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“A little gem”
Review of Riad Bab Essaouira

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Riad Bab Essaouira
Ranked #39 of 175 Essaouira B&B and Inns
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melton mowbray
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7 reviews
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“A little gem”
Reviewed 27 August 2013

A family of 6, we stayed here for 6 nights in August after staying in Oliver's other riad in Marrakech. The combination worked well as all the transfers were organised in advance by Oliver and the air conditioned transport was excellent. Essaouira is a more relaxed, refreshing alternative to the big city and likewise Riad Bab is a small, intimate haven. The staff, Hassan and Hafida are extremely helpful, always willing to guide us to unfamiliar places in the town and to go out to stock up on the supply of soft drinks for the kids any time of day! On the first night one of our children was very ill with a bad stomach bug that meant, unfortunately, there were an awful lot of sheets to wash in the morning, but the staff were very relaxed and attentive - it was also nice to receive a call from the owner after hearing of the illness (thanks Oliver!).
The Riad is well located in the centre of the Medina close to all the shops, markets, the historic port walls and yet also convenient for the beach.
We liked the idea of the large TVs but they are all controlled by one unit and the English content is limited however the Wi-fi was great for the kids and they didn't miss the big screen at all.
Again, it is the staff that really make the stay special and we felt comfortable enough as parents to leave the children at the riad while we did some last minute shopping.
We would happily recommend the riad to anyone - not just families - stay and enjoy!
Thanks again to Hassan, Hafida, and Oliver.

Room Tip: The top floor 'Honeymooner' room is very well appointed and has its own private terrace but...
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  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with family
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London, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
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Reviewed 21 August 2013

A riad is simply a building, a boutique hotel and, although they vary in style and appearance, their success (or otherwise) lies with the staff and the management. Hassan and Hafida manage to turn the Bab Essaouira experience into something truly unique and special. From the delicious, leisurely breakfasts served in the communal kitchen/dining area to the unscheduled tea served on the roof terrace by Hafida and the relaxed and informative conversations shared with Hassan, this riad is something different from the norm. Spotlessly clean and efficiently managed, you tend to feel part of a family more than just a hotel guest and Hassan and Hafida are the heart and soul of the establishment. We spent nine, very happy, nights here. Excellent! Thank you Hassan. Thank you Hafida. P.S. The sandwiches were delicious!

Room Tip: All the rooms are lovely. However, if you want total privacy, go for the roof terrace room.
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  • Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Hamburg, Germany
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Reviewed 31 July 2013

The Riad is a a very peacefull and charming place in the middle of the medina in essaouira.
We had booked the honey moon suit and were delighted of the nice interior.
The Riad has an terrace on the Roof from were we had a good view all over the Medina as well as the sea, it was delightful to enjoy a pepermint tea in evening time and watch the sunset
The staff was very polite and answered every questeion we had and further more helped us in finding a view Souvenirs.
We had a greate time there and recommend this Riad.

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled as a couple
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Bristol, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 June 2013

We found this riad using trip advisor so I am sure that most of what I say is just backing up the already stellar reviews!

We stayed here for 3 nights in June which happened to coincide with the Gnouwa (spelling?!) festival. We travelled from Marrakech to Essaouira using the Super@Tours buses - at 140 DH for two for one way (just over £10) I can thoroughly recommend this. The coaches were clean and air conditioned and the journey was only 2hr45.

We rang the riad owner (who is called Hassan) about 2 hours before we arrived and he agreed to meet us at the super@tours station to walk us to the riad. He was there bang on time and walked us through the small medina of essaouira, pointing out places to eat and things to see on the way.

The riad is down a couple of back streets which twist and turn a bit but they are perfectly safe at night so do not be alarmed! We counted at least 4 different riads down our street so you are never alone!

The riad was beautifully decorated and you have a floor to yourself for each room with a living area and a private bathroom and your bedroom. There is a small kitchen on the roof terrace where a delicious breakfast is served fresh every morning when you are ready.

Hassan was extremely friendly and very helpful! A real pleasure to talk to and his staff (one lady who cooks and clean) was absolutely lovely and despite not speaking much English always made an effort to talk to us as best she could.

All in all a wonderful stay in this lovely little fishing town (though its population had grown rather large during the festival!). We would definitely return and would recommend to our friends!

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled as a couple
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somewhere near Wales.
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77 reviews
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Reviewed 6 August 2012

We stayed at this riad for an overnight stay in Essaouria. We were met from the bus station by riad staff & escorted through the medina. Amine was clear to point out many reference points on the way there & during our first walk back to the medina to ensure we could find our own way! We did not get lost once! We were given numbers for our phones & advised to call if we needed anything. The staff were always on hand for anything we needed and were courteous & helpful throughout our short stay. The location of the riad is great for the town - a couple of minutes walk to the heart of the town. Our 'room' was arranged suite style so a bedroom, separate large comfy seating area, toilet, shower. There was a large flat screen TV in our bedroom which we did not watch! The terrace areas were wonderful to enjoy the seaside cool air. Breakfast was fresh & plentiful. The wi-fi reception in the riad was very strong! All in all, a great place to kick back & enjoy the relaxed pace of Essaouria.

  • Stayed August 2012, travelled with friends
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London, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
28 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 July 2012

My husband and I spent one night here after a couple of days in Marrakech and what a lovely place to stay. The owner was really quick responding to emails and arranged for the manager to meet us at the port. He walked us to the riad which was in an ideal location for both the port and the souks. It is a great little riad and was spotless. We were made to feel at home and had the area explained to us before we ventured out. The honeymooner room at the top of the riad is nice and private with a small terrace of its own. Breakfast the following morning was huge and delicious.
Thank you Oliver, I only wished we had stayed for a bit longer.

  • Stayed July 2012, travelled as a couple
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münchen
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Reviewed 3 July 2012

After a cultural trip trough marrakech, the owner of the riad dar najat send me fortunately to the stylish, small riad bab essaouira. Reading some books, walking in the evening at the beach, eating fresh fish ... and bevor you go to bed, take a look at the stars on the rooftop with a fresh mint tea.

Only 4 rooms, with private bath. Excellent kitchen-team. Perfect stay!

  • Stayed June 2012, travelled solo
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Property: Riad Bab Essaouira
Address: 35 Biss Derb Abderahman Eddakhil, Essaouira 44000, Morocco
Region: Morocco > Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region > Essaouira
Amenities:
Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #39 of 175 B&Bs / Inns in Essaouira
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3 star — Riad Bab Essaouira 3*
Number of rooms: 3
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Essaouira’s best luxury guest house. Member of the "Coolest Riads" group. Fantastic location, design and team. Incredible 360° views on ocean. ... more   less 
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