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“Beautiful, tranquil and spotlessly clean” 5 of 5 stars
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Riad Chbanate
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   179 rue Chbanate, Essaouira 44000, Morocco   |  
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Ranked #3 of 76 Hotels in Essaouira
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“Beautiful, tranquil and spotlessly clean”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2011

My husband and I stayed at the Riad Chbanate for 4 nights in the Oriental room. I wasn't too impressed with Essaouira on arrival, however the Riad proved to be an oasis. The staff were charming and helpful, especially the guy from Casablanca and the Moroccan guy who works in the evenings. The room was totally spotless with beautiful fresh bed linen changed daily, a bath big enough to fit about 4 people, candles and countless sockets. The riad was really peaceful and I slept very well (usually not a great sleeper in hotels but felt totally relaxed here as there was no noise, it was so comfortable and so clean). The breakfast was good albeit slightly too sweet for my taste. Also, I'd have preferred more fresh fruit rather than lots of sugary cakes and croissants and the coffee was always tepid rather than hot. However the freshly squeezed orange juice and fresh yoghurt were lovely and it was presented beautifully. The rooftop terrace was good for relaxing on and there was plenty of space with comfortable sunloungers and clean beach towels laid out daily. I didn't love Essaouira but I definitely loved this Riad, and was able to totally unwind and relax there. The room wasn't cheap at €150 per night for the location, but worth the expense for a spot of welcome luxury.

  • Stayed April 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2011

We booked a superior room which has been very, very cosy. The owners were friendly - the breakfast one of the best ones we had during our stay in Marroco - especially the homemade joghurt. Attention: Booking was with 'hotels.com' - and the hotel is not correctly marked on the map there'. Park in front of 'Bab Marrakech', enter the medina and then its a two minutes walk on the right side... .

  • Stayed April 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2011

An oasis in the medina. We stayed for 3 nights and were delighted every moment. Everything was marvellous, the food, the common areas, our room, the bathtub, the conversations, the coffee, the rooftop terrace, Jean and Thais (and Oliver!) - Thank-you! for a wonderful wonderful stay. We could not have asked for more.

  • Stayed March 2011, 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
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2011

Everything was wonderful - the rooms are decorated with amazing style and taste and the service of the friendly staff is delightful. A perfect haven in a great location.

  • Stayed March 2011
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2011

Stayed with Jean and Thais for four days and it rained heavily for two of them. They are such lovely hosts. The fires were lit, everyone was made to feel very comfortable, there was mint tea and food whenever you wanted it, and the dinner served by their staff was delicious. Some of us spent most of an afternoon reading in front of the fire in the main area downstairs; a delightful refuge from the rain.
The riad is such a lovely, chilled out place .... even when its raining. The room and bathroom were lovely - the photos on the website don't really do it justice, as we said to Thais. This riad thoroughly deserves its place at the top of the rankings in Eassaouira.
Ate at Sirocco, which was a very pleasant experience, food was lovely, good wine list etc, and live music. Stopped for drinks at the three cafes along the beach; very relaxed, lovely views. Also ate at Chez Sam, which was an experience in itself. Apart from the fish, which was lovely, it was a bit like falling into an epsiode of a themed 1980's television programme, Gloria Gaynor's "I Will Survive" blasting out from the sound system, rice salad straight out of early Delia cookbooks, photos of Hollywood movie stars mingling with those of the Moroccan King and members of the owners family. Lots of fun.

  • Stayed March 2011, 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2011

We stayed for 3 nights with Thais and Jean, the Catalan-French owners and were completely bowled over by the experience....we really did not want to leave. From our spacious room with lots of small luxurious touches as well as wi-fi and satellite tv (Sky News, BBC World and CNN among many others) to the lovely downstairs dining room and the sunny roof terrace, everything was picture perfect. Entering from the hustle and bustle of the medina we found an oasis of calm and were always greeted with tea and pastries. The two young owners really made the difference though with their charm and assistance, and the staff too were faultless. On the last evening we ate diner in and it was one of the best meals we have ever eaten! Go, you will not be disappointed!

  • Stayed March 2011, 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2011

Upon arrival we were greeted warmly by Jean and his wife and baby. We were offered a seat, a drink and some delicious pastries while Jean explained the map and gave us our bearings. He gave us lots of good advice and we had a great chat. We were so impressed with his friendly, honest and good humoured approach.
The building itself is stunning and all hand built and decorated by Jean. Our room (the Mauresk) was simply astounding - absolutely HUGE and SPOTLESS! Beautifully decorated, with a super comfortable bed, TV, big duvet, towel robes, and fresh flower petals strewn everywhere. Also i noticed there were wall sockets everywhere - very unusual and so convenient for phone / camera / laptop charging etc.
Some steps down lead to a beautiful vanity area and bathroom.
The bath is the piece de resistance! More than big enough for two, with an array of bath salts and oils (refilled each morning) an oil burner, and loads of candles everywhere. What a treat! There is also a fire in the room which we could have asked them to light if we wished.
Breakfast was served for us (whatever time we wished) out on the terrace just off our room. And what a breakfast! (see picture) Simply the BEST we have ever had.
I could go on and on. We really didnt want to leave the accomodation and had to force ourselves to go out and explore Essaouira!
ALso during our stay we ate in a wonderful little restaurant called 'La Decouverte'. Highly recommended!

  • Stayed January 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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: 179 rue Chbanate, Essaouira 44000, Morocco
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Location: Morocco > Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region > Essaouira
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Beverage Selection Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#1 On the Beach Hotel in Essaouira
#2 Romantic Hotel in Essaouira
#2 Luxury Hotel in Essaouira
#6 Family Hotel in Essaouira
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Riad Chbanate 4*
Number of rooms: 8
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
This traditional, 18th century Moroccan residence was once home to the Caid d'Essaouira and his family.Located in the Medina of Essaouira the riad is ideally situated near Bab Marrakech and only a 5 minutes walk from the beach.Through a complete renovation, this authentic riad has been transformed into a residence of modern comfort and elegant surroundings. A jewel of the Essaouira Medina, Riad Chbanate welcomes you with a delicate ambiance created by the timeless magic and perfumes of the Orient. Riad Chbanate has been renovated with care and elegance to offer you an authentic, tasteful, and very comfortable environment. The services provided by Riad Chbanate are worthy of the much larger luxury hotels of Morocco. Step through the door of Riad Chbanate and discover its unique magic. Warm and friendly, with the comfort of luxury hotel services, it is only natural that guests feel at home in Riad Chbanate. Faithful to traditional design, and to ensure exceptional comfort, Riad Chbanate is a perfect blend of Moroccan craftsmanship and modern convenience. In the Moroccan tradition of generous and flavorful meals, Riad Chbanate invites you to discover the specialties of the region with each gourmet dining experience. With attentive service and a personalized concierge, the staff of Riad Chbanate is at your disposal, at all times, for your utmost comfort. ... more   less 
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