Ratings based on 70 Verified Reviews

4.6 out of 5
100% of guests recommend
4.6 Room cleanliness
4.8 Service & staff
4.4 Room comfort
4.5 Hotel condition
Expedia Verified Reviews
5 out of 5
Recommended
for Everyone
by A verified traveler from CANTERBURY .KENT.. UK

Great location

Posted Aug 6, 2017
Pros: STAFF were super, ready to help with anything... Cosy and Friendly...
Cons: Could have done with hammocks on the roof terrace
Location: Very central... just a few minutes walk to the beach, and the busy market streets..
Lovely to be welcomed by a friendly taxi driver at the airport, holding up a sign with my name and our hotel... Drove us to the City wall and then walked us along market streets to Villa Garence,,,, What a super old Riad... Great welcome... Loved our cosy room, although found it a little dark...The french doors were super... Perfect location, in the hustle bustle, but quiet... Breakfast everyday on the roof terrace, fresh fruit, variety of warm bread.. juice tea/coffee....
5 out of 5
by Andrew

Magic Amidst the Mayhem of Essaouira

Posted May 22, 2017 on Hotels
This is a wonderful little riad in the heart of Essaouira. It's really well run by a really helpful and kind group of people. This is an experience not an accommodation. Our (18 month old) daughter was really warmly greeted and played with as breakfast was served each morning (delicious assortment of breads and spreads, yoghurt and fruit). She was in her element rambling around the beautiful old building and stealing smiles and laughs from the wonderful staff. One of the nights we had a delicious meal that had been prepared partly by our dinner companions (fellow residents for the week) who had been taking a traditional cooking class that day with the chef of the house. This was a lovely experience start to finish; our daughter was close enough to be heard if she awoke, we had good company, and the food was magnificent! More generally this is a comfortable and relaxing space in the heart of a bustling little city that is just what you need in a haven from the haggling and haranguing of the souk (which, of course, is great fun but exhausting!). Ask Pierre and Marie for suggestions of things to do, there's a lot going on in this little city.
4 out of 5
by Amine

Posted Jul 29, 2016 on Hotels
Comment from Hotel Management
Aug 2, 2016 by Marie, Hotel Management
Nous sommes heureux que vous ayez apprécié votre séjour à la Villa Garance. Cela récompense nos efforts quotidiens et le magnifique dévouement notre équipe. Nous espérons que vous aurez l'occasion de revenir nous rendre visite.
4 out of 5
by Alexandra from New York

Great option in the center of the medina

Posted Jun 5, 2016 on Hotels
Villa Garance is a very sweet place to stay in the center of the medina. It's location is fantastic if you want to be in the thick of it all. The breakfast was light and lovely, with great bread and jams and some fruit with yogurt. The bed was comfortable and the wifi was quite excellent for Morocco! My only complaint would be how dark the bathroom and room were. It just made getting around in the room with the lights off or curtains closed a bit difficult. Other than that, beautiful little place!
Comment from Hotel Management
Aug 2, 2016 by Marie, Hotel Management
Many thanks for this kind review. We're very pleased that you appreciated the location and breakfast of our charming house. Almost of our rooms are very bright with 1 or 2 large window with a view in a smal and quiet street. Only 2 open only the patio and need lights when curtains are closed. Hope we'll see you again, we were pleased to mee you. Kind regards, Marie
5 out of 5
by Chad from Annecy, France

Lovely, comfortable and friendly place

Posted May 23, 2016 on Hotels
We had a great time at Villa Garance - it is a lovely place. The location is perfect for walking the medina, the beach, etc. Marie and Pierre were very friendly and helpful - Pierre shared some of the history of the area with us, gave us a good map and recommended some restaurants. We will stay here again if we return to Essaouira!
Comment from Hotel Management
by Marie, Hotel Management
Hello Chad, Thank you for your kind comment. We like so much Essaouira and we make our best for people who come in our house to like also this charming town. We are happy your stay was successfull. We wish you the best and also to see you again ! Best regards. Pierre
5 out of 5
Recommended
for Everyone
by A verified traveler from London

Friendly welome

Posted Mar 25, 2016
Pros: Location inside wall owners areed town close to port and beach as well as shops and restaurants. The building is beautiful and the helpful and .charmi
The owners Pierre and Maria were both very charming and made us very welcome. They went out of their way to make sure we were comfortable and were excellent at recommending places to eat and watch the sun go down. We will definitely return again next year. It was lovely to sit out on the roof and eat breakfast each morning served by the delightful staff. As our room was on the roof we could look at the stars at night..It was a very relaxing break.
Comment from Hotel Management
Apr 7, 2016 by Pierre, Hotel Management
Thank you so much for your kind comment. It was a pleasure to meet you. We hope to see you aganin. Best regards
5 out of 5
by Nitasha from Great Denham, UK

Simply delightful

Posted Feb 6, 2016 on Hotels
I loved this hotel. It felt more like visiting a family raid than being at a hotel. Pierre and Maria are delightful, every request is seamlessly handled. The house is wonderful if you want ambiance and old world charm. Breakfast on the terrace is spectacular with friendly seagulls to keep you company.
Comment from Hotel Management
Apr 16, 2016 by Marie, Hotel Management
Hello Nitasha, Many thanks for your comment. We were very happy meeting you in our house. We are very pleased that you had a delightful moment with us and in Essaouira. We wish you the best for the future. Best regards. Marie & Pierre
5 out of 5
by Lynda from Las Vegas

My stay at Villa Garance

Posted Jan 25, 2016 on Hotels
This was my first time staying at a Riad. I was taken on a series of twists and turns, through the array of souks only to find that the Riad was in alley (welcome to Morocco. But once inside, I was pleasantly surprised by décor and ambiance. Each floor and room is tastefully decorated differently from the other and each captures the Moroccan theme. I after I was shown to my room, (which was quite comfortable, cozy and clean), I was greeted with a serving of traditional mint tea and cookies in the artfully decorated sitting room adjacent to my room. Thank goodness the houseman was on hand to take my suitcase upstairs as Raids do not have elevators. Also, the stairs are quite steep, so consider yourself warned. Each morning on the rooftop, a breakfast of traditional fresh breads, jams, mint tea, and juice is served. The view alone is worth the steep climb up the stairs. I found the owners and staff to be quite pleasant and accommodating. My French is quite limited but that wasn't an issue as the owner and some of the staff spoke English. I was able to maintain Wi-Fi connection throughout my stay. The place goes dark at night, I had no problems sleeping in complete quietness. All things considered, (price, cleanliness, comfort, décor, and convenience to attractions) I would return to Villa Garance again when I return to Essaouira.
Comment from Hotel Management
Apr 2, 2016 by Marie, Hotel Management
Hello Linda, Thank you so much for your comment. It was a pleasure receiving you in villa Garance. We are very happy that your stay was so good. We hope to see you again ! Have a very nice day. Kind regards Marie
4 out of 5
by A verified traveler

Posted Jan 14, 2016 on Hotels
Comment from Hotel Management
Jun 11, 2016 by Marie, Hotel Management
Thank your for your stay and for reviewing us. It's very important for us to know our guest impressions. We 're working hard to improve your experience.Hope you'll be back soon.
5 out of 5
Recommended
for Everyone
by A verified traveler from Canada

Truly fantastic hotel!

Posted Sep 14, 2015
Pros: Everything!
Location: Great location right in the heart of the medina, but not noisy! Very close to the port, the beach and lots of great restaurants.
Our stay at Villa Garance was the highlight of our trip to Morocco. Excellent staff, beautiful hotel, great location right in the medina with a fantastic breakfast on the rooftop terrance each morning. We can't speak highly enough of Villa Garance and think it deserves more than 5 stars!