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Riad Chbanate
179 rue Chbanate, Essaouira 44000, Morocco   |  
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Ranked #7 of 78 hotels in Essaouira
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“Fantastic Riad”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2013

This was the fifth and last stop on our trip to morocco. We had 3 nights and would have happily stayed longer. Friendly attentive staff; great room; good location. We found Essaouira a great place to finish off our trip: relaxed, great beach and lovely old Medina. What more could you ask for?

  • Stayed May 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
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2013

Sadly we read the bad reviews about this riad and did not book to stay here but stayed elsewhere for two days then to be told they had overbooked the best thing that ever happened as we loaded up and decided that we would go see this Riad. We walked through the door and both my husband and myself went wow. The reception from Noalla was amazing we were offered tea while we waited as she was busy with another client. At this stage we were not sure if they had a vacancy or not but I would have slept on the floor this Riad is spotless and so beautiful. We were shown a room the bath was huge with a wonderful shower and we were told they had to finish getting it ready we were wondering what was left to be done as the bed was made beautifully clean towels and everything appeared in order. When we went back the room and bath had rose petals added as the finishing touches. This Riad has such a wonderful eye for detail and their aim is to ensure the guest is happy we lay out on the roof and had a hot tub as well. One of the cleaning ladies noticed by husbands face was getting burned and offered him a hat and enquired did I need one as I had gone downstairs for a coffee The following morning we had breakfast and oh my god do they do a breakfast to die for it was the best breakfast I have ever had even in five stars hotels they could not compete. So if you are looking at this Riad and debating staying here because of the one bad review do not make the mistake we did and not book you will not be disappointed. The photos just about do this Riad justice the staff are amazing and nothing is too much bother and the owner certainly deserves credit for the high quality of this Riad unfortunately he was away when we stayed here but we hope to return again.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2013

We stayed at the Riad Chbanate for part of our honeymoon in March and we had an amazing experience. The riad is very peaceful, beautiful, relaxing, clean, and romantic. We really appreciated Jean's design and the thoughtful details throughout. We spent two nights in the oriental suite and two nights in the zen suite. Jean and all of the staff took excellent care of us and were extremely kind and helpful. We highly recommend Riad Chbanate.

  • 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 May 22, 2013 via mobile

The riad was beautiful and all the staff were very friendly. Greg went out of his way to make sure we were having an enjoyable stay and gave really useful advice on where to go and how. Would recommend to anyone planning on going to essaouria.

  • Stayed May 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2013

Absolutely stunning place. We arrived late at night completely frazzled from a crazy windowless taxi ride from Marrakech. After passing beggars around street fires, bone thin dogs I was sooooo relieved when the giant sturdy door of the Riad Chbanate opened to reveal what looked like the gardens of a palace. I felt like I had stepped into the book Arabian nights. Roses everywhere, water trickling gently from the fountain and the gentle crackling of logs in the relaxing reading room. The guardian offered to make us food (1am in the morning) and then lit the fire in our very own fireplace. The owner a very lovely and charismatic young French men has wonderful taste and style. He told us the tale if how he left home at a young age to see the world. He has brought his vision and romanticism to the Hotel. Exquisite, clean, romantic.. I spent the whole time in the bath!

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  • Stayed June 2012, 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 April 30, 2013 via mobile

I have never stayed anywhere finer. The facilities, assistance and cleanliness were absolutely first rate. Like most riads, there are only 7 rooms, so there's a sense of prestige and a personal experience with the staff that was just first class. Noelle and Greggy were always pleasant and interested in helping us. Their guidance was always useful, and the mint tea the best we had in Morocco. Easily the highlight accommodation of our honeymoon, we wouldn't hesitate to recommend it.

  • Stayed April 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2013

We absolutely loved our Riad in Essaouira, in every single sense. The whole place is beautiful and decorated with such great taste. It was a pleasure to come back every day after our visits and have a ‘thé a la menthe’ in the courtyard or on the terrace.

Our room was really nice, every little detail was special, loved the toiletries (the shower gel and the lait corporel were so nice that we bought some to bring home).

The staff was very friendly and always eager to help. Greggy ‘the boss’, as the real boss calls him, met us at the Supratour station and gave us an excellent brief of the town, including good recommendations of places to drink and eat. We were celebrating our 10 years anniversary and Greggy gave us a bottle of wine!

Breakfast was excellent and abundant, fresh orange juice, fruit, yoghurt, crêpes, Msemmen (Morrocan crepe), croissants, pain au chocolat and jam, honey and Amlou (delicious almond sauce), and we could also order eggs.

I would not hesitate to recommend this place to anyone visiting Essaoiura.

  • Stayed April 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
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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 ( WiFi ) 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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