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“Tranquil, welcoming and charming - a perfect place for a relaxing holiday”
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Riad Baoussala
Ranked #4 of 75 Hotels in Essaouira
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 26 September 2010

We chose Riad Baoussala on the basis of the positive reviews it has received in the past, and we weren't let down. The Riad is charming and beautiful. Our room, Oasis, was elegantly decorated and comfortable - and large enough that it easily accommodated three adults. The breakfast was among the best we had on the trip. Likewise the evening meals served in the beautiful courtyard of Baoussala were also good - excellent and inventive food in beautiful surroundings.

We only spent a couple of days at Baoussala because, like many visitors to the area, we were passing through Essaouira as part of a longer trip. However, we felt that you could easily spend quite a few days there, relaxing by their pool or visiting the beach. We hadn't hired a car but, if I were to return for more than a couple of days, I would definitely consider it as it would give you the freedom to pop into the town or drive down to the beach. That said, we managed fine with taxis and, once we had arrived at Baoussala, we saw no reason to leave until it was time to move on.

Dominique and Leah are, as others have said, excellent hosts, and all of the staff at the Riad seemed committed to ensuring the guests had a pleasant and relaxing stay. This included looking after an unwell member of our party and washing the fairly horrendous clothes we had worn on the night train from Tangier. It is this warm welcome and friendly approach that really distinguishes Baoussala, even in a country where warm hospitality is prevalent.

If you want to be in the centre of Essaouria, this wouldn't be the place for you as it is quite a way out of town down an unsealed road. However, this is easily overcome by dividing your time between Baoussala and a place in the town. We took this approach and found it a perfect way to combine a relaxing break in the tranquility of Baoussala with a couple of days exploring Essaouira. Highly recommended.

  • Stayed: September 2010, travelled with family
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Reviewed 24 September 2010

My girlfriend and I stayed in the Riad Baoussale for 5 nights and it was the perfect place to relax and unwind from our previous stay in Marrakech.

I would definitely recommend this Riad if you want to just relax and forget about the world and is ideal for couples or familys but I wouldnt recommend this place if you wish to be nearer to Essaouria but then we did go into Essaouria on a couple of occasions and the cab journey only takes 10 mins and is around £9-£10 which isnt that bad really.

The Riad rooms were beautifally decorated and so cosy and very nice to chill out in and the pool area is perfect for everyone who stays there to chill out around and be just totally relaxed.

I must say the staff are fantastic and so welcoming and make you feel at home staight away but I must say the food is fantastic and such great value for money!!!

  • Stayed: September 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 15 September 2010

We stayed at this hotel based on these reviews and were totally disappointed. If you're looking to stay in Essaouira, this is NOT it. It is far away and not at all convenient to the city/town- with or without a car, it's just too far to make the trip as often as you would like. The rooms were in a need of not only cleaning, but a new lick of paint, and a dehumidifier. The staff were fine but the place was overall dingy and isolated. If you're picky about hotels, but ready for a rustic experience. The photos exaggerate the place and we were really disappointed. How this is number 1 is really confusing......Would not recommend.

  • Stayed: September 2010, travelled as a couple
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dominiquebaoussala, Gérant at Riad Baoussala, responded to this reviewResponded 20 December 2010

we just wanted to highligh a bit this review, Riad Baousala is not situated righ in Essaouira, we are hide away at 9 kilimoters of the town, in the countryside with nature all arround, we always communicate about that, if you are looking for an hotel in the center town, Riad Baoussala is not the type of hotel you may choose.
concerning this guest you may know that they not even stayed a night in Baoussala, they passed the afternoon by the pool and pretend an allergy and ask for a taxi to change the hotel...the staff did everything possible for them to meka their stay more confortable, we change the room, give them some medecine against the allergy, call a taxi, find another hotel in the medina...what ese could we do? Baoussala is not a 4 stars hotel, it is not a luxury place, it is just a typical and eclectic place that people use to like.
This guest never told us that thez were disappointed, they left riad Baoussala saying that it was a shame because it was exactly the kind of place they were looking for, but due to the allergy they had to go...strange!

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Reviewed 26 July 2010

We had a wonderful stay at Baoussala. The place was beautiful, stylishly decorated and very comfortable. Being out of the way of the main town it was peaceful, relaxing and we spent a lovely couple of nights drinking wine on the roof terrace looking at the stars (which we don’t see much of in London!)

We were made to feel completely at home by the owner and staff, who were as friendly as they were helpful. The food was delicious; we preferred our dinners there to those we had in the town.

All in all we thought it was excellent value, and would highly recommend.

  • Stayed: July 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 13 July 2010

We stayed at Riad Baoussala for 3 nights back in May and we wish we could have stayed longer! If you want to just totally relax and eat lovely food then this is the place for you. The Riad itself is in the middle of nowhere but this is exactly what we wanted after a 4 days stay in Marrakech. The Riad is about 20 mins away from Essaouira itself however we spent one day/evening there and didn't feel like we were missing out. Dominique and her staff are extremely helpful and accommodating, nothing was too much trouble for them. We stayed in the Red Room which was decorated beautifully and was very cosy and romantic. The food at Dominique's was the best we ate in Morocco and was superb value. The pool area was relaxing although there probably could do with more sun loungers especially when it;s at full capacity. If you want to completely relax and do nothing then Riad Baoussala is for you! !

  • Stayed: May 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 30 June 2010

Staying at Baoussala has been nothing but a pleasurable experience. Whilst booking with owner Dominique, I could already feel that this was going to be a stay to remember. Her correspondence was immediately prompt, professional and warm. On arrival on the premises, she greeted us and gave us a little tour of this little haven. Riad Baoussala is warm, colourful, extremely clean and just perfect to hide away from life's madness whilst chilling and soaking up the Moroccan sun. The food was also divine and the service friendly and impeccable. I spent my 30th birthday there and can happily say that I wouldn't have changed a single thing about my choice of location!

  • Stayed: May 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 26 June 2010

We recently stayed for a week at Baoussala with our 15th month old daughter and will hopefully be back one day. The riad is about a half an hour drive from Essaouira down the bumpiest, rockiest road you will ever drive down and is literally in the middle of nowhere, but once inside the gate it is like an oasis of calm and relaxation. The staff are incredibly welcoming and do everything they can you make you feel at home. We ate dinner every night in the courtyard and enjoyed a variety of tasty Moroccan cuisine. Our daughter had a great time too and learnt to walk whilst we were there. A taxi ride into Essaouira costs 100 dirhams each way and we went in a few times to haggle very poorly in the souks! We loved Baoussala and thoroughly recommend a visit.

  • Stayed: June 2010, travelled with family
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Address: Douar El Ghazoua, Essaouira 44000, Morocco
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Region: Morocco > Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region > Essaouira
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#2 Family Hotel in Essaouira
#3 Romantic Hotel in Essaouira
Price Range: £87 - £143 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Riad Baoussala 3.5*
Number of rooms: 7
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Riad Baoussala is a lovely house situated in the nature, 9 kilometers south of Essaouira, and near by the wild beaches of Sidi Kaouki. This charming hotel is composed of 3 rooms and 3 suites, all differents, comfortables and stylish, they offer a quiet and peacefull atmosphere.From the gardens to the roof terraces, the pool to the Hammam, with your family of just as a couple, the Riad Baoussala is the perfect place to chill out and enjoy a stay near Essaouira.The pool is now heated at 28° all year arround thanks to an ecologique system. We offer a free access to the Hammam and we propose scrubs and massages upon request.Dominique, Leah and their team welcome you in this uncommom place where modernity and tradition are mixed for your pleasure! ... more   less 
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