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“Just average.” 3 of 5 stars
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Riad Chbanate
179 rue Chbanate, Essaouira 44000, Morocco   |  
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Ranked #5 of 77 Hotels in Essaouira
Melbourne, Australia
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“Just average.”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2012

I chose this place based on trip advisor reviews & to be honest was surprised that this could be #1. We have stayed at other riads in other areas which were so much more beautiful with really warm, helpful staff who know you by name (especially because most riads only have 6-10 rooms). The room was pleasant but with a damp smell. A few basic touches missing from the room like towel holders, a door on the bathroom (not so great when you've returned from a big meal & want some peace & quiet away from others!), a cupboard to put your luggage in.

Having said that, the breakfast were yum, the room with a fireplace was cosy & the rooftop terrace was sweet. Greggy, the head of the hotel staff, was so friendly & helpful. He truly made our experience in Essaouira memorable. He recommended a few restaurants that were excellent & a hammam spa to try.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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34 hotel reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2012

Nice and neat place but nothing really special compared to other riads in Morocco. Also, do not go there during the rainy season - all the top floor and the middle"yard" are wet and couches/chairs covered with plastic. Place has a cozy breakfast room with a bonfire - a big extra during the autumn-evenings. Efficient service, but no personal touch/service (as may in some other riads have - they even remember your name etc). No cupboard in our room nor a place for two luggage.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2012

So romantic!

great rooms, wonderful bathrooms.
a professional reception, we spent 3 wonderful nights in this hotel
We recommend visitors to Essaouira
We came twice in Essaouira and next time we will not fail to see you again
thank you to all the team of the hotel so charming

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 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 October 31, 2012

This was quite possibly one of the most romantic places I've stayed in. The whole experience from the candle lit evenings enjoying a drink in the center of the riad to indulging in a long soak in the sunken bath in our room. The food was amazing both for breakfast and dinner and I would definitely stay here again if I come back to Essaouira.

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  • Stayed November 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 October 18, 2012

We found this Riad through TA. Such a great find. A little way from the port and main square, but a lovely walk. I felt a little uncomfortable at night walking back from dinner, but it was ok.

Stunning Riad. Lovely rooms. Fantastic breakfast.

Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2012

Great place. The staff are super nice and can't help you enough. Room (the Hyatt room) was amazing complete with a fantastic round bath and shower room. Great little touches like rose petals all across the bathroom when we arrived, endless free mint tea and cakes.

  • Stayed September 2012, 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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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2012

Having stayed at Riad Chbanate a few months ago, we decided that we would break the habit of a lifetime and actually take the time to review somewhere we've visited. We have both been to the far corners of the world and stayed in some pretty special places but this place has to be the best. In fact, it's the first time we've been somewhere where it would be criminal for us not to spread the word!
The riad itself is sumptous; an idyllic oasis in the sometimes crazy world of Morocco. The rooms are absolutely gorgeous; traditional Moroccan furniture, drapes and decor. Our room (Suite Berbere, the cheapest on offer) was delightful - particularly the enormous limestone bath - and it's hard to imagine how any of the other rooms could be better - although we're sure they are!
Guests are guaranteed excellent service from Jean and the charming Greggy. Both will bend over backwards to assist in any way they can and to ensure everyone's stay is truly memorable. Guests will also be treated to a spectacular breakfast of croissants, pains-au-chocolat, pancakes, jams, spreads, fruit salad, yoghurt, freshly squeezed orange juice and more every morning! The riad also benefits from a gorgeous open-air courtyard where you can relax on low, soft seated furniture and a roof terrace complete with jacuzzi.
We won't rush back to Morocco - only because there are hundreds more countries still to see - but if we do go back, the main reason will be to go back here.

  • Stayed June 2012, 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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Additional Information about Riad Chbanate

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:
#2 Romantic Hotel in Essaouira
#3 On the Beach Hotel in Essaouira
#6 Family Hotel in Essaouira
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
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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