Booked this riad for 2 nightsin early December having read reviews on Trip Advisor and we weren't disappointed. Only 10 mins walk from Supratours bus stop within the medina walls, down one of the many alleyways and only 10 mins from the heart of Essaouria. The riad was simply but tastefully furnished, with a real eye for detail - every table had a vase full of roses - a very romantic setting !
Our room on the first floor came complete with its own hammock, fireplace and sofa. The bath was big enough for two (?!?) and again more roses and candles. The roof terrace had fantastic views across the rooftops to the sea and there were several loungers to sunbathe on. Downstairs in the courtyard there were plenty of tables & chairs to chose from, the cosiest being an alcove (white cushions, red roses on table). Breakfast was served in a lovely dining room overlooking the courtyard - fresh orange juice, selection of fruit and homemade yoghurt, bread & jams all brought to the table. Within the dining room there was a cosy seating area by a huge log fire where we sat drinking mint tea after returning from a meal out..
Thais, the French owner, recommended several restaurants to visit and places to go, such as the fish souk where for lunch you can choose freshly caught fish and have it cooked for you. Found Essaouria a nice relaxing break from the hustle and bustle of Marrakech - the harbour is a hive of activity with all the fishing boats coming and going. Took the Supratours bus each way which was reliable and not expensive (also booked this following recommendations on Trip Advisor.)
- 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