Located in the heart of the historic medina, the Dar L’Oussia rose from the ruins of the former ‘caravanserai’ or a roadside inn, used by travellers crossing the Sahara Desert. Today, the riad houses 24 rooms, a cosy restaurant, relaxed bar and a lovely solarium terrace, ideal for lounging around and enjoying beautiful views towards the ocean. The small spa with hammam offers a range of treatments using traditional argan oil, and a selection of excursion is available, including a visit to a traditional souk or a day spent by the pool at a luxury villa.
Hotel child prices apply to ages 2-12 years.
The hotel has 24 rooms.
Bars and Restaurants
Enjoy traditional Moroccan cuisine as well as European classics, including tasty tagines and light salads, cooked with fresh local ingredients.
Enjoy a relaxing drink in the cozy Cosa Bar.
Enjoy stunning panoramic views from the solarium terrace, ideal to have breakfast or other meals.
Spa and Wellness
Relax in the spa, including traditional Moroccan hammam and a range of treatments, using local argan oil.
About the location
Essaouira is a breezy seaside resort with a laid-back vibe. Its fishing harbour is where it’s all happening, though. This lively, working hub is where the area’s freshest catch comes from. Then you have the sandy beach, which thanks to its location and windy nature, attracts windsurfers from all over.
Like Marrakech, Essaouira has a bustling medina – it’s slightly less chaotic, though, offering a more relaxing shopping experience. The colourful stalls are predominantly in the main medina, though they also spread out into the surrounding ancient streets. Shop for everything from spices and oranges, to dinner plates and hand-woven rugs. The medina lies within Essaouira’s old town and has ancient walls protecting it.
There is a great dining scene, too, from chilled-out loft bars overlooking the medina, to beach front Ibiza-esque restaurants. A trip to Morocco wouldn’t be complete without a traditional hammam (a Turkish bath). You can grab yourself this treatment in many of the hotels and spas across the city.
2 hours 40 minutes from Marrakech airport.
Max 3 adults
Comfort rooms feature a shower room and a separate toilet as well as a dressing room, all overlooking the inner courtyard.
Max 3 adults
Luxe rooms feature a shower room and a separate toilet as well as a dressing room, all overlooking the inner courtyard.
Double Junior Suite
Max 3 adults, 1 child
Junior Suites feature a shower room and a separate toilet as well as a dressing room.
Based on 414 traveller reviews
87% of travellers recommended this hotel
What to expect
“ Convenient location; attractive central courtyard.
Roobydoo5, New Jersey
Mar 10 2018
Stayed here for two nights. The location was great for what I wanted; easy access to the medina and shopping areas, as well as the harbor and beach. The central courtyard is beautiful. It leads into...
Stayed here for two nights. The location was great for what I wanted; easy access to the medina and shopping areas, as well as the harbor and beach. The central courtyard is beautiful. It leads into a small dining area where we had two breakfasts (small buffet, and eggs cooked to order) and one arranged group dinner with Gnawa band entertainment.
There is no elevator, and some of the stairways are narrow and winding. So people with mobility issues may find it difficult to get to your upper-floor room. Our room was a nice large size and it was clean. Sleeping was comfortable. It was sometimes noisy from outside activity, because the hotel is on a busy alley.
Unfortunately, similar to some of the negative responses from a few reviewers here, a couple of people in our group complained about strong odors in their rooms and requested to be moved to different rooms.
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“ Great location
RP1379, Miami, Florida
Mar 09 2018
Beutifull riad (hotel open to a central courtyard) that is centrally located to everything; beach, restarants, markets and bars. All are within a 10 minute walk. Property is clean, well maintained...
Beutifull riad (hotel open to a central courtyard) that is centrally located to everything; beach, restarants, markets and bars. All are within a 10 minute walk. Property is clean, well maintained and beutifully decorated. Room 11 is spacious and comfortable. Staff is friendly and professional.
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