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“Welcoming environment in the medina” 4 of 5 stars
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Riad Baladin
Rue Sidi Magdoul 9, Essaouira 44000, Morocco   |  
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Ranked #8 of 78 Hotels in Essaouira
Brooklyn, New York
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“Welcoming environment in the medina”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2013

We spent 2 nights at this Riad during a weeklong trip through Morocco in August 2012. First of all, try to make it out to Essaouira as the seaside locale distinguishes it greatly from other tourist spots in Morocco. The location is great, easily within walking distance to many of the places you'll want to see in Essaouira. If you're unsure of how to get there, have a porter take you to the Riad's tucked-away entrance. We stayed in Chambre Grise, and it seems all of the rooms have unique charm. Of course, as everyone else will note, our multilingual hostess/owner was a great help during our stay. Breakfast on the terrace was always a treat, and the other common areas were also nice to lounge in. There were renovations at the time of our visit, but hopefully these have since been completed. Definitely recommended for a short...or long stay in Essaouira!!

Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2013

Riad Baladin quickly felt like a home away from home. The rooms are cosy and very tastefully decorated, and the roof terrace is ideal for catching some silent rays of sunshine. Tempting to spend much of your time lazing about the place, but Nicole will ensure that you make the most of your holidays with great recommendations for excursions and restaurants and shopping nearby. I stayed at 2 different riads during my time in Essaouira and wish I'd spent my whole time at Baladin. Nicole's care and personal attention gives Baladin a warmth and atmosphere of welcoming that is rare, and definitely makes a difference in terms of feeling at ease and at home while traveling.

After leaving Essaouira I went to the desert for a few days and she gave me amazing tips on where to stay on my way there and back, as well as helping me to rent a car for the trip. When I got lost trying to find one of the riad's she'd recommended I didn't hesitate to call her to ask for directions. She definitely goes beyond just making your stay in Essaouira one to remember, she seems personally invested in making your whole holiday an amazing experience.

Thanks to Nicole and all of the wonderful staff for such a great memory and hope to see you again soon!

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2013

We stayed at Riad Baladin for 4 nights between Christmas and New Year as part of a family trip to Morocco. We originally booked Chambre Terrasse but Nicole the manageress very kindly upgraded us to Chambre Rose after our first night. We were 2 adults with a 6 year old and she felt Chambre Rose would suit us better. On arrival Nicole was there to welcome us and immediately sat us down and pointed out all the things to see and recommended places to eat. Breakfast was great and served on the terrace and rooms very comfortable. The Riad is very well positioned and a short walk to almost all the places you would want to go to. Pasta Baladin around the corner is also great for a great pasta and they even delivered to the Riad one evening when they could not accommodate our party of 6 in the restaurant. All in all very friendly staff, clean and comfortable. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Riad Baladin.

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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2013

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!

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Princeton, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2013

Riad Baladin is exquisitely decorated, very stylish, comfortable, and so welcoming! Nicole is wonderful and her colleagues are kind and helpful. Breakfast was absolutely delicious. Make time for the hot tub. Lovely stay -- wish it could have been longer!

Stayed January 2013, traveled solo
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London
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2013

We had a lovely time staying at Riad Baladin over the New Year period. Nicole, the owner, was very welcoming and gave us lots of great advice on places to eat and drink in Essaouira. We stayed in the 'chambre terrasse' -it had a lovely beachy feel. Although breakfast is served on the terrace just outside the room, we never felt overlooked. It was a lovely, peaceful and homely place to stay. We particularly enjoyed the breakfast served each morning by the very friendly staff and we would definitely recommend Riad Baladin to anyone visiting Essaouira.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Windermere, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2013

We stayed at Riad Baladin for 5 nights during a 2 week family tour of Morocco which had been organised by Nicole the manager at Baladin. ( We did a version of Baladin's tour c which was a truly amazing and unforgettable experience and gave us all a real insight into what Morocco has to offer!)
Our party consisted of 2 adults and our three children aged 19,18 and 12.
Our bedrooms (Grise and Rose)were incredibly comfortable and peaceful and we all slept wonderfully well. Breakfasts were served on the roof terrace and were the best we experienced during our whole time in Morocco! Plenty of different breads and even pancakes, fresh fruit salad, cooked eggs, local jams and lovely fresh coffee
The atmosphere is very relaxed and homely and there is enough living spaces to either mix with other guests or find your own space and explore the charming rooms, and magical nooks and corners which are thoughtfully furnished.
Nicole is a legend! She was on hand if we needed any advise and provided us with maps and local information sending us to never to be forgotten places we may not have found.
We can't wait to return!

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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Address: Rue Sidi Magdoul 9, Essaouira 44000, Morocco
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Location: Morocco > Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region > Essaouira
Amenities:
Beach Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#4 On the Beach Hotel in Essaouira
#4 Family Hotel in Essaouira
#5 Romantic Hotel in Essaouira
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 8
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 & Massage for all the guests. ... more   less 
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