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“Romance on the Atlantic” 5 of 5 stars
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Riad Baladin
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Rue Sidi Magdoul 9, Essaouira 44000, Morocco   |  
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Ranked #9 of 78 Hotels in Essaouira
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Vienna, Austria
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“Romance on the Atlantic”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2013

Riad Baladin is a beautiful place to stay in Essaouira, and the nicest place we stayed during our time in Morocco. Unlike more traditional riads, the place is full of light and sunshine. The rooms are decorated in white, light wood, and with Moroccan lamps and textiles. We stayed in the family room which was completed in September 2012. The bed was a four-poster and a wooden ladder led up to a mezzanine level where there were two further beds. The bathroom was spacious and painted in Mediterranean blue. There were bathrobes and slippers, and even a hair-dryer, which was a bonus.

Baladin is run by Nicole who is Swiss and speaks English, French and German. She sat down with us on arrival and marked a map with all the best places to eat and drink, the spots with the most beautiful views, and an awesome vegetarian cafe with retro furnishings. Nicole has been in Essaouira for several years and is married to a local so has great advice on both things to see and do locally as well as the best places to go in Morocco.

Breakfast was brilliant - the best and biggest breakfast we had in Morocco. There was fresh bread and several kinds of jam, teas, fresh coffee, freshly-squeezed orange juice, Swiss muesli and fruit salad, yoghurt, and eggs cooked in the style of our choosing. Baladin has a fantastic multi-level terrace with sun loungers and shaded sitting alcoves.

My partner and I also tried out the spa/jacuzzi which had lit candles and was relaxing enough to almost fall asleep in.

We will definitely come back!

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2013

Riad Baladin is exquisitely decorated, very stylish, comfortable, and so welcoming! Nicole is wonderful and her colleagues are kind and helpful. Breakfast was absolutely delicious. Make time for the hot tub. Lovely stay -- wish it could have been longer!

Stayed January 2013, traveled solo
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2013

We had a lovely time staying at Riad Baladin over the New Year period. Nicole, the owner, was very welcoming and gave us lots of great advice on places to eat and drink in Essaouira. We stayed in the 'chambre terrasse' -it had a lovely beachy feel. Although breakfast is served on the terrace just outside the room, we never felt overlooked. It was a lovely, peaceful and homely place to stay. We particularly enjoyed the breakfast served each morning by the very friendly staff and we would definitely recommend Riad Baladin to anyone visiting Essaouira.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
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Windermere, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2013

We stayed at Riad Baladin for 5 nights during a 2 week family tour of Morocco which had been organised by Nicole the manager at Baladin. ( We did a version of Baladin's tour c which was a truly amazing and unforgettable experience and gave us all a real insight into what Morocco has to offer!)
Our party consisted of 2 adults and our three children aged 19,18 and 12.
Our bedrooms (Grise and Rose)were incredibly comfortable and peaceful and we all slept wonderfully well. Breakfasts were served on the roof terrace and were the best we experienced during our whole time in Morocco! Plenty of different breads and even pancakes, fresh fruit salad, cooked eggs, local jams and lovely fresh coffee
The atmosphere is very relaxed and homely and there is enough living spaces to either mix with other guests or find your own space and explore the charming rooms, and magical nooks and corners which are thoughtfully furnished.
Nicole is a legend! She was on hand if we needed any advise and provided us with maps and local information sending us to never to be forgotten places we may not have found.
We can't wait to return!

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2012 via mobile

We stayed at Riad Baladin for 4 nights. We were met at the Supratours bus stop and taken to the Riad. We paid 30 Dh for this service.

Nicole was at the Riad to welcome us. She gave us a map of Essaouira and highlighted places of interest to see and eat. She then gave us a tour of the Riad. The rooms are lovely and very comfortable. The doors to the rooms are left open during the day so they can get aired out. There is no safe in the room but Nicole assured us that our belongings would be safe.

The breakfasts were great. We had plenty of muesli, fruit salad, bread, chocolate croissants, eggs, cheese, jams, yogurt, tea, coffee, hot chocolate. A good start to the day!

We also made use of the wonderful jacuzzi - a must as it is so relaxing.

Our son fell in love with Nicole's dog, Carlito, and was very sad to leave him!

  • Stayed December 2012
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2012

This spot is in the old city and is really beautiful. It's not very big, but all of the rooms have a nice boutique feel and everything is pretty new. The best part is the complementary breakfast that was served on the rooftop terrace - delicious and stunning views. Also, Nicole, the owner spent a lot of time with us making sure we knew how to get around and giving us recommendations on restaurants and activities. I was there with friends, but I could see this being a really romantic spot if you got one of the couple's rooms and used the hot tub in the central courtyard.

Stayed December 2012, traveled with friends
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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2012

We enjoyed our stay at Riad Baladin, and in Essaouira in general. The riad's interiors reflect the beachside location, and our room was lovely, as was the roof terrace. Breakfast was really good - we liked having the option of eggs along with our bread and fruit. Be aware that there are steep uneven steps to climb to the terrace, which is where breakfast is served, and to the upper rooms (you'll carry your own bags). It wasn't always possible to find staff, which was frustrating, but when we stayed Nicole, the manager, was away, so things might be different if she's there. The women who made and served breakfast were lovely, as was the night manager. The bed was the least comfortable of our stay in Morocco - very firm, unsprung mattress (this seems to be the trend in Morocco, but other beds in other places didn't bother us). We appreciated being met at the Supratours bus stop. The location is excellent, and Pasta Baladin, the pasta bar owned and run by the riad, was a good option for a quick low-key dinner.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with friends
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Pavlinova, Manager at Riad Baladin, responded to this review, December 16, 2012
Dear guests of Riad Baladin
As a manager of a hotel and organizer of trips till to the desert I have to do once a year myself this excursion which we are offering to all our guests on our website so I can see that it is still as we promise to the clients.
Indeed, I wasn't present when those guests were at the Riad Baladin unfortunately but my assistant Claudia takes over also on my days off - so far never a problem! She's doing her job very well, thanks:-)
Also, we do receive lots of compliments for our beds (see pictures on website) which are all HANDMADE with LOCAL wood in "Beldy"-style and Baldachin curtains on top & HANDMADE mattresses with only NATURAL material such as cotton etc. and not too soft and not too hard...
Hopefully our future guests will appreciate those facts and they will have just wonderful dreams!
Anyway, we wish to everybody: Good night and a nice, long, deep sleep:-)
(Nicole Pavlin, manager Riad & Restaurant Baladin)
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Property: Riad Baladin
Address: Rue Sidi Magdoul 9, Essaouira 44000, Morocco
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Location: Morocco > Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region > Essaouira
Amenities:
Beach Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#2 Luxury Hotel in Essaouira
#4 On the Beach Hotel in Essaouira
#4 Family Hotel in Essaouira
#5 Romantic Hotel in Essaouira
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — Riad Baladin 4*
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The "Riad Baladin" is situated in the nicest part of the old town of Essaouira, in the district of "la Skala," just a few meters away from the Sea and a couple of minutes away from the main Square and Port. There is no traffic allowed in the "Medina." This Oasis offers 10 rooms (singles, doubles and suites/triple) all with en-suite bathrooms in a typical Moroccan style, combined with a contemporary design. Last but not least there is also a Jacuzzi & Massage for all the guests. ... more   less 
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