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View from the living room, towards the Sheherazade bedroom: feeling of 1001 arabian nights...Sheherazade bedroom
Dar Sheherazade, medina charm!
Dar Sheherazade, medina charm!
7 guests
3 bedrooms
5 beds
1 bath
7 guests
3 bedrooms
5 beds
1 bath
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Charming duplex apartment, renovated with taste. Easy access, nice & comfortable, sunny with no facing neighbour, ideally located in the heart of the medina. 2/3 bedrooms & 3 living rooms, can accomodate 7 persons (but 5 adults max + 2 children less than 140cm!). Terrace & panoramic medina view.

The space

Duplex apartment (2 levels), at the 3rd floor and at an angle, overlooking the Casbah district, close to the skala walls.
Very light and without any facing neighbour, with a large terrace and a stunning panoramic view of the medina.
This area of the medina is safe and lively, and the apartment is pretty quiet with new double-glass windows.

Renovated with excellent taste, using the local traditions, arts and techniques. For example the floor in traditional bejmat bricks, and a superb "zellige" carpet in the lobby, made by a souiri artist. The place is also finely decorated with numerous antique furniture and lamps, procured locally step by step along my stays...

There are 2 bedrooms with double (matrimonial) beds: Sheherazade room is street view with a stunning real antique sculpted cedar door as entrance and including a large dressing, and the Marrakesh room has sculpted tadelakt pink wall and overlooks an inside court. An oriental living room at the upper (terrace) level can be used as a 3rd bedroom (1 single adult bed + 1 smaller sofa possibly for a child). There are also 2 additional mattresses for children (140cm), and a baby foldable bed - so it can accomodate up to 7 persons, including 5 adults maximum.

Double "hammam" style doors open on the bathroom, which is in tadelakt, with a shower. There is a hairdryer. The kitchen is also inspired from local traditional styles, with awesome genuine pink marble from the Atlas... It is equiped with a large fridge, induction plates to cook, a micro-wave/oven, a boiler, a coffeemaker, with all necessary kitchen ware. The whole apartment is fully equipped including bedsheets and towels.

The small fireplace in the main living room can accomodate a warming fire in the winter (firewood provided) - but small mobile heaters are also available in case of need.

You will also find there lots of things to read too, magazines, a selection of books: novels, essays and poetry, photo books and travel guides, and even a few games and stories to read at bedtime for children... There is also a music system with a few CDs, so you can listen to music too...

On the terrace, 2 louge chairs are available (the terrace is waiting for a soon-to-come renovation this winter, but very quiet and with stunning views...)

You shall feel so at home there that you won't want to leave... or shall long for coming back soon...

Guest access

Very practical and easy access, via Bab Sba or Moulay Hassan square.
Very large staircase, 3rd floor, in a small building entrance that is shared with only one other apartment. One can even leave a baby stroller down in the lobby.

Interaction with guests

The apartment is independent, so you shall be entirely free during your stay. My friend Christine or her husband will welcome you at arrival, and remain available if you have any question.
At confirmation of your booking, I will also provide you with a small personal guide on Essaouira, with tips and recommendations of excellent addresses, so that your stay is as awesome as possible...

Other things to note

The skala walls are just at the end of the street, et everything is at arm's length... This place is ideal to enjoy the medina while staying in a quiet place, in a very nice apartment, extremely central but also light and comfortable...

Family/kid friendly
Laptop friendly workspace
Extra people No Charge
Weekly Discount: 16%
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Sleeping arrangements
Bedroom 1
1 double bed
Bedroom 2
1 double bed
Bedroom 3
1 single bed
House Rules
Not suitable for pets
No parties or events
3 nights minimum stay

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Sylvia User Profile
August 2017
We were 2 couples and one teenage girl staying in the appartment for 11 days. We enjoyed ample space, the beautiful decoration and the ideal location of the appartment. There has been a strong wind all the time which kept us from using the roof terrace as we would have liked to. But winds are typical for Essaouira. Our transfer from Agadir was very well organized and the contact with the local host worked smoothly. There is nothing but to thank Virginie for her hospitality. The appartment is highly recommended. But note: even in August you should bring a warm sweater, because it gets pretty cold at night in Essaouira. Sylvia

Andres User Profile
July 2017
Virgine was very helpful and sent us an AMAZING guide of Essaouira; Christine was always available and communicated with us perfectly. The apartment is in a perfect location, overlooking the Medina and close to everything. It is wonderfully decorated and has a marvellous terrace. The only glitch is that water has difficulty reaching the upper floors of houses when the Medina is crowded (as it happened to us because we came during the Gnawa Festival), but this a problem of the Medina, not of Virgine's apartment. Very much recommended.

Gary User Profile
May 2017
Fantastic location, wonderful apartment, a great welcome . . . It was a fabulous stay!

Jacqueline User Profile
April 2017
Fabulous stay, the location was very central with plenty of cafes and bars but also quiet. virginie provided an excellent guide on the apartment and area. Christine was available close by for advice and help. Our stay was just the relaxing stress free holiday we needed! Thoroughly recommend.

Jeffrey User Profile
March 2017
We are an American couple from New York City who had a wonderful stay at Dar Sheherazade during the entire month of March 2017. While there we had a friend visit from the UK, and a sister from the US. Virginie and her husband have created a lovely, airy, comfortable Moroccan home full of color, light and simplicity in design and function. Virginie’s informative guide, and the attentive assistance of our local hosts, Christine and Abdul, ensured a smooth transition to life in Essaouria. Staying in the Medina made us feel connected to the people and culture and we were grateful for the experience. Evenings in March were chilly so we appreciated the thick, cozy duvets and electric heaters in the bedrooms, and an occasional fire in the fireplace. We prepared many meals in the well-equipped kitchen with tasty, fresh produce from the souk. If you are not in great physical shape, be prepared for the climb to the 4th floor apartment. After the first few days we weren't winded and found it great exercise! A few recommendations: - You can’t really get lost in the Medina, so head out and explore all the small alleyways. - Everything you need for cooking is available in the souk. We came to know our favorite vendors and exchanged friendly greetings each day. Take small bills and coins. - If you want to shop for crafts, take your time. Look at all the vendors, and go back to the ones whose wares you think are of the best quality. - Sit at Cafe Glacier at the corner and watch the street life go by (See: (URL HIDDEN) - Have a camel ride on the beach in Essaouria or Sidi Kaouki. Touristy, but great fun. - Don’t miss the rooftop view from the Palais des Ramparts. The fish and veggie soups were our favorite fare there. - We enjoyed the hammam and massage at Mumtaz Mahal, from two very competent massage therapists. - Our favorite restaurants (all in the Medina within a few minutes walk (note: we are partial to Italian food): -- Darbaba - excellent home-cooked Italian food prepared and served by the gracious Italian owner. -- Pasta Baladin - also great Italian and enjoyable communal dining. We had a lovely conversation with a woman from the Yukon Territory of Canada, who was shopping for spices in Morocco. -- The Loft and the Mega Loft - very good food and service in both restaurants, and enjoyable live music at the Mega Loft. We had a car, which we parked at the harbor for 30 dirham per day (can't say whether that's a "good" rate or not - we did not bargain) and took day drives north toward Safi on the coast road and back along the N1 through beautiful green hills and farmland. Stopped for lunch in Had D'raa, where we figured out that you buy fresh meat from the butcher and take it to the person next door who grills it. Great bread,...

Maja User Profile
February 2017
We had a fine stay at virginies flat. Good value for money, very central location, but a bit damp all over the flat.
Virginie User Profile
Response from Virginie:
Hi Maja, sorry to hear it was a bit damp. It is quite common in the whole medina at that time of the year, but there are several rolling heaters and a fireplace which can normally very quickly overturn that. I hope you enjoyed your trip! All the best and you are welcome any time!
February 2017

Maria User Profile
January 2017
This was our second stay at Virginie's lovely home in Essaouira and it was absolutely amazing! Communication was excellent, and we were cared for in Essaouira by Virginie's friend Christine who was always available to help us with anything. Dar Sheherazade's is perfect as it's very quiet, very comfortable and yet it's located in the middle of the best part of the Medina, only minutes from the beach. The kitchen is well equipped, the beds were very pleasant and it was immaculately clean when we arrived. The best bakery in the Medina (Driss) is also located just around the corner, which is awesome in the morning for getting delicious pastries to eat on Virginie's rooftop terrace. Very highly recommended! :-)

Annecy, FranceJoined in February 2014
Virginie User Profile

French citizen of the world, global traveller both for work and for pleasure.
After several years in California, I spent 6 years on humanitarian missions in many different countries. I am now settled back in Europe, working for an environmental NGO.
My husband also works in the humanitarian relief sector, and we have 2 lovely children.

I love medieval history, traditional arts and cultures, travel literature, genealogy and graphic novels. And I cherish every place on Earth which is at crossroads, where different cultures have met and keep meeting, where those cultures came to discover and appreciate each other, where they can even mix up and take the best in each other, places of mutual respect, tolerance and peace...

Languages: English, Français
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