Riad Baladin is a beautiful place to stay in Essaouira, and the nicest place we stayed during our time in Morocco. Unlike more traditional riads, the place is full of light and sunshine. The rooms are decorated in white, light wood, and with Moroccan lamps and textiles. We stayed in the family room which was completed in September 2012. The bed was a four-poster and a wooden ladder led up to a mezzanine level where there were two further beds. The bathroom was spacious and painted in Mediterranean blue. There were bathrobes and slippers, and even a hair-dryer, which was a bonus.
Baladin is run by Nicole who is Swiss and speaks English, French and German. She sat down with us on arrival and marked a map with all the best places to eat and drink, the spots with the most beautiful views, and an awesome vegetarian cafe with retro furnishings. Nicole has been in Essaouira for several years and is married to a local so has great advice on both things to see and do locally as well as the best places to go in Morocco.
Breakfast was brilliant - the best and biggest breakfast we had in Morocco. There was fresh bread and several kinds of jam, teas, fresh coffee, freshly-squeezed orange juice, Swiss muesli and fruit salad, yoghurt, and eggs cooked in the style of our choosing. Baladin has a fantastic multi-level terrace with sun loungers and shaded sitting alcoves.
My partner and I also tried out the spa/jacuzzi which had lit candles and was relaxing enough to almost fall asleep in.
We will definitely come back!
- Also Known As:
- Riad Baladin Hotel
- Riad Baladin Essaouira
- Riad Baladin Hotel Essaouira
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The "Riad Baladin" is situated in the nicest part of the old town of Essaouira, in the district of "la Skala," just a few meters away from the Sea and a couple of minutes away from the main Square and Port. There is no traffic allowed in the "Medina." This Oasis offers 10 rooms (singles, doubles and suites/triple) all with en-suite bathrooms in a typical Moroccan style, combined with a contemporary design. Last but not least there is also a Jacuzzi in the Patio for all the guests. ... more less