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Riad Chbanate
Ranked #12 of 74 Hotels in Essaouira
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 13 June 2014 via mobile

Thank you for a lovely visit during the music festival! The staff was so welcoming and helpful. We have stayed in 4 riads during our Morocco tour-this has been our absolute favorite! I would also highly recommend Essaouira if you visit Morocco.

Stayed: June 2014
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Reviewed 11 June 2014

Riad Chbanate has become a firm favourite for us and we returned for the third time in the past two years for a completely relaxing week at the end of May. As usual the high quality and warm personal service was a given - nothing is ever too much trouble for the team - and the beautiful building is a real treat. As architects this is a real attraction! We have stayed in the rooms with the big round baths previously which are lovely, and this time we stayed in the new penthouse room which was great too - especially with views across the town and of the sea. We'd happily stay in any of these rooms again. We particularly enjoyed dinner in the hotel one evening - traditional Moroccan fayre (delicious!) served in a candlelight spot in front of the fire - living the dream! Fiona, London.

Room Tip: Penthouse or rooms with the big round baths.
  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 6 June 2014

I can't recommend this place enough. Its excellent. The service was great and the rooms fabulous. Breakfast was great also. Its close to the main part of town, but away from the touristy parts. Loved the cute tortoise! The hotel even arranged a free private car for us at the last minute to urgently take us to the airport when we got our times wrong. The driver pulled out all stops for us, overtaking etc etc... We literally just made the flight, arriving at the airport as it was due to depart and after pleading with airport staff! If the hotel staff hadn't had helped with the transfer, we would have surely missed it. Thats service with a capital "S".

Room Tip: Our room on the top floor was great.
  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 2 June 2014

I am remiss in not writing this review sooner, as we had a wonderful stay here in July 2012! From the moment we were met by the staff at the bus station, they could not do enough to make our stay a fabulous experience. We did not arrive in Essaouira until 9pm, but Samira had already spoken to us on the phone to check out what we would like to eat on arrival, & greeted us with a feast. The breakfasts were amazing, served looking out to the courtyard area which was truly beautiful & peaceful. The staff were so helpful & friendly, helping us with directions, suggestions & organising a sunset camel ride along the beach! The Riad is only a few minutes walk to the Souks & 10 mins to the beach area. I would definetly stay here again. Our room was beautiful, with a sunken bath which faced onto the street, but this was not a problem as we were so high up. Thank you for looking after us so we'll.

  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 26 May 2014

We spent 4 nights here towards the end of our 2 1/2 week trip to Morocco. It was the third riad we stayed in and we were not disappointed. Our room was on the fourth level, quite a hike up but a lovely large room with views over the medina to the sea in the distance. Courtyard area was lovely and relaxing with the dining area inside looking out onto the courtyard. We had dinner the night we arrived which was delicious. They lit the open fire for us as it was a cold evening despite it being early May which made for a lovely atmosphere. Breakfasts were very good for Morocco. The staff were excellent particularly Greggi who was so keen to assist us in any way possible. The location of the riad was also great - a little removed from the the main area but still only a 10 minute walk to all the restaurants etc.

Stayed: March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 24 May 2014

Greggi the manager is an amazing person. Bends over backwards to make anything possible for you, He really added to the stay we had at this hotel. He had excellent recommendations for dinner (check out Elizir if you have time - the lamb and pear tagine is to die for!). We stayed in the top suite on the top floor and it was great. The bathroom was a knock-out: shower with a view! The bathtub is one of the biggest I have seen. However the Wi-Fi doesn't work well on the top floor (too far from the router). When it comes down to it though, we didn't really need internet in a place like Essaouira! Besides that we had a knock-out stay. Thank you again Riad Chabanate for having us.

Room Tip: Top room / floor - great views, great bathroom, bad Wi-Fi.
  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled as a couple
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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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Additional Information about 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: £90 - £137 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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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