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Riad Chbanate
Ranked #13 of 75 Hotels in Essaouira
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 9 June 2011

This is probably one of the best hotels I have ever been. Essaouria is a lovely town that I recommend, especially if you have stayed a few days in Marakech. Quite, pretty, a bit windy but the air is fresh. People are very kind. And the food is excellent,
We arrived at this hotel with little expectations. It was a great suprise:
. Interior design is perfect. Unique flavor of what best you can get from morroco
. the room is perfect. Nice decoration. Large volume. Big Bath.
. Location: one or two streets away from the main street: perfect
. Very calm
. Breakfast: very good. I recommend the morrocan pancakes ... Homemade!

But overall, the key factor of pleasure and well being was the service and the warm welcome we received. The staff is so kind. they d do everything to make sure you have a perfect stay. They recommand where to go, where to have a spa, where to have a dinner or a lunch. They ordered a car for us to go back to Marakech.

One of my best experiences in a hotel.

  • Stayed: May 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 30 May 2011

Spent a delightful 4 days here. A serene oasis of calm within the medina with close access to all sights. Cool jazz sounds. Check out the "before and after" photographs of this riad renovation and be amazed by the transformation !

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Reviewed 21 May 2011

We just loved this place starting with the owner Jean's charming personality. He designed this place perfectly and he and his wife Thais were very good at making us feel like this Riad was our home.
It was raining for two days which was rare in Essaouira, but we just stayed in the Riad, having wine and nice dinner, warming ourselves by the fireplace.
Since Jean is French, his choice of wine and bread is perfect. There are so many kinds of bread for breakfast and we couldn't wait for it. Also Jean recommended us nice bakery which was very cheap, but French-quality.
This Riad isn't gorgeous, but it reflects the owners' warm and friendly character very well so you just fall in love with this place.

  • Stayed: March 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 4 May 2011

We unfortunately only had one night at Riad Chbanate in March, and wished we had stayed longer here and less time in Marrakech. This Riad is perfect in every way - the welcome is warm and genuine, the setting is stunning and the atmosphere very relaxing. The rooms are gorgeous - it's real luxury in the middle of the madness of Morocco.

  • Stayed: March 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 29 April 2011

My husband and I stayed at the Riad Chbanate for 4 nights in the Oriental room. I wasn't too impressed with Essaouira on arrival, however the Riad proved to be an oasis. The staff were charming and helpful, especially the guy from Casablanca and the Moroccan guy who works in the evenings. The room was totally spotless with beautiful fresh bed linen changed daily, a bath big enough to fit about 4 people, candles and countless sockets. The riad was really peaceful and I slept very well (usually not a great sleeper in hotels but felt totally relaxed here as there was no noise, it was so comfortable and so clean). The breakfast was good albeit slightly too sweet for my taste. Also, I'd have preferred more fresh fruit rather than lots of sugary cakes and croissants and the coffee was always tepid rather than hot. However the freshly squeezed orange juice and fresh yoghurt were lovely and it was presented beautifully. The rooftop terrace was good for relaxing on and there was plenty of space with comfortable sunloungers and clean beach towels laid out daily. I didn't love Essaouira but I definitely loved this Riad, and was able to totally unwind and relax there. The room wasn't cheap at €150 per night for the location, but worth the expense for a spot of welcome luxury.

  • Stayed: April 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 23 April 2011

We booked a superior room which has been very, very cosy. The owners were friendly - the breakfast one of the best ones we had during our stay in Marroco - especially the homemade joghurt. Attention: Booking was with 'hotels.com' - and the hotel is not correctly marked on the map there'. Park in front of 'Bab Marrakech', enter the medina and then its a two minutes walk on the right side... .

  • Stayed: April 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 10 April 2011

An oasis in the medina. We stayed for 3 nights and were delighted every moment. Everything was marvellous, the food, the common areas, our room, the bathtub, the conversations, the coffee, the rooftop terrace, Jean and Thais (and Oliver!) - Thank-you! for a wonderful wonderful stay. We could not have asked for more.

  • Stayed: March 2011, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Riad Chbanate

Address: 179 Rue Chbanate, Essaouira 44000, Morocco
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Region: Morocco > Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region > Essaouira
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Beverage Selection Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Suites Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#2 Romantic Hotel in Essaouira
#5 Luxury Hotel in Essaouira
#6 Family Hotel in Essaouira
#7 On the Beach Hotel in Essaouira
Price Range: £90 - £120 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Riad Chbanate 4*
Number of rooms: 8
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
This traditional, 18th century Moroccan residence was once home to the Caid d'Essaouira and his family.Located in the Medina of Essaouira the riad is ideally situated near Bab Marrakech and only a 5 minutes walk from the beach.Through a complete renovation, this authentic riad has been transformed into a residence of modern comfort and elegant surroundings. A jewel of the Essaouira Medina, Riad Chbanate welcomes you with a delicate ambiance created by the timeless magic and perfumes of the Orient. Riad Chbanate has been renovated with care and elegance to offer you an authentic, tasteful, and very comfortable environment. The services provided by Riad Chbanate are worthy of the much larger luxury hotels of Morocco. Step through the door of Riad Chbanate and discover its unique magic. Warm and friendly, with the comfort of luxury hotel services, it is only natural that guests feel at home in Riad Chbanate. Faithful to traditional design, and to ensure exceptional comfort, Riad Chbanate is a perfect blend of Moroccan craftsmanship and modern convenience. In the Moroccan tradition of generous and flavorful meals, Riad Chbanate invites you to discover the specialties of the region with each gourmet dining experience. With attentive service and a personalized concierge, the staff of Riad Chbanate is at your disposal, at all times, for your utmost comfort. ... more   less 
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