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Villa Garance
Ranked #14 of 74 Hotels in Essaouira
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København
Level 4 Contributor
26 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Great value for money”
Reviewed 8 March 2012

This is a very charming little place where we (2 adults and a 2½ years old child) stayed for 5 nights in the end of February 2012. We had room 10, which was nice and spacious. Good beds, very clean.
Cold mornings with breakfast on the roof top terrace, which by the way is very nice.
Good location in the medina, but with a walk of about 1 kilometer to the beach,
The staff is very nice and helpfull, Good breakfast and OK dinner.
It is great value for money - and a good place to bring kids.

  • Stayed February 2012, travelled with family
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Berlin, Germany
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Reviewed 4 February 2012

In the middle of the medina, but in a quiet side street. Overall, I would consider this a 3-star riad. Rooms are good, but no more. Definitely not the 5 stars that other reviewers have given.
Pluses: Nice rooftop terrace; friendly owners and staff; good breakfast.
Minus: Rooftop room reserved and confirmed by the riad itself was not usable due to door repair and the one given instead (at same price) was on first floor and without outside windows.

  • Stayed January 2012, travelled with family
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VillaGarance, Propriétaire at Villa Garance, responded to this review, 18 February 2012
Dear M. Ohkami,

it was a pleasure to welcome you and your family in our riad. We are however surprised that you report as a minus the fact that we accomodated you in room n°1 on the first floor. As explained at your arrival, this was due to the fact that you had not confirmed acceptance of our proposal for room n°10 mailed on jan. 15. Without any answer from you, we had to cancel the reservation, and room n°10 was therefore under maintenance when you arrived. Despite your unexpected arrival, we did our best by offering you a room of same size and confort (with a fireplace and window on the patio), with the same discount and at no charge for your child.

Concerning our rating: we are not a five star riad and do not pretend to be one. Our clients report 5 points on their tripadvisor report because they are satisfied and consider that our quality/price ratio is good, but these points refer to level of satisfaction, not rating of the riad.

Best regards,
Villa Garance
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uniondale, penna
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 July 2011

just had a pleasant stay at villa garance. we stayed in the suite on the roof, it was quiet, clean and we had the roof to ourselves most of the day. one of the owners christine was extremely helpful, lots of good tips on beautiful places to visit for a quick cocktail. we had dinner in the riad one evening, it was wonderful, staff were very friendly, lots of smiles all around. christine was the only one that spoke english, it would have been helpful if we spoke more french. i would certainly recommend this riad for a visit to essouira

Room Tip: room on the roof was great, you have to wake up to the sound of sea gulls on the railing
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  • Stayed July 2011, travelled with friends
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Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed 29 June 2011

I was not dissapointed with Villa Garance. The riad is beautifully decorated and has great views from the rooftop where breakfast is served. the rooms are super clean and neat. The riad is tucked away off the main street so at night you can sleep without hearing all the madness of the streets below. The staff are extreamely friendly and always smiling, there was no request which could not be met. Also the staff speak english so if your french is limited its nice to be able to communicate - I had a great time in Essaouira. thank you Villa Garance, i will return !

  • Stayed June 2011, travelled solo
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Saint Louis, Missouri
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 June 2011

The owners and staff were very friendly and helpful. The room was clean and a nice size with good decor. The breakfast was typical for the area on the terrace. It has a great view, but you do have to climb stairs and it can be cool and windy in the morning. The wireless only works on the lower floors, so we had to leave the room to use the computer.
There is no AC as it is not needed, but the medina can be nosy with the windows open.

Room Tip: wireless only on 1st floor
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  • Stayed June 2011, travelled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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57 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 May 2011

Villa Garance is in a good location in Essaouira with a nice roof terrace on which you can take breakfast. The rooms are a little rough around the edges and in need of some care and attention. There is a lingering smell in some parts of the Road which smell a little of blocked drains.
I would recommend you double check the price for your stay upon arrival as the price confirmed in our confirmation email, was not the price we were eventually charged. Despite my email stating one price for the full stay, we were advised on leaving that this was per night. At the new price, the Riad is somewhat expensive, especially as we went on to stay in a 5* hotel in Marrakech for the same price!!!
Ok, if a little rough around the edges.

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  • Stayed May 2011, travelled as a couple
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 February 2011

We just returned from 2 weeks in Morocco. Villa Garance was the best riad we stayed in during our entire trip! Entire staff was helpful, and owners helped with any questions we had during our 3 night stay. Breakfast on the roof every morning was great and scenic. Had dinner our last night. It was a delicious way to end our time in Morocco.

  • Stayed January 2011, travelled as a couple
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Property: Villa Garance
Address: 10 Rue a. Eddakhil, Essaouira 44000, Morocco
Region: Morocco > Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region > Essaouira
Amenities:
Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #14 of 74 Hotels in Essaouira
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Villa Garance 3*
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Villa Garance is a charming, spacious riad, beautifully decorated inside, with bags of history and charm, and is located in a small street in the heart of the Medina, only a short walk from the ramparts and the Atlantic ocean. You will be truly delighted with everything that Villa Garance had to offer: elegant, clean and large bedrooms (10 single, double, twin or for families up to 5 people, from 15 to 35 m²); the large roof terrace with distant sea views, where a delicious and hearty homemade breakfast is served in the sunshine, where you can have sunbathe with a book throughout the day; and the charming and helpful owners Marie and Pierre, who are extremely friendly and give you lots of information on the history of Essaouira along with recommendations for restaurants and activities. All bedrooms are heated, with private bathroom, and have large windows except two of them which give access to a bright patio. Lunch, diner and massage can be arranged. ... more   less 
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