We stayed at the Riad Chbanate for two nights as part of our tour of Southern Morocco. The hotel is absolutely lovely - comfortable, well furnished rooms, a nice courtyard for breakfast and a roof terrace with some shady spots for reading. The staff are excellent, eager to provide information and any help needed - nothing was too much trouble for them. The breakfast was also great, but we ate out in the evenings so I can't comment on the restaurant.
The only slight annoyances are the construction work across the street from the rear of the hotel, but its not adjoining the walls so the noise is limited and the hotel also seems to like to play music in the restaurant from the breakfast service through to dinner, which is audible in some of the rooms and seems a little unnecessary to me at least. The location of the hotel itself is very good for the main sights in the old town/medina although the street it sits on looks very rundown and a little uncomfortable at night - that said we had no problems at all despite the appearances.
Overall I'd be happy to recommend this hotel to anyone!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- This traditional, 18th century Moroccan residence was once home to the Caid d'Essaouira and his family.Located in the Medina of Essaouira the riad is ideally situated near Bab Marrakech and only a 5 minutes walk from the beach.Through a complete renovation, this authentic riad has been transformed into a residence of modern comfort and elegant surroundings. A jewel of the Essaouira Medina, Riad Chbanate welcomes you with a delicate ambiance created by the timeless magic and perfumes of the Orient. Riad Chbanate has been renovated with care and elegance to offer you an authentic, tasteful, and very comfortable environment. The services provided by Riad Chbanate are worthy of the much larger luxury hotels of Morocco. Step through the door of Riad Chbanate and discover its unique magic. Warm and friendly, with the comfort of luxury hotel services, it is only natural that guests feel at home in Riad Chbanate. Faithful to traditional design, and to ensure exceptional comfort, Riad Chbanate is a perfect blend of Moroccan craftsmanship and modern convenience. In the Moroccan tradition of generous and flavorful meals, Riad Chbanate invites you to discover the specialties of the region with each gourmet dining experience. With attentive service and a personalized concierge, the staff of Riad Chbanate is at your disposal, at all times, for your utmost comfort. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Riad Chbanate Hotel Essaouira