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Riad Chbanate
179 rue Chbanate, Essaouira 44000, Morocco   |  
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Ranked #6 of 78 hotels in Essaouira
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“Beautiful. Attentive service.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

We stayed here for a week and couldn't have enjoyed our stay more. The staff were delightful, our room was superb.
As it was my birthday, they also made us a special dinner and upgraded us to the rooftop suite for the night.
This was the highlight if our morocco holiday, and we'd love to revisit in the future.

Stayed August 2013
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The staff is remarkable here, and the building itself is excellent. Like the rest of Essaouira, it is developing compared to Marrakech, but there is a warmth to the road that is putting them on the right course.

They do not regularly serve food past breakfast, but if you order in advance, they will make a custom dinner to order for next to nothing. There is a personal touch there that is hard to find.

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  • Stayed October 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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We stayed for a few nights after visiting Marrakech. The Riad is very clean, cute and a good value. The staff treats guests like family with their warm smiles and helpful service. No complaints - only advice is for physically challenged travelers. As in much of Morocco, the Riad has a lot of stairs. It didn't bother us but it could be quite a climb for an unsteady person. Also the location was a bit off the beaten path. We didn't encounter any problems with safety and it isn't a long walk from the main areas. It just feels a bit isolated. However - I noticed that the hotel L'Heure Bleue Palais was around the corner from Riad Chbnante. If the area is good enough for two highly rated hotels, it must not be too bad! Thanks again to the staff for a lovely visit.

  • Stayed June 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 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 2 weeks ago

Most of the reviews of this riad sing its praises - and with every justification. Although in the medina, which is small and easy to get around, it is on the very edge which affords it a little more calm than many others would enjoy. Warm welcome and continually helpful, attentive staff - even on departure. Room was lovely - comfortable bed, superb bathroom, good facilities including a mini-fridge and even limited satellite television if one felt the urge. Good breakfasts. There is something of an air of this place being a work in progress as it is relatively newly refurbished and some minor works are still being done. Nice roof terrace with a jacuzzi. Had a look at a number of other riads for return visits but none impressed to the same extent.

  • Stayed June 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 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
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We had two nights in riad chbanate and it was everything the reviews said. Beautiful inside, our room was amazing and the staff so friendly and helpful. If you are visiting Essaouira this is the only place to stay. Looking forward to going back in the near future.

  • Stayed June 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Thank you for a lovely visit during the music festival! The staff was so welcoming and helpful. We have stayed in 4 riads during our Morocco tour-this has been our absolute favorite! I would also highly recommend Essaouira if you visit Morocco.

Stayed June 2014
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Riad Chbanate has become a firm favourite for us and we returned for the third time in the past two years for a completely relaxing week at the end of May. As usual the high quality and warm personal service was a given - nothing is ever too much trouble for the team - and the beautiful building is a real treat. As architects this is a real attraction! We have stayed in the rooms with the big round baths previously which are lovely, and this time we stayed in the new penthouse room which was great too - especially with views across the town and of the sea. We'd happily stay in any of these rooms again. We particularly enjoyed dinner in the hotel one evening - traditional Moroccan fayre (delicious!) served in a candlelight spot in front of the fire - living the dream! Fiona, London.

Room Tip: Penthouse or rooms with the big round baths.
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  • Stayed May 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
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Additional Information about Riad Chbanate

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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