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33, rue Oujda, 44000 Essaouira, Morocco – Show map
Excellent location – rated 9.5/10! (score from 117 reviews)
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Children and Extra Beds
All children are welcome.
One child under 4 years stays free of charge when using existing beds.
One child under 2 years stays free of charge in a crib.
There is no capacity for extra beds in the room.
The maximum number of cribs in a room is 1.
Pets are not allowed.
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April 29, 2015
If someone doesn't like slight dog smell, the Dar Maya shouldn't be visited. Two dogs are always around in the lobby and obviously sometimes also in rooms.
ideally located, quite, very friendly service
April 20, 2015
The breakfast and the roof terrace
April 14, 2015
nothing, everything was great
Everything: beautifully decorated room, luxurious bed, big bathroom, very attentive staff and owner. Owner explained where to go sightseeing, recommended great dinner options and made all reservations for transfers, activities and dinners. We could just relax and enjoy the stay. Would very much recommend a stay at Dar Maya
April 7, 2015
Most of the staff members are not particularly friendly (and clean). We also found half a dozen of cockroaches.
The room is spacious and have a little balcony.
January 31, 2015
Nothing to dislike, and I am not easily pleased!
What an absolute treat turning up at the door of this Riad was. The location is very central and easy to get to with lovely restaurants and lots of great shops close by. Gareth and his team offer a very warm welcome along with two adorable little dogs who are eager to make you feel like part of the family straight away. The Riad itself looks like something out of a design magazine with every detail considered. The roof top terrace and jacuzzi is a lovely touch as is the outside bar which I can imagine is incredible in the heat of summer. The room we were in was very comfortable, again beautifully designed with lovely touches everywhere. I will absolutely be making a return visit and telling everyone making their way to Essaouira exactly where to stay. Thanks to the team for making our stay so comfortable.
January 26, 2015
Given the "excellent" reviews I would have expected everything to be perfect. Two things that we looked forward to very much didn't work that well: the hot tub on the roof was too cold to go into in the evening, and we had to wait for quite a while to get firewood and someone to light the fire which was not great as by then it had gotten quite late and a bit obsolete through the wait. These two issues were a bit disappointing, especially as we were looking forward to both and as they are definitely selling points of the riad. I would have expected that to work to be happy and satisfied re value/price. Otherwise pleasant, very comfy bed!! Oh and the bathtub was a bit dusty and dirty, which wasn't overly appealing.
Our 1night at DarMaya was pleasant: beautiful place, great location, very good breakfast, great view from the terrace and friendly staff.
January 25, 2015
Gareth and his staff provided the highest level of friendly helpful service. The accommodation was superb in a beautifully designer renovated riad. The breakfasts were full and delicious and served at our convenience. Nice sea view from the rooftop terrace. Highly recommended.
January 16, 2015
A beautifully decorated riad, perfect for someone who appreciates attention to detail. The staff is just super – very friendly and nothing was too much trouble for them. Paying that little bit extra for a suite warmly recommended: even though every room in this riad is undoubtedly nice we really enjoyed the Tignna suite located highest up in the building. Lot's of natural light and a lovely two-person bath tub.
January 13, 2015
Surprisingly expensive meal (nearly doubled our bill for a one night stay), bathroom a little dark which meant I had to find some candles from about the place to be able to see properly in there. One of the dogs bit me, not hard, but a definite nip, with absolutely no provocation, but I can't hold this against the hotel itself, dogs are dogs.
I think we were very lucky, the one night we stayed we appeared to be the only guests in the Riad! This meant our own private rooftop jacuzi, which was available to us all evening. We had a delicious meal on the terrace, and they even supplied wine glasses and a cooler for us. We stayed in the top floor suite, which I highly recommend. Neither of us had ever slept in such a huge bed before, nor with such comfortable bedding. The bathroom was fantastic! Huge circular bath which was very relaxing, if a little dark.
January 13, 2015
Nothing to dislike, other than having to leave!
Riad Dar Maya is one of the lovliest places we've stayed - partly because of the gorgeous decor (muted colours, spacious rooms & excellent facilities), but also because of the wonderfully helpful owner and staff. The Riad is really well located in the heart of the medina. Breakfasts are simple and delicious, the facilities are terrific (rooftop dining and jacuzzi, well stocked library and an in-house hamam). I loved the luxurious touches - fireplaces, heated towel rails, underfloor heating in bathrooms and suble lighting throughout. The house dogs, Eddy and Nini are a delight. Finally, Wifi worked perfectly and was free.
January 11, 2015
There was a nice bathtub but the water was not warm enough to actually have a bath. To have a shower it was sufficient but twice even the water was too cold to take a shower. The worst aspect of the stay was that a very heavy, heatable towel rack just fell from the wall onto my wife when she simply picked a towel off the rack. She is still bruised and was lucky to escape with just bruises. Afterwards we did not really hear anything from management and given that this was our most expensive stay in Morocco it was a bit of a disappointing end.
- clean place - very good breakfast - comfortable - good location - the manager that was mainly there in the evenings was very friendly
January 1, 2015
had to ask for drinking water which was complimentary, but would have been nice to have been able to source it ourselves, or have it put in the rooms each day
staff were wonderful, helpful and accommodating.
November 30, 2014
Lovely style and comfort . Great staff!
November 23, 2014
Friendly, accommodating staff, great location, and sophisticated design made our stay at Dar Maya a real pleasure. Gareth and staff were always on hand to answer questions and assure our comfort. The rooftop terrace is lovely, with sea views to enjoy during wonderful breakfasts. Highly recommended!
November 17, 2014
I didn't like that we only stopped in Essaouira for one day :(
I loved everything. Everything everything everything. This was our favorite stop on our honeymoon by far, Essaouira was simply wonderful, and Dar Maya was a perfect compliment to it. The location is awesome, right down a perfect shopping and food street, with an awesome view of the ocean from a corner of the terrace. The entire building feels like a spa, with candle lit stairs, marble everything, and wood accents. The staff was perfect, the room was perfect, the wifi was strong, the breakfast on the terrace was incredible... Seriously, this was the best place we saw in Morocco. Wouldn't even think of looking anywhere else if we ever make it back to Essaouira.
November 12, 2014
terrace, ambiance, décor, modern facilities
November 11, 2014
More variety at breakfast would be great, but this is a general comment for all places in Morocco
Gareth who is the owner is very friendly and willing to help. The decoration of the place and rooms is beautiful
November 1, 2014
Small things didnt work well. Jacuzzi didn't work well, not very hot. Keys stuck in doors, safe didnt work. Staff tried hard and was friendly but needs seasoning. Trying to do too much, perhaps.
Beautifully done RIAD. Lovely room, trappings, sitting area. Nice breakfast. Staff Tried very hard.
October 31, 2014
'wall art' in the patio
Roof top room staff service
October 30, 2014
Wi-fi was a little patchy in some areas. Little extras - like bottle of water and shower cap would have been appreciated.
Room space and size Bathroom Friendly staff, provided great restaurant recommendations. And of the dogs - Eddy and Nini
October 11, 2014
Short but superb stay at Dar Maya - a real haven with staff who went above and beyond. Gorgeous rooms and communal space - chic, clean, modern but with Moroccan spirit - great breakfast, top location and a wonderful terrace - lazing in the jacuzzi looking out at the sea made for a real life-is-good moment... highly recommended!
October 9, 2014
Only minor flaw in our stay was that the rooftop jacuzzi did not heat up much past tepid, but other than that, perfection!
After a long journey in the car, we were met by Riad staff at the town gates and escorted with our bags through the narrow streets of the old medina to the Riad, where we were greeted by a tall handsome Englishman (yes, it’s Gareth, the owner) and his two dogs Nini and Eddy, and brought into into the warm inviting space of Dar Maya. A glass of white wine enhanced the welcome, as did the lovely pale furnishings and flickering candles everywhere. Gareth was immediately at our disposal for plans, guidance, and the story of how he came to create Dar Maya, and during our stay he booked us into two fantastic restaurants, one with music, one with a rooftop terrace on which to enjoy our final sunset in Morocco. The riad is built in traditional style around a central courtyard but in a modern style, with a very hip, elegant, highly designed feel. We felt we were in a five star establishment but without the snobbery or exorbitant prices. Our room was divine, with high quality linens, terry robes, and oh my, a lovely deep bathtub! I would have also used the on-site hammam had time permitted.
September 16, 2014
Fantastic stay at the Riad Dar Maya. The staff were very accommodating and friendly. Beautiful decor and very clean, couldn't ask for anything more. Hot tub also on the roof terrace - bonus!!
August 26, 2014
There could be more sunbathing beds on the terrace
The riad was excellent with very high qualiy interior and luxury room accesories. We had a free upgrade to the room in the top floor, which basically gave us our private living room. The rooms are very specious and the bed was real comfi. The breakfast was great and there is no cut off time for having it. The staff is super helpful and the owner Gareth is there to help you and give advise on where to shop. Yusuf was extermely helpful as well, the staff is there 24hrs to help with any needs. Def. try the hammam and the private massage in the room which is great value for money. Great riad with great staff, if in Essaouira this is the place to stay!!
August 20, 2014
I can't fault this hotel!!
There's nothing I can fault about this riad! Though it was difficult to find, once you knew where it was it was easy to find because the location was very central, which is ideal for exploring. Riad Dar Maya was so welcoming and the staff were excellent, we were welcomed with mint tea and we were allowed to continue using the hotels amenities (ie. the hot tub on the roof which has a sea view!!!) after we'd checked out of our room because our bus wasn't until late in the evening. Unfortunately we only stayed 1 night as we were visiting Essaouira briefly, but we definitely would've stayed a lot longer if we could've! This riad is just simply beautiful, hopefully we'll be back in tw future!
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