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.
Book On TripAdvisor Bonus Book your hotel on TripAdvisor — then save 20% on things to do for your trip. Use code BOOKTOSAVE.

“More than just a great place to stay” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Riad Baladin

Best prices for -
Enter dates for best prices
Check In mm/dd/yyyy Check Out mm/dd/yyyy
Prices are for 1 room, 2 adults
Show Prices
Compare best prices from top travel sites
and 2 more sites!
Save
You added Riad Baladin to your Saves list
Riad Baladin
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Rue Sidi Magdoul 9, Essaouira 44000, Morocco   |  
Hotel website
  |  
  |  
  |  
Hotel amenities
Ranked #9 of 78 Hotels in Essaouira
Certificate of Excellence
Liverpool, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
132 reviews
25 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
“More than just a great place to stay”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2013

When planning our family holiday in Morocco, we scatter-gunned a load of Riad's. Nicole the owner of Baladin confirming availability and offering to organise accommodation for a 11 night tour of the country. We stayed in 5 different Riad's across country all of which were booked and confirmed by Nicole and all excellent, Nicole had booked a hire car for us from Essaouira but the vehicle was in a crash being transferred back for our use, it was the end of Ramadan and all hire cars were booked due to public holidays. Claudia (covering for a heavily pregnant Nicole) organised a car and driver, it worked out more expensive but pros outweighed cons, more importantly Baladin helped out in a emergency.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 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
Helpful?
Thank David T
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Write a Review

1,032 reviews from our community

Traveler rating
    787
    210
    26
    6
    3
See reviews for
137
560
83
2
Rating summary
  • Location
  • Sleep Quality
  • Rooms
  • Service
  • Value
  • Cleanliness
Traveler tips help you choose the right room.   Room tips (58)
Date | Rating
  • Chinese (Simplified) first
  • Czech first
  • Danish first
  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Japanese first
  • Korean first
  • Norwegian first
  • Polish first
  • Portuguese first
  • Russian first
  • Spanish first
  • Swedish first
  • Any
English first
Marrakech, Morocco
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2013

Traveling, arrival and get-set go time:
For those of you traveling with toddlers to Essaouira, Morocco you should consider the Riad Baladin. There are many reviews that detail Riad Baladin's beauty and tranquility, so I will only reconfirm and move onto the other necessities parents look for in a hotel. First, if you have never traveled to Morocco and are concerned with communication--worry no further. It is likely between all the staff members you will find a language you can clearly communicate your needs and desires. As many people have mentioned Nicole is an amazing woman with a vast wealth Essaouira knowledge. However, she is not the only one--I found the entire staff Julie, Hameed, Fatima Zahra and the rest of the breakfast/cleaning staff to be polite, helpful and most importantly tolerant of talkative/touchy toddlers (3 and 4).

We took the Supratours bus route from Marrakech and the staff met us at the bus station. There are people who will transport your luggage from the station to the Riad and if you have little one's without a stroller this is a great start (20 dirhams)--if you are worried about negotiating the staff will assist. When you immediately arrive you will receive a map and helpful information to get you started on your tour of the medina and ease your mind of where to eat. I recommend the restaurant overlooking the Escala and ocean for your afternoon meal and the Johare's Restaurant (incredible Kefta Tagine and many more traditional Moroccan meals.) If you do not remember these suggestions or plan out your trips, do not worry they assist you with food recommendations. I was pleased with all of their suggestions. Another suggestion they may offer is the horse,camel, or ATV ride--really worth the expense of time and money. My girls loved the horses--and all you have to do is ask Nicole she will set it up for you.

Security:
You are in safe hands here. The Riad is not overwhelmingly big and full of many rooms--its comforting to know that the staff knows and is aware of all the guests who stay at the Riad. Additionally, the Riad is located in a very safe area with many friendly neighbors, who will happily point you into the correct direction if lost. Despite being located slightly off the beaten path of the main two walk ways--you will have no trouble finding your way back at night or during the day--there are many landmarks that will serve as an acute reminder.

Parents or heavily packed travelers:
Most of the Riads I have stayed in do not have elevators and have steep stairs without safety hand rail to assist with trips up and down. You are in luck because they have a hand rail (a thick rope tightly latched to the wall).

There are no TVs in the rooms for those who desire quick and easy toddler entertainment and freedom from constant toddler craziness :-) but there is one downstairs with a DVD player. To counter this--I brought a small portable DVD player and head phones, it came in very handy when I just wanted to enjoy the quiet serene atmosphere of the hotel after an entire day and evening of sight seeing, eating and shopping.

Some added cool points:
We slept in the Canelle room with three beds facing inward. I loved this room and the blankets were so comfy and thick enough to leave open your windows on a breezy night. I loved hearing the ocean at night and waking up content.

My friend slept in the solo room adjacent to the Canelle room fantastic room as well. She performed yoga on the roof top terrace overlooking the medina with a slight view of the ocean.
Truly refreshing. Remember to bring a light jacket to enjoy the terrace at night. It is windy every where in Essaouira.

You know a place is truly fantastic, if you are willing to book another trip to Essaouira and stay at the same exact place again--and we will. Enjoy--I hope my evaluation and suggestions work out for you.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
    • 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
Helpful?
1 Thank Jessica W
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Byron Bay, Australia
Level Contributor
26 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2013

This was our first Riad experience and we were not disappointed. The service was friendly and helpful. Rooms were comfortable. The breakfast on the roof terrace is great. Essaouira is an interesting place.We enjoyed the fact that it was always a challenge to find our way home but it wasn't that hard. Enjoy the charm of this delightful Riad.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars
      Value
    • 3 of 5 stars
      Location
    • 4 of 5 stars
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars
      Service
Helpful?
Thank john b
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Newcastle, Australia
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2013

My daughter and I had a wonderful 2 night stay at Riad Baladin during July. Nicole's effervescent welcome and informative talk on the best restaurants, cafes and shopping areas were really appreciated. The beachy, relaxed and tasteful decor immediately evoked a welcome feel. Great roof top terrace where we enjoyed our breakfast. Can highly recommend Riad Baladin for a great stay.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
    • 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
Helpful?
Thank Catherine E
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2013

Our taxi driver was waiting for us at Marakesh airport as promised and the riad manager Nicole had come to welcome us at the city gate and walk with us the 5 min walk to the riad buried deeply in the old Medina! Good Start!
The riad was beautiful and stylish, airy and light, each room with it's own character, I'd call it contemporary Moroccan, really lovely.
It felt Very Safe, and there was a nice night porter there every evening, wishing you goodnight while discretely checking you really were a guest and not a stranger.
We stayed for 10 days in Essaouira and really enjoyed ourselves, from simply walking around town though the market [and fish market at the old port] to taking afternoon trips with Nicole. She drove us to a couple of beautiful beaches [one was a windsurfers paradise!] we also had a BBQ lunch at a stunning Hotel where we could make use of the swimming pool[s] and read in the lovely gardens.
The temperature was comfortable every day, quite windy, but never too hot or too cold.

With great advice from Nicole we ate in some lovely local restaurants in the Medina.[Elizir was my favorite!]

Not forgetting the recommended 2hour hamam and massage at Azur .... what a treat!

Despite being handsomely 8 months pregnant nothing was ever too much for Nicole, she had cleverly got an enthusiastic young assistant, Julia, to help her :-)

Many thanks Nicole for a great stay at Baladin! x x x

  • Stayed July 2013, 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
    • 4 of 5 stars
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars
      Service
Helpful?
Thank 831Charlotte
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
London, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
5 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2013

Riad Baladin was the perfect base to explore the enchanting Essaoira. Tucked away in the winding Medina streets you enter an oasis of Morroccan charm with an elegant Swiss twist. Every detail is carefully thought through, with a palette of textures of white and wood, mixing antique and modern, reflecting Essaouira's brilliant quality of light. An impeccable welcome from Nicole and her multilingual team completed our stay. A place to feed the soul.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars
      Value
    • 5 of 5 stars
      Location
    • 5 of 5 stars
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars
      Service
Helpful?
Thank val235
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Vancouver, Canada
Level Contributor
9 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2013

We stayed at Riad Baladin for three nights after being in the desert and Marrakech beforehand and it was such a nice way to relax and unwind.
The Riad itself is beautiful, quaint and charming. I loved the rooftop patio, where we enjoyed our breakfasts in the morning (included) and a drink and some sun in the afternoon.
Our room was spacious, clean and very cute!
Nicole is a wonderful manager. She has great advice and suggestions if you'd like it and goes out of her way to make sure you have a nice visit.
Essaouira is a beautiful city. Great (super windy) beach, nice medina and such a relaxed feel.
I'd definitely recommend Riad Baladin for your stay in Essaouira!

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 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
Helpful?
Thank Alex J
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Hotels you might also like...
Travelers also viewed these Essaouira hotels
1.2 mi away
Riad Zahra
Riad Zahra
#10 of 78 in Essaouira
4.5 of 5 stars 638 reviews
5.4 mi away
Villa Gonatouki
Villa Gonatouki
#1 of 2 in Ghazoua
5.0 of 5 stars 509 reviews
0.4 mi away
Riad Chbanate
Riad Chbanate
#4 of 78 in Essaouira
5.0 of 5 stars 479 reviews
Show Prices
Show Prices
Show Prices
0.1 mi away
Riad Malaika
Riad Malaika
#8 of 78 in Essaouira
5.0 of 5 stars 745 reviews
0.5 mi away
Le Medina Essaouira Hotel Thalassa Sea & Spa - MGallery Collection
0.1 mi away
Riad Watier
Riad Watier
#3 of 78 in Essaouira
5.0 of 5 stars 433 reviews
Show Prices
Show Prices
Show Prices

Been to Riad Baladin? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Additional Information about Riad Baladin

Property: Riad Baladin
Address: Rue Sidi Magdoul 9, Essaouira 44000, Morocco
Phone Number:
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 
Reservation Options:
TripAdvisor is proud to partner with Booking.com, Priceline, Odigeo and Agoda so you can book your Riad Baladin 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 Baladin Essaouira
Riad Baladin Hotel Essaouira

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing