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Riad Zahra
Ranked #8 of 74 Hotels in Essaouira
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Reviewed October 17, 2012

Found our stay at this Riad to be rather disappointing after staying in wonderful riads in Fez and Marrakech. Foyer area very nice, and the staff were helpful and welcoming. Rooms were dowdy and the shower areas need updating. No flyscreens on the windows, so could not open. Beds extremely hard and uncomfortable. Breakfast was poor and as previously noted lin other reviews eft uncovered. We had dinner in the restaurant upstairs. Two of the meals were extremely poor quality. Reasonable pool area, though can get crowded and insufficient seating around perimeter. Short walk to the beach, Very disappointed with the beach, as it was quite dirty and had a lot of broken glass. Nice walk or cheap taxi ride to town centre. A couple of nice restaurants/cafes on the walk into town.

  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed October 15, 2012

We have just returned from a week at the Riad Zahra and really enjoyed our stay.
The Riad staff are very welcoming, a special mention to Jeffrey, who always had a smile on his face and was eager to please. The food in the upstairs restaurant is amazing, the chef is a great chef with a fab sense of humour. The food in the downstairs restaurant, could've been better. Breakfast was ok but the same thing every day got a bit much, could've done with an option and maybe some fruit. The tables were set up with the food ready for people to come to breakfast and the flies got there before the clientele each time as food was left uncovered. Was a bit unclean too, we ate downstairs one evening and there were still crumbs left on the seats and floor from breakfast.
The rooms were very dark and in need of a bit of a spruce up and the beds were too hard and uncomfortable. As no air conditioning became very hot too, struggled with keeping windows open because of the Mosquitos. Had a couple of cockroaches too.
Essaouira Medina is a good place for a wander and food and we felt quite safe there and unhassled by the locals. In all it was a good trip.
The Riad itself was lovely on the inside and if these things could be rectified, I would go back.

Room Tip: Ask for a downstairs room as people who were upstairs suffered with the heat even more than we did i...
  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 24, 2012

Riad Zahra is a beautiful property and very authentic. We spent 6 nights here. All of the staff were very polite and efficient. The room was very comfortable. We ate in both restaurants and the food was superb. The Riad Zahra is perfect if you are in Essaouira for kite surfing as it is across the road from the main beach (a two minute walk). The Riad provides weather information for those that need the wind for their holiday!

It is an enjoyable 20 min stroll from the main town or you can take a taxi for around 80p.

Would definitely stay here again.

  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 30, 2012

Riad Zahra is a wonderful Riad with a perfect location less than 100m to the beach and a short 15 min walk (or 5 min taxi) into the Medina. Riad Zahra is not only great for singles but couples and families. It has a wonderful welcoming feel and a very friendly atmosphere with staff being able to speak a number of languages. Rooms are large and perfectly adequete for everyone's needs. Great range of food can be bought through out the day not only in the pool side restaurant, but upstairs in their new tapas and grill restaurant. Would recommend this Riad to anyone travelling to Essaouria and can't wait to visit again!

  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed August 26, 2012

The location of the riad is graet. it is in front of the seaside and not far from the medina (20 minutes by feet, 5 by taxi,car or touristic train)
The rooms are clean, and quite big, We had three beds, even if we are a couple. The breakfast is very good and plenty of delicious food : there are the crepes too. There are also two restaurants: one traditional one and a spanish one. We had dinner at the spanish one. It was very good. During the night there is no noise, the temperature is fine. We slept very well.
There is also a little swimming pool. and the possibility to rent surf and kite-surf equipment , or to book some surf and kite-surf lessons.( no wind-surf lessons and equipment)
The owners are a family of spanish . They are very kind and they speaks italian too. They helped us have a great vacation . I would recommend this structure

  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 21, 2012

Riad Zahra definitely is one of the place you should consider to stay when in Essaouira. Even when it is slightly out of town, the atmosphere is great. The owners are really nice - Spanish/French - and will go out of their way to help you out with tips and advice. The two restaurants are great. We did not try the tapas, but this is available. The pool is superb and the two turtles swimming in there add a spark to it all. The rooms are spacious and the bathrooms are nice.

  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed August 20, 2012

Who ever designed the web page for this riad should be shot. It is very decieving. It is not right on the beach and the walk to the madina is probably 20 minutes, plus. The owners are delightful but we had booked through an agent and were expecting twin beds (was travelling with a girlfriend) and as two women we wanted our own beds. It is very dark and didn't look clean. The owners helped us find other accommodation which was much more to our liking as we were a five minute walk to the madina. Shopping in Essaouira far surpassed Marrakesh not only in price but in choice as well. I would definitely go back to Essaouira but wouldn't stay at Riad Zahra.

  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled with friends
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Additional Information about Riad Zahra

Address: 90 Amira Lalla Meryem | Quartier des Dunes, Essaouira 44000, Morocco
Location: Morocco > Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region > Essaouira
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#2 Luxury Hotel in Essaouira
#5 On the Beach Hotel in Essaouira
#9 Family Hotel in Essaouira
#18 Romantic Hotel in Essaouira
Price Range: $62 - $94 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Riad Zahra 4*
Number of rooms: 23
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Just two minutes' walk from the beach and 20 minutes from the Medina and souks, you'll find this family run Riad with its 23 bedrooms has everything you need for a delightful holiday as a family, a couple or with friends. Riad Zahra is in the residential quarter of Essaouira. All its comfortable bedrooms are decorated in traditional Moroccan style and have en suite bath rooms, satellite TV and Wifi. There are family sized rooms, others have balconies and some enjoy a sea view. And you'll enjoy meals in our two restaurants whose great range of Moroccan, Asian and Spanish dishes is enhanced by a wide choice of the Kingdom's wines. Open air swimming pool, terraces and parking. We'll happily help you organize your stay and can recommend places to visit, restaurants, surfing and kitesurf schools, rides on horse or camels, transfers from airports, vehicle hire ... ... more   less 
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Riad Zahra Mogador Essaouira
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