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Dar Al Bahar
Ranked #32 of 74 Hotels in Essaouira
Certificate of Excellence
London, United Kingdom
Level 1 Contributor
4 reviews
3 hotel reviews
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“excellent”
Reviewed 16 February 2013

we stayed in a terrasse room waking up to sunshine and wave sounds. had our breakfast with the amazing sea view and we LOVED the place. Clean nad beatifulroom and theowners were very helpful and nice! Essouira is the greatest place and staying here getting out to the small streets of essouira with nice gnawa music in the shops and cafes was awesome.. we tought that we could just stay for months and dostuff..It is inspirational. you would like to live there and write abook or sth in that terrasse.

  • Stayed October 2012, travelled as a couple
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DarAlBahar, Owner at Dar Al Bahar, responded to this review, 18 February 2013
Thank you so much for this lovely review !
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Florence
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Reviewed 4 January 2013 via mobile

We arrived in Essaouira without a hotel and checked online for something comfortable yet reasonably priced. I called ahead and got the availability for two nights within our price range and the pictures online looked like an exceptional value . Unfortunately when we arrived it looked like little more than a glorified hostel. The terrace is the only saving grace of the establishment. The rooms without sea view at least are minuscule. there is no place to movr in the room. The bathroom is so small that even washing your hands backs you up against the door and our shower was broken in the first room. It doesn't take much investment to replace a shower head but ours looked like it hadn't been changed since they opened. The staff went through the motions of being polite but they were hardly warm, although they seemed much more friendly with the French guests, perhaps it was just a language barrier. We were moved after the first night and asked to pay more which we refused since at check in we asked for two nights. I found the place to be cold and with no heaters in the rooms made relaxing in the room difficult. All in all, I think for the price you can do much better somewhere else

  • Stayed January 2013
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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 1 December 2012

Worth the extra to have sea view, fantastic sea views sounds and smell from your room window. Very neat clean and simple. Staff helpful, not much English spoken but friendly and very willing. Loved roof top breakfasts, Essaouira is laid back and atmospheric.

  • Stayed November 2012, travelled as a couple
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Nizwa, Oman
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Reviewed 11 November 2012

Great comfortable rooms, lovely staff members. This riads makes you feel like you are at home... Has a lovely veiw of the sea and has the most incredible terrace. However it can get a little dark and dingy inside the riad, but that adds to the charm. I loved the two ladies who who were there at the Riad, very humble and lovely... Nice place in the quieter part of Medina, and close to the Skala...

  • Stayed June 2012, travelled with friends
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Cambridge
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Reviewed 8 August 2012

In a quieter corner of Essaouira, but your never far from anywhere given the size of the place. Rooms were excellent. We chose the most expensive on with a sea view but actually not worth it (the wind batters the windows so you cant really have them open). So pick cheaper rooms. Excellent breakfast - take it on the roof terrace.

  • Stayed August 2012, travelled with family
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Kent UK
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Reviewed 26 May 2012

We stayed here for one night in March and wished we could have stayed for longer. The staff were helpful and charming and we loved the atmosphere and the decor.

Breakfast on the terrace was complete heaven.

  • Stayed March 2012, travelled as a couple
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Vaassen, Gelderland, Netherlands
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Reviewed 30 March 2012

Dar Al Bahar is a nice Riad with 9 different rooms. The rooms are not luxury but good inculding the bed. Personell is very kind, helpfull en friendly.

  • Stayed March 2012, travelled as a couple
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Property: Dar Al Bahar
Address: 1 Rue de Touahen, Essaouira 44000, Morocco
Region: Morocco > Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region > Essaouira
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites
Hotel Style:
#17 On the Beach Hotel in Essaouira
#20 Romantic Hotel in Essaouira
#22 Family Hotel in Essaouira
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3 star — Dar Al Bahar 3*
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Dar Al Bahar is certainly the name it deserves: the house by the sea.Built on the ramparts of the city of Essaouira in the "San Dion" area, she faces the ocean and its trade winds. From the terrace the view is one of constant movement, winds breaking against the rocks of the coast, offering an amazing spectacle. From there, you can also enjoy the panoramic view over the medina with its northern fort of the ancient Scala and the Mellah (the former Jewish quarter). In the distance, you can see the sand dunes, which actually touch the northern outskirts of the city. Jean-Claude and Lise, a french-dutch couple, have completely renovated this house which was built at the turn of the last century. At that time, this part of Essaouira was much more animated thanks to the presence of an authentic windmill which formerly provided flour for the city and the back country. At this place, a new hotel has been built but the street name remained: Touahen, which means ‘mill’ in Arabic.Today, the peacefulness of this place is only disturbed by breaking waves and shrieking seagulls.During October 13-17, 2012, the town of Essaouira witnessed the filming of parts of the third season of "Game of Thrones", the popular medieval fantasy series. On October 15, some of the scenes were filmed on our street and near Dar Al Bahar, both almost magically transformed in a medieval set by the crafty crew, some of them also being our guests in the hotel. For the current and future fans of the series, we share some of our photos of the stars, extras and set, and, for those wishing to experience the "Game of Thrones" atmosphere, we look forward to having them of our guests.You will certainly have a pleasant stay in Dar Al Bahar ! ... more   less 
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