This former windmill dating from 1896 was in ruins before being renovated and converted into a riad. A particularly charming hotel that opened its doors in 2005, it never fails to seduce its guests. The form of the windmill was preserved during the renovation works. In the entrance hall, for example, you'll notice the curved shape of the original windmill, and the spiral stairway is a reminder of the building's past. The Moroccan architectural style was also preserved. This riad is bigger than the others you'll see in the medina, but this doesn't alter its charm and elegance. Its terrace has a breathtaking view of the sea and the fortification walls. It also boasts its own Turkish baths, should you feel in need of some relaxation. You can then head over to the fireplace and enjoy a good book before dinner.

 

Your accommodation in Essaouira

This Rian has no less than 33 guest rooms and suites spread across 3 floors. The rooms' interior is refined and chic, yet simple. They feature wooden ceilings, nice furniture, and high-quality materials in the bathroom. Moroccan handcraft is also on display, and in some, you can see the remnants of the former windmill, with its rounded stone walls. All the rooms are decorated in the same fashion, with warm tones (ochre, brown and beige), dark wood furniture, wooden ceilings, wrought iron chandeliers and wooden lamps, and the bathrooms feature magnificent Moroccan zelliges. The only difference between the rooms is that the mini suites have a fireplace and a sea view, whereas the standard rooms don't have a fireplace and only sometimes afford a sea view. This riad provides all the mod-cons, such as free Wi-Fi, a TV, a telephone, heating, air-conditioning, a safe and a hair-dryer. The rooms are truly pleasant and the view alone justifies a one or two-night stay here. The bay window of one of the suites looks directly out onto the ramparts and the rocks, so it's probably not the best choice if you're afraid of heights. However, when a storm is blowing, it's the best place to be.

 

 
Your restaurant in Essaouira

The restaurant is located on the roof and affords a splendid view of the ocean, the ramparts and the medina. This is the highest-located restaurant in the medina, consisting of a large terrace and an indoor section with bay windows, where the chef prepares international cuisine and local specialties. The culinary offerings here mainly include fish and seafood. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are all served outside and inside, where the decor is traditional and simple, with black wicker furniture, wrought iron chandeliers and a wooden ceiling. Do bear in mind though, that no alcohol is served in the restaurant.