We stayed at this riad at the end of July for 3 nights.
The Riad is located on the outer wall of the old town, and the rooms at the back have views of the ocean. I would say that the views are the only thing that make this riad particularly special. The View was GORGEOUS and it was lovely to leave the window open (don't have to worry about security as only spider man could scale that wall) and wake up the sounds of the waves.
The old city is fairly small so if you are staying within the old walled area, you can't be far from the actions, market, restaurants. This riad was a short walk to all these amenities so its location is great. We took the bus from Marrakesh and this riad wasn't too far of a walk from the bus stop. About 20 mins.
The lady who was working was pleasant and polite but not overly friendly. We were able to ask her questions in English and get information so the service was perfectly adequate. If you are the type though who likes to be fawned over and checked on, then this place is probably not what you want. We were left alone for the most part.
The room was VERY small. It just fit a bead and a small wardrobe. The bed was comfy enough and the decor was very plain and simple. It was perfectly comfortable but by no means plush or glamorous. The bathroom was fairly clean and up-to-date, with a shower, toilet and sink. Nicely decorated and the water was hot everyday except the last. I suspect that when lots of the rooms are occupied there are times when the hot water tank can't keep up. But since it is 40 degrees out in the summer, we didn't really mind too much.
There is a nice roof terrace with lovely views of the rooftops and the ocean. You will get some amazing photos from up there. Breakfast can be served on the roof, but we had to go looking for our host in order to get served which meant running down several flights of stairs. This riad is tall and narrow which means lots of stairs, so if you have mobility issues, this may not be the location for you.
The breakfast was the typical Moroccan fare. Strong coffee, orange juice, croissant or some type of bread, fruit salad and jam. A nice simple meal in a hot climate. But if you are looking for a big American style breakfast, you will have to go searching outside of your riad.
This riad also offered an option to order dinner. We never did, as there were lots of restaurants to try, but it's a nice option.
There is a small sitting area in the lobby with lots of brochures for local attractions and sites. There you will find a tv if you are in need of a news fix and happen to speak French or Arabic.
Overall this riad is a nice, simple, clean place to stay. We thought it was well priced, and you have the added bonus of having ocean views from the terrace or if you pay the extra, from your bedroom. You will be close to all amenities in the old walled city.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Dar Al Bahar Essaouira