Maison Elma is a unique, open courtyard house in the very center of the unesco listed medina of Essaouira, Morocco.
The house is on two floors with terraces on two floors. The rooms are organized around the courtyard, making it very open and spacious. You have your own peace of sky, and tranquility and can hear the ocean at every time. In the months from May to November it is nice to enjoy the fresh air and temperatures allow to stay outside on the terraces until late at night.
Facilities include a bedroom with a bathroom on each floor, kitchen, living room with fireplace and the two terraces. Internet, clothes washing and cleaning is possible for a moderate fee during your stay.
The house is behind the fish and vegetables market which makes shopping extremely easy and pleasant. Just next door are two Hammams for an authentic bath experience.
We are happy to guide and assist you during your stay.
We speak Arabic, French and English.
We look forward to welcome you in our open terrace house and tranquil atmosphere.
About the city:
Welcome to Essaouira! No longer a mid-1960's hippy hangout (Jimi Hendrix used to party here); Essaouira has evolved into a still-undiscovered gem of pristine beaches, great windsurfing, laid back nightspots and hearty restaurants. The narrow streets keep traffic to a minimum and encourage walking. With little effort you'll find yourself walking past the multi-colored doors, tall stucco-colored houses and the eclectic mix of euro-tourism and weather-worn locals.
Very important :
Unregistered guests are not permitted entry into the house.
The house is a beautiful sanctuary and was just what we needed after our stay in Marrakech.
The house is beautifully decorated and very warm when the sun is up.
There's a family run restaurant that do the best authentic cuisine right on the doorstep, we highly recommend you try it. It's on the little square at the end of the alleyway as you come out of the house.
Upon arrival we struggled to find the place, but the local people were very helpful and showed us were to go.
Mahmoud was very friendly and showed us around the house. He was available when needed but generally we didn't see him much as we were out most of the time.
We're really pleased we stayed here and would definitely choose the place if we come back to essouiarra.
We had a great time staying here! The house is so beautifull, charming and comfortable :-) And lovely people! Thanks again!
Bellissima vacanza nella splendida Essaouira, la casa e' bella e si trova nella vecchia Medina nel cuore dei mercati coloratissimi e veri dove si vive veramente immersi nella realtà del suk. La bellissima Naima e Hamid sono stati molto ospitali e gentili e
ci hanno assistito per ogni necessità.
Superbe maison, très jolie et agréable, juste parfois un peu froid avec un bébé, enfin surtout à cette saison... ;-)
Très bien placé, en plein cœur de la Médina et proche de la mer!
Et surtout l'accueil chaleureux et très chouette de la Drissi Family !! :-)
Vraiment, on y reviendra, mais au printemps cette fois-ci !
What else can I say than: I can definetely recommend this place to everybody! It's not only that Essaouira is a lovely and relaxing city but also the house is wonderful, special and perfectly located and makes your stay simply great. Naima is a very friendly and helpful host who gives tips for buying food, sends you to the best restaurants and is pleased to organize a hammam-visit for you (athough we didn't have time to enjoy a hammam). Our stay in the Maison Elma was very relaxing, calm and full of friendly colours. Just go there and enjoy it!
Had a lovely stay at this beautiful little house which is nicely situated near to the vegetable market and main street in the medina. Naima and Hamid were very welcoming and friendly and offered to book a couples hammam (we were too happy relaxing and didn't go) and gave us advice about where to buy food and bread and how to get to the supermarket. Very close to the house is an amazing restaurant that Hamid recommended. We ate there 3 times as it was so good! They also very kindly looked after our bags after we'd checked out and had to wait a few hours for the bus. We only wish we could have stayed longer!
My wife and I had an incredible time staying at the Maison Elma.
It is just a beautiful place to stay. It feels very open while providing a lot of privacy, simultaneously. Hamid and Naima were exceptional hosts and helped arrange transportation and the details of a day trip we took into the Moroccan countryside (going to locations that we would not have known to look for, otherwise). It was a great way to experience Essaouira and we look forward to returning in the future.
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Hamid, Naima and Ilias are native moroccan family living in awesome Riad with the most beautiful decor and a cozy atmosphere, We love to share our passion for all things like Foods, Cultures, Lifestyles, Languages, Travels, Hobbies, Music,.... related to our life.
We are always smiling for life and trying to keep our family peaceful and happy :)
We all speak Arabic, French and English and some of us have some notion of Italian and Turkish.
We will always be at your disposal for whatever you may need ( good Restaurant, Hammam, Shopping, Renting a Car, Organise transport from the airport to the Riad or to another city, Desert bivouac Essaouira, Quad adventure,.....
We would be pleased to welcome you and to share our knowledge of the city and the country :)
We invite you to relax and rejuvenate your mind, body and spirit at our beautiful houses Maison Hiya and Maison Elma also discover this charming city :)