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“"Zen Suite" not zen! Unless you like open floor plan!”
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Riad Chbanate
Ranked #12 of 74 Hotels in Essaouira
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“"Zen Suite" not zen! Unless you like open floor plan!”
Reviewed 14 May 2014

We stayed in the" Zen Suite" for 2 nights during our 19 days of travel through Morocco. Although, the breakfast was wonderful and the roses and riad beautiful, it was not relaxing to have 3 people (2 adults, 1 child) staying in a room with no wall to section off the bathroom. There was only a thin curtain, with a gap, to separate it from the "bedroom" area. As we were told by reception, perhaps if we weren't "feeling well", we could go downstairs to the riad courtyard and use the restroom!

I don't expect this when paying a fairly expensive rate to stay at the property. Not only that, but there were windows that looked into the lovely bathroom area from the main walkway to and from rooms. Perhaps, they need to reconsider the "zen suite" or name it something else altogether!

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled with family
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Royston, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 9 May 2014

Greggy, Samira and Nawal are just the best front of house you could ever hope for - enthusiastic, happy, friendly, helpful and considerate. They are backed up by a great team. Rooms are spacious and comfortable. Breakfasts are great. Communal areas are welcoming. A/C and wifi work well. I would not hesitate to stay here again myself, or to recommend this Riad to others. Simply wonderful. Thank you so much!

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
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San Francisco, California
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Reviewed 6 May 2014

the staff here are the loveliest nicest people and the riad is gorgeous - and the breakfast is indeed to die for in fact is really too much (our 2nd day they asked what we wanted since we had shamedfacedly left so much behind our 1st time) - the location is great as it is easy to find and a short walk to everything in the medina
our only issue was with the bathroom area in the Zen suite - there was no separation at all between the toilet and bath, and only a short curtain between that area and the bedroom - so if you don't want your travelling companion to hear and see everything you may need to ask them to go upstairs to the terrace for a while!
notwithstanding the strange bathroom everything else was just perfect and greggy, noelle and samira will do everything they can to make you feel truly at home (if you live in a fabulous palatial home filled with roses)

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled with friends
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 6 May 2014

We had 3 nights in the Riad Chbanate and had a really excellent stay. The room (Chbanate room) was fantastic; very nicely decorated, very comfortable with a superb bath to complete the transition from medina bustle to the Riad's secluded peace.
The team were superb and really couldn't do enough to make us feel welcome and comfortable.
The location of the Riad is slightly away from the main tourist area of the Medina but still safe and actually all the better for being a 5 minute walk away from the shops and restaurants.
Highly recommended!!

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Bristol, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 5 May 2014

We have spent a truly wonderful week at Riad Chbanate. The staff have been lovely - nothing has been too much trouble. The room is comfortable and rather glamorous with it's sunken bath. Fresh roses everywhere and mint tea and cakes whenever we came back from the outside world. Thoroughly recommended.

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 1 May 2014

We stayed at Riad Chbanate at the end of March 2014 for two nights after spending five nights in Marrakech. It was an amazing stay and would wholeheartedly recommend a stay here.

The riad itself is beautiful - all light wood and airy. We had booked to stay in the Berber Suite but after our arrival I asked to have a look around the other rooms. The Hayate suite was available and after expressing our delight we were upgraded to this room free of charge!

The Hayate suite was perfect after spending all day walking around. We had a fire lit on both nights and the bath tub is absolute bliss!! (However, it is quite noisy as the bathroom overlooks the main street outside - not a problem as there are very thick curtains). After returning to the riad around 10pm one night we requested tea in the lounge area downstairs and even had the enormous fire lit as well.

Breakfast is lovely, with all sorts of appetising delights. Staff are extremely helpful - happy to give you tea/coffee/recommendations when you want. It is only 5 mins walk from the Supratours bus top, 10 mins walk to the beach and 10 mins walk to the main souk area.

All in all, lovely riad close to all the main attractions. Highly recommended - spend the extra on this riad, it is well worth it!

Room Tip: All rooms are lovely. Choose one with a big bathtub like Hayate or Oriental
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  • Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Worcester Park, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 27 April 2014 via mobile

From the moment you arrive outside the walled city at the Chbanate gate, it is magical & breathtaking. If you call the riad, they'll fetch a cart to collect you with your baggage and you'll realise that there is nothing that is too much trouble for your hosts. The riad is just inside the gate and so very easy to remember your way back on trips out. The house is much like a small palace, with luscious decor. We stayed in the Chbanate suite at the top - absolutely stunning! You can bathe overlooking the city, with sunlight flooding into the bathroom - a dream! We had a sneak peak at other rooms and they all look gorgeous. The terraces and courtyard are well equipped for relaxing and the courtyard particularly lovely with its fountain and turtle, which our little boy loved feeding! The breakfast is amazing! Just perfect! The staff are all amazing, in particular Noel during the morning and Greggy in the afternoon/evenings - nothing is too much for them and they will give you good advice on where to visit and eat - Greggy marked up a map of all the hotspots in the city. Greggy was amazing with our little boy too. We can't thank Chbanate enough for our wonderful stay. Oh and wow, you won't mind being woken by the early mosque calls - as you stir in your sleep, it really adds a certain magic to your stay!

  • Stayed April 2014
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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
#4 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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