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“Perfect luxurious get away” 5 of 5 stars
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Riad Chbanate
4.5 of 5 Hotel   |   179 rue Chbanate, Essaouira 44000, Morocco   |  
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Ranked #6 of 78 hotels in Essaouira
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“Perfect luxurious get away”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2013

We ballsed up! Having told the Riad we'd land at 15.40 and could we have a taxi waiting, on the flight we realized our mistake that in fact we'd be landing at 19.00 hours........
But of course the driver was waiting for us, the fire lit as we arrived, given food and drink even though the chef had gone home, the heater on in our room to take off the night chill and an absolute guarantee that nothing was a problem.
From start to finish this amazing destination deserves every accolade it gets. Thank you!

  • Stayed February 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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  • Sleep Quality
    5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2013

We stayed here for 4 nights on our honeymoon and couldn't have made a better choice. Our room was absolutely gorgeous and we ended every day in front of a roaring fire in the fireplace of our bedroom. Nothing was too much trouble for the staff. I had a very bad cough and so my husband asked for directions to a chemist. The owner pointed out that nothing was open in the medina so he went off on his motorbike to a chemist out of town and brought me back medicine. Every effort was made to make our stay magical. Don't hesitate to book a stay here - we'll definitely return. And, be sure to try the freshly squeezed orange juice and croissants for breakfast!

  • 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2013

We absolutely loved this Riad.

It is easy to find, the building is beautiful, the atmosphere is great, the food is delicious, the staff are really friendly and know exactly what they are doing. The recommendations we got for dining and visiting were absolutely spot on. This Riad was certainly our favourite place in Essaouira.

  • 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2013

All that marks this riad from the outside in the narrow medina street is the front door and its sign but stepping inside you find yourself in a charming entrance hall and courtyard. The staff and management were most welcoming - I particularly appreciated the complementary beer after an 11-hour journey! My room, Suite Berbere, on the second floor was quiet, well-appointed and spacious and, although it did not have a view, it did have exterior windows, unlike some rooms in other riads. There was great attention to detail, for example, on arrival, my bathroom was strewn with rose petals. Breakfast was a treat, with freshly-squeezed orange juice and fresh breads. All staff were most attentive and helpful. All the main sights of the town were in easy walking distance, as were the bus station and taxi/car park.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2013

This riad was easy to find from the parking lot just outside the medina walls. The entire staff was friendly, helpful and very accommodating (they didn't mind carting breakfast all the way to the terrace for me and my wife). Speaking of breakfast, possibly the best croissant I have had in Morocco. Very much appreciated. The rooms are large, clean, well decorated and incredibly comfortable. Our room had a hammock, which was nice for reading. Great orientation and very good recommendations for restaurants.

Room Tip: They are just finishing a room on the terrace with a great spa tub... worth checking out.
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  • 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2013

Excellent Riad. Easy to find, looks beautiful and our room was amazing, large and with its own huge bath. The staff were particularly helpful and kind (making us a free sandwich for the road, that sort of thing), breakfasts were a feast and I particularly liked their fire and living room. Can’t recommend this place enough.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 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 January 14, 2013

Staff all very helpful and welcoming. Greggy, as others have mentioned, is a star and absolutely full of information about the good and not so good places in town.
The room (suite orientale) was really lovely, all tadelakt with a big open fireplace - very cosy in December. Plenty of cupboard/drawer space.
A sumptuous bathroom with a huge bath. There is only a curtain and not a door separating the bathroom from the bedroom. If this is a problem for you, maybe don't book this room.
Nice roof terrace (with hot tub!).
Don't listen to the 3 star reviewers, this place is lovely.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Also Known As:
Riad Chbanate Hotel Essaouira
Riad Chbanate Hotel
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 ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#1 Romantic Hotel in Essaouira
#2 On the Beach Hotel in Essaouira
#2 Luxury Hotel in Essaouira
#6 Family Hotel in Essaouira
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Riad Chbanate 4.5*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Riad is on the centre of old town and 5 minutes walking from the beach. Surrounded by shops, markets, coffees, pharmacies and restaurants for eating out. Composed of 8 suites with complet bathroom with big bathtube and free 100% natural amenties, flat screen TV, climatization and fireplace, minibar with free sodas. Comfortable littery with egiptyan cotton. Terrace with see view. Charming salon decorated with antique Moroccan furniture, open moroccan kitchen at your service. ... more   less 
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