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“great location, comfy rooms, good value” 4 of 5 stars
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Riad Dar Afram
10,rue Sidi Magdoul, Essaouira 44000, Morocco   |  
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Ranked #11 of 78 hotels in Essaouira
Sispony, Andorra
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13 reviews 13 reviews
6 hotel reviews
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“great location, comfy rooms, good value”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2013

awesome roof terrace. the town is always cool and windy so no worries about aircon--no place has it, but you don't need it. the beds were super comfy and firm, which i love. our room was huge. the bathroom in the triple is private, which is awesome since other rooms have to share. it was small, but perfectly adequate. we had dinner there and it was DELICIOUS. really really good. the whole family is super nice. they do charge for mint tea at breakfast, unlike every other place we stayed, which i found odd, but hey they found wine during ramadan so props for that. all in all a nice stay. be careful parking your car if you drive here, since the dudes in the lot will leave your lights on so that your battery dies and you need them to jump it.

Room Tip: the triple room was enormous and comfortable, good firm beds.
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
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Wollongong, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2013

We stayed in essaouira three extra days just so we could stay at this place! Abdul and taz's hospitality, friendliness and easy going attitudes made us feel like we were with old friends back home. Dar afram is an exciting place and you can make it what ever you want, from chilling out and escaping during the day on the terrace overlooking the sea, to singing along with Dar Afram at night after a delicious home cooked meal. The riad is beautiful and has lots of natural light.


Don't be put off thinking its a noisy party place; go experience it for yourself and you'll see what I mean. I will be definatly youtubing Dar Afram songs when I get back to Australia, and hope to return one day !


Thanks guys!!

  • Stayed June 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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2013

There are many riads to choose from in Essaouira, many of which have similar sized rooms and similarly decorated. Dar Afram is in a great location close to the shopping streets, the ramparts which are a great place to sit and take in the sea air, the port and a large plaza with cafes. The staff are very friendly and the terrace has a nice sea view. The riad is also quite light which I liked as some riads can be very gloomy. You can eat dinner in and play music too if you like, the place has a nice relaxed vibe. Very clean and tidy, good breakfast.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2013

We had been in Imlil for a few days and wanted somewhere a bit livelier.

As soon as you arrive you are made welcome by everyone and anyone that happens to be staying at the time. I think that the owners must make everyone feel friendly?

A simple but nice breakfast served on the roof terrace on the morning, music drifts around the riad on and off all day and in the evening a meal is served downstairs where you can chat with other guests if you feel like it. I had my first alcoholic drink in Morocco here, it was nice.

Overall just very relaxed place to stay with some atmosphere if you want it. Just what we wanted.

  • Stayed April 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2013

we r from Sydney Australia We've stayed in Dar Afram for 3 days. It was a great experience We had a great time. The atmosphere is very different than any Riad in Morocco. The food was very reasonable and very tasty. The host Taza has very pleasant. and cool personality. We were very sorry to leave. We strongly recommend Dar Afram riad to any traveller from all over the world.

Room Tip: The room upstairs is the best of all very quiet and peas full.
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Munich, Bayern, Germany
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2013

We had a wonderful stay at Dar Afram. The rooms are lovely and clean, the Riad is located centrally in the Medina. You will enjoy the great savory breakfast. I really recommend to try the optionally available dinner with every delight you can imagine. If you are interested you could even learn how to prepare such a nice menue. And of course, HIGHLIGHT: The Dar Afram is known to host musicians from all over the world. So you won't be surprised to find yourself in the one or other jam session in the evenings. Staff is ablsolutely friendly and ready to help whenever needed.

  • Stayed March 2012, 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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Berlin, Germany
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2012

What a fantastic place - we wanted to stay for one night just stay for four in total. Maroccan food for dinner, a song from Afram on the guitar and the best hosts with Abdul & Taz. Book if you can, Philipp

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 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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Additional Information about Riad Dar Afram

Address: 10,rue Sidi Magdoul, Essaouira 44000, Morocco
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Location: Morocco > Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region > Essaouira
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Suites
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Ranked #11 of 78 hotels in Essaouira
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Dar Afram is famous for music, a funky vibe and a special, unique atmosphere. A beautiful traditional riad run by friendly aussie-moroccans.There are 6 high standard spotless bedrooms like apartments with private bathroom and showers, sleeping 2 to 4 people. There is also a single and shared rooms available.You can enjoy a fantastic 360 degrees view of the sea and see far accross the roofs of the medina.Breakfast is included and is usually served on the terrace. Sunset barbeques is another feature of this wonderful terrace.Communal evening meals are organised everynight with some of the towns finest chefs and live music follows. Musicians and artists from all over the world visit dar afram. We even have an online you tube channel that captures some of the talent flowing through. Check out Dar Afram TV for some of the live perfomances.As written in our trip advisor and lonely planet reviews, Dar Afram is the pefect place to meet people and make new friends.A house of charm, inspiration and good feeling which is beautifully decorated with various art and antiques.Our guests often stay longer than expected and truly feel at home. ... more   less 

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