We chose this guesthouse because of it's location right up against the medina walls. And the views both from the terrace and from our sea-side suite were genuinely fantastic. Unfortunately however, Dar Al Bahar is located in an extremely dodgy part of town. The guidebooks do generaly warn that Essaouira does have some drug problems and that the north-east end of the medina specificaly is very seedy and run-down. This area seems to extend right up to Dar Al Bahar. Consequently, we did not feel at all safe in the surrounding alleyways after dark, despite the fact that we have lived in riad-style accomodation in many cities in several countries before. The rooms are well-kept and the staff are very friendly but we would find it very hard to recomend this place because of the nasty neighbourhood.
- 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