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RIad Dar El Paco
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Reviewed 19 August 2013

We are a young couple and stayed here for a week in june. We can't fault it in any way - the location is an ideal central base for exploring essaouira, the rooms were clean cool and comfortable, and the breakfasts were basic but filling and tasty. The best part of the experience, though, was Kitchou - an absolute gentleman, so polite and full of good advice - make sure you take his tip to eat at Chez Yassine, delicious. Excellent value for money too.

  • Stayed: June 2013
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darelpacoessaouira, Gérant at RIad Dar El Paco, responded to this reviewResponded 2 January 2014

Thank you for the comments on our riad
Our goal is to satisfy you /
Paco

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Reviewed 28 July 2013

We booked here 4 months in advance and were supposed to stay here for the first two nights of our Moroccan holiday.. I emailed the Dar to confirm our booking 4 weeks before we arrived and got no reply. I emailed again 2 weeks later and finally got a reply and was sent a map giving us basic directions.

We arrived in Essaouira and found the Dar reasonably easy and were greeted by a friendly young guy called Faisal who said he was managing the place whilst the owner was away. He told us we'd sit down and have some tea but we asked to go to our room so we could dump our bags and freshen up (it was a long journey from Australia) - but we were told to wait until we had some tea and did some paperwork... okay no problem we didn't want to offend.

We sat had tea, did some paperwork and then Faisal drew us a map of Essaouira and gave us an overview of the town which was helpful.. it was at this stage that he decided to tell us that our room had been double booked! And unfortunately we missed out - NOT the sort of thing you want to happen on your first night when you have traveled 20 hours and made the booking 4 months in advance.

He said it was something that happened regularly with booking. com - however we've never had this ever happen to us before using the website (and didn't have any other double bookings during our 3 weeks in Morocco).

Faisal was nice enough about the whole thing and said he would take us to another hotel for the night and then we could come back and stay at Dar El Paco for our second night (as another room would become available).

The nearby hotel was decent and we didn't really like the idea of having to move hotels the next day so we told Faisal we'd just stay there for the 2 nights which he was fine with.

To be honest I was too tired to really care at this stage but afterwards I realised how ridiculous this whole situation was because we had booked AND confirmed so far in advance and there was NO mention of any double bookings when we had clearly been in contact only 2 weeks before to check! This is NOT something that just happens and is either a sign of incompetence or dishonesty.

We were told by Faisal that the other hotel was the same price but it turned out to be more expensive.. wasn't a big problem but still something that shouldn't have been our problem.

To add insult to injury, we were contacted by booking . com a couple of weeks later to tell us that we hadn't showed up and had to pay a no show fee! I disputed the claim and didn't have to pay it after we told them our story.

Room Tip: the rooms might be nice but there's no point if your room is double booked!
  • Stayed: May 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 3 July 2013

Since many years I`am traveling through Morocco and Essaouira is my favourite town - Magic Souira makes me feel at home.

I stayed 6 nights,as a single woman,during the Worldmusic-Festival(my 7th edition) in the lovely,small Dar El Paco and was very satisfied.
While the weather this time was extremely windy and cold,outside the crowds were moving,I felt very cosy,save and like in a heaven of peace,so calm it was. Be sure I can compete it.

The location is great,only a few minutes to the stage of Moulay Hassan and the monuments,the beach and everything.Really great value for the money.
The friendly host Kitchou,while the owners stayed in France,was very helpful,professional and speaks good english. We had nice talkings. In advance he sended a mail to fix up the arrival time,with a map and instructions to find the Riad in a easy way - for sure not necessary for me,but for sure very helpful for first visitors of the town - Top!

My room - IFRANE,near to the roof terrasse, was every day very good fixed up with much care from the maid. Hot water,not always running in the Medina of Essaouira and Morocco,was perfectly working.
Every room is different and nice furnished.
In the near,beside, is a mosque,what makes you feel even more in a town between Orient and Occident.No mater to me at all!

May be some small things could be better,nobody is totaly perfect....but look at the comfortable rates. About 25 Euros for a double room with breakfast - depending on the season.

The breakfast was good,but less variation.Different types of local jams,changing during the stay, or to serve sometimes fruits and yogurts will be nice. Little variations will make it perfect. To serve a welcome mint tea,usually in other houses,would be also a good idea. 2 sunbeds on the small roof terrasse,if the weather is allowing it,will bring me even more satifaction - just my subjective view!

I highly recommend it to other visitors of Essaouira - for sure I´am looking forward returning to Dar El Paco - Inch´Allah

Best regards to Kitchou and the team

Gabriele from Germany

  • Stayed: June 2013, travelled solo
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1  Thank ganga08
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Reviewed 28 June 2013

Great Riad in an amazing town! We took a Supratours bus (70 dirham per person) from Marrakech to Essaouira and booked on night in this Riad. The room was lovely, slightly smaller than in Riads we stayed previously but only needed a place to sleep, eat and take a shower. Our room didn't have an air conditioning but it was not needed at all as Essaouira has a lovely fresh breeze. The guy who was hosting (I believe it's the owners nephew) couldn't be more helpful. He gave us a map and answered all our questions. One thing which has scared me to death was imams prayer at night as the speaker is very close to Riad and we didn't know that.
Few things which might help:
1. If you are traveling by bus print a map with directions from the bus station to the Riad, it has helped us a lot to find the Riad quickly.
2. If you want to buy any souvenirs do it in Essaouira as the prices are much cheaper than in Agadir or Marrakech.
3. There are no fixed prices on a local bus station, even in kiosks, if you don't like the price just go away to another kiosk, there are plenty of them. Everyone will tell you that their buses are new and with air-con, this is not true at all.
4. Fish cafe is a 'must visit'! Amazing food and very crazy atmosphere. But beware everybody will demand a tip.

  • Stayed: June 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 27 June 2013

Location for the riad was great...right in the centre of the Medina however not difficult to locate, kitchou the host was amazing, helpful...let us stay another night on short notice, very attentive and friendly! The breakfast was great too! Would not hesitate in recommending this accommodation and would love to come back and stay again!

  • Stayed: June 2013, travelled with friends
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darelpacoessaouira, Gérant at RIad Dar El Paco, responded to this reviewResponded 29 June 2013

Hello,

Thank you very much for this comment that makes us really happy.
We was enchanted to meet you, and we hope to welcome you again in our Riad.

Kitchou.

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