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“Charming Riad in the heart of the most authentic medina”
4 of 5 bubbles Review of Riad Malaika

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Riad Malaika
Ranked #15 of 74 Hotels in Essaouira
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“Charming Riad in the heart of the most authentic medina”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 8, 2013

If you want to truly discover the charms of a riad and experience an authentic media, this is the place to go! Riad Malaika is minutes away from the historic port of Essaouira-Mogador, the bustling fish market and its restaurants, and the 16th century walls of a Portuguese fort overlooking the Atlantic. My husband and I stayed in the top-floor suite of Riad Malaika for a little extra privacy and space and for our enjoyment of a beautiful terrace overlooking the rooftops. Travelers are welcome with open arms at Malaika; I saw staff treating every guest with the same respect and passion to share information. And by the way: the breakfast is somptuous!

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
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Robertsbridge, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 1, 2013

This really is a gem of a place to stay! Central to the old and most interesting part of Essaouira although in a quiet street and near to the port, beaches and great restaurants and cafes nearby to suit all budgets. The owners and staff are so friendly, nothing too much trouble. The decor is true Moroccan at its best and the personal touches to the smallest detail in the rooms such as the quality soap, roses, joss sticks, quality artefacts and books on Moroccan art, daily bottles of water with glasses, add to the ambience and comfort. The varied breakfasts are excellent and can be eaten in the comfortable lounge/eating area or on the roof terrace. There was a log fire while we were there which gave a comfortable lounge area to relax in the cooler evenings. This beautiful Riad offers so much for the amount they charge - we definitely recommend it and feel lucky to have chosen it (with the help of previous trip advisor reviewers).

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 27, 2013 via mobile

We were really disappointed by this riad - particularly compared to the other places we stayed in morocco for the same price:

- rooms are dirty (to the extent that we put t-shirts over the pillows to avoid putting our faces directly on the pillowcases and luckily I'd brought my own towel).

- we were given one small roll of toilet paper the day we first arrived and that was it - we had to keep asking daily for a fresh roll...same with the water - we were only given one small bottle each the day we first arrived in our room and that was it.

- the breakfast was terrible. There was a measly selection and the quality poor. We ended up buying breakfast straight after leaving the hotel in the mornings.

- the pillows need replacing.

- it's overpriced as a riad and we really wish that we'd stayed somewhere else on essaouria.

- the French couple who own it are really grumpy - saved only by their very polite and attentive Moroccan staff.

The only positives are that it has a very nice looking entrance hall, the wifi connection is food and the location is central in the medina but quiet for sleeping.

  • Stayed February 2013
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Indianapolis, Indiana
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 25, 2013

We stayed just one night, but would have loved another night in Essaouira and this Riad - it was such a nice break from larger Moroccan cities and the Riad lovely, with service way beyond what we paid. It is down a quiet street very close to a food plaza and many shops. The Riad is lovely with a nice main floor for sitting around, and a terrace (which we didn't have time to enjoy!). Our room was on the second floor, but very quiet and cute (nothing fancy, no tv, but decorated warmly and very clean, the bathroom the same). The hotel met us at the Supratours bus stop, which was nice to get off the bus then be met and led to the Riad. Both owners we met the short time we were there, and they were really friendly (along with the rest of the staff). Breakfast was very peaceful, served on the ground floor with nice Moroccan pastries, juice, coffee, and an egg. Agree with the other reviews - this is a great place to stay, again, for the price a real treat!

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with friends
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London
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 25, 2013

I spent 1 night in this beautiful riad with my friends. I don't think I ever stayed in such an authentic hotel.Because of the time of the year, February is not the busiest time, we managed to get some discount on our room.
The hotel manager gave us great advises about where to go to eat, where to shop local souvenirs.
I can only recommend it!!

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with friends
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London
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 24, 2013

Just returned from a week's holiday in Essaouira. We stayed at Riad Malaika and we could not have been happier. The riad was beautiful and the staff could not have been more helpful.It is really easy to walk everywhere from here-around the medina, to the beach etc. We had breakfast every morning on the beautiful sunny roof terrace and it filled us up for most of the day. We stayed in the lovely suite with our 4 year old son. Would highly recommend. Thank you to Sylvie, Piermark, Abdullah and the rest of the staff.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with family
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Buckingham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 17, 2013

My wife and I stayed here for 2 nights in February 2013, arriving in a hire car direct from Marrakesh airport (about 3 hours) - the riad is very well located away from the hustle of the main retail areas, but just a few minutes walk to everything including the large square between the medina and the port. We had the 'suite' on the top floor, which was excellent, and enjoyed the adjacent roof terrace (available to all guests). The owners, who took it in turns 'mind the shop' are both lovely helpful people - with good English. Would highly recommend this if you are staying in Essauoria. And Essauoria was probably our favourite place that we visited during our week in Morocco, I'd want to stay longer than 2 nights on another occasion.

NB, parking was easy, just outside the medina (we were directed to park on the pavement, I think the cost was about 5DIR per day) - a porter was instantly on hand with a trolley for our luggage, and led us on the 10 minute walk to the riad; the riad have their own also, which we used on departure.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Property: Riad Malaika
Address: 17 Rue Zayan, Essaouira 44000, Morocco
Location: Morocco > Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region > Essaouira
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#4 Romantic Hotel in Essaouira
#10 Family Hotel in Essaouira
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Riad Malaika 3*
Number of rooms: 9
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
AUTANTIC RIAD XVIII IN ESSAOUIRA-MORROCO, QUIET IN THE HEART OF THE MEDINA ... more   less 
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