$127 / night
Total guests, Nights

Dar Qawi - Riad by the Sea – Home 137670 Riad

  • 3 bedrooms
  • 6 sleeps
  • 2 nights min stay

Dar Qawi - Riad by the Sea – Home 137670

  • Riad
  • 3 bedrooms
  • sleeps 6
  • 2 nights min stay

Key Info

  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.3 mi
  • Suitable for children age 5+
  • Car not necessary
  • No pets allowed

Description from owner


One of Essaouira’s best kept secrets is Dar Qawi, a British owned riad, in prime location within the old city walls and only five minutes walk from the beach. Step over the threshold and the tinkling of an antique alabaster fountain welcomes you into this peaceful oasis which combines Arabic charm with European comfort.

The house, which can accommodate up to six adults plus one child in three en suite bedrooms plus a small nursery, is let as a whole, regardless of the number of occupants, from Euros 100 per night, depending on season, and this includes breakfast and daily maid service. It is a great base from which to explore the local world heritage site, to indulge in some of the action packed sports on offer, such as kite surfing, quad-biking, camel riding and golf or to just hang loose and chill out on the roof terrace, on the beach or in one of the many inviting cafes and restaurants in the market square. From groups of friends to romantic twosomes, every visitor will feel the magic of this riad.

We like our guests to feel comfortable so we have soft white towelling robes, top quality white cotton sheets and towels, plenty of beach towels, fruit or eggs for breakfast alongside orange juice, pastries, preserves, coffee or tea, WiFi internet access, DvDs and CDs, plenty of electric radiators and warm blankets for those rare days when when a chill blows in from the Atlantic and we always try to accommodate special requests.

Our local house manager is from the UK and our wonderful Moroccan housekeeper is an excellent cook who will be happy to make light lunches or more substantial dinners for you at very reasonable rates.

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  • Children 5+ years old
  • No pets allowed
  • Crib

Bed & bathroom

  • Bedroom 1: Queen Bed
    Bedroom 2: Full bed
    Bedroom 3: 2 Twin beds
    Beds in other rooms:
  • 3 Attached (ensuites)


  • Wireless Internet
  • Solarium or roof terrace
  • Balcony or terrace
  • Internet access
  • Safe
  • Staffed property
  • Stove
  • Fridge
  • Microwave
  • Kettle
  • Washing machine
  • Iron
  • TV
  • Satellite TV
  • Stereo system
  • Hair dryer
  • Linen provided
  • Towels provided
  • Housekeeping Included

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  • Not suitable for wheelchair users


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Damage deposit: ($137.54) £100.00
No smoking at this property


Change of plans? No problem. You could receive a partial or full refund, depending on when you cancel.

Booking confirmed

100% refund within 24 hours after booking (provided the stay is at least 60 days away).

24 hours after booking

50% refund of the amount paid (minus the booking fee*) if cancelled at least 8 weeks before check-in.

8 weeks before

25% refund of the amount paid (minus the booking fee*) if cancelled at least 4 weeks before check-in.

4 weeks before

No refund if cancelled less than 4 weeks before check-in.

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About the owner

Kia A.
Average reply time:
1 hour 36 minutes
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
24 Oct 2021
Years listed:
Based in:
United Kingdom
Overall rating:

Languages spoken: English, French, German





82 reviews

Very Good

“An amazing family holiday”

Reviewed 12 Aug 2019

We stayed here for the May half term holiday and couldn’t have been happier. The riad was lovely and very well located. The caretaker was incredibly helpful and friendly. The breakfast was delic… More

“Authentic hideaway far from the Madding Crowd but Very Central”

Reviewed 4 Dec 2018

We spent a week in this fabulous gem right in the heart of the Medina( nothing is more than 10 minutes away ) but very quiet despite the central location. It is comfortable in all respects and has all… More

“Lovely riad, very comfortable and very convenient”

Reviewed 20 Feb 2018

Dar Qawi is traditional and beautiful furnished riad. We were made to feel at home and Zaras cooking both on our first night and for every breakfast was delicious. Communications with both Kia and San… More

“Hidden gem”

Reviewed 11 Oct 2017

Perfect location, pretty central amongst winding alleys. Health spa across the way, provisions store literally next door, roof terrace, easy walk into town, harbour and the beach - perfect! And the l… More

“Great traditional Riad in the heart of Essaouira”

Reviewed 25 Apr 2017

We ended up in Dar Qawi completely by accident as we had been double booked elsewhere for our stay in Essaouira. The person that we had been double booked with found Dar Qawi for us to stay in instead… More

“Great Riad in the heart of the old town”

Reviewed 15 Mar 2017

Perfect location in the heart of the car-free medina close to restaurants, shops and stunning harbour. Beautifilly decorated and furnished in the local style and only a few minutes walk to the beach a… More

“Nice, but expected more, not very healthy environment for young kids.”

Reviewed 4 Nov 2016

The riad was nice, but unfortunately not good timing for us, especially when you have 6 month old baby and 4 year child. There were construction just in front of the riad, very noisy, so we couldn… More

Response from the owner I was so sorry to read that you did not enjoy your stay at our riad. Having investigated and looked into the points you made I have found out that unbeknown to me, the riad opposite ours is indeed being refurbished. As it is located in the old medina, the narrow alleyways of which are entirely pedestrianised , all work there is undertaken by small hand tools rather than by vehicles or heavy machinery. Nonetheless, I have been told that there is indeed some hammering noise during the day. I appreciate that this may have caused irritation and I am very sorry that I was not aware of it, so as to let you know and give you the option to cancel beforehand. I have been reassured that any cockroaches you may have seen would have been outside in the street but not in the house itself. We are absolutely maniacal about vermin control and our house is very clean, so luckily we never have cockroaches in the house. I also understand that the fly larvae you mention here, were in fact butterfly larvae in the plants on the roof terrace, as commented on by your wife, I believe. I am told by our house manager and by our house keeper that, while you were staying at the house, you did not mention that you were unhappy. Had we known that you felt so uncomfortable, we would have gladly relocated you to another riad. Any constructive criticism is always gladly taken on board. As we are not ourselves in Essaouira, it helps us to iron out any problems and give our guests an exceptional holiday experience. As you can see from the majority of previous reviews, we are normally reasonably successful.You do not mention in your review that during your stay you had a couple of bedding 'accidents' which our housekeeper cleared up for you. I hope it wasn't embarrassment that resulted in your feeling so uncomfortable.

“Wonderful place to stay”

Reviewed 29 Sep 2016

We had seven days in this lovely Riad and enjoyed every minute. We were welcomed by Redoin, who I must say, was one of the people that made our stay quite magical. Along with Zara who looked after u… More

“Can'r recommend this place highly enough”

Reviewed 9 Mar 2016

I traveled with my two sons (both in their 20s) and we had a great visit. Dar Qawi really is an excellent place to stay. Great location 5 minutes from the sea front, 2 minutes from the heart of the Medina. Lovely breakfast prepared by Zara the housekeeper, who will also cook excellent evening meals at a very reasonable cost. The Riad is very comfortable and beautifully maintained. And all this for less than the amount I paid for one room at Riad on my last visit to Essaouira.

“Excellent Rhiad, amazing location, could not want more.”

Reviewed 3 Feb 2016

I travelled alone to Essaouira and stayed in this beautiful Rhiad. I had the most fantastic week. Zara was so lovely and her cooking was some of the best I experienced in my 6 week trip around Morocco… More

Response from the owner Thank you, Marisha! Very high praise indeed!

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