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Riad Watier
2.5 of 5 Hotel   |   16 Rue Ceuta | Medina, Essaouira 44000, Morocco   |  
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Ranked #4 of 76 Hotels in Essaouira
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London, United Kingdom
1 review
“Great Find!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2013

We stayed at Watier for a full week and were very happy with our choice (which we made based on trip advisor reviews). Great central location yet very quiet. The rooms (we stayed in 2 different ones) were very big - perfect for a young family with a toddler! - and tastefully decorated. Books everywhere and interesting artwork on every wall as well as two very cute tortoises. Jean-Gabrielle and his staff - especially Hyatt who was a natural with our little girl - were simply brilliant. There to help and to go beyond the call of duty if needed, but also giving you space and privacy if preferred. Breakfasts on the rooftop were lovely. In fact the only reason I'm not giving Watier 5 stars were the dinners - we chose to eat in quite often and whilst the portions were very generous, the meals weren't always to our liking (but we did get to have wine which was a nice plus!). Highly recommended nonetheless.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    5 of 5 stars
  • Service
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  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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Moscow, Russia
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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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Dollar, United Kingdom
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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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Naples, Italy
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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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London
2 reviews
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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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
#5 Family Hotel in Essaouira
#11 Romantic Hotel in Essaouira
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Riad Watier 2.5*
Number of rooms: 10
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