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.
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- 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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