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3rd Level Ocean Suite/Ocean View/Elevated Bed/Ensuite Bath/Fireplace
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ensuite Bath/ Ocean Suite/ level 3
3rd Level Ocean Suite/ensuite Bath/ocean view/elevated bed/fireplace
1st level luxury suite/ensuite bathroom
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Lounge/Cinema Room/Film and Music Library/Fireplace
Cinema Room/Film and Music Library/ Iounge /Fireplace
Restaurant Style Kitchen and Bar/Fireplace / seats 6 at the Bar and 6 at the Table
Restaurant Style Kitchen/Bar seats 6 at the bar/6 at the table/Fireplace/Terrace
Fresh Squeezed Orange Juice/Dar Evening Star
kitchen looking towards Ramparts ocean terrace
From the Third Level Ocean Terrace
4th Level Ocean Suite/Ocean View/Elevated Bed/Ensuite Bath/Fireplace
4th Level Ocean Suite/Ocean View/Elevated Bed/ensuite bath/Fireplace/Terrace
4th Level Ocean Suite/Ocean View/Elevated Bed/Ensuite Bath/Fireplace/Terrace
4th Level Ensuite Bathroom/ Bathtub/shower/Fireplace/Ocean Terrace
Spiral Leading to the Ocean Terrace
Ocean Terrace for Sunbathing /Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
Rampart Ocean Terrace  from The High Ocean Terrace w The Ocean crashing below
Hammam Dar Evening Star
View from the Ocean Terraces
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sculpture @ Dar Evening Star
Ocean View from The Kitchen Ramparts Terrace
Stairway in Black Tadelekht leading toward 4th level Ocean Suite
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Sea and Beach from The Ramparts Terrace
Dining  and relaxation from one of our Ocean terraces.
Ocean Views from every floor.
Spiral Stairs connecting terraces.
Barbecuing on our ramparts terrace.
Dining and sunbathing from our high Ocean Terrace
our ancient ramparts terrace.
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3 Bedrooms, 8 Bathrooms, Sleeps 8
Essaouira, Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region

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“Eclectic, lovingly restored house in the heart of Essaouira”
Reviewed 12 February 2017 for a stay in December 2016

Dar Evening Star was just perfect for our Christmas family reunion. Built into the remparts of Essaouira and lovingly and painstakingly restored by its owners, who literally did not leave a stone unturned, it could not have been better.

There are uninterrupted views of the sea from every upper storey window, terraces, and roof-top, and you could feel the waves pounding against the house. There was plenty of room for everybody to spread out across four floors and the kitchen/dining room was very well equipped so were able to cook and eat family meals together. A complimentary house-keeping service was also provided wshich was extremely helpful.

John and Chip, the hosts, take immense pride in the house and wanted to ensure that we lacked for nothing. They were on hand to help with restaurant reservations and anything else that we might have needed but were unobtrusive. We were treated like guests, rather than just “holiday renters” and their tremendous attention to detail and solicitousness meant we could really enjoy a family holiday to the full.

I cannot recommend Dar Evening Star highly enough and would have no hesitation in returning.

Your age range 65+
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Management Response
15 Feb 2017
Dear Catherine and Paul,
We are so grateful for your review but most of all for your visit..it was like a visit from old friends. The way you respected Dar Evening Star as well as supported all that we had planned for you, made it a joy to work with you.Your enthusiasm about the house as well as about Essaouira really encouraged us to provide all of the comforts,we hope! , that you needed..You are a lovely family,so educated and sophisticated..we so look forward to a time when you can join us here again....Thank you,so much,
John & Charles
Dar Evening Star
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Janet G
Los Angeles
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“The ONLY place to stay in Essaouira”
Reviewed 11 December 2016 for a stay in December 2016

I agonized over every reservation in Morocco, and particularly the one in Essaouira. I wanted a really dramatic view, in a clean, comfortable stylish setting. That's exactly what I got by choosing Dar Evening Star. The spacious house is decorated impeccably with such taste and style, color and imagination -- it's a teast for the eyes and senses. And the views are breathtaking! Every morning, I woke up unable to tear myself away from the windows -- such was the extreme and dramatic beauty of what was before me. It was such a treat! Definitely the absolute BEST view in the entire town. The house is well equipped with everything one might possibly need. Everything is clean and comfortable. There are plenty of towels, blankets, pillows -- everything. Water is provided. The hosts, John and Charles, were more than friendly and accommodating, guiding us through our entire stay so we ended up having the most delicious meals, visiting the best stores (WE requested it -- they did not force it upon us at all), and seeing the most wonderful sights. I was injured and they arranged to have me taken around the town in a chariot so that I didn't have to walk -- and THAT was priceless! I will always remember my glorious experience staying there!

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Liked best: The views!
Liked least: Nothing! It was all fantastic!
Travelling group: Friends
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
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Management Response
12 Dec 2016
Dear Janet!
We are waiting for your return ..when this time you are 100%.. Not that you lost an inch in enthusiasm ,energy and pioneer sprit..You are a wonderful person of impeccable taste with an amazing eye! We are really grateful that you took the time to to write this review but most of all that you've noticed the tender loving care that has gone into our unique ocean house..Thank you, dear Janet, please come again!! Xx John and Chip
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ZahidMalt...
London, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
263 reviews
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“5* Accommodation and 6* Service – Dar Evening Star is our new favourite place to stay in Morroco”
Reviewed 29 November 2016 for a stay in November 2016
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John and Charles are amazing hosts. Members of Les Clefs d’Or could learn from them about looking after guests and making them feel special.

Dar Evening Star is clearly a product of passion and great taste. It is more than a typical rental property in that it is a stylish and spacious home created by John and Charles which is equipped with high-end furnishings and filled with artefacts collected that please the senses.

Six of us just spent a memorable week enjoying the house and especially their warm hospitality. They happily took care of restaurant bookings, transfers etc and even visited the venues to brief the owners/chefs to ensure we had a great time. Their personal and professional attention exceeded our expectations.

We have already recommended them to family and friends and Dar Evening Star would be our first choice when we return to Essaouira.

Thank you John, Charles (and Henry) for your warmth and attention.

We are already looking forward to our next stay.

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Management Response
1 Dec 2016
Dear Malti and Zahid,
We were so grateful for your stay with us, your wonderful presence and wonderful friends and family...but most of all ..your enthusiasm and your appreciation for Dar Evening Star and all the fun we had organizing various activities for you....An ocean house, especially one that's literally in the ocean!! Is a challenge especially maintaining the highest of standards .It.is a real challenge!.and you've left us making us feel that we've succeeded in helping you to have a wonderful time here in Essaouira.. And that Dar Evening Star was comfortable for you...and we thank you for that!! Please return to us very soon..!! John, Charles & Henry
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Nassjo, Sweden
Reviewed 14 November 2016 for a stay in October 2016

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Liked best: The view and the interior
Liked least: we should have stayed longer
Travelling group: Teenagers
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway Families with young children
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Management Response
14 Nov 2016
Dear Mina,Magnus,Natalie and Melvyn,
Thank you so much for your wonderful review but most of all for staying with us at Dar Evening Star..You are our first Swedish family and it was so much fun sharing Moroccan art with you and walking the narrow lanes of our old medinas.Your appreciation and taste for Moroccan art and galleries was very exciting for me. Your respect and kind words about Dar Evening Star really made us happy..The unparalelled sea views and decor are a labour of love and your appreciation of all that we put into the house makes it all worth it for us!
Please return to us soon and stay longer this time!!
Gratefully,
John, Charles and Henry
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Ruth272
Chelmsford, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
36 reviews
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“Perfect!”
Reviewed 23 August 2016 for a stay in August 2016

Dar Evening Star really is a perfect place to stay. This is a wonderful house which has been beautifully restored with attention to detail which is second to none! It is clean, extremely comfortable and well fitted out with everything you might need. It is situated in a beautiful location overlooking the ocean and waking up to the sight and sound of the waves is unforgettable.
Booking was straight forward and John was very helpful giving lots of information prior to our arrival. We were met by John and Chip ( they had arranged transport), given a warm welcome, shown to the house, and helped with our luggage. The breads and cakes awaiting us were a lovely touch and gratefully received.
John's introductory tour was very helpful in orientating us to Essaouira. He showed us the best places to shop and to eat and took us to the bakery where we bought newly baked, still very hot bread. He then made reservations at restaurants of our choice..........we mainly went along with the guys' recommendations and had some delicious meals.
Essaouira is an interesting place with a very laid back feel to it and is definitely where you can experience Morocco culture in a very relaxed manner. It was rather windy when we were there and on some days quite misty. However this did not in any way lessen our enjoyment.
Thank you John And Chip for a memorable holiday (not forgetting Henry!!)

Travelling group: Friends
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Management Response
23 Aug 2016
Dear Ruth, Christine,Chris and Tony,
Thank you for your kind review and most of all for your stay with us. We really are so pleased that you were happy with Dar Evening Star..as you can tell so much attention goes into the house itself as well as making it your home away from home..we do hope that you will return and we can help you to discover new parts of Essaouira that are seldom seen. Please know, again, how grateful'we are for making our time with you a delight! Hopefully,,we will see you very soon..
Gratefull! Affectionately...John,Chip and Henry
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Dunstable, United Kingdom
Reviewed 21 August 2016 for a stay in August 2016

Travelling group: Teenagers
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Was this review helpful? Yes
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Management Response
22 Aug 2016
Dear Dave and Sue!
We were inspired by you! A truly devoted and lovely family..these days a rare find..treating each son as individuals with a voice..what a recipe for success in a family..please return to us..we will drop everything to accommodate you...thank you for your wonderful review..you are so kind..with affection and gratitude...John, Chip and Henry
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wookie-ta...
London
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“Beautiful house in a beautiful city”
Reviewed 25 July 2016 for a stay in March 2016

If like us you read through the reviews on TA before you book a place then those for Dar Evening Star might seem too good to be true. Especially the level of hospitality afforded by John and Chip. But having spent a week in their house and their company I can confirm its a great experience. The house is beautifully designed over a number of floors, stairs do feature so do factor that in. Set against the city wall you look out over the Atlantic which is very special. Being in the heart of the city is what this house is all about. Its down a side
alley which on first introduction doesn't seem to promise much at all but you open the unassuming door to the house and the contrast couldn't be greater. That's very much part of the experience.

Its hard to add to what already has been said by others, John arranged the car to pick us from the airport, even a buggy so we could wheel round our 6th month old baby, when we mentioned we missed a pool John promptly fixed up a day at a lovely villa in the countryside with one, intro tour of the city on our first day meant we could wonder around and not get lost, buy food and settle in so quickly. Restaurant recommendations, best places for a massage etc etc. You don't get this level of service, helpfulness and attention to detail in any hotel I've ever stayed in.

And Eassouria is lovely. A laid back, historic treat. Feels like you have discovered a bit of a hidden gem. Wondering around at 6.30am (baby didn't sleep so well) as the markets set up, fishermen explored their catch on the docks and people went about their daily lives was fascinating and my favorite part of our holiday. And we always felt completely safe and welcome.

You won't regret your choice if you pick this house and John and Chip will take very good care of you.

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Liked best: Hosts and location
Liked least: Stairs
Travelling group: Young Children
Your age range 35-49
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Management Response
26 Jul 2016
Dear Erin and Andrew,
Thank you so much for your very kind review..We can't tell you how much your words mean to us.It was very important to us that all three of you had the well needed vacation that you deserved.Our frustration was: you are very intetesting people,really educated,kind and intelligent! We had so little time with you to share our international experiences! What impressed me was your level of parenting.Your sweet Owen clearly felt safe and comfortable in our house but most of all with you,as his parents.You are true adventurers taking a newborn to Morocco but these experiences will shape him and change him! Thank you for your comments about our service and the house..for you we actually wanted to do more. But we will save that for the next time if you decide to visit us at Dar Evening Star! We are waiting for you! Gratefully..John & Chip
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