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“Unique and lovely”
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Dar Azaouia
Ranked #3 of 21 Asilah B&B and Inns
Newark, New Jersey
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9 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Unique and lovely”
Reviewed 26 July 2014

My three nights at Dar Azaouia were truly a pleasure. Caroline is the warm and accommodating innkeeper of this charming 3-room riad which looks ancient, but was actually built by her - with love and authenticity - just a few years ago.
I stayed at the top of the house in a comfortable suite with a huge and wonderful bathtub and a limitless supply of hot water, a most comfortable bed and a private terrace.
Her hospitality was in evidence when I arrived, quite late and famished. She carried my heavy bag up 2 flights, then descended to the kitchen to fix me a snack of toast and housemade herbed cheese. So it was no surprise that her breakfasts were opulent and delicious.
Asilah is a safe and friendly waterfront town with just a handful of riads, so Dar Azaouia was an especially welcome surprise. Located just outside the gates of an unusually pristine, non- commercial medina, Dar Azaouia offers an intimate, perfectly situated base from which to explore a special small beach town. Caroline is a gem and so is her little guesthouse.

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled solo
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10 Thank Sandra358
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Redding, California
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 222 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 July 2014

OK, my last review was of a budget, hostel type place. This is a full fledged, full service Riad, and it was wonderful. As I said in my last review, how can they both be five of five? It is all relative.
We had the rooftop terrace room, and paid €90 a night, and expected good service and a nice room.
We got more.
The photos on the Dar Azaouia web site do not do justice to the room. It is so much more beautiful than the photos show, with a large, stained glass window, double stained glass doors, and two sets of stained glass windows in the bathroom. The room is so tastefully done, and it is the attention to detail that gets you: the log above the "swimming pool" of a bathtub, the scorpion drain cover, the maid drain cover, the lights which all cast such great shadow patterns.
She has an actual, honest to goodness wine list with Moroccan and Portuguese and Spanish wines (thank Allah - especially during Ramadan!) at an honest price. If you get the terrace room, imagine sitting on your own little terrace, in the shade, in the heat of the afternoon drinking an iced bottle of white wine from Portugal.
The room was very big, so beautiful. We had two extra plugs to charge things. Great WiFi, even outside. It was clean. The bathroom was really big, the bath had candles, incense, some kind of clay for a mud facial, and bath salts. The shower was good and strong.
Great views, nice cool rooms to hang out in, and the breakfast was different each day and tasted great. Good coffee, and she had no trouble leaving some for me in a carafe for the early morning.
We got a great recommendation for a non-moroccan place to eat as well, La Pearle.
If you get dropped off by a petite taxi, pay attention to this part:
You will be mobbed by "helpers" when you get out of the taxi, who will lead you astray even if you swear at them and yell. They will tell you this place is closed, take you to a "friends" riad, collect your cash... You get the idea. So here is how you do it exactly. Just do these easy steps and it will help:
Get out at the Bab El Homar gate. With the gate and wall on your right side, walk up the street (next to the wall) for one block. There is a very faded sign hanging off the building at the corner, there are green tents of a cafe on your right side. Turn left here. Go one block, turn right. Start walking, about three doors up on the right side you will see the sign for Dar Azaoula. It might look closed, with an iron gate and no way to ring. Just stick your hand through and knock on the wood door.
We would stay here again.

Room Tip: Roof top terrace room, but we looked in all the rooms and there is not a bad one among them.
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  • Stayed July 2014, travelled as a couple
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7 Thank LaVidaBuono
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Reviewed 6 July 2014 via mobile

If you don't know what a Riad is, it is similar to an European bed and breakfast. This one in particular was beautifully decorated, with upmost attention to detail from bath salts in a 2 person tub that felt like a swimming pool, to candles everywhere, to crystal wine glasses to enjoy wonderful Moroccan wine.. not to mention that the terrace is amazingly decorated with lounge like sofas and music of your choice. As per the room, for 2 people, I recommend the suite, very clean, comfortable bed, the tub is perfect for a romantic bath with wine and candles, it also has 2 shower heads...the door opens to the terrace where there are tables and sofas. The breakfast was very authentic with homemade products i.e. Yoghurt, herb infused cheese, olive oil, jams to complement a traditional Morocan breakfast. After that you can enjoy a nap/sunbath at the terrace on the sofas. As per the service, it was spot on, we brought take out to enjoy it at the terrace and it was heated and presented beautifully for us. The day of our departure, they were in no hurry to check us out..I strongly recommend this Riad, it was perfect for us.. however make sure you understand what a Riad is, so you are not surprised by the surroundings.

  • Stayed July 2014
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6 Thank AstridSM
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Rabat, Morocco
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8 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 May 2014

Despite Dar Azaouia is for its location (just outside the medina) and for other aspects (nice terrace and quite good taste furniture), it needs important refurbishment (especially bathrooms, that are esthetically good looking but totally user unfriendly. The last time I stayed there I discovered the guests are locked in and nobody answers the phone or comes to open the door until breakfast time: it was rather shocking to me that guests were not provided their key to open the main door, or that somebody was not available 24/24h to open it.
I experienced an asthma crisis due to acarids in the not freshly dry-cleaned duvet. The owner really needs professional help to run this activity. Breakfast is good though, and the availability of a choice of wines is an asset. Breakfast and dinner need to be ordered in advance.

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled with friends
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1 Thank Olgakis
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Nelson, New Zealand
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 March 2014

Best B&B in Asilah! Cosy atmosphere, beautiful decor and rooms that cannot be faulted. The town itself was an adventure of its own with a charm that leaves you wanting more! We had the most wonderful week at this place and am already looking forward to our next trip there. The food was fantastic and the market shops where out of this world we all came home with suitcases full of beautiful artsy jewelry and all sorts of treasures. Starting each day with a gorgeous fresh breakfast and a walk on a stunning quiet beach. Enjoyed the tapas with Portugese and Moroccan wine at night on the rooftop. Great service from the charming owners!

Room Tip: The suite on the terrace is the best and very romantic with chimney.
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  • Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
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4 Thank Laura F
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Haarby, Denmark
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 January 2014

Asilah is a peaceful town with very laidback citizens and so is this charming guesthouse. After a 4-night stay with our family, we are convinced this was a very good choice. All day long we had thee-service and very pleasant people welcoming us. The rooms are all different and romantic with an abundance of wood for the chimneys. Every morning, a stunning breakfast was laid out and the cosy dining room enchanted by books and music made us stay sometimes far too long inside this place. We hope to be back in the summer, this guesthouse must be great to enjoy the terrasses in the hot weather. Thanks to Caroline and Mustapha our family reunion in Asilah was a succes!! Very pleasant hosts with lots of good advises for adventurous travelers.

Room Tip: There's good wifi in the rooms.
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  • Stayed December 2013, travelled with family
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15 Thank Alice D
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Lille
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5 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 January 2014

I was at this hotel over the Christmas holidays, travelling with friends. Upon arrival around 9am, we were greeted by a very nice woman who was ready to help with cases etc. All the charm was there until we climbed the stairs - me to my room and my friends up to their's on the roof. I had forgotten how freezing these countries can be at this time of the year but the room was like stepping out of an igloo into the freezing ice and snow. A radiator was brought to the room and put onto medium heat - when I put it onto high, it blew all fuses in the Hotel. To boot, there was no hot water. A fire was light the same evening but with wood that burnt so fast, there was no more after an hour. The following evening another fire was lit by the owner's companion and I was told I to switch off the radiator. "No Way" I replied as the room was still freezing. No hot water and cold rooms turn me off very quickly. The owner, Caroline, was pleasant but we only saw her briefly for breakfast the second day. Considering it was obvious we were not happy with the conditions, it might have been a nice idea if she had made an appearance on our last day instead of us "begging" for a price reduction. The photos on Internet certainly over rate this Ryad which if a little more effort was made and full comfort assured, it would be a lovely place to stay especially as it is ideally situated.

Room Tip: The suite where my friends were on the roof top is certainly the nicest.
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  • Stayed December 2013, travelled with friends
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Thank Catherine K
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Property: Dar Azaouia
Address: Nr 18 Street 6 | Quartier Moulay Idriss, Asilah 90050, Morocco
Region: Morocco > Tangier-Tetouan Region > Asilah
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 21 B&Bs / Inns in Asilah
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 4
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Dar Azaouia is a charming relaxing house with a quality service and plenty of private space and lounge for hanging out. A meeting point for curious dwellers who are wanting to discover the secrets of Morocco. We are sensible to all our customers' needs and wishes and provide the best soul food, always prepared with care and taste. Breakfasts are served at any time our guests prefer and there's choice in teas, pastries and breads, dates, honey, homemade jams and herb cheeses, arganoil, eggs, fresh fruit and smoothies. The house is at 5 min. from the beaches and has a free parking in front and easy access with a car. You can enjoy your own music and we offer fast wifi. We have 4 rooms, 1 suite with queensize and 3 rooms with triple beds. Each room has his private bathroom with toilet and hot water showers and working chimneys. In summer we serve on the covered terraces. There's view on the sea with a marvelous sunset. A hot Saharaoui-tea and a water pipe with another traveler's story... Welcome to discover. ... more   less 

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