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Riad Chbanate
Ranked #11 of 74 Hotels in Essaouira
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Århus, Danmark
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“Quality all around”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 December 2013

This Riad - which is apparently pronounced "shbnat" - has international class and is highly recommended (if you can afford it). The rooms, the service, and the food are all excellent. If it's too cold to have breakfast in the "court yard" area, which was the case in December, there is a very cozy restaurant room next to it, with a lit fireplace!
The place is tastily decorated and has a 'lounge' atmosphere. In our room there was only a curtain separating the toilet/shower from the rest, which might be an issue for some. But in return there is a nice sunny roof terrace where one can go.

  • Stayed December 2013, travelled as a couple
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Toulouse, France
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 December 2013

Just spent 4 nights at this peaceful retreat and would like to thank all the lovely staff for their friendliness attention and superb service.Greggy and noelle were amazing front of house and the lady chef with a fabulous smile made us an excellent cous cous with lamb and chichen served in front of the fire on request.Samir took us to a local Hammam 2 minutes away,gave us a rigorous body scrub and a massage that was passionate,strong and technically brilliant.Stayed in Room maresque with massive bath for 2,fill it up with hot water,some argon oil and soak your stesses away.Try the lovely wines french and moroccan.Thanks everyone,you were amazing and the riad full of atmosphere.Love and best wishes Jonathan and Martin

Room Tip: maresque room right on roof terrace with sun loungers and jacuzzi with the huge bath ans shower
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  • Stayed November 2013, travelled as a couple
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 November 2013

I hate to rain on the parade here, but I thought this was the weakest of all the places I stayed in Morocco. The riad was lovely and the staff tried, but some unfortunate design decisions really detracted from my experience. For example, the rooms had no phone or other connection to the front desk. So, if I needed any assistance I had to walk down (then back up) four flights of stairs. I asked about this, and they suggested I lean over my balcony and shout down through the courtyard if I needed anything. I'm sure the other guests would've appreciated that. For another example, my bathroom was huge, but nobody had thought to hang a towel bar or hook where I could've hung a towel or bathrobe. There were just too many small annoyances like that, and they added up to an unpleasant experience. With a few tweaks this could really be a great place, but until they're made I'd avoid staying here.

  • Stayed November 2013, travelled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 October 2013

I could not recommend this beautiful Riad highly enough. Although ideal for a honeymoon, it was also brilliant for two friends wanting to stay somewhere nice. The breakfast and the biscuits (made by Noel's sister) were great. We stayed in the Oriental room and it really was unbelievably special. I feel like I'm gushing but it was such a pleasant stay that I can't help it! The staff made it for us: they gave us great recommendations for places to eat/go for Hammam and generally made us laugh and feel welcome. Essaouria is a very traditional place and can be a little difficult to penetrate so having such incredible staff made it a wonderful experience. Thanks for a great stay! Rachael (of Rachael and Sarah!) xxxx

Room Tip: The Oriental room was incredible!
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  • Stayed September 2013, travelled with friends
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 October 2013

Wonderful riad. Wonderful experience. Staff couldnt have been more helpful.
The rooms are different and unique with a style that makes you feel like you should be spending a huge amount of money.
So helpful in organising activities - from horse riding to restaurant reservations to cars to the airport. Not forecful, just friendly and helpful.
Great experience.

  • Stayed November 2012, travelled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 September 2013

After a fantastic, action packed 13 days of seeing the sights of morocco from Mountains to Desert, Cities to Ruins through the great offices of our travel company, Morocco Explored, my family of 5 (all over 18) were ready for a few days downtime by the time we reached Essaouira.

Riad Chabanate looked as if it was a bit out of the way being towards the back of the Medina and the street leading to it is not always as clean as it might be. But walk though the door and an oasis of calm and luxury awaits. Moreover, the Riad serves cold wine and beer which after the general paucity of said substance generally in Morocco , we consumed with some relish!
Noel - the owner/manageress was fantastic; as was Greggie - both super hosts and very helpful. Breakfast was delicious and freshly prepared. The rooms were very comfortable (we had Suite Oriental with the massive elliptical bath and our sons shared Zen Suite). Free Wifi was welcome. The roof terrace was a real sun trap and the Jacuzzi cooling. And the courtyard was a great place to relax with that cool glass of slightly off-dry wine from Languedoc, before hitting the town for an evening meal!
Could the Riad be improved? Of course if one was super picky. But as a place to spend a few days, it was for us perfect!

Room Tip: Zen Suite is slightly odd as the bath is right by the main Suite door - just make sure the door is l...
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  • Stayed September 2013, travelled with family
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Singapore, Singapore
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 September 2013

We love our stay of 3 nights in Riad Chbanate. The top floor room has full access to lounging area and jacuzzi which made it very comfortable to relax around . The French owners had made the rooms and general areas very cosy and very tastefully done. They had gone down a path where you have free wifi , bottles of water and soft drinks. All the service staffs were outstanding , always willing to help in every way. Morning breakfast with crepes, local fried pratas, Danish pastries and even eggs done in any way you like, truly delicious and generous for Moroccan standard.

Room Tip: Go for the room on the top floor !
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  • Stayed September 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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