- 2 bedrooms
- 1 bathrooms
- Sleeps 4
Description from the owner
This little hippy house is very well located being 2 minutes walk to the main square, Place Moulay Hassan.
The house is laid out over 4 floors and cosy enough for a couple yet enough space and privacy if there are 4. The style is very traditional with thick stone walls and original patterned tiles on the floors. It is furnished with a mix of modern 60â€™s pieces plus a few Moroccan artifax thrown in.
You get a feel for the real Essaouira when staying at Dar Emma, there are a handful of Moroccan families living in the small side street, all very friendly and making life a lot more interesting than if staying in a h...otel.Read more
About the owner
Emma Wilson Full profile
Response rate: 95%
Response time: A few hours
Calendar updated: 3 months ago
Overall rating: 4.8 / 5.0 based on 93 reviews and 2 properties
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Last updated on June 23, 2014
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Additional notes from the owner
Â£100 per night regardless of how many you are (3 night minimum stay). This price is for rental of the whole house exclusively.
- Internet Access
- Full fridge
- Full range
- Pet friendly - yes
- Smoking allowed - yes
- Suitable for children - ask
- Suitable for the elderly - ask
- Wheelchair accessible - no
What Past Guests Are Saying
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35 guest reviews
100% of guests would stay again
Emma was the most amazing host and the house was just perfect. When we arrived Emma had arranged for a cook to come to the house which was such a treat for or weary bodies after a long day of travel. The following day Emma came to meet us and spent several hours giving us a full your, booking us dinner reservations, telling us where the besk souks are etc. the decor and overall vibe of the place made us feel like we had our very own home away from home. It was a special treat!!
Beautiful and authentic experience in Essaouira
Dar Emma was an incredible apartment in the heart of Essaouira medina. Emma was so helpful and introduced us to so many wonderful shops and restaurants in the city. The apartment was beautifully decorated and so comfortable to stay in for the week. So close to everything and we really got to experience the true beauty and culture of Morocco here. We absolutely recommend staying here to anyone interested in food, art, design, beach culture, etc.
Bohemian Style small town house in very central location.
A fun place to stay that has 2 charming bedrooms that our well styled.
Essaouira paradise on earth
Mail letters before we went ok.There was little unsafe to send money to a complete stranger , but it went well. Would have loved a receipt for the money to come back and be happy some sort of signed contract that I rented the house . I rented it about two months before we went down .
Everything worked very well with a taxi that was waiting at the airport. However, we had happily escaped the tourist trap on the way an argan oil cooperative where the driver stopped .
The house was very centrally located in the medina. Emma met at the front door and showed us the house. Then went on a walking tour of staden.We got good information.And the information in the file was very useful .
The interior of the house was worn. China broke into the edges.There were no back cushions on the seat , etc.
During the ten days we were in the house we had to use the same sheets and the towels all the time. Same with the kitchen towels
The beds and pillows were comfortable .
It was cold mornings and evenings in the kitchen. The wood ran out and it was not new and we did not know if it was us who would fix firewood.
It would have been good with a water scraper in the bathroom now , we bought one.
Essaouira is a fantastic city with a vibrant street life. A stunning harbor to purchase fish directly from fiskebåtarna.En lovely vegetable and fruit market , etc.
I will definitely go back to Essaouira but then to another accommodation.
Emma's best friend with son who was riding in the same car as us to Marrakech . She did not pay here share of the taxi it was boring . Read more
Response from Emma Wilson - 01/13/2014
Am so sorry you found so many things wrong with Dar Emma, all these issues could have been resolved if you had called me from the house phone where i leave credit so you can contact me. I never enter the houses while clients are there unless requested so cannot know about firewood etc unless told, maybe there was a language barrier as i did mention if you need anything at all please to call me.
I can assure you i sent you a receipt once your payment had been received, will send again now.
My girlfriend Lucy shared a taxi with you and paid the driver 300 dh, am sorry about this but it seemed a waste sending two taxi's to Marrakech at the same time, very unenviromentally friendly, Lucy works in travel and is very discreet and good with people, i didn't invisage a problem.
Will check the china and replace accordingly.
very lovely house
stayed there for 4 nights in december. decided very last minute to stay there and organisation was easy. Emma answered very quickly and friendly.
pick up from busstation was organised. dinner for the evening ready made and albsolutely delicious!!!
next morning Emma showed us around town which was perfect to get to know the place.
house is in the middle of the old medina so perfectely located. beautiful house with fire place and very nicely decorated.
because it was december it got a little cold at night time, but with the fireplace and even electric heating it was no problem.
would recommand it to anyone to stay there.
Marina and Jonas
A great place to relax and stock up on some sunshine!
Dar Emma is a beautiful little three-story patio house in the middle of Essaouira's medina. Emma, who owns the place, is a very good host, she organized the transfer for us and took the time to show us around in town.
Amina, who lives close, came in every day to clean the house - an excellent service. She even cooked dinner for us one night: we had beef with prunes, a typical moroccon dish - delicious!
We enjoyed strolling around the lively town, having coffee at the main plaza as much as observing the fishermen at the harbour or walking along the beach. On Emma's advice we went to cooking classes, which was a great experience!
We stayed at Dar Emma for 3 nights and we loved it. The house is not only beautiful but also very comfortable and practical. Located in the heart of the Medina, you have everything in your doorstep but still once you lock the door you can't hear anything from the outside.
Last and big plus, Emma is a great host and had arrange everything we asked her for. She even tells you all the tricks of the city so from day one you feel like you've been there for a month. Definitively recommend it !
The most perfect place to stay in Essaouira!!
I stayed at this beautifully decorated Dar with 2 other friends for 6 nights - we had originally planned to stay for 4 but fell in love with the place so much we decided to cancel our plans and stay as long as possible! Emma was the perfect host, she was ready and willing to take us on a tour around the area upon arrival and gave perfect recommendations for places to eat and things to do. We highly recommend the cooking course nearby! If you also want to experience the most delicious Moroccan meal, you can request amina (the housekeeper) to cook for you. I miss Dar Emma terribly and have already recommended it to a friend. If you are looking for the best experience of Essaouira, do not hestiate to book your accomodation here. Thanks Emma, for the most unforgettable experience!!
Authentic, stylish and comfy
Just returned from an amazing stay in Essaouira. Dar Emma was the perfect accommodation for us as it's right in the heart of the busy medina, perfect to pop back to throughout the day and relax on the sunny roof terrace. We loved the décor and local finds that adorn the place - we have left feeling inspired!
Our stay was made all the more special for meeting Emma and having a personal tour of the Medina. We would never have spotted the recommended restaurants otherwise.
Can't fault the house and Emma as a host.
I am just about to set off to this house for the third time. Everything about the place is just lovely and I cannot recommend it highly enough. Close to the market, nice and quiet, stylish and comfortable it cannot be beaten. Emma, the owner, is a delight and very thoughtful of her guest's needs. Total heaven and haven.
Un dar très bien situé avec un bon confort
L'accueil d'Emma a été excellent. Sa maison est très agréable même si certainement plus adaptée pour la période de l'été car elle n'a pas de toit. Amina qui s'occupe de la maison est très gentille et efficace.
Les restaurants recommandés par Emma étaient très bons.
Donc, une adresse que nous recommandons.
The best place to stay in Essaouira!
Dar Emma was just perfect - quiet, cool, comfortable and full of character!
The house is around 200 years old and it has been lovingly restored with lots of original details with modern twist. Its relaxing and cool vibe is a reflection of its owner, Emma. She is just a great person and awesome host. She made sure our stay was just perfect and without any stress. She has a wealth of great local connections (from reliable taxi service to everything you need to know). All we needed to do was giving Emma a call. There is a book (compiled by Emma) with many great recommendations and things to do. Emma showed us around to point out where to shop and eat on the first day. It proved to be very helpful and all of her suggestions were spot on! Amina, who came to clean the house, was also an amazing cook and Emma can arrange for her to come around and cook for you at an extra cost. She also built a fire in the fireplace for us every day. It really heated the ground floor of the house nicely and it was so romantic to watch the fire at night. We had an amazing time at Dar Emma and we can't wait to go back!
Dar Emma is right in the medina in the walled town of Essaouira. The medina itself is buzzing with activity, a fantastic mixture of traditional Moroccan life with modernity pushing through. The old port is frozen in time. Dar Emma reflects that - a traditional riad with modern comforts. The house is rustic and basic but beautiful - with no roof in traditional riad style. Emma is a wonderful host and whatever you need or run out of or want advice about (from doctors to eating), she provides - almost instantly. There is a cleaner who comes every day who will also cook for you for an additional fee. But there are so many wonderful and local places to eat, it is better to be adventurous, in my view.
Local knowledge second to none
Despite a late night arrival due to lost bags (thanks Easyjet!) Essouira was both invigorating and charming. Dar Emma provided everything we needed for a truly Moroccan holiday and Emma's local knowledge and contacts meant that we got to see aspects of the area more off the beaten track than we would have been brave enough to find ourselves.
Fantastic food, architecture and character, Essouira has it all.
Fantastic house is an amazing location
Dar Emma is a beautifully equipped house in the heart of essaouira - everything is on your doorstep and you couldn't wish for a better location. The people in the vicinity are friendly and fun - maybe too much fun, makes bartering with them that bit harder! It is a huge bonus to be welcomed when you arrive by either Graham or Emma and thus shown the best places to eat - we stuck to Graham's recommendations plus those from the book in the house and ate very very well, totally fished out! I think Dar Emma is excellent value and would be pushed to think how to complain... nope, can't think of anything!!
Brooklyn, New York
Dar Emma is a great place to say in Essaouira. Clean and comfortable and centrally located.
Emma is a great host with lost of information regarding things to do. We took a cooking class per her recommendation and it was so much fun!
I highly recommend this place
New York, New York
Dar Emma is amazing and the place to stay
I travelled to Essaouira with a few friends a couple of weeks ago and stayed at Dar Emma. I have to admit that I fell in love with it before even seeing in just from the pictures online. I walked in and immediately knew it was a special house. The care that Emma takes is apparent and is not just in the bigger details but also in the small details. I highly recommend staying there.
Frankfurt - Germany
Staying at Dar Emma was beautiful. After joining a tour with one of the owners through the villa over 3 floors and 2 terraces we received a short overview about the city: best restaurants, Best breakfast, alcohol shop, bars, galleries etc.
we received any informations and help we need...the house is only a few steps to the central places of the small city.
so amina, the woman who came everday and cleaned the villa discretely, made our end of the day perfect: she cooked us the most flavorful moroccian dinner ever !!
The weather in Essaouira was beautiful and i made coffee every morning in the sweetest kitchen, while the sun was shining on my back. The fact, that the villa has no roof made things more than adventurous! while the nights are getting a bit colder...we started fire in the chimney every evening and spend beautiful moments in that warm atmosphere!
the kitchen offers u everything u need for making breakfast or dinner! around the corner is directly a shop where u can buy every morning fresh bread, eggs, milk etc for breakfast.
If we had any questions about planning a trip or any other questions, the owners were available for us everytime.
The beautiful terraces offers u a private place with sun over the whole day...
At least we would come back to Essaouira...only to stay some days in that special atmosphere in the little maroccan hippie house "Dar Emma" !
Brighton, East Sussex. UK.
A refuge of privacy and peace perfectly located in the bustling medina. Dar Emma envelopes you, as you enter the little house it unfolds and expands as you assend the tiled staircase. The bedrooms are gorgeous. I loved the wet room, it was a joy to shower.
Each morning I would make some coffee and go up to the top roof terrace to listen to the sounds of the Medina waking... sounds of call to prayer, seagulls, birds and the ocean... I never wanted to leave.
Essaouria is an incredible place, I cannot wait to return and absorb the sights, sounds, smells and tastes again.
Best choice we made in Morocco!
Really can't say enough good things about Dar Emma or Emma herself. We drove from Marrkech in a car provided by Emma, safely and punctually and arrived to be met by Emma herself literally at the car. After showing us the house we were taken on a detailed tour of the medina by Emma, without which I'm not sure we would have had half the experience that we did. Amina the housekeeper made our first dinner and my mouth still waters at the thought of it. Definitely worth it to have authentic home cooked food as you sit by the fire in Dar Emma. The house is beautiful, quiet, clean, comfortable and one of the most unique places I've ever stayed in. Kids loved it, we loved it and I'm just jealous of the next person who gets to enjoy this gorgeous house, amazing city, Amina's cooking and Emma's expertise and attentiveness to our needs (which included driving me to an amazing argan Oil shop, helping is get reservations at an extremely popular and totally booked restaurant and introducing me to her carpet guy from whom we later ended up buying 2 pieces).
Home from home
Dar Emma was a wonderful location for our family half-term break. It's in the heart of the medina yet has a lovely calm quietness once you close the door. Emma's welcome put us at ease immediately, as well as arming us with the best insider tips. And to come back to a lovely clean house at the end of the day felt like a real treat. As I said, a real home from home for the four of us.
oasis of calm in Essouira
Dar Emma has an inspired design and relaxed atmosphere. From the minute you step inside you feel at home with the central staircase open to the sea breezes and the and the seagulls flying over head. Although there is a bustling tourist trade just outside Dar Emma is an oasis of calm in the middle of the old medina and Emma and Graham have good suggestions of where to go if you want to get away from it all. There are three lounging areas all set up for relaxation and a kitchen with everything you need to feel at home.
Dar Emma is a great place to stay in a lovely, relaxed Moroccan city, where you can wander the streets without any fear of being coerced into buying from all the stalls that line its streets (a la Marrakesh) Emma herself is a wonderful host, who takes the time to show you around the town, point out all the best places to go and is always on hand to give any advice that you may need. The house itself has been lovingly put together, has a wonderful bathroom and shower, two bedrooms a kitchen/dining room and roof terrace over its four floors. One small gripe is that the (and maybe it was just at this time of year) the rooms were a little damp, so you may need to have on the de-humidifiers (which she has provided) to combat this. Essaouira itself is a beautiful small city. We were there just four days, but could have easily stayed longer.
Perfect escape from Marrakech!!
Dar Emma, Essaouira is situated in the most perfect part of Essaouira - close to the shops, the beach, the restaurants all within a 10 minutes stroll. The house is authentic although a little nippy as we were there in Feb and with no roof the nights can get really cold. We were really glad to have had the tour by Emma when we arrived as it really highlighted the best places to go and when we decided to go somewhere she hadn't suggested we were so disappointed. Essaouira is beautiful and really worth the 3 hour coach from Marrakech. Dar Emma was a lovely escape and a great place to hide away with kids. It could do with a bit of updating as all is looking a bit tired but still worth a visit. We love Essaouira and Dar Emma was fine x Read more
Response from Emma Wilson - 03/01/2011
Thanks for your review, have actually just renovated the shower room, put in a modern wet room and changed all the doors including the front door, sorry it wasn't done before your stay but been too busy to find a slot to do it in, am sorry to hear you were cold, if you get a good fire going it normally heats the ground floor really well.Good to get feedback so thanks.
Couldn't ask for more
Absolutely perfect. Located right in the heart of town. Immaculately kept house. We were met at the main square, shown to the house, and then given a full tour of the town including eating/drinking/shopping recommendations. The ideal place to stay in a wonderful town. Can't recommend it highly enough.
NY - LA - LONDON
Fantastic place for an Essaouira break
Dar Emma is a charming oasis tucked into the medina in Essaouira. Its beautiful design, great kitchen area, 2 terraces and open sky create a fantastic hideaway, yet, just open the door and you are just a few feet from the bustling medina. The bedrooms and bathroom are a perfect blend of rustic comfort.
It's proximity to the lovely restaurants and markets, as well as the ramparts and waterfront make it ideal. Emma's knowledge and deep connection with Essaouira and its residents add a dimension to your stay that makes you feel at home wherever you walk in the city.
We fell in love with Dar Emma and Essaouira!
Jo and Aaron
Couldn't be better...
Without going completely over the top, it is difficult to articulate the experience at Dar Emma. Emma and Graham have created an ideal point of solace and adventure- in the heart of a truly bohemian little town.
We, honestly, loved every minute.
From the moment Graham graciously grabbed us from the airport in Essaouira, everything was very easy, relaxed, and organized. Emma provided a very helpful tour of town the next day, loaded with suggestions on where, who and whats... We took them all and were never steered wrong.
The home itself is cozy- the decor is artfully balanced midcentury modern/traditional, the beds are fantastic, the kitchen has everything you'd need, the rooftop is stellar, the fireplace- romantic. A very deep bit of silence in a bustling location. No need to look far for anything, including a more ideal place.
we had a great time at dar emma, the house is totally charming, full of beautiful details and we felt at home straight away. everything we needed was a stones throw away. emma was incredibly helpful, her recommendations really made the trip. love love loved it...
Perfect, relaxing retreat!
Dar Emma is the perfect place for a relaxing getaway. Stylish, comfortable, fantastic location with all restaurants, bars and shops literally around the corner!
The house has so many wonderful quirky features which really make it very unique. The roof terrace was our favourite part, perfect for lounging around reading (there were plenty of books for us to choose from!) and also for enjoying a few drinks in the evening!
Emma was fantastic showing us around when we arrived and even booking restaurants for us. Nothing was too much trouble.
Amina's cooking was the best in our entire Morocco experience. The chicken tagine and mezze was superb. A very hard act to follow!
We would definitely recommend Dar Emma as the perfect place to stay in Essaouira for its location and charm. An amazing holiday. We will be back!
Amazing Dar Emma
We really had a great time, we took our year old daughter and the whole experience was great, highly recommended.
A chilled-out week in a secret bolt-hole in the Medina that's ha
Dar Emma is homely but elegant, making up in intimacy what it lacks in the grandeur often sought from the Moroccan riad. The little two-bedroom house is constructed as a spiral around four floors, with the core sky-well granting access to all the elements. Two outside terraces decorated with simple tile-work, rustic railings and graceful succulents provide well-sheltered nooks for al fresco eating and drinking. Throughout the house is thoughtfully decorated, blending modernist shapes with practical rustic finishes, and accessorised with interesting objets. The little kitchen-ette has good basic facilities and the stone hearth comes with a good stock of wood. To stay there was to participate in the living fabric of the Medina, yet the house afforded good privacy. The location could not have been better: central, near the bay, close to shops and restaurants and a great local patisserie conjuring almonds into little whirls of pleasure. Being open to the elements has its challenges in a windy sea-port, and we were glad of the daily visits of Amina the housekeeper in keeping the swirling sand-dust and slight damp in check. She also provided us with some of the best food we had during our visit, in more than ample portions. Emma herself was easy-going but professional, giving good advice and even welcoming us into her home in Sidi Kaki for an afternoon visit. The town is definitely changing with the tourist market, but it's still a living fishing-port with a vibrant market-centred life, set in some really exceptional 18th century architecture - good for people-watching over a coffee or mint tea. It was great to wander long desert-beaches, and to return late-evening for sunset over the harbour. There are some good daytime activities, like the cooking workshop at Madada, but Essaouira is not renowned for its night-life, and we were sometimes glad of the Scrabble set and wireless internet connection back at home base. In all a wonderful place for a chilled-out week far away.
Hippy chic in the heart of Essaouira's medina
The two main joys of Dar Emma are its location in the heart of Essaouira's
fabulous medina and Emma Wilson's informative "settling in" tour of the local
area where she points out the best restaurants and shopping opportunities (!)
This ensures not one bad dining experience and a suitcase full of Moroccan
trinkets. Dar Emma is the perfect romantic getaway for two or an equally ideal
townhouse for four. The top floor terrace makes for perfect lounging and the
overall design is effortless hippy chic Moroccan style.
A great Moroccan Retreat!
After the bustle of Marrakesh this was a superb retreat to escape too. From the minute I booked this place Emma could not have been more helpful to try and make sure our trip was stress free and a success. The house is everything that you are sold on the website and more, some days we would only leave the roof top terrace to get fresh bread and some more oranges, while the location of the Dar Emma makes it perfect and so easy to explore Essaouira. We ate at local amazing restaurants (tagine and lots of seafood), quad biked through the sand dunes, hired push bikes, shopped in the souks, had a hammam (what an expereince with the locals), watched the fanastic sunsets every night and partied at Taros on New Year – what more do you want from a holiday!
Thanks Emma - and if you are still reading this review - I say book Dar Emma, you won't regret it!
Magical Essaouira at Dar Emma
Our experience in Dar Emma was more than we expected. The house is not only “gorgeous” - as Emma describes it- but also quite inspirational… every corner has something to offer and the details are just unique and a delight.
Emma showed us the local insight of the Medina, gave us tips on places to visit, where to dine and where to do some particular shopping, which was very helpful. Our favorite place was Elizir the food, the music and the atmosphere are just splendid!
Essaouira is truly magical… Dar Emma was home for us.
Some people travel around looking for something special, but Dar Emma in Essaouira is way more than that, it is a discovery, a gift full of creativity, a pleasant place to rest and simply enjoy the beauty of life in a perfect way.
Thank you so much Emma!
Helen and James
Fabulous hippy chic house in an excellent location and the perfe
Dar Emma is the perfect place to stay in Essaouira if you are looking for comfort, style, great location and a place to relax. Situated in the heart of the medina it is close to the beach, restaurants, souks and shops but hidden away enough to be a quiet refuge. We stayed for a week and loved chilling on the roof terrace which gets the sun all day, strolling to the bakery round the corner every morning for fresh croissants and walking along the long sandy beach.
Emma welcomed us on our arrival and gave us really useful recommendations on the best places to eat and visit. A homemade meal cooked by Amina is a must - a delicious Moroccan feast!
Essaouira is a great place to visit if you need a break from the Moroccan cities and want to relax in a very friendly and pretty seaside town.
We would definately recommend a stay at Dar Emma and plan a trip back very soon.
Helen and James