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Rue Yamen 4bis, Essaouira 44000 Morocco
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Riad Kafila is a traditional Moroccan house in Essaouira, with three floors and a stunning rooftop terrace with views up and down the scenic coast. The Riad is an oasis of calm only a few minutes from the many restaurants, souks, cafes and shops in the medina, and only five minutes walking from both the harbor and the kilometers of endless sandy beach.
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Property amenities
Paid public parking nearby
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Free breakfast
Bicycle rental
Airport transportation
Rooftop terrace
Free internet
Public wifi
Bar / lounge
Horseback riding
Board games / puzzles
Car hire
Baggage storage
Non-smoking hotel
Outdoor furniture
Shared lounge / TV area
Sun terrace
24-hour front desk
Private check-in / check-out
Laundry service
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Room features
Ocean view
Non-smoking rooms
Family rooms
Clothes rack
Bath / shower
Complimentary toiletries
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Languages Spoken
English, French, Spanish, Arabic
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Great place to stay! Amazing coastal views, good breakfast, comfortable rooms, and a reasonable price. Right in the Médina near some good restaurants and attractions. Staff was very helpful to organize transport and activities.
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Response from Corinne L, Guest Relations Manager at Riad Kafila
Responded 1 week ago
Hello Lindsay, we were delighted to welcome you and help you plan the surf course and transfers to and from Marrakech. We thank you for this kind comment about your stay with us. We look forward to welcoming you during your next visit to Essaouira. Best regards Corinne
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We decided to stay in this riad mainly because of the nice ocean view - in real life it is even better than we had hoped!! We stayed in a room with ocean view and were definetely not disappointed! The whole riad is very clean and decorated with love. When we arrived, we were greeted by the extremely friendly staff and were served mint tea in the dining room before we were shown our room. We loved the atmosphere and felt very much at home!
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Response from Corinne L, Guest Relations Manager at Riad Kafila
Responded Sep 13, 2019
Hello Maleen, we are delighted to know that you felt at home. It is very important for us that our customers feel comfortable in our riad. We would like to thank you for posting this detailed and kind comment. Hoping to see you again on a future trip to Essaouira. Regards Kafila team
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Really nice and clean riad with a beautiful view .. . Staff were ready helpful and we felt welcomed by the people there.. they were like a nice family.. we felt like it was home , everything is close to the Riad.. the souq, the Medina , the restaurant and the beach,... would recommend it and will defo come back again to this wonderful Riad kafila.. 🙂☺️
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Response from Corinne L, Guest Relations Manager at Riad Kafila
Responded Aug 12, 2019
Hello Haanane, we are delighted that you have appreciated the welcome of the staff and that you have felt at home. We thank you for this nice comment and hope to see you next time in Essaouira. Thank you corinne
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We had a strange experience at this Riad, ending with a dispute about payment. The rates paid were the highest I have come across in Morocco, and this is my third visit to the country. However, the room was the smallest I have ever stayed in, with my friend and I having to take turns in getting up as there was not enough floor space to get dressed at the same time. I know it was February, but the towels and sheets all felt damp - and unlike other Riad's the traditional blow heater / air conditioner was non existent. Extra blankets were not provided and we all felt freezing cold most of the time. A good service was the breakfast which is among the best I have had in Morocco. Unfortunately the staff felt it was a good idea to throw all the windows wide open just before we sat down, and the sight of other guests wrapped in coats and leg blankets became the norm. The main advantage of this riad is the view and the location. Photos and other reviews are correct in praising the dining room and roof terrace for amazing views of the crashing surf. Despite this, I would not recommend this riad. Only because of the unfortunate departure. We were told that we could only pay in Euros, which was fine - but the card machine was incapable of taking this payment. The man in charge insisted that I made the conversion from Euros to MAD myself, which I was not comfortable with. He got quite angry and said that surely we made the conversion every day as we went around Morocco. I tried to explain that the UK does not use the Euro but this was not understood. I offered to pay in MAD cash, but again he said Euro only. A disappointing end to a cold damp stay.....
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Response from RiadKafila, Guest Relations Manager at Riad Kafila
Responded Feb 26, 2019
Hello Denise, we have trouble understanding your criticisms. Our rooms are not very big, about 11/12 m2 which is a normal size for a riad in the medina of Essaouira. There are many rooms in European countries of this size. The medina at the edge of the ocean is wet everywhere during the months of January and February (winter). We put extra heaters at the request of customers and we have provided additional blankets in spite of what you say. Every morning, we air the dining room before breakfast and the temperature is about 18 degrees in the morning, which is not cold. But we never leave windows open during breakfast except on hot days. We do accept payments in euros but only in cash. Of course, we also accept payments in dirhams (cash) to avoid bank charges on our account. Our professional account being in dirhams, the currency of Morocco, the payment terminal accepts only payments in dirhams. We do every day the conversion of euros into dirhams for our customers. We apologize for this misunderstanding, our explanation was unfortunately not clear enough. It is unthinkable for us that our receptionist did not speak well to you, he is of a sweetness and a kindness that all our customers appreciate and comment. We are sincerely sorry that your stay in Morocco ends on a negative note due to misunderstandings. Regards Corinne
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The old charm & beautiful antiques in this Riad, not to mention the convenient location, make it a hidden gem. Roof top views of the surf as the Riad built into the ancient city walls. Go to sleep to the bounding surf. Gorgeous breakfast/sitting room overlooking the ocean. Rooms cozy. Staff VERY helpful and even did a “wine run” for us so we could have HH. Walk outside & you are instantly transported to the past through narrow alleyways that turn into delightful shops mid day! Would DEFINATELY recommend.
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Response from RiadKafila, Guest Relations Manager at Riad Kafila
Responded Feb 12, 2019
Hello, the entire Riad Kafila team thanks you for this very detailed comment. We were delighted to have rendered you a service. Hoping to see you again on a future stay. Regards Corinne
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$56 - $86 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
MoroccoMarrakech-Tensift-El Haouz RegionEssaouira
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Frequently Asked Questions about Riad Kafila
Which popular attractions are close to Riad Kafila?
Nearby attractions include Centre d'art Le Real Mogador (0.1 miles), Essaouira Ramparts (0.09 miles), and Le Souk (0.2 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Riad Kafila?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and a lounge.
What food & drink options are available at Riad Kafila?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Riad Kafila?
Yes, paid public parking nearby is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Riad Kafila?
Conveniently located restaurants include The Hungry Nomad, Restaurant Khmissa, and Yoo Healthy Food.
Does Riad Kafila have an airport shuttle?
Yes, Riad Kafila offers an airport shuttle for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Riad Kafila?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English, Spanish, French, and Arabic.
Are there any historical sites close to Riad Kafila?
Many travelers enjoy visiting Medina of Essaouira (2.0 miles), Chaim Pinto Synagogue (0.2 miles), and Bordj El Berod (1.9 miles).
Does Riad Kafila have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the ocean view available here.