend any classes, I checked out the yoga lodge, which looked rather good! Definitely a great place to start the day with a yoga session.
All the staff we interacted with were super friendly and helpful, making the stay at Essaouira Lodge even better. Nothing was too much trouble and everybody always has a greeting and a smile as you walk by!
Value for money
Rates are more than reasonable for the standard of the hotel, we paid around £268 for 5 nights, working out around £27 per person per night. You could definitely find cheaper accommodation in Essaouira but if you’re looking for a beautiful setting with friendly staff and a relaxing vibe, you can’t go wrong.
Essaouira Lodge is a great place to relax for a couple of days or for a longer stay. You’ll leave feeling a lot more relaxed than when you arrived and it offers an oasis away from the hustle and bustle of Essaouira town.
You can book a stay at Essaouira Lodge directly here or on Expedia.
All booked and ready to go? Check out my Essaouira guide here.
Disclaimer: we were kindly offered a free upgrade from a standard room to a suite by the hotel but with no connection to my blog. All views are my own.