We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

“Convenient, friendly, helpful” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Riad Watier

Best prices for your stay
Enter dates for best prices
Check In mm/dd/yyyy Check Out mm/dd/yyyy
Show Prices
Compare best prices from top travel sites
and 4 more sites!
Save Saved
You added Riad Watier to your Saves list
Riad Watier
16 Rue Ceuta | Medina, Essaouira 44000, Morocco   |  
Hotel amenities
Ranked #3 of 78 Hotels in Essaouira
Townsville, Australia
Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
“Convenient, friendly, helpful”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2013

We were met at the bus station - thank goodness, would never have found it otherwise. Through the usual anonymous door, the riad has a fine courtyard and is airy and spacious. Our room was large and very comfortable with a good shower. Breakfast was good. Staff were very friendly and helpful.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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
Was this review helpful? Yes
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Write a Review

321 reviews from our community

Traveler rating
    274
    36
    7
    3
    1
See reviews for
85
147
14
Business
0
Rating summary
  • 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
Traveler tips help you choose the right room.   Room tips (20)
Date | Rating
  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Japanese first
  • Portuguese first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
London, United Kingdom
1 review
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
Was this review helpful? Yes
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Moscow, Russia
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
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
Was this review helpful? Yes
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Dollar, United Kingdom
Reviewer
4 reviews 4 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
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

Room Tip: Room above above reception has wireless coverage
See more room tips
  • 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
Was this review helpful? Yes
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Naples, Italy
Contributor
16 reviews 16 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
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
Was this review helpful? Yes 1
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Casablanca, Morocco
Contributor
16 reviews 16 reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
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
Was this review helpful? Yes
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
London
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
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
Was this review helpful? Yes
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Hotels you might also like...
mm/dd/yyyy mm/dd/yyyy
Price Your Stay

Been to Riad Watier? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Additional Information about Riad Watier

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): $$
Number of rooms: 10
Reservation Options:
TripAdvisor is proud to partner with Expedia, Booking.com, Priceline, Prestigia, Odigeo and TripOnline SA so you can book your Riad Watier reservations with confidence. We help millions of travelers each month to find the perfect hotel for both vacation and business trips, always with the best discounts and special offers.
Also Known As:
Riad Watier Essaouira
Riad Watier Hotel Essaouira

Owners: What's your side of the story?

If you own or manage Riad Watier, register now for free tools to enhance your listing, attract new reviews, and respond to reviewers.