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Riad Chbanate
179 rue Chbanate, Essaouira 44000, Morocco   |  
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Ranked #5 of 78 Hotels in Essaouira
New York City, New York
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“The ideal choice”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2013 via mobile

Delightful stay. Jean was extremely generous, helpful and the experience was absolutely perfect.
The rest of the team was also really nice.
very cosy atmosphere, and a particular attention to details has been brought.

Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2013

Situated within the medina walls, Jean's riad proved to be a welcome retreat from the hussle and bustle of Essaouira life. From the warm welcome including a cooling beverage through to the sublime comforting pillows everything leant itself to pure comfort and relaxation. If visiting Essaouira, Riad Chabanate is a must.

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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2013

We just returned from 4 nights at Riad Chbanate. I'm pretty sure this is the best place I've ever stayed. Friendly staff and owners, beautiful food and wine, stunning room (especially the bath!) and an amazing and peaceful building.

Oh, and all the mint tea you can drink, for free!

We couldn't have been made to feel more welcome and would recommend it to anyone looking for a romantic break in lovely Essaouira.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
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    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2013

We stayed for two nights at Riad Chbanate and had a really great experience. The hotel is clean and well-kept. The rooms are very spacious and all have big tubs you can soak in. It's located on a quiet street, but still pretty close to the main sightseeing areas (though this isn't a big concern in Essaouira - the town is a 15-minute walk end to end). It's pretty small (8 rooms), so it doesn't have some of the amenities of larger hotels (e.g., pool, fitness center), but it does have a hot tub.

But the best thing is the staff, who are friendly and genuinely looking to help. Their restaurant recommendations were right on, which was not the case for some other places we stayed. Also, we were three people scheduled to stay in one room, and they gave us a second room for free because one was free so that we'd be more comfortable.

Prices were quite reasonable. Highly recommended.

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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
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London, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2013

We just back from a lovely romantic stay at road chbanate! Everything was lovely, the room was beautiful, the courtyard and the rooftop was also very nice, and staff were super helpful and made our stay extra nice. The location was also perfect, with a short walk to everything around, but still in a quiet street. Would absolutely recommend this Riad!

  • Stayed March 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
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2013

We have just had a week’s stay at the Riad Chbanate. There are so many things to like about it. The Riad is beautifully restored, with a pretty central courtyard and a nice sunny roof terrace. Our room was comfortable and attractive (we chose the Suite Mauresque) and the breakfasts were really good, with some of the best fresh orange juice that I have ever tasted!

The Riad is in a good location, in a quiet part of the medina but a short walk out in the evening to the restaurants. We really enjoyed the food in Essaouira – we tried all five of the restaurants that were recommended to us on the first day: L’Elyzir, Sirocco, Caravan Café, Laayoun and Chez Sam, and all of them were excellent, as was the meal we ate in the Riad on our last night.

It is also convenient for golf: we played four times at Golf de Mogador. Jean organised transport to the golf course for us, and we found that we were able to leave our clubs at the resort for the whole week and make use of the Sofitel hotel’s half hourly shuttle bus back to town.

But the best thing of all about this place is the friendliness and helpfulness of the staff. They really go out of their way to make you feel comfortable and at home, and it seems that nothing is too much trouble. Highly recommended!

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2013 via mobile

Oh my, how can we describe how much we enjoyed our single night here!
We were given a choice of accommodation and settled for the new 'Wood room' at the very top of the Riad. An enormous bed with mounds of feather pillows, huge double bath and our own outside space. I cannot emphasise how friendly & welcoming the staff are. We ended our evening off with a bottle of wine in front of a roaring log fire, discreetly left to soak up the ambience.
After a huge freshly made breakfast the following morning we were assured we could enjoy the premises for the rest of the day! Sadly we had to return to Agadir but I so wish we could have stayed longer.
Thank you for some wonderful memories.

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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 ( Wi-Fi ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#1 Romantic Hotel in Essaouira
#3 On the Beach Hotel in Essaouira
#6 Family Hotel in Essaouira
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
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, and more precisely on rue Chbanate, the riad is ideally situated near Bab Marrakech and only a few 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, a former Caid's residence, is hidden in the heart of the Essaouira Medina and 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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