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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
Nottingham, United Kingdom
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“Lovely place to stay”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2013

My wife and stayed here for five days in March 2013.

It's a great place to stay, the staff are great, really great, they just seem to know exactly how to look after you, never in your face, never pushy but really attentive and really nice people.

We stayed in the Oriental room, it has a very good bathroom with a massive bath, great soaps, towels and always has hot water, great way of getting the sand off after a long walk up the windy beach.

The place is French owned with Moroccan staff which makes for a good combination of efficiency and friendliness. Breakfast is good, fresh and always has some great pastries with it. there are fires when it's cool and AC if it gets hot.

The only negative point is the roof terrace, it's a little small for 8 rooms to share and lacks character but is still a pleasant place to spend an afternoon with a good book.

You have to walk through some windy alleys to get to the restaurants and main strip - these are a little confusing initially but you soon get used to it and the location is a lovely place to explore the whole of the beautiful town from.

Definitely add to your shortlist if you're planning a stay in Essaouira - Also don't miss Elizer's Restaurant - you have to book normally but the food is superb.

Room Tip: We had look round all the rooms when they were empty and they are all really good. There's a n...
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 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 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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London, United Kingdom
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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
    • 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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Exeter, United Kingdom
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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
    • 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 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.

Room Tip: Mauresque room is on the top (fourth) floor, which is a bit of hike, but the plus side is it's v...
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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
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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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
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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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
    • 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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