We recently spent a few days in Essaouira and had the privilege of staying at Riad Chbanate. We arrived in Essaouira after a half-day drive from Casablanca and frankly, were concerned as we walked through the streets of the old city to the riad. The narrow streets are packed with people, dusty and uneven. We rang the bell and were greeted by Greddy, a friendly, professional inn-keeper in an absolutely beautiful, accommodating, comfortable space. We enjoyed a glass of wine as we chatted about the city and the small hotel (eight rooms).
Our suite was spacious and lovely, with an incredible tub large enough for six or so people.
We enjoyed a wonderful dinner on our first night at the riad.
The staff saw to our every need, provided detailed information about the city and made perfect recommendations of restaurants and activities.
At €150 per night, Riad Chbanate is not only beautiful, but a great bargain as well.
We recommend this delightful oasis without reservation.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Riad Chbanate Hotel Essaouira