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Riad Chbanate
Ranked #11 of 74 Hotels in Essaouira
Certificate of Excellence
London, United Kingdom
2 reviews
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“Wonderful welcome”
Reviewed 29 April 2012

From the moment we stepped into the riad (and Gregy lent ne 20 Dhms to pay the porter) the smile did not leave our faces. The riad itself is well-deisgned, bright and airy and very pleasant (with a lovely open fire inside). But what makes it quite extraordinary is the welcome of the staff, and the quality of the food. Gregy's obvious enthusiasm for Essaouira and life itself is infectious.Having ordered a meal before we arrived, which turned out to be chicken tagine and was absolutely delicious, we did not eat anywhere else in Essaouira. Samira's coucous is exceptional and the grilled king prawns we asked for were also amazing.

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Reviewed 27 April 2012

Lovely property, nicely located in medina, very helpful staff. Also went to elizir (think sp. correct) restaurant and was wonderful.

Stayed April 2012, travelled as a couple
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London
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Reviewed 27 April 2012

After reading previous comments we booked to stay at Riad Chbanate and returned yesterday. I never normally write reviews although on this occasion having travelled extensively for about 20 years I just wanted to say that this is probably the the best hotel/riad I have ever stayed in.
It's not only that if I had the ability to design the perfect place this would be it. It was simply stunning. No other way to describe it.
However what completed it was the staff. We travelled with our two year old and they were so lovely always playing with him and smiling. Nothing was ever to much trouble.
If you travel to this part of Morocco (which was lovely) then I'd so recommend Riad Chbanate.
Absoutely perfect.

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Washington DC
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Reviewed 5 April 2012

We were a bit concerned before we arrived that the excellent reviews for this riad on tripadvisor might not be entirely real and accurate. Obviously that is not the case. This is a small, well-designed, newly-built riad in a quiet location on the far edge of the medina. The medina is quite compact, so being on the edge is no problem. The riad's owner/builder is a very likeable and bright young French guy. While we were there he was present and extraordinarily attentive to the needs of his guests, and his staff was excellent.

  • Stayed March 2012, travelled with family
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Berlin, Germany
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Reviewed 4 April 2012

We can only recommend the Riad Chbanate! Top rooms, the owners were very nice and helpful, the food was perfect, the location was great (within the old city), you are able to walk by foot to see all interesting places.
We will come back next time when we are in or near Essaouira.
The riad itself is very professional styled.

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West Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
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Reviewed 2 April 2012

My wife and I stayed in the Riad for four days, and we couldn't have been more satisfied with the room and the staff. Jean, the owner, treated us like family. He even found me a Moroccan Premier Cru. Unfortunately, there's not a lot to do in Essaouira after three days. You can let yourself be blown around the beach or you can visit a restaurant near the main entrance to the souk where the magician is beyond good. Very entertaining. Thank you, Jean and your staff, for all your attention to detail We had a very relaxing time.

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Reviewed 30 March 2012

The reviews on trip advisor matched the reality. The owners work very hard to provide excellent service and they deliver. The breakfasts were excellent (but i did have a serious sugar rush), my husbands dietary needs were met. This Riad is a leader in meeting the needs of their customers. PS the bedrooms and bathrooms are amazing. I wish them continued success and maintaining being the best place in Essaouira to stay, they deserve it.

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Additional Information about Riad Chbanate

Property: Riad Chbanate
Address: 179 Rue Chbanate, Essaouira 44000, Morocco
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
#3 Luxury Hotel in Essaouira
#6 Family Hotel in Essaouira
#7 On the Beach Hotel in Essaouira
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
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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