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Riad Dar Nafoura
3.0 of 5 Inn   |   30, rue Ibn Khaldoun, Essaouira 44000 , Morocco   |  
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Ranked #33 of 156 Essaouira B&B and Inns
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“Wonderful.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2013

It was our first time in Essaouira, and on entering the riad we were immediately impressed by the quiet, restful atmosphere for somewhere located in the busy streets near the centre of the old medina. Service was impeccable, we were made very welcome with a personal meet & greet from the bus station, and daily mint tea and home made biscuits etc. The (French) owners were away seeing family, but the place was still run by the staff to high standard. Nobody seemed to mind that we can't speak French, and we had some excellent recommendations for eating out. We didnt eat evening meal at the Riad, but we had the thumbs up from the discerning French guests there.
The breakfasts were taken in the courtyard (being January), and are a wonderful selection of home made pastries, pancake, omlette, yogurts etc. They certainly lived up to our (high) expectations on reading these reviews when booking.
Our bedroom was very clean and spacious, and full of character. Each bedrooms decor was different, and looked like all the detailing had been lovingly created by local craftspeople.
This place was incredible value in low season (Jan 2013), we were amazed we could experience such accommodation within our modest budget.

Room Tip: all rooms are beautiful
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2013 via mobile

Beautiful, friendly- when we checked in, the owner Sylvie sat down to tea with us and gave us a map of the town and went through all of her recommendations (which all turned out to be great). In the medina but not too hard to find

  • Stayed January 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2012

Brilliant location in Essaouira. Friendly staff - gave us a warm welcome and helped you to plan our two days of adventure. Breakfast was a lovely bonus while staying at Riad Dar Nafoura.
I would recommend this accommodation to all (families, couples and groups on friends).

Thank you
Helen and Annie!

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2012

We literally stumbled on this place by pure chance-and what a chance! From the otuside it looked like nothing special, a small alley leading to a dark door-but once inside it was spectacular, an incredible hotel bdone out in a really interesting way to celebrate local culture and provide a little European luxury. The owners are a couple from Brittany but whio have lived there for many years and built up a good local netwrok of friends and a great team of freindly and helpful staff. Everyone we met here could not do enough for us and the kindness and generosity of the owners really made the trip. As well as expert local knowledge and a general helping hand in all that we needed in the hotel and the city itself they really took the time to make us feel at home and welcome. There was never any hint of being too busy to help. The hotel itself is amazing as a building and the rooms are all large and really comfy. There is a roof top terrace and views across the city from up there, for meals, sitting or naps. I cannot recommend this place or the owners highly enough. Brilliant.

Room Tip: I preferred the rooms on the upper floor personally, but all were of an excellent standard.
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Hastings, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2012

A last mintute find as we wandered through the Medina of Essaouira we were deligeted to discover this little gem
Extremely clean and very comfortable, Dar Nafoura was the perfect spot. Best of all was the excellent hospitality from Silvia and Jackie.
A really memorable experience -- highly recommended by a very satisfied Irish customer

Room Tip: We were given a choice of rooms - all were lovely though the 'orange' one at the top that I...
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2012

We stayed in Dar Nafoura for four days, booking the entire house for a foodtrips.co.uk cookery trip. I have never experienced a similar level of hospitality in any Riad, hotel or guest house. Sylvie and Jacky were focussed on making our stay as enjoyable as possible and gladly agreed to us taking over their entire house and staff, turning it upside down.

Their enthusiasm in making our trip enjoyable is probably best expressed through an anecdote. Lacking cooking equipment for a whole lamb Jacky helped us in creating a technical drawing, finding a welder and ultimately pulling the resulting monster of an oil barrel barbecue through the open courtyard onto the roof.

I am not sure if this is something you want to do on your trip to Essaouira. (Actually, I am. You don't, do you?) But whatever your plans are for Essaouira: The team that runs and works at Dar Nafoura will, based on my experience, work tirelessly for you.

Is the Riad also beautiful, located in a less touristy and more interesting part of the Medina, with lovely breakfast and all that at a surprisingly low price point? It is.

Go. You'll love it.

Room Tip: If you are traveling as a couple, Loubna is the most spacious of the doubles.
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2012

one of the nicestplaces i have ever slept. very nice people,beautiful&clean rooms, amazing breakfast. 10 out of 10!

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 30, rue Ibn Khaldoun, Essaouira 44000 , Morocco
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Location: Morocco > Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region > Essaouira
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Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Suites
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Ranked #33 of 156 B&Bs / Inns in Essaouira
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Hotel Class:3 star — Riad Dar Nafoura 3*
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