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“the best riad in morocco!” 5 of 5 bubbles
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Riad Dar Emotion
Ranked #13 of 176 Essaouira B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Brighton, United Kingdom
1 review
“the best riad in morocco!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 18, 2011

my boyfriend and i stayed here in June and had the best time. We looked at around 10 riads before stumbing upon this beautiful place. The rooms are all immaculately decorated with hand painted furniture and the morning sun shining through the coloured glass in the rooftop room was stunning to wake up to each day. We feel as though the owners have become friends of ours as they were so welcoming and friendly - my boyfriend proposed to me on our last night here and they helped him make it a special a night by arranging flowers and dinner. The staff that work there are also just lovely. Plus the breakfast on the roof is delicious. I really can't recomend it enough. It's so much better than any of the other places we saw and stayed in during our two week trip.

Room Tip: the room on the roof top meant we felt as though we had the whole roof to ourselves but all the room...
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  • Stayed June 2011, traveled as a couple
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  • Location
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 bubbles
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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 26, 2011

There were a total of 7 of us on our holiday. After spending a few days in Marrakech, we took a bus to Essaouira. We had a lovely welcome by Ismahane at the station, greeted with a glass of mint tea and cakes on arrival at the Riad.
Hana and Herve are a sweet couple who own this Riad. They told us all we nneded to know about the coastal town. They even booked our Quadbiking trip for us.
The Riad is immaculate, romantic, inviting. We had it all to ourselves during our stay.
Everything is within walking distance.
I would recommend this Riad and this town to everyone looking for a relaxing time.
... take up the offer of them cooking dinner for you... it was exquisite.
The only negative is be careful of your spending and what you get charged for.... financially treat the Riad as you would a hotel so expect to be charged for a nice cup of coffee/tea and dinner. I suppose for me, I was so pleased by the excellent service it was like being treated like royalty in your own private home/space. It is so relaxing and welcoming that you treat it as such and forget about the extra hidden charges... including the daily taxes on top of the hotel stay.....
Also at time of booking over the interent I did ask for extra beds, as per the option to, only to find that I was charged extra for 2 beds which knocked me sideways, I was never informed that it would be an extra charge, and no surplus costs were ever discussed or provided until I got the invoice at the end of my stay.
Having said that, I would go back again and again to this Riad !!!
Highly recommended

  • Stayed April 2011, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Haque2707
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Isle of Wight
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7 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 11, 2010

We rented the whole Riad as there were two families on this trip. It is in the Medina, and also a very short walk to the beach. Everything you could possibly want is within a short walk. The rooms are imaginatively decorated and stylish. The only reason I haven't given it 5* is because our shower was a bit substandard and the bed extremely hard. Otherwise, it was perfect. The terrace is lovely, we had breakfast served up there. Freshly baked flat breads, yummy croissants alongside the normal breakfast fare. We ate in the Riad one night, the meal was superb. The owners and staff were so helpful and arranged camel rides (4hr one DEFINITELY recommended), quad biking as well as taking us to a local Hammam, stopping to buy the necessary equipment on the way. They arranged 'chariots' to take our luggage to the minibus, which they also organised, to get us back to marrakech airport. (1000d for 7 of us). We will definitely be making a return trip sometime.

  • Stayed October 2010, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank joycatherinemarshall
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London, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 2, 2010

The location of the riad is superb. A short, pleasant walk will be enough to reach the medina, the most famous fish restaurant in town and the beach.
The staff is extremely friendly and helpful. Being a family-run business, you feel looked after almost like a friend. They recommended renting a bike, which was a great idea.
We had dinner in the riad: it was excellent - the best meal we had in Morocco.
The terrace provides excellent space for a relaxing breakfast and tanning. Breakfast was really good - with warm bread, pankaces that had just been made for you and freshly-squeezed juice.
The bed in our room was very comfortable - and covered by lots of pillows for added atmosphere. The room can get a bit cold in the evening, but a heater is provided. We found the bathroom in our room could do with some improvements. However, the petal roses on the towels make up for it!
We loved Essaouira, and the riad complemented a great trip. It is a pretty romantic place, and perfect for couples.

  • Stayed October 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Alsazia81
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Malta
2 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 17, 2010

The staff were wonderfully helpful, the breakfast was something that made you want to get out of bed each morning... If i had to return to Essaouira this is the place i would stay at again. Truly a relaxing place.

Thanks for all the help.
Paul & Ninia from Malta.

  • Stayed October 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank pattard89
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Greenwich, Connecticut
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48 reviews
18 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 6, 2010

This Riad is well located in beautiful Essaouira. The gracious owners offered us drinks and olives as they shared their fascinating wedding pictures with us. The staff is friendly and helpful. My only reservation is how comfortable the room would be in hot weather as I don't believe there is air conditioning or a fan and curtains must be drawn around the windows which open onto the courtyard to maintain privacy. The rooms and halls are decorated with excellent taste as one would decorate their own home.

  • Stayed September 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank CarenB4
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Tucson, Arizona
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46 reviews
16 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 3, 2010

Small, elegant riad, beautifully decorated. Owners waited our arrival to ask what we wanted for dinner and sent employee out to fullfill our requests, including getting shampoo. First greeted with tea served impecably, then invited later for a glass of kir, enjoyed talking with Herve and Hanane and sharing their photos. If our path takes us back to Essaouira, we will know where to stay!

  • Stayed September 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank femmegettingsage
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Property: Riad Dar Emotion
Address: 18 Rue Maleck Ben El Morahal, Essaouira 44000, Morocco
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Location: Morocco > Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region > Essaouira
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Beverage Selection Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Suites Airport Transportation
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Ranked #13 of 176 B&Bs / Inns in Essaouira
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Number of rooms: 5
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