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33, rue Oujda, 44000 Essaouira – Show map
Excellent location – rated 9.5/10! (score from 122 reviews)
Rated by guests after their stay at Riad Dar Maya.
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BBQ Facilities, Outdoor Pool (all year), Terrace, Sun Deck
Golf Course (within 2 miles), Windsurfing, Cycling, Horseback Riding, Sauna, Massage, Turkish/Steam Bath, Bicycle Rental, Library
Food & Drink
Restaurant, Breakfast in the Room
Free! WiFi is available in all areas and is free of charge.
No parking available.
Room Service, Airport Shuttle (surcharge), Currency Exchange, Baggage Storage, Concierge Service, Laundry, Dry Cleaning, Ironing Service
Non-smoking Rooms, Heating, Air Conditioning
French, English, Arabic
From 2:00 PM
Until 12:00 PM
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Children and Extra Beds
All children are welcome.
Free! One child under 4 years stays free of charge when using existing beds.
Free! 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.
Any type of extra bed or crib is upon request and needs to be confirmed by management.
Pets are not allowed.
Cards accepted at this property
Riad Dar Maya accepts these cards and reserves the right to pre-authorize your card prior to arrival.
Based on 122 reviews
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In the heart of Essaouira, this hotel is in a house dating from the 19th century and is decorated in a traditional Moroccan style.
Score from 568 reviews Very good
Dar les Sirènes is located in Essaouria, just a 10-minute walk from the citadel and 3 km from Mogador Golf Course. It offers cookery classes, a free airport shuttle service and a spa.
Score from 5 reviews Wonderful
Located in Essaouira’s medina, this seafront riad offers stylish rooms with a traditional Moroccan décor and 2 terraces with sea views.
Score from 147 reviews Wonderful
Riad Amana is a wonderful place which is a mix of all Essaouiras mysteries. It is a great palace and a charming private residence in the same time.
Score from 75 reviews Excellent
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!!
There could be more sunbathing beds on the terrace
Architecture and interior design Location Air and natural light in the room Size of room Bathroom design Outdoor space
Service could be a little better (nobody was at the bus station to pick us up although arranged), payment for return taxi had to be cash, although previously confirmed this could be paid to the hotel) Some technical issues (pool out of use, radiator in bathroom came off the wall)
Gareth and the staff were incredibly friendly. Nothing was ever too much trouble. Gareth made some great suggestions for places to eat. The rooms were lovely - a great mix between modern and traditional Moroccan. Lovely finishing touches that just added to the overall comfort - such as the heated flooring in the bathrooms. Beds were incredibly comfortable - slept like a dream! Would definitely recommend!
I booked a hammam within the Riad. The hammam was nice, but they had forgotten to heat up the room and it was really cold. Had a facial, which was also nice, but could have been made so much more relaxing with the addition of some meditation music (just a suggestion for the future). That said I still loved the stay! Would highly recommend.
Welcoming and relaxed atmosphere created by Gareth and all his staff. Great modern design a refreshing change from more traditional Moroccan décor. Room was large and airy with beautiful bathroom. A week stay gave time to really explore the medina and relax at the same time. The location means that you are right in the centre of things as you step out of the door. We had a very memorable time- thank you Gareth and team Eddy and Nini included of course. Steve and Elaine
1. The owner Gareth and his staff were very helpful, friendly, and attentive. 2. We liked the modern architecture, spacious and luxuriously appointed rooms and bathrooms. We appreciated the comfortable beds and great roof terrace and sitting out areas. 3. We enjoyed the delicious and ample breakfast every morning (juice, pancakes, fruit, eggs, croissants, baguettes, jam and butter). 4. The Riad is in a quiet location in the medina but easy walking distance to shops, fishing port, beach, and good eating places.
The esthetics of the marble and tile designer chic throughout, the fine bed linens and feather pillows, the dogs, the hammam, and the bathroom complete with sunken tub and robes.
The shopping advice wasn't suitable for tourists who want authentic Moroccan, and the food wasn't as good as in our other riads.
We were greeted by Gareth and his two dogs, Nini and Eddy, at one of the main entrances of the old town in Essaouira. Gareth is the proud owner of the Riad Dar Maya, a recent addition do the small collection of intimate Riads in Essaouira. The Riad is nestled in a small street close to the ramparts. It is a stylish house, where Gareth has intricately assembled each room with exquisite attention. The rooms are comfortable, with spacious bathrooms. All rooms face the central courtyard and have climate control. Some rooms boast small private balconies. There is a small plunge pool on the rooftop, with nice views of the surrounding area. There is also a tranquil lounge area on the third floor, where you can hang out and have a drink or just go online. The staff is very kind and attentive. We were made to feel at home quite quickly. Gareth was very attentive to us, he was very helpful with our booking needs and in doling out "in the know" tips.
My only small complaint was on our first night, I woke up the house looking for bottled water. On the following night Gareth always made sure we had water in our rooms. So my only suggestion to him is to set up a honesty bar during off hours, so that guests can treat themselves to water and drinks without disrupting the house.
This riad is wonderful! We felt relaxed as soon as we entered the place. It's extremely well-designed, and everything is very tasteful. Heated floors in the bathroom, cool lit nooks, an awesome common living area on the top floor, insanely comfy beds, delicious breakfast, bright center courtyard, nice terrace. To top it all off, the service was great. Gareth had plenty of good recommendations not only for Essaouira, but for Marrakech as well. He was extremely helpful. It's nice to find such a relaxing riad in such a laid-back town as Essaouira!
Ambience. Friendliness and helpfulness of all. Advice about town, meals!
Location and staff both excellent.
Price was on the high end, but it's in a city after-all.
Excellent service in this beautiful Riad. We loved the design of this Riad, and it was a quiet place to relax and enjoy our stay. Very nice hammam and massage and beauty treatments available, in your room. Good breakfast, with omelette, fruit salad and a variety of bread and pancakes. We also had dinner two times in the Riad. Excellent food made by the chef of the Riad. Nice roof terrace also with a pool. We enjoyed very much our stay here. Perfect location in the medina.
This Riad is absolutly wonderful: - for the contemporary design - the availability of the employees - the quality of the breakfast ( fresh orange juice, fruits, bread, pancakes) - pick up from Marrakesh at the right time - Dinner on request (delicious)
Staff very friendly & helpful particularly with recommending & booking restaurants.
Staying at Riad dar Maya is like stepping into the pages of a high end design magazine. It has an excellent location and offers high levels of comfort. The owner is very hospitable and could not be more helpful. The staff too are delightful and always smiling. The roof terrace is lovely as is the internal patio - both great places to chill out with a glass of white wine.
Not enough light in the bathroom for putting on makeup. Bathtub and tiles very slippery.
Excellent riad, rooms were spacious, comfortable and well designed, as was the road as a whole. Great location in the medina and the owner Gareth was really helpful and friendly. Will definitely be returning in the future.
Gareth is a fantastic host and a great guy. His riad is beautifully constructed, centrally located and staffed with competent and hospitable personnel.
It is a great location so you can wander in amongst the old city and pop back with shopping bags and then continue enjoying Essaouria. The staff are friendly and willing to help in any way. Transport from Marrakesh was also arranged for us and it made travel very easy.
Hard to think of anything as it was a very pleasant way to finish a holiday.
Every single aspect was superb and flawless. The service, the staff, the room, breakfast, all of it. The rooms are outstanding, not to mention the bathroom with heated floor. Beautifully designed, spacious and comfortable. Very good taste and first class materials in every detail, not just in the rooms but throughout the place. Gareth and the staff are very attentive and professional. And Eddy and Ninny are so sweet! :)
That we couldn't stay longer!
The interior decor was inspiring, a beautiful conversion, quiet and well placed. The staff were most helpful and we enjoyed delicious food. We didn't want to leave!
Pain au chocolat! Prefer a croissant for breakfast, another table inside to eat at, the fire to be lit in our room and perhaps another easy chair. Otherwise gorgeous!
Quiet and in the medina. Friendly , helpful staff.
rooms are beautiful, wi fi works perfectly, location is great and the breakfast was really nice
idyllic boutique hotel in the midst of the essaouira bustling alleys. luxurious & beautifully detailed. would highly recommend.
nothing worth mentioning.
We slept very well and ate the best breakfasts. The public spaces are beautiful and serene and the people are very nice.
We found the beautifully designed bath tubs tricky to get in and out of and we are not so sure about the dogs.
I have to admit, I was a bit wary about going to Essaouira in December given the lower temperatures in Morocco in the month of December. In addition, Morocco is generally a laid back city. I expected Essaouira to be bordering on boring. Boy was I wrong!! The tiny beachfront city was a perfectly romantic escape. The streets are lined with little stalls of Moroccan/Berber handicrafts, artwork, book stores, etc keeping the streets buzzing and sprinkling the wintry atmosphere with bright colors. My fiancé and I were really blown away by the decor of this riad the minute we walked in. Instantly, we both wanted to meet the great mind behind all the small thoughtful accents. Everything - from the light background music, scented candles and sprays, the color pallet, furnishings, construction materials to the slick finishing of the walls - absolutely brilliant. Standing outside prior to entering there is no way you'd know what awaits inside this hidden gem.
I'd suggest that each room be equipped with a safe. That's something that's imperative to travelers. And the cook wait until guests have had their breakfast before cooking food with strong smells - like onions and garlic. A strong food odor can be a bit unpleasant while you're still sleeping. :)
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