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Riad -
4 Bedrooms, 4 Bathrooms, Sleeps 8
Essaouira, Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region

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Fenella L
London, United Kingdom
Level 5 Contributor
39 reviews
17 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“A delightful destination undamaged by tourism”
Reviewed August 23, 2015 for a stay in August 2015

We have just returned from a week here and enjoyed every moment of our time in the house and in Essaouira. We were beautifully looked after by a combination of Fouad and Karima who shared the tasks of looking afrer and managing the house. Our host in England, Fiona, helped us a great deal pre the trip and on site the house and contents met all our needs, it was. Ice to be just outside the medina and away frim some. At times. Very crowded routes. There were shops and supermarkets within easy reach and a shop within 10 mins walk to buy alcohol. Good places to eat locally, easy walk to the beach and a really fun, lively and unique place to visit.

Travelling group: Extended Family
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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11cahc
Farnham, United Kingdom
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“A real holiday destination”
Reviewed July 9, 2015 for a stay in June 2015

Great house - brilliant for 2 couples and our 4 teenagers (16-19). Wonderful to have a bathroom per bedroom. Clean, tasteful, but reasonably simple too. Karima made great breakfast (and some suppers), Faoud sorted out everything we needed in terms of trips and gave us ideas.
We loved shopping in the Medina, or just browsing and taking photos; enjoyed the beach experience (sun, sea, sand and sometimes high winds to make it more exciting). Water sports were a great asset for teens - along with other fun stuff to do. Folk in the Medina and on the beach were friendly, a tad pushy, but nothing too difficult to cope with.
I would go back when the time is right as it was a real break, a home in a different setting and it was so easy staying there and getting around.
Only down side is the sound of seagulls at night, but that is living by the sea and needing to sleep with open windows. We were there in Ramadan which may have meant there were more folk and revelry at night than usual. So ear plugs or i-pods were needed by those of us who were sensitive to noise.
Booking easy and owner really ready to answer questions and give advice. And my advice? Book this place for your holiday!

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Liked best: Everything
Liked least: Nothing
Travelling group: Teenagers
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway Families with young children
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Management Response
23 Jul 2015
Thank you so much for taking the time to write such a lovely review. Karima's breakfasts are legendary and also are great value for money - they also contribute to our guests expanding holiday waistlines! Karima also takes great pride in keeping Dar Doughri spotlessly clean for our guests. We have tried many different ways of keeping the pesky seagulls quiet but the only successful solution has been, as you suggested, ear plugs!
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ILoveFerm...
Enniskillen, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
123 reviews
24 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 167 helpful votes
“Nice house and only a short five minute walk from the Beach/Medina. Recommended!”
Reviewed January 31, 2015 for a stay in January 2015
1
person found this review helpful

We stayed at Dar Doughri for two weeks, and enjoyed our stay. The house has four bedrooms and five toilets, so eight people can comfortably stay there with plenty of room. The roof terrace was also a pleasant way to spend time in the morning before heading to the beach (also a five minute walk away.) If you wish, you can have the gem of a housekeeper, Miss Karima cook your meals. This was definitely the best party of our stay, as her cooking is beyond delicious! For about £30, we enjoyed a home cooked meal consisting of Beef Tanjia, Lamb with Onion and Raisin, Kefta with free range eggs, Lamb with Vegetables Couscous and Pastilla with Chicken and Almonds, along with fresh bread, salad and fruit for six people. Needless to say, we asked Miss Karima back several times and chose many different dishes which were all fantastic! Would definitely consider returning again... recommended!

Travelling group: Young Children
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Was this review helpful? Yes
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Management Response
23 Jul 2015
Thank you for taking the time to write such a lovely review. Karima is indeed a fabulous cook and can tempt even the most cautious eater into tasting her delicious tagines. Karima is very willing to take our guests with her to the market to buy the ingredients and offers informal cooking lessons so our guests can take her cooking skills home with them. The cooker, serving dishes and many of the cooking utensils have been upgraded this year so there will be many more delicious tagines being produced in Dar Doughri.
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Mike G
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Level 2 Contributor
4 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“.......................Perfect”
Reviewed November 15, 2014 for a stay in November 2014
1
person found this review helpful

Dar Doughri is a friendly, welcoming house that Fiona has furnished with excellent taste, love and care. It’s impossible to stand in the kitchen looking into the lounge without a contented smile creeping onto your face. Difficult not to repeat all the positive comments from the reviews below, but I won’t, except to say that Fouad and Karima are super.

The house is in a community next to the medina walls. There are two or three shops in every street, all keen for your custom at ‘local’ prices. Using schoolboy french (O level, failed), a smile and a handshake we were greeted like long lost friends each time we returned for our next purchase.

Restaurant la clé de voûte was our favourite, you’ll probably need to book.

Would we go back ? ………….yes…....in a flash.

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Liked best: Location and the roof terrace
Liked least: The oven....which has now been replaced.
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
Your age range 50-64
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway Older travelers
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Management Response
23 Jul 2015
Thank you for your review and kind comments. Karima and Fouad take great pleasure in making sure all our guests have a wonderful stay and the local community around Dar Doughri have always been friendly and welcoming. The local shopkeepers are very happy to serve our guests and will offer local prices....even if you cant speak the language you will be able to get by with a smile and a gesture!
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AlvinaGla...
Glasgow
Level 5 Contributor
49 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“Great house fabulous location”
Reviewed September 3, 2014 for a stay in August 2014

Dar Doughri is a beautiful house in an excellent location. We had a wonderful 2 weeks there and particularly enjoyed the roof terrace. Fiona the owner was extremely helpful and booking was made very simple as was arranging transfers. Fouad the house manager and Karima the housekeeper looked after us really well. Karima's cooking is excellent and Fuoad organises great trips.

The only (slight) negative is in the kitchen facilities. I love to cook when on holiday and the small oven really needs to be replaced and the kitchen given a wee bit of a face lift! if you're not into cooking on holiday, this wont bother you. Other than that small niggle, I would not hesitate to recommend Dar Doughri to anyone.

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Liked best: The roof terrace and location
Liked least: The kitchen facilities
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway Families with young children
Large groups
  • Was the property as advertised?
  • Would you recommend the location of this property?
  • Was it a good value for the price paid?
  • Did the property offer wi-fi/internet access?
  • Was your security deposit returned on time?
Was this review helpful? Yes
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Management Response
23 Jul 2015
Thank you for your lovely review. We have taken your advice and the cooking facilities have been given an upgrade. There is a new cooker in Dar Doughri's kitchen with new crockery and pots and pans. Fouad will always replace anything that a guest notices is broken and purchase anything that is needed, and we always appreciate any feedback as to how we can improve the facilities.
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SusanH99
Shanghai
Level 4 Contributor
35 reviews
16 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Look no further for perfect stay in Essaouria”
Reviewed August 16, 2014 for a stay in July 2014

This is a wonderful house, easy booking excellent communication with owner and everything just as described. The owners arranged a transfer from Marrakech and everything was done according to plan.
We spent two weeks here and enjoyed lovely breakfasts and dinners prepared by the housekeeper for a really reasonable price. The house itself is beautifully decorated, cool in the heat of summer and very relaxing several different floors each with their own bedroom and bathrooms so if you are a large family or group of friends there is plenty of space and privacy. The roof terrace is a great place to eat or relax. The house is a short walk from both medina and beach but not in the old part of the town so a little quieter as far as location is concerned and also we felt very safe. I spent a long time choosing accommodation in Essaouria and personally do not feel you could get any better and excellent value for money!

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Liked best: Everything!
Travelling group: Teenagers
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway Older travelers
Families with young children
  • Was the property as advertised?
  • Would you recommend the location of this property?
  • Was it a good value for the price paid?
  • Did the property offer wi-fi/internet access?
  • Was your security deposit returned on time?
Was this review helpful? Yes
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Management Response
23 Jul 2015
Thank you for your kind words. We are pleased that you had a wonderful time. We have made some small improvements in 2015. There is now a new much larger television in the salon. We have purchased some fresh new linen and pillows to ensure everyone has a comfortable nights sleep and the roof terrace is now fully lit with new lighting so our guests can enjoy dinner and relaxing on the roof terrace into the evening.
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Silvia M
Grays Thurrock, United Kingdom
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“The most wonderful,comfortable and very well located apartment.”
Reviewed March 4, 2014 for a stay in February 2014
2
people found this review helpful

It was very easy to book this apartment.The owner was very friendly and approachable.Everything was as we arranged,including the airport pickup. On our apartment we've had a warm welcome and a dinner waiting for us,as arranged.
The apartment is very neat and tidy and very closely located to the centre. There is a lovely balcony overlooking the town,t's a great place to eat and relax.
This was our second time round in this apartment and no doubt we will be returning again.

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Liked best: The location.
Liked least: Stairs
Travelling group: Teenagers
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway Older travelers
Families with young children
  • Was the property as advertised?
  • Would you recommend the location of this property?
  • Was it a good value for the price paid?
  • Did the property offer wi-fi/internet access?
  • Was your security deposit returned on time?
Was this review helpful? Yes
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Management Response
23 Jul 2015
Thank you for your review in 2014. We look forward to seeing you for your third visit in 2015 and I am sure you will enjoy some improvements we have made to make sure our guests continue to return to Dar Doughri. Karima and Fouad will always provide their usual fabulous service to all our guests.
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