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“A gem in the heart of the medina”
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Courtyard and fountain
Detail of fountain
Grand Salon lounge area
Grand salon library
Dining Salon with Madam Couscous
Meal cooked by Aicha
Ground floor shower room (we now provide linen & cotton hamman-style towels)
Red room - king-size bed
The White Room - king-size bed
The Indian Room - double bed
First floor bathroom
(we now provide linen & cotton hamman-style towels)
First floor shower room
(we now provide linen & cotton hamman-style towels)
The Blue Room - twin beds
Ground floor study / bedroom 5 - double bed
Breakfast on the Terrace
Essaouira Medina - looking towards the horloge
Essaouira port fishing boats
Essaouira beach at sunset
Essaouira port at sunset
Essaouira fish market
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Riad -
5 Bedrooms, 3 Bathrooms, Sleeps 10
Essaouira, Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region

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blakehous...
Level 3 Contributor
10 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“A gem in the heart of the medina”
Reviewed September 21, 2017 for a stay in September 2017

It's hard to find the words to describe this incredible place. The riad is situated in the perfect location to explore the medina, port and beach.
Dar Leila is beautiful, comfortable and classy. Everything we could have needed was there, we loved having a spacious and well equipped kitchen so we could take the opportunity to cook with the fantastic local produce including freshly caught fish.

On this occasion there were just the two of us but in the future I can see no better place for a family party. It was wonderful having Aicha and Abdaul there as it gave us a spotlessly clean house, tasty breakfast on the roof terrace as well as a wealth of local information.

Thank you so much for giving us the opportunity to stay in such a unique and beautiful place.

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ZM2011
London, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
226 reviews
79 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 634 helpful votes
“Dar Leila is a great option for experiencing private Riad living in the heart of Essaouira”
Reviewed February 13, 2016 for a stay in February 2016

My wife l booked Dar Leila for just the two of us and enjoyed the experience so much that we would happily book it again for our next trip to Essaouira.

Hassle free booking, good value, great location in the heart of the medina, peaceful, clean, comfortable accommodation, spacious private terrace and excellent service from Aicha and Abdaul combined with warm sunny weather made it one of our best trips to Morocco.

Thank you David, Emma, Tilly, Abdaul and Aicha.

Traveling group: Spouse/Partner
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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299jillk
Sittingbourne, United Kingdom
Level 2 Contributor
7 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“A wonderful holiday set amidst a medina but close to a beach”
Reviewed August 12, 2015 for a stay in July 2015
1
person found this review helpful

We all enjoyed your wonderful home in Essaouira. We were a party of 8, including two twenty year old lads and two teenage girls. We had expected it to be good but it far outweighed our high expectations. Aicha and Andaul are so welcoming and so helpful. I shall miss their warmth and their wonderful hospitality.

Everything went to plan for the full 12 days of our stay. Flights, transfers, quad biking, henna, hamman, camel riding, shopping, eating out.....superb! Luton to Essaouira was so trouble free. The sights and sounds of the medina will keep me smiling for a very long time. Loved Villa Maroc - great value for money at 25MDS per person for a day around a stylish pool with travel and lunch included.

So thank you for renting out this special hidden gem. We will undoubtedly want to return.

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Liked best: The peace of the Dar set against the hustle and bustle of the medina. Not forgetting Cecil the Cameleon on the roof terrace!
Traveling group: Extended Family
Your age range 50-64
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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carienjan...
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
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“Dar Leila”
Reviewed January 21, 2015 for a stay in January 2015

We had a wonderful stay at Dar Leila with out 5 children in the age of 22 tot 28 years old.
The house was wonderful, we loved the cosy atmosphere, the fire places , the bedrooms and the sunny roof terrace where we had breakfast each morning. The location was great, in the middle of the medina, we really felt locals. Abdul and Aisha were great, they gave us lots of local information and assisted with reservations for taxis', the hammam etc. They also made a delicious dinner (tagine ofcourse!) 2 evenings. In the house there is a great book with local information, very much appreciated.
We can recommend this house to everybody!
Carien Janssen from Holland

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Liked best: the atmosphere and location
Liked least: kitchen a bit old but that didn't matter
Traveling group: Extended Family
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Eimear M
London, United Kingdom
1 review
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“A genuine riad beautifully located in the heart of Essaouira”
Reviewed May 11, 2014 for a stay in May 2014
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person found this review helpful

We were very impressed by this beautifully decorated riad situated in the heart of Essaouira and very close to the beach. Spacious, homely and quiet, this was a perfect base from which to explore the city. The roof terrace is a perfect spot for dining out and resting in the sun. We were greeted by the wonderful caretakers - Abdaul and Aicha - who were warm, friendly and hugely helpful. The owner's welcome package was exhaustive and gave great tips and recommendations on things to do, places to eat etc... I would definitely stay here again. I strikes me as an ideal place for families or a large group of friends who want to stay in a congenial place together.

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Traveling group: Friends
Your age range 35-49
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Bournemouth, United Kingdom
Reviewed April 20, 2014 for a stay in April 2014
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Liked best: Location and hospitality
Traveling group: Large Group
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Kateinmar...
Marlow, United Kingdom
Level 1 Contributor
4 reviews
3 hotel reviews
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“Lovely riad”
Reviewed March 1, 2014 for a stay in February 2014

Excellent, refurbished riad. Good Location in the medina. Plenty of space. Lovely roof terrace. Great service, particularly the daily clean and bed making. What a treat, particularly with children! We'll return!

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