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Dar Ness
Ranked #30 of 175 Essaouira B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Berlin, Germany
1 review
“We shall come back at any time”
Reviewed 16 February 2013

Very well restored Riad, rooms furnished with great taste and very clean, each of the rooms has its own atmoshphere and colours, with all necessary confort (without TV thank god). Breakfast on the terrace is wonderful. Located inside the Medina, but calm and very close to port (seafood from the grill) and beach, and just next to Café de France and Gelateria where to have wonderful capuccino in the afternoon.
Many many thanks for the warm welcome of the owner couple Elisabeth and James and their staff, esp. Leila and Ali, who all made our stay unforgettable while fulfilling all our special wishes (including a dinner party for 17 people) with friendlyness and high competence.
For those who are not used to the slight sound of a bell tower at night or the muezzin at sunrise: You cannot escape from it in Essaouira, so just get along with it. You will like it.

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  • Stayed February 2013, travelled with friends
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Warsaw, Poland
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Reviewed 23 January 2013

Spent two weeks in Morocco at Christmas and ended the holiday at Dar Ness. What a great finish! The staff were helpful and friendly. The night manager recommended some great restaurants for dinner and made the best mint tea in town when we got home in the evening. Was so nice to sit around a nice warm fire at night and read when we weren't exploring town.
The rooms were spacious and the whole property was lovely. Beautiful sunny rooftop for breakfast (if you aren't afraid of the seagulls!)

  • Stayed December 2012, travelled with friends
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Rabat, Morocco
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Reviewed 6 January 2013

I spent 2 nights in this hotel with my wife and daughter. the hotel is not very comfortable but it is lovely and quiet. it is well located in the medina of Essaouira near the port and the place hassan 2 where you can attend activities during the festival but at the same time, it is far from the noise of the place. there is a parking at 100 m (2 € for 24 hours). The hotel is an old traditional house, decorated in a traditional way, the team is very friendly and welcoming. Food is 100% natural. only concern, no wifi in the rooms but you can log into the courtyard and lounge.

  • Stayed January 2013, travelled with family
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Westbury, Wiltshire. U K
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Reviewed 24 August 2012

We travelled to Essaouira from Marrakech for a change of scenery and cooler temperature and stayed overnight at Dar Ness before returning to Marrakech the following afternoon. We found it easily in a very central location along a quiet street just off the Main Square and very close to the beach. Although not on the sea front, the sea can be seen from the roof terrace. The staff were very helpful during our brief stay. Our rooms were clean and comfortable. The main Mosque is very close so the 4 am prayer call is very very loud - perhaps ear plugs might muffle the sound a little or just go up on to the roof terrace and soak up the Moroccan atmosphere which is what it's all about really! Would recommend Dar Ness to other travellers.

  • Stayed August 2012, travelled with family
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Essaouira
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Reviewed 30 June 2012

I stayed in this hotel for three nights during the annual Gnawa festival. It was ideally situated, being close enough to the main stage to be agreeably lulled to sleep by the last concert of the night, but far enough away not to be bothered by crowds in the street outside the hotel. The staff are charming and helpful, my room spotlessly clean and roomy. Breakfast was good, and it was truly that cliché "a haven of peace" to return to when I had enough of being outside in the mêlée.

  • Stayed June 2012, travelled solo
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 30 May 2012

We chose this hotel just the day before we arrive and it became one of the best surprises in our trip. Although the people were a little more friendly than in the other riads we were, they were always pleased to help us with what we asked for. The only missing thing was the mint tea that in other places always offered us.
The room was amazing, absolutely clean, beautiful and incredible iluminated.... I think there was the only rrom we stayed at that had a big window and natural light.
We had breakfast at the roof of the riad, a fantastic experience, hearing the birds and enjoyning the sun, wonderful.
I will not hesitate to return to the same riad if I go again to Essaouira.

  • Stayed December 2011, travelled as a couple
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Vienna, Austria
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Reviewed 7 April 2010

Last week we arrived to Essaouira after 6 long hours of driving. I was tired, hungry, and had three secret wishes: to eat something good as soon as possible, find a nice riad, and find a good bookstore. Essaouira miraculously took care of all our wishes within one single hour: we parked twenty meters away from the small restaurants at the port that offered excellent fresh grilled fish (two large plates for 9 euro), the first store we ran into at the entrance to the medina was a fantastic little bookstore, and the girl in the bookstore pointed us in the direction of Riad Dar Ness, just across the street. The Riad then continued to surprise us with its cosiness, friendliness, reasonable price and fantastic location. We paid euro 67 for a very clean and comfortable double room with breakfast. It also served as the perfect starting point to explore the medina. Our only sorrow was that we only had one day to spend there - can not wait to return.

  • Stayed March 2010, travelled as a couple
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Property: Dar Ness
Address: 1 Rue Khalib Ben Walid | Medina, Essaouira 44000, Morocco
Region: Morocco > Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region > Essaouira
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Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Room Service Spa
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Ranked #30 of 175 B&Bs / Inns in Essaouira
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:2 star — Dar Ness 2*
Number of rooms: 9
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