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Riad Watier
16 Rue Ceuta | Medina, Essaouira 44000, Morocco   |  
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Ranked #5 of 78 hotels in Essaouira
Moscow, Russia
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“Excellent place -beautiful, relaxing and cosy”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2013

If you look for clean spacious rooms beautifully decorated, sunny rooftop terraces, friendly people and above all a felling as if you are just at home where every single detail is thought over, that's the place! We even had our own fireplace (working!) and aroma-lamps filled with oils :) The super hospitable and charming French owner - Jean Gabriel really cares for his guests creating a relaxing welcoming atmosphere. Me and my friends enjoyed immensely our 4-night stay. Definitely the best Riad among those we visited (Fes, Marrakech, Essaouira). Would love to come back again and will recommend it to my friends traveling to Morocco.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with friends
    • 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 January 5, 2013

We stayed 5 nights . Lovely rooms, great artwork everywhere and relaxed atmosphere - rooftop dinning and sunbathing terraces sunny and sheltered even when windy!The photos just don't do the place justice. Clean spacious bedrooms, quality linen and endless hot water. Exceptional staff, friendly and helpful in so many ways - lighting fires in bedrooms , lending us bikes restaurant and shopping recommendations and a particular highlight for us was time with the cheerful cook preparing our delicious dinner - Moroccan chicken with fruits - a house speciality!
Highly recommended

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  • Stayed January 2013, 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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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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Casablanca, Morocco
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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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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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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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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:
#2 On the Beach Hotel in Essaouira
#4 Family Hotel in Essaouira
#11 Romantic Hotel in Essaouira
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