Wow. It's really quite difficult to put into words just how wonderful this place is.
We stayed at Riad Chbanate for 5 nights in early April and as soon as you walk through the large wooden door you enter an oasis of calm, luxury and great service. The Riad has been beautifully restored from what was essentially a total ruin just 6 years ago. Everything feels very luxurious, authentic and well thought out.
We arrived at around 2pm after travelling from Marrakesh, and were given a map and talked through the local sights, the best restaurants and general experiences to be had by the fantastic Noelle.
We booked Suite Tyfina on the first floor, which was lovely. A really comfy bed, hammock and a huge bath (more than big enough for 2!).
The roof terrace is really nice with great views across the rooftops of the medina to the sea, and the jacuzzi is a bonus when it's a particularly hot day!
Breakfast was great. Fresh fruit and yogurt, toast, pastries, pancakes and fresh orange juice, tea/coffee. We looked forward to it every day.
If you request it in the morning you can have dinner in the riad. You can ask for whatever you'd like and the staff then go and buy what they need to make it for you. We actually didn't do this, but I do regret it slightly as we heard great things from other guests and the atmosphere in the evenings in the comfy restaurant/seating area is really private and romantic.
We went out for dinner each night, but always looked forward to getting back to the riad and settling in front of the open fire for a beer/glass of wine. The staff make you feel so comfortable and the atmosphere is so intimate and lovely that is really is a great end to the evening.
You just need to ask and Noelle/Greggy will make reservations for you at any of the local restauarants.
Last but most definitely not least - the WONDERFUL Noelle and Greggy. Just the most amazing, hospitable people who make you feel like you are family. Nothing is too much trouble, they seem to really enjoy what they do and genuinely care about the guests. They are so enthusiastic and they made our stay even more special.
I'm not ashamed to admit I was little emotional about leaving this place, especially when we were given huge hugs upon leaving!
This is really an amazing place.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Riad Chbanate Hotel Essaouira