We had such a lovely stay at the Riad Baladin in April - the decor and design perfectly reflect the relaxed, seaside vibe of Essaouira, and the owner Nicole could not be more welcoming and gracious. She met us at the main square when we arrived in Essaouira, and all of her recommendations for sights and restaurants were spot on. We stayed in the Chambre Creme, which happens to be the smallest of the rooms (and which Nicole apologized profusely for!) but we found it to be just perfect - beautifully decorated and very comfortable, with neat touches like the wood-framed bed, metal lanterns, and clay shower. As with most riads in Morocco, the rooms wrap around the small central courtyard, which means that you have a little less privacy that you might in a typical hotel - our bathroom and bedroom had tall windows that faced the courtyard, covered by curtains of course, but during the day most people left their doors/windows open and it is much more like staying together in a house. While this didn't bother us at all, it's worth mentioning for people who might not be as comfortable in this situation. The public spaces of the riad are also very comfortable and lovely - especially the roof terrace where we had breakfast. And it's such a treat to have a jacuzzi in the courtyard! A great choice for a comfortable riad in Essaouira. I can smell the seaside breezes now....
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The "Riad Baladin" is situated in the nicest part of the old town of Essaouira, in the district of "la Skala," just a few meters away from the Sea and a couple of minutes away from the main Square and Port. There is no traffic allowed in the "Medina." This Oasis offers 10 rooms (singles, doubles and suites/triple) all with en-suite bathrooms in a typical Moroccan style, combined with a contemporary design. Last but not least there is also a Jacuzzi & Massage for all the guests. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Riad Baladin Essaouira
- Riad Baladin Hotel Essaouira