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Dar Maya
Ranked #4 of 76 Hotels in Essaouira
Certificate of Excellence
Paris, France
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10 reviews
4 hotel reviews
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“Home!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 9, 2013

A beautifully decorated modern "dar" run by Gareth who certainly knows how to make one feel at home with his lovely dogs, Eddy and Nini!
The rooms and bathrooms are spacious, tastefully decorated with all the top notch amendities and in general the whole home is spotless clean.
The terrace with its dip pool is lovely even though there could be with a few more daybeds!
The staff are extremely kind and helpful, nothing was a problem (makes a change), thank you all for making our stay so easy.
Perfectly situated in a quiet area of the medina and very easy to get around, in general Essaouira is a very chilled out place, a must if visiting Morocoo.
We shall definately return, hopefully soon!!

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 2, 2013

Thank you for your warm and kind hospitality, we had a lovely time over there. Room and bathroom are very comfortable and luxurious. Having breakfast on the roof top in the morning watching the skyline is amazing. Staff is very courteous and happy to make your stay joyful.
I would recommend it to anyone, especially for couples like us who wanted to visit Essaouira.
Thank you!
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Sydney
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 1, 2013

The other reviews are right. The place is a haven. Beautifully designed. A shame we only stayed for a night. The room we had was an oasis. My only comment is that, with the beautiful and though-through design perhaps a bidet would have also been a great addition... But that is just a quirk of mine!

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank GeorgeParam
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Brussels, Belgium
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 21, 2013

I don't think I can say much more than other people have already done. This riad is gorgeous, a mix of traditional and modern, impeccably clean and the service is top-notch. Staff extremly helpful, lovely breakfast, nicely positioned in the old town, with a very private terrase on top and even small swimming pool. Took advantage of lovely hammam inside the riad followed by a massage in the room. Heaven!

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Natalina74
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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 19, 2013

Stayed here with my girlfriend in August for a few days.
- The place feel like one of those modern living magazine covers, lots of attention to detail, very homely
- Great location, generally easy to find in a town where it is easy to get lost
- Bedroom and bathroom were great (no TV mind you for those who care about that sort of thing but we didn't)
- Staff went out of their way to help us

Only tip would be to adjust the rooftop Jacuzzi somehow so that the ocean can be seen when sat in it.

Would definitely be where I would stay were I to go back again.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank BB343432
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Bordeaux, France
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 19, 2013

I staid one week in Dar Maya, in august.We were a group of friends and we rent all the riad. We loved everything: the dar's location in the middle of the medina, we loved the architecture and the decoration, and we really appreciate the kindness of the staff and the help and suggestions from Gareth, the owner of the riad. Abdel is a perfect cook, and we appreciated to have diner at the riad after a day full of activities ! And breakfast are just perfect ! I would like to add that the small swimming pool on the terrace is a plus additional.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank chroniquetrip
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Sydney, Australia
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58 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 10, 2013

Overall I had a fantastic stay at this lovely Riad. The positive reviews below reflect my experiences of what is a great place to stay in the lovely port town of Essaouira.

This small hotel, while traditional in design, is new from the ground up and shows the care, style and attention of the owner/builder. I stayed not long after it was completed, and there were a few minor issues as the last finishing touches were made. I would safely assume that by now the hotel is complete and running like clockwork.

The rooms are large and comfortable with plenty of natural light from the inner courtyard. I stayed in the 2 of the rooms, and both were fantastic with their clean no fuss modern design. The included breakfast on the roof terrace was a great way to start the day.

Despite being in a fantastic central location, the hotel is very quiet and you can hear the ocean on a calm night. All the major sites are an easy walk from the front door. The staff are very keen to help, and while I was there made some fantastic food recommendations.

Fresh flowers, decent wifi, plenty of power plugs and nice soft towels demonstrated the good attention to detail.

Room Tip: You can check out the 5 rooms on the hotel web site. The top rooms have the best natural light.
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Property: Dar Maya
Address: 33 Rue Oujda, 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 #4 of 76 Hotels in Essaouira
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Dar Maya is a luxury boutique hotel, offering five rooms, a spa and rooftop hot tub in a chic, tranquil riad in the heart of Essaouira's historic medina. Having successfully blended a mix of understated Moroccan and contemporary European styles, Dar Maya oozes elegance, subtlety and intimacy. Our aim is to make your stay at Dar Maya as enjoyable as possible, and we offer an impeccable level of service that only a small luxury hotel can provide.With stunning ocean views from the terrace, the hotel is a few minutes walk to all the main attractions and amenities including the bustling cafes and restaurants, souks, port and beach. ... more   less 
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