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Riad Chbanate
Ranked #11 of 74 Hotels in Essaouira
Certificate of Excellence
Milan
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85 reviews
26 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
“One of the best place ever...”
Reviewed 21 August 2013 via mobile

First of all the rooms are very nice, we slept for four nights in the berbere suite and it was delicious.
The breakfast excellent, maybe one of the best we had in morocco so far.
Staff well prepared, english speaking and very helpful.
We loved every detail.
Water is free of charge, which doesn't cost a lot to the hotel but it is a small thing which makes the difference.
We would recommend this place to all our friends.

  • Stayed August 2013
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Johannesburg, South Africa
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 August 2013

French owned Moroccan run elegantly furnished raid. Nasal and greggy are exceptional - could not be more helpful or welcoming. Nawal took my wife to her local hamman, we learnt to cook pastilla with the chef who makes the pastries for breakfast. The medina is a trove of experiences waiting to happen. We were in the city over eid - streets overflowing with celebrants. The raid is a wonderfully peaceful place to return to.

Stayed August 2013, travelled with family
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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Reviewed 5 August 2013 via mobile

We just spent 4 nights at Riad Chbanate and loved our stay in this quiet, recently built hotel. Beautiful bedrooms (we enjoyed the suite oriental with its amazing bathroom), super friendly staff, and excellent breakfast. We will return with the rest of the family.

Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 1 August 2013

Riad Chbanate was simply a lovely experience. It appears to have been quite recently renovated as the rooms looked newly decorated and everything was very clean. Also, for a riad (we stayed in a couple of others throughout Morocco) the rooms were very large. The bed was huge and very comfortable - i think we slept the best here of all the places we stayed in marrakech. There is also air con and satellite tv although we didn't use either! In the bathroom we had a massive plunge bath with multi-jet shower, which was a nice surprise as we didn't realise we were going to have it. The roof terrace/sun deck is lovely and gets a nice breeze so its not too hot in the middle of the day. There is no pool but there is a jacuzzi which is nice.

In terms of other perks, the breakfast is certainly one. It is very generous and you eat it down in the bottom of the riad which is cool and peaceful. The riad also provides free soft drinks (water, coffee, mint tea) throughout the stay which is actually a surprisingly big plus when you come to pay (I didn't realise it was free until the end!).

Beyond that, Noelle and Greg, who are the two main staff, are an absolute delight. They are so helpful with planning trips/giving advice as to where to eat/visit etc. They are also always happy to chat about anything else and really accommodating with small requests, which is exactly what you want.

All in all, this place is deserving of being classed as one of the best places to stay in Essaouira.

Room Tip: We had the Berber suite. It was nice and large and we had no complaints.
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  • Stayed July 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 29 July 2013 via mobile

We stayed in the penthouse suite for 3 nights and loved it! The room is so luxurious, that you dont want to leave! On top of this, the sun terasse with jacuzzi and sunbeds is a great spot to hang out. In the courtyard we enjoyed the delicious gourmet breakfast, snacks and mint tea (all for free) and generous glasses of wine (50dh).

The staff deserves most of the credit for our good experience, their english (and french) is good and they help you with everything, always with a smile. One of the women even brought me to her local hammam (after she helped me buy all the local hammam products at a herbalist), where I was the only non-moroccan, such a great experience. She did all this for free, I only had to pay her entrance (10dh) and for my gommage.

Stay here if you want to feel like royalty, that's how you will treated.

  • Stayed July 2013
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Crowborough
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 July 2013 via mobile

We stayed at 4 places in Morroco and this we the best by a long way. The riad was superb, the staff were brilliant and couldn't do enough for us. If you go to Essaouira, stay here - you won't regret it. Thank you Greggy and the team - you made our stay very special

  • Stayed July 2013
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sydney
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81 reviews
48 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 100 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 July 2013

Stay here. That's all my review should read. It's how I feel. Kinda sums it all up really. What a truly lovely riad in one of Morocco's funnest towns. The rooms are beautifully and imaginatively appointed and a cool retreat from the town's buzzy pace. The breakfasts were delicious and plentiful, and the courtyard is a friendly heart to this classy place to stay. Greggy greeted us on arrival and he couldn't have been more attentive. His friendly, discrete service is what made this place so memorable. When we checked in (we were a party of 4) I was unwell and he was very quick to ensure I was in one of the air conditioned rooms ready to rest. He couldn't have been more helpful and throughout the rest of our stay (we were there 2 nights) he and the team proved a happy, attentive group with a real knack for customer service. The reason why this place gets a good rave on Tripadvisor is clear to me now. It deserves it. A wonderful place in a great part of town with a top team running it. My hunch is that you won't find better for the price.

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled with friends
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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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