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“A decent place to stay” 3 of 5 stars
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Riad Watier
16 Rue Ceuta | Medina, Essaouira 44000, Morocco   |  
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Ranked #5 of 78 Hotels in Essaouira
Naples, Italy
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4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
“A decent place to stay”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2013

(+) Friendly and helpful staff
(+) Large Rooms
(+) Comfy Beds
(+) Nice roof top
(+) Loved all the books around

(-) Internet connection--There was very limited area where you can find a good signal. It was Christmas and I wanted to Skype with family and friends back in the US, not very convenient when I had to sit on the cold hard stairs to get a good signal.
(-) Kind of a tacky feeling to the rooms
(-) Never met the owner, I suppose he was away for vacation but that's part of the fun of staying at a Riad. We felt like we were staying in a hotel instead
(-) Breakfast, was just OK with no real variation. It was cold on the rooftop and lots of bees! (of course not the fault of the Hotels)
(-) Kind of pricey compared with other options

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    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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Casablanca, Morocco
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16 reviews 16 reviews
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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2012

The place to go for a quite and peaceful stay in Essaouira,

Thanks alot to Jean Gabriel for his kindness and excellent service.
Riad Watier is the kind of place which is totally in line with Essaouira's sprit, no show off but excellent service.
The rooms can be described as discreet luxury, they are extremelly well decorated.
Breakfast is awesome with fruits, eggs, coffee, Moroccan bakeries homemade bread and pure honey.
Overall it's unbeattable value for money compared to other essaouira places.

Once again thanks to Jean Gabriel for his warm service

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 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 December 11, 2012

Jean-Gabriele has created an excellent Riad. Essaouira is a chilled out place and the Riad has an extremely relaxed atmosphere. Breakfast on the terrace in the December sunshine is truly a great start to the day! The room we stayed in was huge and the beds extremely comfortable. We didn't actually have an evening meal in however the smells in the evening were extremely good. The staff were very helpful and the cook took us to her spice man to get a load of Moroccan spice (at local prices as well :-)). If you want a chilled out place to say at extremely reasonable prices this is most definitely the place to be!

  • Stayed December 2012, 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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London
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13 hotel reviews
Reviews in 18 cities Reviews in 18 cities
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2012

We initially thought the size might be too big (there are 10 rooms) but on entering our incredible suite, we were bowled over. The rooms are all individually decorated with wonderful artworks and there are very comfy beds. The owner, Jean-Gabriel, is an excellent host. It is like popping round to a friend's house, no airs or graces, no favours, just simple hospitality.
We stayed for 4 nights and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. Essaouira is a friendly, bustling town and Riad Watier is set in a quiet part of the town. We enjoyed wonderful breakfasts on the rooftop patio watching waves crashing in the distance. The staff are, without exception, extremely professional, warm and friendly. We ate dinner on two nights and found the cooking to be very good (we would particularly recommend the absolutely delicious courgette starter)
This is definitely a place we would like to return to on our next visit to Morocco.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 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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14 hotel reviews
Reviews in 23 cities Reviews in 23 cities
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2012

We stayed 2 nights following 3 nights in Marakesh & what a difference - exactly what was needed to calm ourselves down after the previous crazy city.
We had to take a taxi from Marakesh which was expensive after my wife became ill & we couldn't risk the bus. We then hired a man with a cart to take us to the riad for £3. Jean the owner met us & showed us to our room (Watier) and explained the background to the room itself, served us drinks & made some recommendations for us to go out to. It was a beautiful room & house & very clean & well located.
Having planned to eat out, we returned for dinner, although we hadn't booked & they made my wife a cheese sandwich which is all she wanted following her illness whilst I tucked into a 4 course meal - it was mainly French food with an Estonian soup - but very nice & filling. Everyone sits together at the same table & although I was on my own, I was integrated quickly into others' conversations, even though they were a mix of French & Estonion. In my circumstances, I would have been very bored on a table alone so welcomed this.
Breakfast was served on the roof terrace & was fine - eggs, crepes, cheese, bread, yoghurt etc
The 2nd evening we ate in a very nice fish restaurant "le Patio" as recommended by jean & it was very good. Jean then arranged a taxi for us to go to Agadir since the bus was fully booked.
I really dont understand some of the reviews posted previously & certainly do not agree with them. Jean is a very good host, and his staff were always willing to help.
The riad is well located within 5 mins walk of the battlement walls in one direction & the main street for shops & restaurants in the other.
WIFI does need some improvement however - but this is a very minor complaint!

  • 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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Victoria, Australia
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9 hotel reviews
Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2012 via mobile

We spent 3 wonderful nights at this Riad in the Pere Jago suite that was ideal for the 3 of us - myself , wife and daughter. Jean-Gabriele was a helpful and congenial host. Nothing was too much bother for him and we enjoyed his conversations regarding his travels in Australia. We loved the art work, Moroccan, French and Indiginous Australian. The location was terrific and Jean-Gabriele's restaurant recommendations we're spot on.
All the staff were friendly and helpful and breakfast on the terrace was a real highlight.
Essaouira is a gem of a town with beautiful scenery and lovely people . The shopping is better than Marrakech and hassle free.
We highly recommend this Riad.

Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
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34 hotel reviews
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34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2012

We booked here after reading the reviews but I have to say that we found the Riad Watier disappointing. It is very well centrally-located in the Medina - and just off the main street enough to provide a bit of peace and quiet. We were met by Jean the owner who was very welcoming - and very helpful in orientating us and telling us where to go.

However, we found the Riad a bit too "quirky" for our liking. There is an air of cheap quest house about it. None of the furniture really matches and it looks like the communal areas are due for a refurb fairly soon. Our bedroom was very large (the Waitier Room) but it was let down by the mis-matched furniture and poor quality finish to things like bathroom fittings and curtains. It was also quite echoey - we could hear people walking across the tiled floor of the room above - and the toilet being used in the room next door.

The breakfast was basic at best - really not much better than a choice of breads. Wifi is only available on the ground floor and, at €170 Euro for 2 nights, it did not feel very good value for money either.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 16 Rue Ceuta | Medina, Essaouira 44000, Morocco
Location: Morocco > Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region > Essaouira
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant Shuttle Bus service
Hotel Style:
#3 On the Beach Hotel in Essaouira
#5 Family Hotel in Essaouira
#11 Romantic Hotel in Essaouira
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 10
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