Hotel Review: Palais des Remparts, Essaouira, Morocco #MuchMorocco

An 18th century mansion, loving restored in 2010, now serves as a stunning and tranquil palatial Riad. Entering from the main square of the Medina down a quiet lane brings you to the atmospheric entrance leading into the central patio; here you will be instantly charmed by the small fountain and surrounding palm trees, accompanied by little birds fluttering around. Take a minute to enjoy the tranquility before heading up to real talking point of the Palais, the huge terrace encompassing the entire roof beneath which the whole of Essaouira unfolds.

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INTRODUCTION

We left Sidi Kaouki and Rebali Riads at around 11AM for the 20 minute drive north into Essaouira, a historic port town on the west coast of Morocco, with beautiful, ancient city walls and a thriving fishing port. One of Essaouria’s more recent claims to fame is the shoot location of freeing the great slave army in the well known series, the Game of Thrones. The city indeed has a lot to offer. We had a lovely dinner and comfortable bed at the Palais Des Remparts, Essaouira. The sense of freedom standing on top of the huge roof terrace was immense, looking out at the waves crashing down on the rocks below while the strong wind whipped around our heads!

Hotel Review Palais des Remparts, Essaouira, Morocco

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ACCOMMODATION

The room, with sounds of the sea all around us, meant that our entire stay was a completely immersive experience of Essaouira and all the elements of the Moroccan coast. The hug, comfortable bed was only surpassed by the enormous and deep seven foot polished concrete bath with overhead shower which was much appreciated at this time of the year! Other features like armchairs also added to the warm ambiance. The centre of the Riad is an open courtyard from the first floor to the terrace allowing shelter from the wind above while still being open and light.

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Hotel Review Palais des Remparts, Essaouira, Morocco

Hotel Review Palais des Remparts, Essaouira, Morocco

Palais des Remparts could not get more central to the sights of Essaouira and from the sheltered rooftop dining area guests have panoramic views all around to plan their adventures. The first thing we noticed on entering the streets were the many cats resting in the sun and the beautiful paintings for sale that line the alleys!

Hotel Review Palais des Remparts, Essaouira, Morocco

Sculpted spice pyramids found among many interesting crafts and local products while wandering between the soaring walls of Essaouira. If you start to get claustrophobic, head out to the harbor and try to count the hundreds of blue boats lining the sea edge while greedy seagulls circle above. The lovely colours and gentle sea breeze here was the perfect backdrop for our goodbye lunch with my mum.Hotel Review Palais des Remparts, Essaouira, Morocco

Hotel Review Palais des Remparts, Essaouira, Morocco

The hotel itself can organize excursions, visiting nearby saffron farm and cooperative producing Argan Oil.

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TIPS

Sensitive sleepers may not appreciate the sound of the heavy wind at night as this can cause single-glazed windows and doors to rattle. If so, we suggest rooms on the second or third floor, which also has a fireplace.

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AMENITIES

The lift at the Palais is invaluable to guests with mobility problems or for anyone wishing to avoid climbing 90 steps up to the 5th floor roof terrace, hard to come by in Morocco! We particularly appreciated the fresh towels provided every day plus bathrobes and slippers in their incredible bathrooms. We were also pleasantly surprised with the speed of the WiFi here, which even allowed us to do a short live-stream video from the rooftop and also catch up on a little work. Being tucked away down in a little side-street, the entrance can be difficult to find with many other hotel porters keen to attract guests to their hotels. To avoid this confusion, it’s well worth organizing the airport pick-up service which is a really reasonable price for the 3 hour journey.

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Other amenities:

  • Restaurant
  • Spa & Hot Tub
  • Room types: Suites Non-Smoking Rooms
  • Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
  • Room Service
  • Airport Transportation
  • Dry Cleaning & Laundry Service
  • Concierge
  • Babysitting
  • Food

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We have been presented with so many luxurious breakfasts in incredible locations during this trip through South Morocco and the one at Palais des Remparts competes very well on the list! After the morning wake-up by the call to prayer, we headed out onto the stunning terrace to find plenty of fresh fruit, yoghurt, bread, eggs and pancakes plus cereal, juice and coffee.

The evening meal menu offers a delicious selection too at very reasonable prices, with the option of taking shelter in the rooftop dining room, but still having a view of the town lights below.

SM Monkey - Section Dividers 1600 pxTwo Monkeys Travel - Luxury Hotel ReviewThe team here are as pleasant as the view, always going out of their way to help with a constant smile! They are so knowledgeable and friendly with a good level of English to help with any questions or problems.

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Note: This is a sponsored hotel stay with Palais des Remparts, Essaouira, Morocco (all opinions and text are all mine) Thank you to everyone we’ve met, those who’ve helped us and made our stay a special experience.

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20 thoughts on “Hotel Review: Palais des Remparts, Essaouira, Morocco #MuchMorocco

  1. I’m a follower on facebook for a while now 🙂 Marocco sound amazing! I wish I have the opportunity to go there soon.

  2. A room surrounded by the sea sounds like heaven. The perfect place to get away from it all. Morrocco is an ideal destination.

  3. The place looks divine and peaceful. I’m wondering though what are those triangle things? The name of the place is very hard to pronounce but a very good place to visit.

  4. So many beautiful places to visit, Morocco included. Thanks for giving us a picture of how one lives in Morocco. Your post encourages me more to book a flight there soonest. I love to spend time with people who are amiable just like how youve describe the peeps of Morocco.

  5. Wowwww. What a beautiful location! Such a stunning view ??? would love to stay there one day. Looks great!

  6. This review makes me want to visit Morocco. The hotel is something that will really make me feel I’m in this part of the globe with its design and architecture. I like the view from the hotel room! I would also want to explore the surrounding areas of the hotel based from the photos you posted here.

  7. I’ve never been to Morocco. But this really makes me think about it. The hotel looks very nice. Love the room! Spa & hot tub sounds great :). A good breakfast is also very important! Especially if you want to a lot of things during the day. Then you’ll feel energetic enough to do anything. The surroundings look beautiful as well. WOuld love to visit this place.

  8. You can’t go to Morroco and not experience a traditional hotel and also have a massage there. I bet it was wonderful just sitting in the courtyard, relaxing. By the way, I love your cat sitting on chairs picture. It’s so cute!

  9. Stunning place. I’m thrilled to see the site where they shoot the Game of Thrones. Been watching it for sometime now. I hope to see the place myself in the future.. ?

  10. I am so jealous of those rooms with the sea view (I love the sea too much). All the pictures are absolutely beautiful, glad you had a nice time in Morocco, it’s in my list of places I want to visit.

  11. Wow. The images are stunning. I can tell why you love the place! This is another bucket list item for me!

  12. Morocco is pretty high up on my bucket list and it is easy to see why, with its stunning cultural and historical heritage its no wonder my friend loved it so much. Sadly my friend died in a car accident out there so my trip would be tinged with sadness but I would want to go out there and honour her memory x

  13. Absolutely gorgeous, your photos are stunning, they capture the spirit of Morocco. What a beautiful room with a view. Yet another trip to aspire to for me.

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Written by Jonathan Howe

Jon is the Old White Monkey. Born in the south of England, Jon spent much of his early childhood in Kenya and Malawi, before moving to the Lake District in North West England aged 13 where he acquired a northern accent and a love for lakes, mountains, waterfalls, black pudding and gravy! After 14 years of studying and working in various (very various!) jobs, he too felt the need to get out and see the rest of the world. He loves tropical beaches, surfing, hiking, the outdoors, yoga, adventure sports and motorbikes!

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