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Riad Chbanate
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   179 rue Chbanate, Essaouira 44000, Morocco   |  
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Ranked #4 of 78 Hotels in Essaouira
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Sydney, Australia
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“so romantic”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2012

So romantic!

great rooms, wonderful bathrooms.
a professional reception, we spent 3 wonderful nights in this hotel
We recommend visitors to Essaouira
We came twice in Essaouira and next time we will not fail to see you again
thank you to all the team of the hotel so charming

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2012

This was quite possibly one of the most romantic places I've stayed in. The whole experience from the candle lit evenings enjoying a drink in the center of the riad to indulging in a long soak in the sunken bath in our room. The food was amazing both for breakfast and dinner and I would definitely stay here again if I come back to Essaouira.

Room Tip: One with a big bath - they are amazing
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  • Stayed November 2011, traveled as a couple
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Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2012

We found this Riad through TA. Such a great find. A little way from the port and main square, but a lovely walk. I felt a little uncomfortable at night walking back from dinner, but it was ok.

Stunning Riad. Lovely rooms. Fantastic breakfast.

Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2012

Great place. The staff are super nice and can't help you enough. Room (the Hyatt room) was amazing complete with a fantastic round bath and shower room. Great little touches like rose petals all across the bathroom when we arrived, endless free mint tea and cakes.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2012

Having stayed at Riad Chbanate a few months ago, we decided that we would break the habit of a lifetime and actually take the time to review somewhere we've visited. We have both been to the far corners of the world and stayed in some pretty special places but this place has to be the best. In fact, it's the first time we've been somewhere where it would be criminal for us not to spread the word!
The riad itself is sumptous; an idyllic oasis in the sometimes crazy world of Morocco. The rooms are absolutely gorgeous; traditional Moroccan furniture, drapes and decor. Our room (Suite Berbere, the cheapest on offer) was delightful - particularly the enormous limestone bath - and it's hard to imagine how any of the other rooms could be better - although we're sure they are!
Guests are guaranteed excellent service from Jean and the charming Greggy. Both will bend over backwards to assist in any way they can and to ensure everyone's stay is truly memorable. Guests will also be treated to a spectacular breakfast of croissants, pains-au-chocolat, pancakes, jams, spreads, fruit salad, yoghurt, freshly squeezed orange juice and more every morning! The riad also benefits from a gorgeous open-air courtyard where you can relax on low, soft seated furniture and a roof terrace complete with jacuzzi.
We won't rush back to Morocco - only because there are hundreds more countries still to see - but if we do go back, the main reason will be to go back here.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2012

It has taken me too long to write this review as we stayed in february of this year but from the more recent reviews I see the place is just as amazing! We wanted for nothing. Jean and his incredibly attentive staff did everything to make our stay sublime. From the incredible meals(we tried breakfast, lunch and dinner!) to the warm and welcoming common areas to the amazing tub, there is nothing negative to say. My husband and I have travelled extensively and this was our best experience. February in Essaouira is perfect. The sun is warm and inviting. We were surprised to wear everything form our bathing suits to leather jackets and scarves in the evening. Visit Essaouira and this Riad, you will not be disappointed.

Room Tip: We stayed on the top floor. It was the best room. A little more private and away from everyone!
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  • Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2012

On our short trip from Marrakech to the sea I trusted the reviews from TA to book a room. Afterwards it is easy to agree with all tohers. Chbanate is a great place in all measures. Service was impeccable from arranging transportation from our address in Marrakech to pre-ordered shampagne cooled upon arrival. To have the riad as beautiful as it is one must notify that the owner, Mr. Jean, has designed and built it by himself. Impressive, I would say. I also happened to lose my golden necklace in one spa nearby. I could just describe the place and time to the riad - and voila! - it appeared in my mailbox back at home soon after.

Rooms are all very nice, but to have the last kick in bliss, and if you are ready to put the additional $, try to get the Hayate room. It is splendid with the round bathtub and all.

There is a rooftop with a little jacuzzi and a restaurant with very smooth ambience with fireplace. We did not eat there, however, due to they proposed some place in town. Excactly as we asked for, yes. Based on what we saw when back at riad for a late drink we realised it was a mistake to go out. Next time a table from Chbanate for dinner too..

Room Tip: Ask for Hayate. It is in all their brochures, too.
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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
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Property: Riad Chbanate
Address: 179 rue Chbanate, Essaouira 44000, Morocco
Location: Morocco > Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region > Essaouira
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Beverage Selection Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Suites Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#1 Luxury Hotel in Essaouira
#2 On the Beach Hotel in Essaouira
#2 Romantic Hotel in Essaouira
#6 Family Hotel in Essaouira
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Riad Chbanate 4*
Number of rooms: 8
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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