Our stay at Riad Baladin was pretty much last minute, which didn't stop Nicole from meeting us at the bus stop anyway. This place has won Tripadvisor awards of excellence for the last three years in a row it seems and well deserved too!
Nicole goes over and beyond the call of duty, from meeting at the bus stop to dining and shopping recommendations and even taking us out on a day trip to a hidden fisherman's restaurant in a nearby village which I guarantee you won't find on your own.
Rooms have working fireplaces, slippers, kettle and herbal tea all set and ready to go.
The Riad has someone on staff 24/7 except one night when Nicole's dog took over the role of night duty for us. They'll even get your fire going for you if you need help.
Breakfast on the terrace each day is positively divine.
Laundry was done at no extra cost, not sure if that's the norm or just because it was a bit quiet at the time.
Free wifi access, don't know why everyone doesn't do this. Also there's a computer and printer for guest use in one of the common areas.
Wonderful vibe to the place, Nicole has faithfully kept the Riad to original Berber style, authentic earthy feel, very warm.
Really there isn't anything bad to say about Riad Baladin, if you have time try to stay a little longer than the usual 3-4 nights because there is more to the area than the Medina.
Location is excellent, there are good and not so good spots in the Medina and Baladin is tucked away in a charming laneway in the best part.
After spending an initial 3 nights we extended our stay for another 4, we would have stayed even longer but the Riad was booked out after that.
Value is excellent, total cost ended up being around 1000 Dirham less than we thought it would be.
- 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