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For those of you traveling with toddlers to Essaouira, Morocco you should consider the Riad Baladin. There are many reviews that detail Riad Baladin's beauty and tranquility, so I will only reconfirm and move onto the other necessities parents look for in a hotel. First, if you have never traveled to Morocco and are concerned with communication--worry no further. It is likely between all the staff members you will find a language you can clearly communicate your needs and desires. As many people have mentioned Nicole is an amazing woman with a vast wealth Essaouira knowledge. However, she is not the only one--I found the entire staff Julie, Hameed, Fatima Zahra and the rest of the breakfast/cleaning staff to be polite, helpful and most importantly tolerant of talkative/touchy toddlers (3 and 4).
We took the Supratours bus route from Marrakech and the staff met us at the bus station. There are people who will transport your luggage from the station to the Riad and if you have little one's without a stroller this is a great start (20 dirhams)--if you are worried about negotiating the staff will assist. When you immediately arrive you will receive a map and helpful information to get you started on your tour of the medina and ease your mind of where to eat. I recommend the restaurant overlooking the Escala and ocean for your afternoon meal and the Johare's Restaurant (incredible Kefta Tagine and many more traditional Moroccan meals.) If you do not remember these suggestions or plan out your trips, do not worry they assist you with food recommendations. I was pleased with all of their suggestions. Another suggestion they may offer is the horse,camel, or ATV ride--really worth the expense of time and money. My girls loved the horses--and all you have to do is ask Nicole she will set it up for you.
You are in safe hands here. The Riad is not overwhelmingly big and full of many rooms--its comforting to know that the staff knows and is aware of all the guests who stay at the Riad. Additionally, the Riad is located in a very safe area with many friendly neighbors, who will happily point you into the correct direction if lost. Despite being located slightly off the beaten path of the main two walk ways--you will have no trouble finding your way back at night or during the day--there are many landmarks that will serve as an acute reminder.
Parents or heavily packed travelers:
Most of the Riads I have stayed in do not have elevators and have steep stairs without safety hand rail to assist with trips up and down. You are in luck because they have a hand rail (a thick rope tightly latched to the wall).
There are no TVs in the rooms for those who desire quick and easy toddler entertainment and freedom from constant toddler craziness :-) but there is one downstairs with a DVD player. To counter this--I brought a small portable DVD player and head phones, it came in very handy when I just wanted to enjoy the quiet serene atmosphere of the hotel after an entire day and evening of sight seeing, eating and shopping.
Some added cool points:
We slept in the Canelle room with three beds facing inward. I loved this room and the blankets were so comfy and thick enough to leave open your windows on a breezy night. I loved hearing the ocean at night and waking up content.
My friend slept in the solo room adjacent to the Canelle room fantastic room as well. She performed yoga on the roof top terrace overlooking the medina with a slight view of the ocean.
Truly refreshing. Remember to bring a light jacket to enjoy the terrace at night. It is windy every where in Essaouira.
You know a place is truly fantastic, if you are willing to book another trip to Essaouira and stay at the same exact place again--and we will. Enjoy--I hope my evaluation and suggestions work out for you.
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