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“Memorable accommodation in Essaouira, Morocco”
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Riad Al Zahia
Ranked #25 of 75 Hotels in Essaouira
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Reviewed 26 January 2010

Friendly, professional, clean. Great breakfasts and rooms and very helpful manager and staff.

Stayed: September 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 29 September 2009

Clemente's team gave us a perfect stay at his riad. Close to the beach and the center of the city this riad gave us enough comfort for an one week stay. Breakfast is typical morrocain; simple but delicious. on the roof there is enough space to relax and enjoy the sun. We were there with 2 young daughters (8 and 9) but no issue at all. good restaurants in the surrounding and @ the reception one is most willing to help and to advise. English speaking @ reception is good.

  • Stayed: August 2009, travelled with family
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Reviewed 17 May 2009

We stayed 2 weeks at the Rhiad al Zahia and had a wonderful stay. The owner Clemente and his team made us feel very welcome. The boys were on holiday to windsurf and the girls to explore the local area and culture.

The Rhiad is perfectly placed in the Medina, close to the restaurants, banks, near to the Museum, and a 20-30 minute walk to the Windsurfing/Surfing Centre Ocean Vagabond.

Clemente was able to help book a kayak trip, give advice on a day trip to Marrakech and booked us a massage.

The rooms were beautifully decorated, each individually themed and with their own colour scheme.

The breakfast can be enjoyed up on the Sun Terrace or in the Lounge, and consists of tea or coffee, tasty breads, croissants and pain au chocolat and freshly squeezed orange juice.

A recent review written - which includes Rhiad photo's - see Reviews section.

  • Stayed: April 2009
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Reviewed 13 March 2009

Lovely riad, comfortable rooms (with bathrooms larger than average for a riad), great staff (so helpful!), amazing breakfast (especially if you take it on the roof terrace), excellent location within the medina and easy to get to, beautifully and tastefully decorated throughout - what more can you say? Only thing that could be improved: the bathroom could do with some hooks and perhaps a chair/stool for hanging clothes. This was my second stay and it won't be my last, inshallah.

  • Stayed: March 2009, travelled with friends
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Thank WestH
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Reviewed 7 March 2009

I have visited Essaouira 3 or 4 times and each time I go back....I book into Riad Al Zahia.

The staff are young and warm and friendly. The owner is a young chilled out Spanish guy called Clemente and his informal, warm nature is infectious, so the whole place feels relaxed and easy going. He speaks English, French and Spanish and is a keen wind and kite surfer, so he can offer lots of practical advice on surfing, quad bike hire, transport to Marrakesh and elsewhere.

The house has 8 bedrooms and is really conveniently located for the main square, 2 minutes from the main shopping street and local restaurants and just 5 minutes walk to the huge beach. There is a pleasant roof terrace - where Khalid will have to fight off the seagulls while he waits for you to come and have your breakfast on the roof !!

If you want a peaceful break in a warm friendly atmosphere with genuinely helpful staff - this is a hidden gem and the place to visit. I shall certainly be back....who knows, I might see you there !!

  • Stayed: February 2009, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 20 April 2008

My husband and I recently stayed at this riad in Essaouria. The location is wonderful if you want to be in the media and near the souks. It is walking distance to the beach and all other sites in the city. I agree that the first time somebody will need to show you how to get there.

The rooms are comfortable, but basic. We soon learned that any riad we stayed in you are at the mercy of the noise coming from the main floor common room. At night we opened the window in our room and ventilation was okay (we did not have an exterior window). However, we did found that it was quite noisy at night with the window open. When guests came in (and if they made noise), you definitely heard it. And during the night it would get noisy, we were not sure if it was people within the riad or the building next door.

The breakfast was wonderful and it was nice to have it served up on the terrace.

The english-speaking skills of the staff were a bit limited (we do not speak french well), so we had to pretty much stick to our guidebook for directions around the town.

  • Stayed: April 2008, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 11 January 2008

The Riad is very nice (clean, cool interiors and furniture) and the location is easy to find in the medina (anyway the first time must be showed by someone). All the place of interest are located in the nearby. Very good breakfast, with hand-made orange jam so tasty I never had! The only "strange" thing is the girl from the reception, a bit numbed... She didn't know where to point the Riad on the Essaouira map, she didn't know how far the airport was... We didn't understand if she was in Essaouira from only two days or was just happy with her "unknowing" ... So we missed any advices from a local - usually very helpful - and we went around just with our own book-guide and city map.

  • Stayed: December 2007, travelled with friends
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Additional Information about Riad Al Zahia

Address: 4 Rue Mohammed Diouri | Medina, Essaouira 40000, Morocco
Region: Morocco > Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region > Essaouira
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Suites Airport Transportation
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Ranked #25 of 75 Hotels in Essaouira
Price Range: £31 - £75 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Riad Al Zahia 3*
Number of rooms: 11
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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