My only regret about our stay is that we only booked the one night there. Both Essaouira and Riad Baladin are beautiful and I wish I had stayed another night or two, especially after a few nights in Marrakech.
Nicole met us at the coach station from where it was a short 10 minute walk to the riad itself. Once there she gave us a map and lots of advice on where to go and what to eat. The rooms are light, airy and comfortable. Our room (chambre rose) had a fireplace which I imagine would be lovely in the colder months. Also the riad's traditional decor throughout is full of character and very charming and I couldn't imagine staying somewhere more contemporary in Essaouira. There are only a few glimpses of the sea from the top terrace but I felt the rooftops over Essaouira are much more interesting and charming to look at!
The one small negative about the riad is that the curtains that separate the bedroom and bathroom are very flimsy and light and don't meet properly. This I was already aware of beforehand (I had already emailed to ask Nicole about this as I was travelling with a relative) so it wasn't a problem at all when we arrived but I do feel a heavier curtain would be better and it's worth mentioning for those who will be travelling with friends or relatives. As it was, we simply announced to each other each time we visited the loo or had a shower and the other would sit by the fireplace safely hidden from view! As I say, it's only a small negative as there are plenty of other nice spots to sit around the riad too.
I would love to go back to Essaouira as I felt I didn't give it the time it deserved and would happily stay at Riad Baladin again.
- 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