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“A great riad in Essaouira” 5 of 5 stars
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Riad Malaika
17 rue Zayane, Essaouira 44100, Morocco   |  
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Ranked #8 of 78 hotels in Essaouira
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 hotel reviews
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“A great riad in Essaouira”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2013

We stayed at Riad Malaika for two nights at the beginning fo January.

It is a vey nice riad -- with an excellent Moroccan staff, very helpful, kind and smiling. The atmosphere is warm and welcoming, nevertheless very discrete. It is owned by a highly-professional French couple, nevertheless it gives the feeling to be in a typical Moroccan riad, with all commodities.

The rooms are nice and clean. Ours (n.5) was at first floor, very silent and the brighter we have experienced in our Moroccan stay. At night you could close the baffles, and enjoy a nice sleep.

Breakfast is varied and very tasty. Prices are fair, and no extra-fee is asked if paying with a credit card. WiFi is okay in the chilling lounge area, with lovely lights and even a chimney.

I highly recommend Riad Malaika, and I would definitely come back here if I travelled again to Essaouira!

  • Stayed January 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2013

Disclosure: This review is simply regarding the customer service we received from the hotel during the booking -- and more specifically -- the cancellation process.

We booked the Riad Malaika during our trip planning to Morocco and were excited to visit based on the quality of many of the other reviews we read. Unfortunately, we had to cancel the entire trip at the last minute. We'd made reservations through booking.com and had to cancel after the free cancellation period had expired. When I contacted the hotel, they were sympathetic to our misfortune and allowed us to pay only a percentage of what we otherwise would have had to pay. It was beyond what they legally had to do, so we very much appreciated that gesture amidst our disappointment at a foiled trip.

We plan to visit Riad Malaika when we're able to reschedule our trip to Morocco.

Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
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Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2012

We have rarely felt so welcome and attended to. Our rooftop suite was beautiful and provided a peaceful base from which to explore the seaside town. We did not receive better service in any other riad throughout our holiday in Morocco. What a great taste of moroccan luxury!

Room Tip: Our top floor suite opened on to the roof terrace and had room for 4.
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 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 December 26, 2012

We stayed for a week in Dec & would love to stay here again. The staff really look after their guests and are generous with their time and local knowledge. We had a great room. Even when full it was really quiet. Lovely fire to come home to at night in the main sitting area. We stayed the full week and breakfasts change from day to day. Food can be ordered in at night if you want to stay in. We were lucky enough to go to a local hammam with some of the staff & recommend it if you want to experience something different.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
    • 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 December 15, 2012

We picked up our Riad based on the tripadvisor recommendations, and it turned out to be one of the mopst magical places we have encountered during our holiday in Morocco.

The room was absolutely gorgeous, lighted and lovely designed
The hospitality was way and beyond what we could ask for

Abdul, the guy who runs the place was so kind, helpful, honest - he made us feel welcome and almost "at home".

That stay made our visit in Essouira rememberable experience

  • Stayed December 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 December 15, 2012

This is a lovely hotel and the staff really took great care of us. Breakfast was great, and the room was very comfortable. Essaouria is very quiet compared to Marrakech, and this is a very relaxing place to spend a few days. The location is great, right in the middle of all the shopping. If you walk through town and down be beach, you can take a camel ride through the dunes. Everyone needs to come back from Morocco with picture of themselves on a camel.

  • Stayed November 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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Enskede, Stockholms Län, Sweden
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2012

Do not miss this little pearl in the small alleys of the medina of Essaouria!
Very nice staff that takes care of you, fantastic Moroccon breakfast served every morning (even in the middle of the night if you have to leave early!).
The rooms are very nice decorated and quiet. There is also a roof terrace where you can have breakfast or coffee in the afternoon if you like.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Riad Malaika

Address: 17 rue Zayane, Essaouira 44100, Morocco
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Location: Morocco > Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region > Essaouira
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#4 Romantic Hotel in Essaouira
#10 Family Hotel in Essaouira
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
AUTANTIC RIAD XVIII IN ESSAOUIRA-MORROCO, QUIET IN THE HEART OF THE MEDINA ... more   less 
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