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“True Morrocan experience and hospitality” 5 of 5 stars
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7 Rue Moussa Ben Noussaire, Essaouira N/A, Morocco   |  
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Ranked #18 of 160 Essaouira B&B and Inns
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2 reviews
“True Morrocan experience and hospitality”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2013

We stayed at Dar Lazuli 4 days and we had a very comfortable and enjoyable time at Dar Lazuli. We were looked after Latifa who tried her best to communicate with us, as we didnt speak French or Arabic. The place was kept spotless and the location of this Riad is second to none, right in the middle of the Souks and a stone through away from the beach, markets and major ammenities in the area. The best thing was how quiet it was eventhough Dar Lazuli is so central. We loved the roof terrrace with views the sea, were we had lovely early dinners, late lunches and breakfasts when we decided to stay in. The place is full of character and cant recommended highly enough.

  • Stayed February 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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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
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    5 of 5 stars
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London
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2013

My girlfriend and I stayed for a week in Dar Lazuli, which is ideally situated right next to the souks, just a stone’s throw from the beach and even closer to the cafe on the main square that sells delicious Morrocan pancakes for breakfast. It’s great for getting a real authentic taste of Moroccan life. If you’ve never been to Essaouira before, it’s got all the charm of Morocco and a great beach, but it’s also got a much more relaxed atmosphere than the bustle of somewhere like Marrakech.

We stayed in the ground floor apartment at Dar Lazuli which provided wonderful self-catering accommodation - charmingly decorated, a huge and incredibly comfortable double bed, alongside a kitchen and sitting room. And of course use of the roof terrace with lovely views across the city. Housekeepers Rachid and Latifa are so friendly and helpful, making sure that we were taken care of and telling us about what we could do, although I wish I could’ve remembered a bit more French. And Rachel, the UK owner, was incredibly conscientious - arranging taxis for our arrival and departure and providing lots of information beforehand. We will definitely go back at some point in the future.

  • Stayed November 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 Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2013

Essaouira was our first stop on our little November adventure to Morocco. It was great being picked up at the airport and delivered to the door of our first home at Dar Lazuli. There was just one other couple occupying the ground flat so we practically had the top of the house and terraces just to ourselves. We got the smallest top room which was just great. and with the biggest bed. very comfy. the place felt like home and you could feel was truly cared for by Latifa on a daily basis and by the owner in how it was restored. the little details like having some wood to light a fire in the room, nice warm duvet (whilst the daytime was a touch of summer, evening had a touch of autumn) and the traditional decor with a modern eye.
it's just the kind of place we like: comfortable, clean, authentic, friendly and feeling like home.
the place came recommended by a colleague and so we pass on this recommendation to others. do try the hotel next door for an extensive breakfast and view on the harbour.

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  • Stayed November 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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2013

Really enjoyed staying at Dar Lazuli for Xmas 2012. We had the top room which opens out on the the terrace. The Terrace is 3 storey though and the top flight has an amazing view of the beach, boats and town. Loved watching the sun set here each night. The accomodation was kept spotless by Latifa everyday. Great location right near the main square and lots of lovely cafes and restaurants. Would definately stay here again.

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  • Stayed December 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2012 via mobile

This was my first visit to Essaouira and I found Dar Lazuli a really warm and friendly place to stay. Everyone there was extremely obliging, the rooms are full of character but are also very comfortable and having the chance to prepare your own food from the daily markets adds to the experience.
The location is central, very close to the main square and beach but once you are inside the walls it is really quiet( except for the bell chiming and call to prayer but this is morocco and those elements contribute to its magic)
I will definitely go back as I like the combination of having my own small apartment( I stayed in the smallest called ghibli) with the personalized care of a boutique hotel.

Odile, London

  • Stayed November 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2012

We stayed at Dar Lazuli for 7 nights in October.

It was the second part of our honeymoon in Morocco, after an action-packed 1st week of trekking, Marrakech, walking in Ouzoud and so on….

We were ready for a rest and a bit of calm and I can safely say – we could not have made a better choice than Dar Lazuli.

So often, you turn up in a place you’ve been bursting with excitement to see, with high expectations and it falls short somehow. Often in the small details or the care taken by the owner / manager. That kind of thing can really rattle and take the edge of your enjoyment.

This WAS NOT the case in Dar Lazuli.

I do not know where to begin with the praise!

Firstly, Rachel (the owner) knew it was our honeymoon and had asked Latifa and Rachid to organise a bottle of wine to be in the apartment when we arrived. Which we thought was a lovely gesture.

Secondly, the apartments are really beautiful and excellent value for money.

They have been restored with so much care to an impossibly gorgeous state! I started to dread leaving before we’d even unpacked!!

It’s a fabulous combination of Moroccan colours and style, with tasteful and quirky, arty notes and modern comforts (docking station for your ipod (not that we had one, but….), large fridge, excellent shower etc etc

We started our stay in Ghibli – it’s really adorable, beautifully designed with access right out on to one of the three roof terraces.

It is a smaller than the other apartments (this is made abundantly clear on the website!), and as we were staying for 7 nights, the rest of the apartments were free and my husband at 6ft 3 filled a lot of the space on his own! – we asked Latifa if we could move to Calimar.

Of course, it was “no problem” (we were lucky enough to have the place to ourselves) and Latifa kindly helped us switch on the 2nd day.

We loved this apartment – the romantic, curtained mezzanine level with the bed, the huge bathroom, beautiful, colourful tiled kitchen and cosy, snug, lounge area around the fire place – it’s just wonderful.

Latifa and Rachid were there every day – Rachid regularly put fresh flowers in our apartment, Latifa cleaned and tidied really thoroughly. They answered questions we had, gave us tips and helped with anything we needed.

The night guardian was also as regular as clockwork, ensuring that everything felt safe and secure.

They are a wonderful team – Rachel, obviously has a great relationship with them and the trust and respect on both sides is clear.

Essaouira is a fantastic place. The medina (where Dar Lazuli is located) is lively and stimulating – it would be misleading to give the impression that it is peaceful  – the call to prayer is regular and the minaret is close-by. Dar Lazuli is surrounded by family homes, so you really feel that you are in the thick of Moroccan life. I guess one of the luxury hotels facing the beach would be quieter, but there is no way I’d swap! 

There are some brilliant places to eat and lots of choice. For us, Caravan Café was the pick of the bunch – great, generous food, with a really fun, lively, colourful atmosphere – lots of activity and laughter. The vegetarian place Triskala came a close second for high quality food and excellent value for money.  Patisserie Moulay Driss was another haunt of ours during the day – which we loved. The terrace at Taros is lovely for a sun-downer, but the food wasn’t as good as we’d expected and Chez Sam….. well – the less said about that experience, the better I think!!

The chic hotel Villa Maroc is your neighbour at Dar Lazuli and they kind of adopted us – looking after our bags when we arrived early and chatting to us every time we passed. We joined their trip to their pool and gardens just outside the town. It was such a great day out that we went twice!!

It is staggering beautiful there, the pool is gorgeous and we had a peek at the rooms – WOW!

On both trips we were treated to the most fantastic lunches: plates and plates of delicious fresh and cooked vegetables, BBQ chicken, delicious desserts. A full day at the pool, with towels and sun-hats provided, return transfer by 4x4 and the unforgettable lunch, all for about 20 Euros a head – really good value if you ask me!

We also had dinner at the Villa Maroc one evening (we made it officially our “wedding dinner” – we married in secret & boarded the flight to Morocco a few hours after the ceremony), it’s a special occasion kind of place – and it was a lovely evening. Food was great and only a few short steps home!!

Shopping in Essaouira is a fun and rewarding experience. We’d not even considered attempting it in Marrakech – far too crazy! And as we relaxed in to life in Essaouira we found everything a lot more welcoming and fun. We have never shopped on a holiday – neither of us enjoy it much in “real life” but in Essaouira even my husband found himself bartering and enjoying carting home the beautiful things we left with!

To sum up (I’m rather enjoying reminiscing!) Dar Lazuli and Essaouria are gems.

In Dar Lazuli, you have the comfort of a high quality hotel, but tonnes more space and total freedom.

Essaouira has lots to see and do (we would have happily stayed longer!) but is a relaxing and relaxed environment.

Rachel makes sure that you are well prepared, the comms were excellent during the run up to our holiday.

Rachid, Latifa and the night-guardian work really hard and do an excellent job. It helps that they are such nice people, who obviously take pride in their work. There is nothing slap-dash, no corners are cut and the results speak for themselves.

I would recommend Dar Lazuli & Essaouira wholeheartedly and I really hope we’ll go back some day and explore a little more.

Thank you all,

Jane & Mark

 

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 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 September 23, 2012

Some friends and I took 3 of the 4 apartments at Dar Lazuli. We were given a wonderfully warm welcome and had the most relaxing, carefree and comfortable stay we could have hoped for. The location is second to none - moments from the medina, souks and restaurants, and only a short walk to the beach. Don't be put off by "cat alley" on the approach. Once you're through the door, the whole riad is beautifully decorated, clean and quiet. Most Moroccan homes have a humble entrance, we learned - it avoids envy.

The rooms are great - each has its own distinct style - and each floor has a terrace. There's enough space that we never got in the way of the couple staying in Ghibli (I hope), and they certainly never got in ours. There's even a newly added roof terrace / sun trap with a sea view.

The owners are British and have gone to great pains to make travellers feel at home from home. From Egyptian cotton bed sheets to mini pots of Marmite in the very well-equipped kitchens, they've really thought of everything. The website is great too - really detailed local information and recommended excursions. The icing on the cake is the host couple: the incredibly discreet Latifa and the ever-smiling Rachid who keep the place clean, and are always available and happy to help or advise.

Aside from the calls to prayer you get everywhere in Morocco, we all enjoyed some of the best, undisturbed sleep we'd ever had in huge, hotel-style beds.

If you're looking for a reasonably priced, colourfully decorated home from home where you can self-cater or stumble 2 minutes to a tagine, I can't recommend Dar Lazuli highly enough.

  • Stayed September 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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Additional Information about Dar Lazuli

Address: 7 Rue Moussa Ben Noussaire, Essaouira N/A, Morocco
Location: Morocco > Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region > Essaouira
Amenities:
Beach Kitchenette Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #18 of 160 B&Bs / Inns in Essaouira
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 4
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Dar Lazuli is a 200 year old house in Essaouira, lovingly renovated to retain its original features in harmony with contemporary designs and comforts for a 21st Century visitor. It's located just inside the medina walls and beside the main square. Comfortable and easy self-catering apartments where you can completely relax, forget about the real world and immerse yourself in North African escapism. ... more   less 
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Dar Lazuli Hotel Essaouira

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