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Riad Baladin
Ranked #9 of 74 Hotels in Essaouira
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Salida, Co. USA
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“When you decide to enjoy Essaouira, Give the Baladin a try as well...”
Reviewed November 5, 2013

Sure I've been there before, but that doesn't mean I get a brother in law deal. Nicole, and Claudia, and that crew, well they jusypt know how to offer up good service, no doubt about it.
This time there was a group of seven of us and everyone had good things to say.
Essaouira, and am I spelling it right ??? Well for a tourist place in Morocco it shines. Nice pace, no one running down the street after you intending on selling you a leather coat or a rug, just a wonderful Sunset to cherish, as well as the pounding of the surf up against their ramparts as you enjoy a veggie pizza and a Flag beer.
Give it a try, and when you do get with the ladies at the Riad Baladin for your stay, you won't be sorry.
All the Best, Salida1048
Hey, get that 10% discount! we didn't and still had a ball !

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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with friends
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Heidelberg, Germany
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Reviewed November 5, 2013

We enjoyed our stay at the beautiful Riad Baladin very much! It is situated in the heart of the Medina from where you can easily go for a walk around the Medina or also towards the Sea. We felt very save and very well taken care of. All the rooms have a special design and lovely details. Breakfast on the Roof-Terrace with panoramic views over the old Town to the Sea is just great :-)
A big thank you to the lovely Riad Baladin Team and especially to Claudia and the Manager Nicole Pavlin for all the special and very helpful tips and recommendations for excursions, restaurants & cafés!
Highly recommendable, not only for individual travelers but also for retreat organizers who are looking for an authentic accommodation!

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed October 10, 2013

We stayed at Baladin for 3 nights during our trip to Morocco and we certainly were not disappointed. Nicole and Claudia were really warm and welcoming, they made it feel like a dream home from home. We stayed in the bedroom right at the top at the terrace (Chambre Terrasse), the interior was gorgeous, think beachy Moroccan! We could actually hear the ocean from our room and we had the most amazing views from the highest terrace which was directly above our room. The breakfast was great, lots of choice compared to the other places we stayed in Morocco. Loved the whole layout of the riad, lots of little nooks and crannies to sit in on different levels of the terraces. Location of riad is very good too, only 5-10min stroll from the beach and perfect location in old medina. There is a wee restaurant literally two seconds from the front door of riad (can't remember name! - NIcole if you know it,can you add it??), look for it if stay at Baladin, it is AMAZING :) Would definitely return to Baladin, it really is beautiful, highly recommend it to anyone planning to visit Essaouira!!

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed October 5, 2013 via mobile

Linked by the ground floor and terraces the 3 riad (houses) form a charming maze. The interior design is both intricate and inviting. Whether falling asleep listening to the Atlantic Ocean crashing against the city walls or being served a scrumptious breakfast on the rooftop terrace - Riad Baladin is the perfect home away from home in Essaouira.

  • Stayed October 2013
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Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
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Reviewed September 25, 2013

I recently stayed at Riad Baladin for a couple of nights. This was my second trip to Essaouira and I decided to try Riad Baladin based on other trip advisor reviews and I was very happy with my choice. I was given a beautiful room on the terrace - very very light and airy and the terrace is a great place to relax.. Claudia came to meet my bus at the bus station and took me to the riad, which is well situated. She was extremely welcoming and full of very useful information about places to eat and things to do. Breakfast was delicious - with healthy fruit salad and muesli and served on the terrace which is a great way to start the day. Would loved to have stayed longer but would definitely choose to stay here if I go back to Essaouira. Thanks a million Claudia!.

Room Tip: The room on the terrace is lovely, very light and airy.
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled solo
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Rheinmuenster, Germany
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Reviewed September 22, 2013

We just returned from our two-week trip to Morocco this Friday and we stayed the last 5 nights at the Riad Baladin in Essaouira. And we really loved it.
The location is really good: in the best part of the old medina, very close to everything but yet quiet and tranquil. A little oasis in the heart of the town.
The style of the Riad (which consists of 2-3 buildings actually) is very nice: light colours, a hint of shabby chic and some traditional elements. We had a nice room. Not too spacious though - but that is typical for most of the Riads in towns as we heared and new from a stay in Marrakesh before. Our room was the Honeymoon Room with an inroom bathtub/ shower and a toilet (separated by a wall and curtain only) - so you must like intimacy to select that room, of course ;-) The overall atmosphere at the hotel was peaceful and almost like staying with friends. Our hosts Nicole, Claudia and Renate made sure that we were taken care of all the time and had plenty of suggestions for restaurants, excursions, shopping etc for us. We felt a bit like staying with friends.
We can also recommend to join the excursions that the Riad offers: on some days one of the hosts will take guests to a half-day trip outside of Essaouira and that is a welcome opportunity to see other parts of the area.
If you like the feel of staying at a friend's house and love little boutique hotels, you are best placed at Riad Baladin. We certainly wouldn't choose any different should we come to Essaouira again.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Oxford, United Kingdom
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Reviewed September 11, 2013

Claudia and her team did their upmost to look after us and were always helpful and polite. Riad Baladin was ideally situated within Essaouira with all the main sights easily accessible. The Riad was very pleasing to the eye and was a great place to seek sanctuary in, from both the heat and the action of the medina. Breakfast was ample and of a very good quality. If there was a criticism of Riad Baladin then that would only be that it may be a little tired and need sprucing up. BUT that fits in with shabby chic/ hippy eccentric appearance and I fully appreciate that the coastal and desert environment can be harsh on buildings.

The ever helpful and happy Claudia arranged for us to have a camel ride along the beach and then traditional meal with they guys at Equi Evasion . What an amazing experience and "Thank you" Claudia.

I have already recommended a stay at Riad Baladin to a couple of friends and recommend to all passing by Essaouira to stay for at least 1 night and to stay at the Baladin. The town itself is worth a visit and is not as full on as Marrakech!! The medina, harbour and fortifications are all very interesting.

Thank you to Claudia and all the team at Riad Baladin.

Jay, Bronwyn & Portia

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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
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Property: Riad Baladin
Address: 9 Rue Sidi Magdoul, 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:
#4 Family Hotel in Essaouira
#5 Romantic Hotel in Essaouira
#5 On the Beach Hotel in Essaouira
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Riad Baladin 3*
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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