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 408 traveller reviews
87% of travellers recommended this hotel
What to expect
“ great location
dakgrl, United States
Dec 18 2017
nice unique riad. note there is no elevator so may have several stairs to your room. The room was a decent size and quiet. The location was good-- just a short walk to the beach, docks, or the...
nice unique riad. note there is no elevator so may have several stairs to your room. The room was a decent size and quiet. The location was good-- just a short walk to the beach, docks, or the medina. Several ATMs near although people had trouble with some of them working.
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“ Beautiful Courtyard and Great Location
Ellen L, Thornton, Colorado
Dec 11 2017
We stayed here two nights during a tour of Morocco. The entrance to the Riad is pretty unassuming, but the courtyard was beautiful. Our room faced the courtyard and while some reviews talked about...
We stayed here two nights during a tour of Morocco. The entrance to the Riad is pretty unassuming, but the courtyard was beautiful. Our room faced the courtyard and while some reviews talked about noise and there is some, I'm not sure what you can do about gulls in a seaside location. The room was a decent size, but as there is no exterior window, there isn't any way to get fresh air. The room had a fan which we used, but because of no real windows, the room was a bit dim. The rooftop terrace was a great place to watch the sunset. We had a breakfast buffet each day and we were impressed with the warm sweet rolls and ability to order made to order eggs. The Riad is perfectly located with only a short walk to the restaurants and shops.
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