We travelled to Ess. from M'kech via Supratours and stayed for 10 days in April. The communication before we arrived via e-mail was always good and fast. We secured the apt. just below the terrace which was like a large bedsit with a cooking and eating/sitting area with the bed and bathroom in a good large light and airy area. We wanted self catering facilities so we could buy local fish and F&V to experiement ourselves when we wanted to.
The riad is tastefully decorated with traditional Moroccan style and is very comfortable and relaxed. The Spanish owner was there when we arrived and welcomed us and was happy to help with any information we needed.
Breakfasts were served on the top terrace (when the wind allowed), if not then the area closed in on the top gave a great view of the sea - cafe style. Substantial varied breakfasts served with lots of strong real coffee. Meals were available if required. We were able to experience a Riad meal which we were very happy with. Extremely tasty and I was able to talk to the lady chef who prepared it which made it a much more personal meal. We tried to eat it on the terrace but it was a tad cold and windy. There was so much food, it made another two meals for us and was even better 2nd time round ! Accommodation was cleaned daily and all staff were friendly and helpful. On leaving the staff organised a trolley man to transport our luggage to the bus station. All in all, a perfectly placed riad, at a good price, with enough going on nearby to keep us occupied.
I was concerned that the riad asked for credit card details but I was assured that this was only for 'holding' the room and that we could pay in cash on leaving. This worked well for us.
I am very happy to recommend this riad - the stairs to the top kept me fit !
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Riad Al Zahia is one of the best places to spend a few days in Essaouira, with friends, on family or in couple Essaouira has lots to offer, to visit and to see, and Riad AL Zahia has the best location to explore it all.We have all kind of rooms for everybody doubles, triples, twins and family rooms, all rooms are different styled, cossy and very confortable, average big and high roof with its private bathrooms.We have a lovely terrasse where you can have your breakfast admiring the beautifull Ocean and the wonderful roofs of the medina, like a tale!!Book your tickets now, Essaouira is waiting for you, be very welcome!! ... more less
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