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Hotel Des Iles

4.0 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

Friendly staff, english speaking. The hotel is old, maybe once it was fancy and premium, but now it needs a lot of work in renovation. The room was large. Cleaness average for Morocco standards. Nice and secure car parking. Good position just outside the medina gate. Breakfast not included.

Stayed in the accommodation beside the pool away from main hotel .Freezing ,smelled of urine .not somewhere l would like to spend my holiday.left after one night ,it felt unclean so it was difficult to sleep and relax..In their defence it was December and very obviously not in use during this time.Broken tiles ,broken furniture outside and neglected looking .However it did have a feeling of once being a majestic place .When l told the chap at the desk he remained on his phone and said ,madam you must flush the toilet !,! BUt the rest of the staff did try.Our single friend stayed in a room in the hotel and found it comfortable and enjoyed his stay .

We stayed for a week and a half off season (January) here. The staff were so wonderful and friendly and the room had heating and good hot water - even a bar fridge and bath. We took a room near the pool and it was a lovely warm sun trap. Jumped into the pool a couple of times - pretty chilly but refreshing. The decor is a little retro and faded but very comfortable. Enjoyed time with a tortoise and stray cats. Lovely history as Orson Welles stayed here when he made Othello which is a bit of history. Grand hotel and a real treasure. Great location opposite the beach and next to the old medina which made long walks on the beach and wandering the town both very easy. After staying in Riads with a five year old the space and light was lovely and roomy and good value rather than cramped. Would return again.

An intersting hotel where Orson Welles stayed while filming Othello very Morroccan with a very good French restaurant on the roof. We had a room by the pool with a sun lounger on our patio very clean and well looked after. Much quieter than Marrakech and not so tiring.

of what was once a GREAT character prime location at gates to the walled ancient city...this 1930s building...a classic of French Deco and Moorish Hybrid architecture. has been woefully left to a state of neglect. Dirty carpets. bad food. and worse, an uncaring staff. Great shame for what could be a truly class act. My third and last visit there.

I booked 4 star half board 7 nights holiday at this hotel. I was so excited that I really found a bargain as that holiday was on sale but when we got their we were so disappointed to see the room it was damp smell in the room and dirty bathroom with broken toilet seat broken tap n door lock. It was more disappointment when we went for dinner, there was no buffet available and we were just offered us fish with full of small bones in a dinner plate and my husband doesn’t eat fish so he was offered omelette. There were no choice and option available, Breakfast was not more than 2 stars. On my complaint to management they changed the room next day which was bit better but not to the standard of 4 stars. Buffet was available for 3 days only when tourists trips were coming from other resorts n staying for a night. The staff was good and view was definitely worthwhile. I want to suggest the management please give some attention to cleanliness maintenance of the building and the quality of the food and provide more option because you are selling your holidays as 4 stars but at the moment it’s only equal to 2-3 star.

Charming hotel with a great location, minutes walking distance from the old town Decent but basic breakfast Stayed in their junior suite, which comfortably fits 4 adults! Amazing staff, courteous and always smiling and helpful from the reception staff to the concierge to the kitchen staff, we loved their service. Thanks guys. Essaouira is a small coastal port town, one night is sufficient to explore. It has a lovely beach and also shops and cute restaurants and bars.

Just returned from our 6th visit to this lovely, friendly hotel. We have visited with family & also just the two of us. The location is perfect, just steps away from the medina & the beach. The staff here are so friendly & helpful & have become friends we look forward to seeing again. We usually have a bungalow room by the pool but have also stayed in the main building overlooking the sea front. Bungalow rooms are very spacious & there are interconnected rooms available which are great for families. The hotel itself is a wonderful historic building with many original features from its glamorous heyday. The hotel is spotlessly clean, large bathrooms with deep baths & plenty of hot water. Rooms cleaned daily. There is an ongoing refurbishment programme, every time we visit improvements have been made. We love this place & will be back again soon. Thanks to the staff for another lovely stay. (Witcomb family)

Hotel got great location and it’s two steps from the beach and ocean, 5 min walk from fish market/port and just next to the medina. I have stayed in the hotel for 7 nights. All in all I was very happy. Staff is absolutely lovely and kind, always happy to help. I’d loved the fact that my room got cleaned every morning, I’ve been given fresh towels and nee supplies of cosmetics. Hotel do have restaurant but I would not recommend going there as it’s more expensive than dining in medina. Swimming pool is small but clean and it seems like it wasn’t too busy at the time of my stay. Overall hotel is clean and tidy but they could work on the garden design. There is a free wi-fi which may not work everywhere- I had a room next to swimming pool and had difficulties accessing it. Unfortunately the lack of air conditioning is a bit of an issue. While being there in October temperatures were quite high and it was way too hot to be able to sleep. When I left balcony doors open mosquitoes bitten me everywhere so I ended up having sleepless nights. Nevertheless I would definitely recommend. Rooms are very spacious, bed big and comfortable and the rooms itself got very nice specific style.

My friend & I stayed here from 3rd to the 10th October, 2018. Check-in was speedy & professional. We were shown to our bungalow, which was 211, conveniently close to the pool. The room was a little dated but clean, beds comfortable, not much drawer storage space, but we managed, we requested more coathangers & they were delivered quickly. The bathroom was in need of refurbishment but functional, shampoo & shower gel were supplied. Water was very hot! We stayed full board. Breakfast was self service apart from drinks, freshly squeezed orange juice, carrot juice, cucumber juice, tea & coffee were waiter served. Boiled eggs, tomatoes, olives, cucumber, cereals, breads (butter), brioche, Danish pastries, cakes, jams, honey & yoghurts. Lunch was a 3 course meal usually starting with prawn salad or salad nicoise. Tagine or fish for main course dessert was cheesecake or fruit. Dinner was quite similar, but usually soup starter. Usually dinner was waiter service but a couple of nights it was buffet style, self service. The package was extremely good value. Free WiFi reached to our room, which is unusual & appreciated. The staff in every area of the hotel were great, reception staff were helpful & polite, speaking very good English & other languages for International visitors. An equal mix or English, German, American & Moroccan guests. Reception & public areas were clean, elegant & comfortable. There was a singer in the bar but we preferred to go into the Medina for the evening. The gardens & pool area are well kept & plentiful sunbeds, chairs & tables by the pool. The seagulls were sometimes noisy, but to be expected with the proximity to the beach. The hotel has a few friendly cats. We were treated really well by all the staff & they are a credit & asset to the hotel. I will definitely return to Essaouira as I found it to be much more laid back & 'safer for women' than Marrakech. I heard many travellers from Marrakech (I stayed there in March 2017) saying they would have preferred to spend more time Essaouira. My friend & I were able to visit the Orson Welles Suite & Bar which is an interesting facet to Hotel Des Iles. Bathroom refurbishment would be well received by guests I think. Thank you for a relaxing break. Sjx

Boulevard Mohammed V Essaouira

Hotel highlights

  • Free WiFi in rooms and public areas
  • Free parking
  • Onsite dining
  • Nightclub

Located in Essaouira Coast, Hotel Des Iles is within a 10-minute stroll of sights such as Place Moulay el Hassan and Mohammed Ben Abdallah Museum. This 4-star hotel has conveniences like an outdoor pool, free in-room WiFi, and free self parking. Skala du Port and Skala de la Ville are a short walk away.


This hotel is home to 3 onsite restaurants, perfect for a quick bite to eat. Savor a meal from the privacy of your room with 24-hour room service, or get a pick-me-up at the coffee shop/café.


All rooms feature balconies and free local calls. Guests can expect to find free WiFi and TVs with satellite channels. Bathrooms have hair dryers, bathrobes, and bidets.

Property features

Hotel Des Iles features a nightclub, an outdoor pool, and a children's pool. There's free parking, and an airport shuttle for MAD 150.00 per vehicle one way. The front desk has multilingual staff standing by 24 hours a day to assist with dry cleaning/laundry and securing valuables. Additional amenities include free WiFi in public areas, conference space, and express check-in.

Room options

Standard Room

Twin 1 | Twin 2 | Sleeps 3

Junior Suite, Sea View

Full 1 | Sleeps 4

Presidential Suite

Full 1 | Sleeps 3

Triple Room

Full 1 | Twin 3 | Sleeps 3

Reviews from Trip Advisor

Trip Advisor aggregated rating

47% of guests recommend this hotel

Total of 191 reviews