Madada Mogador — a loft suite bigger than home

 

The coastal town of Essaouira sits on the west coast of Morocco. It’s a place teeming with tourists and locals alike.

With a stretch of sandy beach, it’s a summer holiday packed into a small town. We traveled in October, with the weather still mild, and the sea breeze providing a welcome respite from the heat.

We were also lucky to secure accommodation in the chicest boutique hotel in town, Madada Mogador.

Days gone by

Mogador was the former name of Essaouira. The current name means ‘the little rampart,’ which refers to the fortress walls around the city.

An excellent location, the hotel’s right in the heart of the walled city. What’s more, the main attractions in Essaouira are within minutes’ walk of the hotel. For fellow travelers arriving by car, there’s a safe and secure parking area nearby.

In case you need a little more persuading, here are 4 good reasons to choose Madada Mogador.


 

1. Appearances can be deceiving

The entrance to Madada Mogador’s down a narrow alley, and just before you reach the restaurant Le Table.

The entrance to Madada Mogador is up the stairs to the first floor. From the outside, you’d be forgiven for not being overly impressed. It shares its main door with another riad and first impressions weren’t great.

However, our opinions would quickly be overturned the second we laid eyes on our room.

The wow factor — Madada Mogador

Upon entering, I immediately recognized traits that you’d usually associate with boutique hotels. A unique and elegant reception lobby, with several pieces of colorful artwork adorning the walls.

A first for us on any of our travels, we were led to our room through the open kitchen area.

When I say room, I use this word loosely. Upon entering, our mouths dropped, and we couldn’t believe what we were seeing.

Our ‘room’ was a 2-bedroom apartment, complete with a kitchen, dining area and 2 bathrooms. To my disappointment, it was far bigger than my own apartment back in London.

 

 

   

 

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“Upon entering, our mouths dropped, and we couldn’t believe what we were seeing.”

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Luxury experience in Vienna - Vienna State Opera

“To our delight, we opened the door to find a huge loft suite for our stay in Essaouira.”

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Luxury experience in Vienna - Vienna State Opera

“It’s easily big enough for 4 people, or even 6, as the sofa’s a good size too.”

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2. The room within the suite

There are only 8 types of accommodation available at Madada Mogador, and bookings fill up quickly.

There are 2 standard rooms, 2 ocean view rooms, 1 superior room, 1 junior suite, and the prize bull, the loft-suite.

Plenty of room — Madada Mogador

To our delight, we opened the door to find a huge loft suite for our stay in Essaouira. This is a brief rundown of what you’ll find here:

  • Living area
  • Dining area
  • Kitchen
  • Desk/work space
  • Separate toilet/bathroom on the ground floor
  • Staircase leading up the master bedroom
  • A second bedroom with en-suite bathroom and amenities

If that’s not all, the suite has floor-to-ceiling windows allowing in plenty of natural light.

It’s easily big enough for 4 people, or even 6, as the sofa’s a good size too. Whether a short, or long-term stay, it’s an ideal hotel when in Essaouira. 

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3. The best seafood restaurant in town

If you can get a reservation, grab a table at the hotel’s restaurant, La Table by Madada.

It’s not only just downstairs, but it’s one of the highest rated seafood and fish restaurants in Essaouira.

Being right by the harbor, you can literally smell the freshness of the catch once you step out into the alley.

Unfortunately, we were too late to secure a reservation.

However, should we ever return to Essaouira, we’ll know to book in advance to try it for ourselves.

4. Breakfast with the best view

A new day, and we left our suite feeling hungry, and ready to explore the sights of the city.

You can choose to have breakfast on the terrace, or in the seating area inside.

With the sun already shining brightly before 9am, it was a no-brainer.

We made our upstairs to find a spacious rooftop terrace.

Overlooking the sea and having breakfast was the best way to start the day.

The only downside was the swarm of bees also trying to compete for my breakfast.

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“…it’s one of the highest rated seafood and fish restaurants in Essaouira.”

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Still, it didn’t distract too much from the moment. With the sea views and the gentle breeze in the air, it was completely worth it.

Would I stay again at Madada Mogador?

If it wasn’t obvious from the positive tone of the post, we’d absolutely stay again at Madada Mogador. It was the perfect base in Essaouira and would highly recommend it to others planning on visiting.

From the personal service, to the elegantly designed suite, it’s one place where you’ll really feel at home.

What do you think of Madada Mogador? Would you like to stay at the mammoth loft-suite? Let me know in the comments below.

Disclaimer: Even though I was invited by Madada Mogador, all views are my own and based on my own experience. This post may contain affiliate links, which means I may receive a commission if you click a link and purchase something that I’ve recommended. Thank you for your support.

 

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Welcome to my site! I'm Lisa, founder of Following the Rivera. I write primarily for a ‘flashpacker’ audience, a demographic (late 20s onward) that enjoys glamping over camping and staying at boutique/luxury boutique hotels. Flashpackers also like to indulge in the local food and wine, cultural activities, as well as a spot of wellness on their travels. Want to know more? Read on....

       

 

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