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Dar Liouba
Ranked #14 of 176 Essaouira B&B and Inns
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Herndon, Virginia
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26 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Fun and relaxing with a French touch!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 August 2014

We traveled to Essaouria from Marrakech via hired car. This Riad is in the walled Medina, which is a walking area only. We entered the Medina from the main parking lot, which is opposite from the water. Take the third right, then the first right, then the second right. Sounds daunting, but a porter quickly loaded our luggage onto a handcart from the taxi -- he knew where to go, but if this happens to you, be prepared with change for tipping him (perhaps 10-20 DH). You'll quickly learn your way around, even if you aren't a born Magellan.

The inside is wonderfully appointed in Euro-Moroccan chic. The proprietress is French, as is some of the staff. Natalie, in particular, was very helpful. She got us settled, oriented us to the Medina (pretty much a compass-direction grid), and she recommended restaurants and made reservations. One of us had a stomach virus, and she wrote down the name and address of the "pharmacie de garde" (on-duty pharmacy) in the area, where we got meds. The staff speaks English and is eager to make one's stay a delight.

You should know the rooms have fairly thin walls here, so sounds do carry. The Riad is a quiet area, generally, but the sound of kids' shouts and the crows of local roosters were something one has to accept. Another consideration is that the rooms are several flights of steep stairs away; hold onto handrails, as the quaint steps are individually crafted and may be a bit deceptive if you are not mindful of your footing. The upper terrace is equipped for sunbathing and for getting away from it all.

The Riad had great wifi and the staff offered a generous breakfast every day. This charming hotel is very centrally located and will delight, as long as you don't mind stairs and can appreciate a bit of neighborhood sounds.

  • Stayed August 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Gran Canaria, Spain
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30 reviews
6 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 August 2014

I travelled to Essaouira with my girlfriend, we got to the central bus station and it was a total caos getting to the city center, once there a man asked us what were we looking for, so we told him the street where Dar Liouba is and he took us there, for free. Entering this Dar was like getting into a different world, the atmosphere was perfect. They, of course, offered us tea and took us afterwards to our room.

The room was just exactly how the photos showed, a bit small, but very comfortable. Very clean room and bathroom. When having a shower all the water will go out and leave all the bathroom's floor wet. Perfect wifi connection at the room.

In the morning we had breakfast at the roof of the dar, with some perfect views of Essaouira. It had a great variety.

I would really recommend this dar to everybody. It's not specially cheap, but a totally correct quality-price relation.

  • Stayed August 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Nestor T
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
2 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 August 2014

Our stay at Dar Liouba has been excellent. The owners are such nice people and they do their best to fulfill al your wishes. Upon arrival, we were welcomed with tea and information about the city. Our room was spacious, very clean, light and had a nice bed. The lobby is also decorated beautifully and feels very "homesy". Breakfast can be served downstairs or on the rooftop terace and is super tasty, fresh and different everyday. Furthermore, the location of the riad is perfect: very close to the restaurants and shops of Essaouira, but far enough to be very quiet. So to summarize: when you are in Essaouira, make sure to stay at Dar Liouba. You will not get a better deal, for sure!

  • Stayed July 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Hildevandenhoven
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 August 2014

Location: Perfectly centred in the medina, it's a good compromise between being close to the beach (5 minute walk if you take the right route) and the 2 main streets in Essaouira. The Riad is situated perfectly so that it feels cut off from the noise and hub bub of the medina, yet not enough so that you feel isolated.

Service: The service at Dar Liouba is brilliant. Patricia (the owner of Dar Liouba) is on hand every morning with a warm smile. She sits down with you and tells you some places to go (though I preferred finding other places on tripadvisor) and more importantly where not to go. The staff are wonderful; friendly, warm and some are crazy fun (Youssef the chef). The rooms are all beautifully cleaned for you everyday and breakfast is served in the beautiful terrace by the tireless and friendly workers.

Accommodation: We stayed in the ocean room, which was light, airy and tastefully decorated. It had an ensuite, like all the rooms I believe, and had a welcoming bottle of water which was a great touch (not that it's as humid as Marrakesh). We preferred to pay a bit extra for a room with a window. The building itself is a beautiful spiral leading up to the panaromic terrace. At the base is the splendid reception area as seen in the photos. It's a great building.

I cannot reccomend this accommodation enough. Thank you for a lovely stay!

  • Stayed July 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Chriso E
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Connecticut
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55 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 July 2014

Dar Liouba is conveniently located near the center of the Medina. It is a wonderful cozy place to escape to pace of the medina. The owners work incredibly hard to ensure your comfort and enjoyment. The rooms are beautifully appointed. The lobby is cozy. And, the food is amazing thanks to Chef Youssef and the kitchen staff.

  • Stayed July 2014, travelled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank scratchford
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Trondheim, Norway
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43 reviews
14 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 July 2014

Upon arrival, we were presented with maps and brochures with information about the city, and suggestions as to what to do and what to see, including how to get to the various places. The staff was very helpful, chatty and eager to make our stay there as good as possible. This made me feel very at home in the riad.
Breakfast is nice, some bread, jam, coffee or tea, various desserts and so on. Having the breakfast on the roof top terrace is wonderful, just tell them you want to eat there and they'll bring up your food for you.
Our room had no window, except for in the bathroom. Rooms without windows cost a little less. The rooms are well ventilated anyway, so the lack of windows isn't really a big deal. The room was very clean, and was cleaned every day. Would definitely come back here!

  • Stayed July 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank lisehanssen
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London, United Kingdom
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 July 2014

Lovely place and warm hospitality
Beautifully decorated rooms, very helpful staff
Very nice terrace with great views over medina to enjoy nicely cooked breakfast
Will stay again and will definitely recommend to friends

  • Stayed July 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank Tania12435
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Additional Information about Dar Liouba

Property: Dar Liouba
Address: 26/28 Impasse Moulay Ismail, Essaouira 44000, Morocco
Region: Morocco > Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region > Essaouira
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #14 of 176 B&Bs / Inns in Essaouira
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:4 star — Dar Liouba 4*
Number of rooms: 8
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Dar Liouba is much more than a charming guesthouse, it is a place where you will feel at home. A house where conviviality, enchantment and an atmosphere of relaxation reign.The general atmosphere is laid back and cheerful, with a bright architecture.A pergola rises three floors from the interior courtyard of this former Imam’s house, culminating in an octagonal skylight. This intriguing structure provides each bedroom with a charming cedarwood balcony, hand carved by local craftsmen, overflowing with flowers, from which you look down into a small internal garden that is a specific feature of these town houses. ... more   less 
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