Pretty place that was at a very good price. Our family stayed 3 nights and loved it. Beautifully decorated.
Communication with the owner was easy. The manager, Hassan was very helpful despite the fact that we didn’t speak French or Arabic. He met us at one of the gates of the Medina and made sure we had parked our car rental in a safe place. After taking us to the house, he showed us a clean late night place to eat.
The beds were comfortable. The water for the shower was hot.
If you book this place take into consideration what you are paying. This place was so reasonable! You can hear street noise and you are in a small space with other guests. Each floor of the house has a common area. Another guest was confused about this. She locked us out of the common area which prevented access to our room. She was apologetic when she realized her mistake- but it took loud knocking to rouse her from sleep. If things like this are troubling to you, this is not the place for you.
One of the nicest things about this place is the roof top deck. It is spectacular. You have a view of the ocean. It’s the best of both worlds- ocean view and in the heart of the Medina. The shared kitchen is also on the roof top.
We loved our stay at Daranur!
Tiny little place situated among tiny little alleyways but it's like a little sanctuary. The rooms are basic but very clean and very comfortable. I loved how the window opens to the street beneath so you have sounds of the town coming into your room. The wifi was strong and the owners are absolutely lovely people.
My favorite thing about this place, though, is the rooftop. There are many riads with many rooftops in Essaouira but this one is one of the best. It's got views out to the ocean and two smaller platforms that you can go up for unobstructed views. There's chairs, tables and lounges to lounge in and see the ocean and all the other rooftops in the city around you. Also a perfect place to practice yoga :)
First things first ...
Daranur is not a hotel, its a traditional house [dar] with a few rooms and a self catering apartment on the top floor.
And we booked that apartment. It has a separate bedroom, a bathroom and a spacious living room with a small but perfectly formed kitchen at the corner. Bearing in mind that this property is in the medina where the water flow can be a bit slow as in any properties in similar areas.
Our experience staying here is like staying at your friend's house.
The owner Saodade and her helper Milouda are friendly, very accommodating and great hosts. Although our French, Spanish + Arabic are close to non existent, we somehow managed the communication well. Saodade speaks good English.
The apartment is on the top floor which means that you have to scale lots of stairs to get to the room, and a bit more to get to the terrace. To us, it was worth it. We had our breakfast [which we bought in the market a minute away] on the terrace every morning. The view is breathtaking overlooking the ocean. Daily cleaning service is included with the apartment rental.
The location of this property is perfect, just a few steps from the main thoroughfare of the souk. You can get fresh fish and vegetables to cook in the kitchen which we did a few times. Don't forget to eat the freshest sardines.
I highly recommend this place for its location, quality and beautiful apartment and super great hosts. Just one reminder that it has lots of steps going up to the apartment.
Its right in the middle of the medina, soak up the atmosphere and enjoy the merriment. The food is fresh, tasty and reasonably priced. The best cafe au lait is at the small cafe at the corner of the main square manned by an old man.
Firstly, this is not really a hotel. There was no reception and just a phone number to call on the door. I don't have a phone and thankfully a woman in the street helped me.
No one knew this place. I asked about 10 different people before finally locating it. I guess because it's not really a hotel.
I booked a room on booking.com after reading rave reviews. Bit baffled really. It was 40 euro for a small dark room with a shared bathroom even though it said ensuite on the booking.
Which is crazy expensive since I can find that in Essaouira Medina for less than 10 euro. I refused to stay and was luckily able to cancel my booking. So there is obviously some sort of booking issues as they had run out of ensuite rooms.
I saw one of the rooms with ensuite and it wasn't worth 40 euro.
I ended up getting a room at Dar L'Oussia for 45 euro and it was gorgeous.
The woman who helped me wasn't the owner and spoke only French and Arabic so communication was difficult. But she seemed really lovely. The room was clean. Good location. Quiet.
But they really need to sort out the booking.com.
And only stay here if you don't need any services.
If you're going to essaouira stay here - don't bother looking anywhere else - it's just perfect !
daranur itself is beautiful and we received the warmest welcome from milouda, solidad&ferran . the location is also great close from everything . we miss the place in everytime we did go to discover the city , our room was very clean,quite amazing decoration bed really confortable , thanks for alll