First, the staff at this riad are genuine, nice and warm people....which was a culture shock because its rare for me to have such service! I've just got back from Morocco and spent 3 nights at Dar Etto with 9 of my best friends. The incredibly warm and hard working nature of the staff is definitely the first highlight of this Riad. Khadija, Beii and Saeed(the man!) had to put up with my people, who love to party, and they seemed to be available 24hrs to facilitate.
The 3 bedrooms on the ground floor have been decorated beautifully, attached to unforgettable bathtubs. And the two bedrooms upstairs were also comfortable. There are two living rooms, one that was green (raised eyebrow) but the other on the ground floor became our chillout room, again really comfortable - especially with the fire lit. The weather wasnt great on our holiday but this villa kept us cosy and happy, but that did mean we didnt get to explore the garden, which is again special. The breakfast was delicious and the 'love' tagines for dinner were absolutely amazing (I'd recommend the cous cous).
If you like to explore and want dependable service but not to the point of being pampered, then I'd consider this riad. It is slight off the beaten path so transport is important, agai. The staff can always help arrange transportation into the mystical town of Essaouira.
As with everything in Morocco, negotiation is key! But overall I think I got great value and wonderful service for my possee.
Well done team Etto, and the Karimo agency for their service also!
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