“Cosy, stylish, friendly…superb!”

This was our first stop on a 2 week tour around morocco. We stayed for 3 nights, and wish it could have been longer. The taxi parked up just outside the medina walls, and a “baggagista” (man with cart) wheeled our bags and guided us to Dar Lazuli, just a couple of minutes walk away. Rachid & Latifah were there to give us a very warm welcome. They don’t really speak english, but we got by with our basic french, and to be honest, words aren’t really needed – smiles, laughs and hand shakes do just as well! There was a booklet of info in the room which was in english and answered all our questions.

Location is spot on – right in the medina, with souks, shops, cafes and restaurants around. 5 min walk to the port, and about 10 mins to the huge sandy (but windy) beach. Essaouira itself is a great place – a proper working fishing port, very picturesque, great places to eat and watch the world go by. A sunset drink on the Taros restaurant roof terrace is well worth the price!

We stayed in Ghibli, on the top floor. Its the smallest room, but i’d specifically asked for it as it opens out onto one of the terraces which catches glorious sunshine. People staying in the other rooms can use it too, but for us it was outside our door rather than up flights of stairs! there are two other terraces above – the one at the top is a little one right on the top of the building where we took our breakfast to eat at the table and chairs and enjoy the view of the medina and sea. The room was extremely cosy and very stylish, with huge curtained bed, kitchenette (hob, sink, plates, cutlery etc, fridge/freezer, coffeepot) and blue tadlekat bathroom (good shower, no bath). John Lewis bedding! There is a fireplace for the winter time, a little sofa and coffee table, and a speaker unit to plug your mp3 player into. All clean and tidy, Latifah cleaned every day and even hung out our handwashing on her washing line to dry!

We loved the self-catering – went out to the markets and bought fresh food to cook moroccan recipes from the recipe book in the room. The night guardian (also called Rachid) found us a proper couscous cooker to use and showed us how it worked. Round the corner to the patisserie to get pastries for breakfast. One night we asked Latifah to cook for us (£15 each for 3 courses) – which she did, in our little kitchen, and left it ready for us to heat up in the evening. It was superb moroccan food — a selection of moroccan salads, tagine, and a moroccan yoghurt/pomegranete dessert. Yummy.

Our 3 nights there was far too short. Really hope to return one day.

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