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Riad Malaika
17 rue Zayane, Essaouira 44100, Morocco   |  
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Ranked #9 of 78 hotels in Essaouira
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“The time of our life”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2013

We had the time of our life at Riad Malaika. Everyone there was super friendly and supportive. This is truly a family place. Sylvie and Piermark made this Riad a life-changer for themselves, and the perfect place to stay in Essaouira for their guest. They treat their staff as if they what belong to a family, and this is how they treat their guests. The Ritz Carlton, one of the leading five star hotels in the world has a great mission: 'Ladies and gentlemen serving ladies and gentlemen'. This could easily apply also to how you feel at Riad Malaika.

We stayed there for 8 nights over New Year and had a truly fab time. The owners and staff throw a party on New Year's eve and invited all guests to it as well. Moreover, Sylvie and Piermark even invited us to a private dinner and when we left came to the bus station to wave us goodby. Guess we never had such a lovely and personal experience in any place we stayed before – maybe the Puri Mas on Lombok/Indonesia ...

The Riad is beautifully furnished in every respect, has a fireplace at the ground level and a nice rooftop terrace. And they really try hard to keep it in mint condition, something that is not easy with the salty air in Essaouira. But you can see all the beauty on their website.

Will we ever return to Essaouira there is no doubt where we will stay!

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  • 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2013

Thank you again to Sylvie and Pierre Marc for a great stay. We had an excellent time, sincerely appreciated the hospitality in the beautiful space you have created. Thanks also to you your team for good welcome, help with all our bags. It really makes a big difference to have the Riad owners
engaged and present in the daily experience. The attention to many small details was really appreciated. Our stay in Essaouira at Riad Malaika was one of the highlights of our time in Morocco. We would certainly come back and do enthusiastically recommend the "Malaika" !

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
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    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2013

My husband and I stayed for three nights in this excellent riad and had a fantastic time.
The hospitality was first rate; Abdullah welcomed us with mint tea and gave us time to catch our breath in the sitting area before taking us to our room. He was friendly, courteous and always helpful and made us feel very welcome.
Sylvia and Piermark (the owners) were also very friendly and lovely.
The room was gorgeous, the shower was hot (a big winner for me, I hate tepid showers showers!) and we had a heater in our room which was really thoughtful.
The breakfast was different every morning and was delicious - lots of food and freshly squeezed orange juice. All the ladies who served us breakfast were friendly and really nice.
The location of the riad is perfect! You're slap bang in the medina but on a side street so it's not so "in your face". A short walk to the end of the street and you're in the thick of it.
This riad is a peaceful haven...perfect! I can't recommend it enough!

  • 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2013

We stayed a few days in Riad Malaika in December of 2012. The staff were all so welcoming. The owners were there as well and made a point of welcoming us to their riad. On New Years Eve they threw a small soiree for the guests and some of the friends of the staff. The food laid out was excellent. On a more routine note, the breakfasts were plentiful and varied from day to day. The rooms and entire riad were well kept, clean and above all beautifully decorated. We stayed in three riads during our trip to Morocco and Malaika was by far the best.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2013

This is a great place to stay, both the town and the Riad. All the rooms are slightly different and very typical boutique riad in style. Warm in 'winter' and I would love to return in the summer to see the contrast. The common area had an open fire at night which was excellent when returning from a walk within the narrow streets. Breakfast was prompt and very filling and different each morning for the three nights we stayed. There is an excellent restaurant called Ferramous or something similar down the end of the alley. Ask the riad owner they will tell you it is marvellous and unpretentious

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  • Stayed January 2013, 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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2013

Fantastic Riad in a lovely town. Room was very nice, the only negatives were that some of the fittings were broken (light bulbs and toilet roll holder), but not enough to deter from a lovely stay. Excellent breakfast and exceptional staff.

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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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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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