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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
London, United Kingdom
2 reviews
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“ABSOLUTELY BRILLIANT STAY”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2013

I could not recommend this beautiful Riad highly enough. Although ideal for a honeymoon, it was also brilliant for two friends wanting to stay somewhere nice. The breakfast and the biscuits (made by Noel's sister) were great. We stayed in the Oriental room and it really was unbelievably special. I feel like I'm gushing but it was such a pleasant stay that I can't help it! The staff made it for us: they gave us great recommendations for places to eat/go for Hammam and generally made us laugh and feel welcome. Essaouria is a very traditional place and can be a little difficult to penetrate so having such incredible staff made it a wonderful experience. Thanks for a great stay! Rachael (of Rachael and Sarah!) xxxx

Room Tip: The Oriental room was incredible!
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with friends
    • 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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  • Sleep Quality
    5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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London, United Kingdom
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2013

Wonderful riad. Wonderful experience. Staff couldnt have been more helpful.
The rooms are different and unique with a style that makes you feel like you should be spending a huge amount of money.
So helpful in organising activities - from horse riding to restaurant reservations to cars to the airport. Not forecful, just friendly and helpful.
Great experience.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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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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Dublin, Dublin, Ireland
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
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 hotel reviews
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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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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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