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.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Riad Chbanate Hotel Essaouira