After a hectic 7 days in Marrakesh we were looking forward to a relaxing time in Essaouira and we were not disappointed.
We were met at the bus station and escorted to the Riad where we met Nicole and she ran through information on Essaouira for us. She showed us around the lovely riad and made us feel very welcome.
The Riad was completely different from the one we stayed in in Marrakech, not as luxurious but rustic and cosy.
We stayed in the Chambre Amoureux for 5 nights which was nicely decorated in a rustic style. Very clean and comfortable. Other reviewers have mentioned the bed linen not fitting the bed and I agree but you could easily readjust the two quilts so not a problem. The bathroom was very spacious with a double bath with steps up to it and candles. Very romantic for honeymoon.
Breakfast was taken each day on the terrace, it was the same each day but very nice. Orange juice, eggs, bread, croissants, goats cheese and nice jam. it was nice to sit and chat with the other guests as there were a number of different nationalities staying at the Riad during our stay.
Nicole goes out of her way to help you . We went to the restaurants that she recommended and never had a bad meal. If you get the opportunity to go with Nicole to the Blue Stone Cafe then do it. We had a superb meal there along with good company. The squid deep fried in batter with rosemary was the best I have ever tasted.
The rooftop is an ideal place to relax and some sunbeds are provided.
To sum up a nice relaxing place to stay in an ideal location with excellent staff.
- 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