This was our second visit to Essaouira and this time with friends who are in their 70's. We knew how much we would have to pay the cart boys on arrival at the Supra Tours bus station and we entered the medina via a different doorway to the first time and enjoyed the brisk walk to our riad. It is extremely well located, either a left turn from the front door toward the ocean and the city walls or a right turn to two of the smaller squares for eating or drinking.
The rooms were spacious, bright and extremely comfortable. Our friends were equally happy with their room just across from us. Our rooms were located on the first floor so not too many stairs to negotiate....always a consideration for older travellers. Breakfasts were generous and delicious, the coffee extremely good quality. The staff were always on hand and friendly and helpful and fortunately for us they spoke excellent English. On a personal note I was impressed by the fact that we had 'real' roses in our room and in fact there were fresh roses through the entire riad including the tinkling fountain on the ground floor patio. The rooftop terrace had comfy lounges, tables and chairs (just like the photos) and looked out onto rooftops and the ocean. . . it would have been wonderful to have breakfast out there later in the year when the sun had a little more power but the weather in Feb was in the low 20's and ever so comfortable.
Just quickly would like to say we paid our deposit by direct debit and all correspondence was done via the internet. We received emails confirming our payment and booking and as we booked so far in advance, closer to our arrival time received another confirmation of our booking. Any queries we did have were answered immediately or the next day. Very professional.
I would recommend this hotel for older travellers like us, younger people and also family groups as they do have a number of family rooms (I did peak into two family rooms and they are extremely spacious). We both want another visit to Essaouira and will not look for anywhere else to stay when we do go again.
- 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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