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“quiet with beautiful views and an owner that cares.”
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Riad Zahra
Ranked #7 of 74 Hotels in Essaouira
Certificate of Excellence
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Level 4 Contributor
25 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“quiet with beautiful views and an owner that cares.”
Reviewed June 21, 2014

We stayed here for 3 nights. Had a mini suite with a view of the ocean and pool. My partner was on crutches and they made us very comfortable. The owner and staff are always around making sure everything is perfect for your visit. The food in both restaurants was superb. This hotel is a 15 -20 min walk along a beautiful promanade to the medina. But the beach is right across the street. they have an unheated pool that is protected against the wind. Would definitely recomend this place to everyone. And make sure you eat upstairs at the grill restaurant. Beer is always cold!!!

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  • Stayed June 2014, traveled as a couple
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XavierEssaouira, Propietario at Riad Zahra, responded to this review, June 22, 2014
Dear Guests,

Thank you so much for taking the time to write this fantastic review.

I was delighted to read that you enjoyed your stay with us and the quality of food.

We hope to have the pleasure to welcome you back again soon and thank you so much for recommending Riad Zahra.

Xavier
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47 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed May 29, 2014 via mobile

We stayed here for a few relaxing days. Staff was present in a very pleasant way: always friendly & helpful taking care of us. The room was nice & spacious with ocean view. The swimming pool was great, especially with the turtles/tortoises around/in the pool. The kids really were enjoying being around these animals. Also nice to have a choice of two restaurants. A good restaurant next to the swimming pool, and a really excellent roof-top restaurant.

The breakfast was very nice as well, with good/fresh food being served at the table.

It was about 15 minutes walking next to (or on) the beach to the old city center.

We really enjoyed our stay here and can definitely highly recommend it for a pleasant stay in Essaouira!

Stayed May 2014, traveled with family
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Thank Kasper H
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XavierEssaouira, Propietario at Riad Zahra, responded to this review, May 31, 2014
Dear Guests,,

Many thanks for this review and for recommending the Riad Zahra.
We are happy to hear that you fully enjoyed your stay with us .
Our team is working hard every day to make our guest feels happy and your satisfaction
is the best reward they could receive.
I hope to receive you another time with us.
Best wishes
Xavier
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed May 28, 2014

We visited Essaouira at the beginning of May and stayed in Riad Zahra for 5 nights. We arrived quite late (around half 10pm) and were very pleased that we still could have a dinner in the spanish restaurant upstairs. The staff in Zahra is really helpful and lovely. The restaurant itself is fine, but the food was very plane and tasteless. We didn't give this restaurant another chance and were dining out every other night (there is a good bar on the beach,2min walk from the Riad, - The Beach with Friends - where you can chill with glass of wine and pizza). Our room was quite basic with very tiny TV, but very clean. There is a nice indoor and outdour launch/bar downstairs next to the pool where we spent majority of time reading books and drinking mint tea. Breakfast is average and constant every day with some choice of fruits, bread, yogurt and pancakes. Overall experience is good, especially due to pleasant atmosphere maintained by friendly staff, but there definitely major investment needed in food quality and kitchen.
Essaouira is very windy place so don't be under illusions that you will be wearing shorts and bikinis. There can be 40 degrees indeed but feels like 20. Definitely bring some warm outwear with you!

  • Stayed May 2014, traveled as a couple
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XavierEssaouira, Propietario at Riad Zahra, responded to this review, May 31, 2014
Dear Inna,

Thank you for taking the time to share your experience on Tripadvisor.
We are very pleased to read that you enjoyed the service provided by our team but
I don´t understand the really problem you had with your diner in Zahra´s Grill.
All the guests are very satisfied with our food served .
I hope to see you again next time.
Kind regards
Xavier
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Reviewed May 27, 2014

This is not a intimate riad, it's more a small hotel. The staff were very friendly and helpful but the room was a bit mean, and decoration sparse and uninspiring. Felt like it needed a good lick of paint and certainly the curtains did not keep out the light. Also no air con. Maybe we were spoiled buy having stayed at some fabulous riads in the country earlier on our trip and at the coast things are a bit different.

  • Stayed May 2014, traveled as a couple
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Thank CJ_Zanahoria
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XavierEssaouira, Propietario at Riad Zahra, responded to this review, May 29, 2014
Dear Guests,

Thank you for taking the time to share your experience on Tripadvisor.
I´m very sorry if our Riad was not that you expected . It´s true Riad Zahra is not a luxury Riad,
but is very cheap if you compare with the others riads .
I have taken note of your comments regarding all the issues you have mentioned .
I hope to receive you another time with us.

Sincerely
Xavier
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Chichester, England, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed May 22, 2014

We travel to Essaouira each year for a Windwise.net windsurfing trip and always use Riad Zahra as our base. It's a brilliantly run family hotel with a really warm welcome. The staff service is always superb and very personal, which makes our stay so much more welcoming. Whether it's tapas by the pool or sunset view for dinner, the food and atmosphere is superb after a full day no the water.
Our clients love it and we look forward to return for many years to come!

Room Tip: All the rooms are pretty much the same, with en-suite plenty of space. If you're a light sleeper...
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  • Stayed May 2014, traveled on business
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Thank Simon B
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XavierEssaouira, Propietario at Riad Zahra, responded to this review, May 23, 2014
Dear Simon,
Thank you for taking the time to tell us about your experience at Riad Zahra.
We are very pleased to read that you enjoyed the service provided by our team and the quality
of food.
Riad Zahra is waiting your next windsurf group !!!!

Many greetings to all from Riad Zahra.
Xavier
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Ascot, United Kingdom
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Reviewed May 21, 2014

We stayed at Riad Zahra in early April. We found the staff very pleasant and willing to assist. The room was a little basic and the plumbing could have been better, the shower kept changing temperature. The outdoor swimming was however a blessing and the restaurants and food were very appetizing, breakfast, lunch and dinner.

  • Stayed April 2014, traveled with family
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Thank Nigel106628
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XavierEssaouira, Propietario at Riad Zahra, responded to this review, May 23, 2014
Dear Nigel,

Thank you for taking the time to share your experience on Tripadvisor.
We are glad to read that your stay was pleasant, and thank you for your constructive feedback
with regards to the room.
I hope to receive you another time with us.
Kind regards
Xavier
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England
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Reviewed May 11, 2014

We liked the fact that this hotel was far enough away from the medina to be quiet and so close to the beach that we had some lovely walks there but what made it really special was the people.
They were so friendly and welcoming that it made our lovely stay even better. They gave us a map and explained how to get to different places, greeted us every time we passed reception and even allowed us to check in for our flights and print off our boarding passes on our last day.
They really do go above and beyond what is normally found in hotels.
The pool area is lovely, although we weren't very lucky with the weather! We loved the tortoises and turtles around the pool - adorable!
Thank you Riad Zahra - we loved our stay with you.

  • Stayed May 2014, traveled as a couple
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Thank Dexta45
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XavierEssaouira, Propietario at Riad Zahra, responded to this review, May 12, 2014
Dear guest,

Thank you so much for taking the time to write this fantastic review.
I was delighted to read that you enjoyed your stay with us, and was very glad we met your expectations.
We hope to have the pleasure to welcome you back again soon and thank you so much for your kind words.
Best wishes
Xavier
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Property: 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
#4 On the Beach Hotel in Essaouira
#6 Best Value Hotel in Essaouira
#9 Family Hotel in Essaouira
#18 Romantic Hotel in Essaouira
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
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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