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Riad Chbanate
179 rue Chbanate, Essaouira 44000, Morocco   |  
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Ranked #5 of 78 Hotels in Essaouira
Chichester, United Kingdom
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“Riad Chbanate”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2014

My wife and i booked to stay at Riad Chbanate for our honeymoon we stayed for 10 days and found what we would call a real oasis within a walled town it offered a comfort ,quality ,peaceful retreat from a bussling busy. The staff were all very friendly and helpful. We had a gorgeous room with the most amazing bath and a terrace with a hot-tub and sun loungers. All in all we would give it a high recommendation.

  • Stayed September 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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  • 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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Fukuoka, Japan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2014

We had a small van take us from Marrakesh to Essauoira and the company arranged by Riad Chbanate was great--the driver was careful. The young man who welcomed us to the Riad was warm and kind. I agree with other opinions about the rooms and the bathrooms in them--my bath was heavenly. The thing I liked most was the breakfast--excellent quality. We didn't get to see the owner much--he was busy--but I did see him talking to other patrons. The riad is in the town--not right slap in the thick of things, yet only a few minutes walk--this is an advantage on noisy Saturday nights.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 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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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2014

This is an excellent riad. The place is top notch and the staff is super friendly.

We stayed in the Mauresque Room. This was on the terrace. Huge rooms and very luxurious. Would definitely stay here again. Location is also very convenient and its walking distance from the bus stop in case you are coming by bus from Marrakesh.

A bit on the expensive side.

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 3 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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Guildford, United Kingdom
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2014

Lovely riad very welcoming. Rooms beautiful and perfect location . Looking forward to coming back very soon. Would recommend this riad if planning a short stay as very well located and near to the coach station and beach. Lots of lovely restaurants to try and the staff as the riad will help you locate these restaurants and offer advice on where to eat and shop.

Room Tip: All rooms individual and all of high standard that we could see.
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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service

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Canmore, Alberta
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36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2014

You will not be disappointed by this delightful riad. The staff & service are excellent lead by Noel, Samira the excellent head cook & the very helpful Greg who will meet your every need. The rooms & common areas are very nicely decorated & charming, & there is a delightful roof area perfect for relaxation. The star of the riad is the wonderful rooftop suite with great views over the medina.

  • Stayed March 2014, 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2014

We recently spent a few days in Essaouira and had the privilege of staying at Riad Chbanate. We arrived in Essaouira after a half-day drive from Casablanca and frankly, were concerned as we walked through the streets of the old city to the riad. The narrow streets are packed with people, dusty and uneven. We rang the bell and were greeted by Greddy, a friendly, professional inn-keeper in an absolutely beautiful, accommodating, comfortable space. We enjoyed a glass of wine as we chatted about the city and the small hotel (eight rooms).
Our suite was spacious and lovely, with an incredible tub large enough for six or so people.
We enjoyed a wonderful dinner on our first night at the riad.
The staff saw to our every need, provided detailed information about the city and made perfect recommendations of restaurants and activities.
At €150 per night, Riad Chbanate is not only beautiful, but a great bargain as well.
We recommend this delightful oasis without reservation.

  • Stayed March 2014, 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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2014

We stayed in the Hayate suite which was absolutely gorgeous! The biggest bed ever, a beautiful open fire that they lit for us on 2 evenings, which was lovely to fall asleep with, and then the bathroom...The bath is so big it takes about 20-30 minutes to fill up, and everyday they fill up the bubble bath for you, so you can enjoy the experience all over again! We had a bath every day just for the sheer enjoyment of it! The staff at the riad were all lovely and very helpful when we had questions, and organised an afternoon camel riding for us. The breakfasts were amazing as well. They were all more than happy to help with anything we needed.

Having spent a few days in Marrakech, Essaouira was a good come down. The town is very relaxed in comparison, and smaller so you can't get lost. We went down to the harbour when they were bringing the fish in which was fun, lots of odd looking things coming in! The fish markets are a must, pick your fish and they cook it for you there and then. It was gorgeous! Chalet de la plage is also brilliant for tasty food.

Room Tip: Hayate suite is wonderful!! The photos don't do it justice
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  • Stayed January 2014, 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 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 ( Wi-Fi ) Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) 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): $$
Number of rooms: 8
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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