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33, rue Oujda, 44000 Essaouira, Morocco – Show map
Excellent location – rated 9.5/10! (score from 125 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
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
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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Located in the medina, a 5-minute walk from Essaouira Beach, this traditional riad features a patio with a fountain and seating area and a terrace with sun beds. Free Wi-Fi is available in all areas.
Score from 67 reviews Exceptional
Set on the city wall, this beautiful riad offers a rooftop terrace overlooking the old medina (historic quarter) of Essaouira.
Score from 147 reviews Wonderful
On the seafront, a 5-minute walk from Essaouira Port, this hotel is designed around a large outdoor swimming pool. It offers spa facilities, 3 restaurants and 2 bars, and free Wi-Fi in public areas.
Score from 297 reviews Excellent
On the beachfront in Essaouira, this 5-star hotel features 2 swimming pools, a fitness center and a spa with hammam. It offers air-conditioned guest rooms and some have a balcony.
Score from 603 reviews Very good
Our 1night at DarMaya was pleasant: beautiful place, great location, very good breakfast, great view from the terrace and friendly staff.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Nothing to dislike, other than having to leave!
- clean place - very good breakfast - comfortable - good location - the manager that was mainly there in the evenings was very friendly
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.
staff were wonderful, helpful and accommodating.
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
Lovely style and comfort . Great staff!
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!
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.
I didn't like that we only stopped in Essaouira for one day :(
terrace, ambiance, décor, modern facilities
Gareth who is the owner is very friendly and willing to help. The decoration of the place and rooms is beautiful
More variety at breakfast would be great, but this is a general comment for all places in Morocco
Beautifully done RIAD. Lovely room, trappings, sitting area. Nice breakfast. Staff Tried very hard.
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.
Roof top room staff service
'wall art' in the patio
Room space and size Bathroom Friendly staff, provided great restaurant recommendations. And of the dogs - Eddy and Nini
Wi-fi was a little patchy in some areas. Little extras - like bottle of water and shower cap would have been appreciated.
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!
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.
Only minor flaw in our stay was that the rooftop jacuzzi did not heat up much past tepid, but other than that, perfection!
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!!
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
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!
I can't fault this hotel!!
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.
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