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Dar Leila

Courtyard and fountain
Detail of fountain
Grand Salon lounge area
Grand salon library
Dining Salon with Madam Couscous
Meal cooked by Aicha
Ground floor shower room (we now provide linen & cotton hamman-style towels)
Red room - king-size bed
The White Room - king-size bed
The Indian Room - double bed
First floor bathroom
(we now provide linen & cotton hamman-style towels)
First floor shower room
(we now provide linen & cotton hamman-style towels)
The Blue Room - twin beds
Ground floor study / bedroom 5 - double bed
Breakfast on the Terrace
Essaouira Medina - looking towards the horloge
Essaouira port fishing boats
Essaouira beach at sunset
Essaouira port at sunset
Essaouira fish market
1 of 21Courtyard and fountain
Riad -
5 Bedrooms , 3 Bathrooms , Sleeps 10
Essaouira, Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region
Dar Leila is a fully restored 19th century riad, located at the heart of the UNESCO World Heritage listed medina in Essaouira, Morocco. We purchased it 12 years ago and have loved every minute of the journey and sharing it with guests.

The stylish, spacious and light-filled interior is laid out over three floors to accommodate up to ten guests.

Abdaul & Aicha, the live-out staff, come in to serve breakfast and clean six mornings a week. Help with local arrangements is part of their service and they can even cook a fantastic dinner or baby-sit - for a small extra charge. Aicha was the first person we ever left our daughter with (when she was 8 weeks old) and she's like a second mother to her so if you are parents looking for a break...

Essaouira itself is known as 'Windy City, Africa'. A laid back fusion of Portuguese, F...
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About the Owner, David & Emma C
Languages spoken: English, Italian, French
Response Rate: 100 %
Response Time: Within a few hours
Calendar Updated: Today
Listed since : Nov 2012
Overall rating: 5.0 / 5.0
Based on 31 reviews and 2 properties
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Level 3 Contributor
9 reviews
Reviewed 3 December 2017 for a stay in December 2017

It really felt like home in Dar Leila. So far the best place I have stayed in Essaouira. Been there in three different riads. Aichs cooking and Abduls helpfulness and thir sence of humor made it feel like visiting relatives :). Will definitely try to visit this house again and recommend it to travellers.

Management response:

Dear Terje, We're so pleased that you enjoyed Dar Leila. We also think it has a lovely feeling to it - and that is really down to Aicha and Abdaul. We'd be delighted to welcome you back to Dar Leila - or indeed our house in Italy, Casa Soprana. Thank you again, David, Emma & Tilly


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Reviewed 21 September 2017 for a stay in September 2017

It's hard to find the words to describe this incredible place. The riad is situated in the perfect location to explore the medina, port and beach. Dar Leila is beautiful, comfortable and classy. Everything we could have needed was there, we loved having a spacious and well equipped kitchen so we could take the opportunity to cook with the fantastic...

London, United Kingdom
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185 reviews
74 hotel reviews
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Reviewed 14 February 2016 for a stay in February 2016

My wife l booked Dar Leila for just the two of us and enjoyed the experience so much that we would happily book it again for our next trip to Essaouira. Hassle free booking, good value, great location in the heart of the medina, peaceful, clean, comfortable accommodation, spacious private terrace and excellent service from Aicha and Abdaul combined with...

  • Cooker
  • Cots:(1)
  • Dining Seats (10)
  • Double Beds:(1)
  • Fireplace
  • Full Baths (1)
  • Hairdryer
  • Internet Access
  • Iron
  • Kettle
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room Seats (10)
  • Queen Beds:(3)
  • Refrigerator
  • Shower Rooms (2)
  • Single Beds:(2)
  • Staffed Property
  • Stereo System
  • Suitable For Children Under 5
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Wi-Fi
House rules
    Pets not allowed
    Smoking allowed
Smoking is only allowed on the terrace.
    1 Full bath
    2 Showers
    1 Full
    1 Crib
    3 Kings
    2 Twins
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R 1 210
R 1 210
R 8 402
Please note: rates may have been converted from the original local currency to South African Rand and are approximate rates that may change due to exchange rate fluctuation. Please contact the manager to confirm actual rates for your requested dates.
Additional Rate and Availability Information
Minimum stay of 3 nights

Part-weeks charged pro-rata

- All rates include:
Exclusive use of the whole property
Continental breakfast*
Cleaning services*
Free wi-fi internet connection
*except Sunday
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About the neighbourhood
Essaouira is one of North Africa’s most beautiful cities and offers a mixture of Portuguese, French and Berber architecture. Most of all though is a friendly, laid-back town with lots to do. There is very good wind and kite surfing and horse or camel riding on the beach - just a five-minute walk from Dar Leila.

You can spend hours wandering the back streets of the car-free walled medina, the fishing port and the ramparts. Our guests receive a detailed information pack, all researched by us and updated every 6 months. From what to do and who with, where to eat and shop and how to get the best spices and oils, one set of guests were so enthused they said “forget Lonely Planet - just book Dar Leila and get the best guide to Essaouira”
Car not needed
How to get there
Airport: Essaouira: 15.0 km
Essaouira is easily accessible from Europe.

Direct flights to Marrakech or Agadir are available from most countries and take around 3 hours.
The drive from Marrakech or Agadir takes around 2 1/2 hours and transfers can be arranged.

Direct flights into Essaouira are available from:
London Luton with Easyjet twice a week
Paris Transavia

If you want to drive out car hire can be arranged by the day
Activities nearby
There Is A Golf Course Within 30 Mins Drive, Horse Riding Nearby, Nearest Beach: 0.5 km.
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