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“A delightful way to end our trip to morocco” 5 of 5 stars
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Riad Chbanate
179 rue Chbanate, Essaouira 44000, Morocco   |  
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“A delightful way to end our trip to morocco”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2013

After a fantastic, action packed 13 days of seeing the sights of morocco from Mountains to Desert, Cities to Ruins through the great offices of our travel company, Morocco Explored, my family of 5 (all over 18) were ready for a few days downtime by the time we reached Essaouira.

Riad Chabanate looked as if it was a bit out of the way being towards the back of the Medina and the street leading to it is not always as clean as it might be. But walk though the door and an oasis of calm and luxury awaits. Moreover, the Riad serves cold wine and beer which after the general paucity of said substance generally in Morocco , we consumed with some relish!
Noel - the owner/manageress was fantastic; as was Greggie - both super hosts and very helpful. Breakfast was delicious and freshly prepared. The rooms were very comfortable (we had Suite Oriental with the massive elliptical bath and our sons shared Zen Suite). Free Wifi was welcome. The roof terrace was a real sun trap and the Jacuzzi cooling. And the courtyard was a great place to relax with that cool glass of slightly off-dry wine from Languedoc, before hitting the town for an evening meal!
Could the Riad be improved? Of course if one was super picky. But as a place to spend a few days, it was for us perfect!

Room Tip: Zen Suite is slightly odd as the bath is right by the main Suite door - just make sure the door is l...
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with family
    • 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 September 12, 2013

We love our stay of 3 nights in Riad Chbanate. The top floor room has full access to lounging area and jacuzzi which made it very comfortable to relax around . The French owners had made the rooms and general areas very cosy and very tastefully done. They had gone down a path where you have free wifi , bottles of water and soft drinks. All the service staffs were outstanding , always willing to help in every way. Morning breakfast with crepes, local fried pratas, Danish pastries and even eggs done in any way you like, truly delicious and generous for Moroccan standard.

Room Tip: Go for the room on the top floor !
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2013

We came to Essaouira after 3 days in Marrakech and it was a breath of calm, relaxing air! When we walked into the Riad, we were amazed straight away. The building is fantastic. We were there 2 minutes and Noelle (apologies if I have spelled this incorrectly) offered to upgrade us to a better room for free. The room was one of the nicest rooms I have ever stayed in in my life. Amazing. Large marble bathtub, infinity tap, massive rainfall shower in the centre - absolutely amazing. Again. Breakfast was also great, much better than any of the other places we stayed so far (we still have 2 more days in Fes) and everyone was so helpful. Noelle and Greggi (again apologies for the incorrect spelling) were both very friendly and helpful and booked out hammam for us and a camel ride along the beach at sunset (a bit lame I know, but when in Rome etc. etc)

We also needed to get some things printed for our return to Ireland and they happily obliged. They also got us a taxi for our early start to Fes and gave us some bits and pieces to eat for the journey, even though we left the Riad at 6:30 am.

By the way, just a note for anyone staying here - if you come by Supratour bus, the Riad is only 5 mins walk from the station. So, when the Riad says it will collect you, do not look for a taxi ( as we were doing for about 15 mins) but look for a boy with a cart with the Riad's name on the side, as he will take your luggage and walk you to the Riad.

This place was amazing and I would recommend it instantly. If this is only the number 3 Riad in Essaouira, I'd like to see 1 and 2 as this place is faultless.

Finally, I saw the 1 terrible review for this place. That person should not be allowed to review here. She complained about the TV not showing English stations (you are in Morocco), the people who live there "hanging round" the streets outside the Riad (you are in Morocco - this is how the people live in cities) and finally that the staff asked why they hadn't finished breakfast (surely concern as to the quality of food is a good thing???). What anuy of this has to do with the quality of this Riad is beyond me.

Go for it. You will not regret it.

  • Stayed August 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 August 21, 2013

First of all the rooms are very nice, we slept for four nights in the berbere suite and it was delicious.
The breakfast excellent, maybe one of the best we had in morocco so far.
Staff well prepared, english speaking and very helpful.
We loved every detail.
Water is free of charge, which doesn't cost a lot to the hotel but it is a small thing which makes the difference.
We would recommend this place to all our friends.

  • Stayed August 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2013

French owned Moroccan run elegantly furnished raid. Nasal and greggy are exceptional - could not be more helpful or welcoming. Nawal took my wife to her local hamman, we learnt to cook pastilla with the chef who makes the pastries for breakfast. The medina is a trove of experiences waiting to happen. We were in the city over eid - streets overflowing with celebrants. The raid is a wonderfully peaceful place to return to.

Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2013 via mobile

We just spent 4 nights at Riad Chbanate and loved our stay in this quiet, recently built hotel. Beautiful bedrooms (we enjoyed the suite oriental with its amazing bathroom), super friendly staff, and excellent breakfast. We will return with the rest of the family.

Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2013

Riad Chbanate was simply a lovely experience. It appears to have been quite recently renovated as the rooms looked newly decorated and everything was very clean. Also, for a riad (we stayed in a couple of others throughout Morocco) the rooms were very large. The bed was huge and very comfortable - i think we slept the best here of all the places we stayed in marrakech. There is also air con and satellite tv although we didn't use either! In the bathroom we had a massive plunge bath with multi-jet shower, which was a nice surprise as we didn't realise we were going to have it. The roof terrace/sun deck is lovely and gets a nice breeze so its not too hot in the middle of the day. There is no pool but there is a jacuzzi which is nice.

In terms of other perks, the breakfast is certainly one. It is very generous and you eat it down in the bottom of the riad which is cool and peaceful. The riad also provides free soft drinks (water, coffee, mint tea) throughout the stay which is actually a surprisingly big plus when you come to pay (I didn't realise it was free until the end!).

Beyond that, Noelle and Greg, who are the two main staff, are an absolute delight. They are so helpful with planning trips/giving advice as to where to eat/visit etc. They are also always happy to chat about anything else and really accommodating with small requests, which is exactly what you want.

All in all, this place is deserving of being classed as one of the best places to stay in Essaouira.

Room Tip: We had the Berber suite. It was nice and large and we had no complaints.
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  • Stayed July 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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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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