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“Great location, great service!”
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Riad Al Zahia
Ranked #25 of 74 Hotels in Essaouira
Certificate of Excellence
Richmond, Virginia
Level 2 Contributor
7 reviews
6 hotel reviews
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“Great location, great service!”
Reviewed 23 November 2010

THe location is great in the medina near shops and restaurants and a very short walk to the beach. Clemente was extremely helpful! And the staff was great. The rooftop was a great place to relax. A totally enjoyable stay.

  • Stayed November 2010
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Geneva, Switzerland
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Reviewed 13 November 2010

We initally booked for 4 days but finally stayed for a whole week in Riad Al Zahia. Our room (Ilham) was beautiful, nicely decorated and very clean. The bathroom was perfect. The staff were professional and helpful. The patio and the terrace were very comfortable as well. This is definitely a perfect place to stay in Essaouira medina for a reasonable price (we paid 63 euros a night for a double room including taxes and breakfast which was substantial and tasty).

  • Stayed November 2010, travelled as a couple
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TWickenham, United Kingdom
2 reviews
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Reviewed 29 July 2010

The food (breakfast) was delicious and served up whenever I got up, the rooms were cleaned every day, the owner was very friendly and involved, but most of all, it was just a super tranquil place after a day being buffeted by wind, sand, sun, and people. This was the best bit for me. I could come in after a day of windsurfing and kitesurfing, after being sand-blasted, after getting burnt in the day, and find peace and rest. And it was very close to the center, so perfect for heading out for supper in the evening. I am perhaps a bit of a cheapskate (I am), so I found it was a bit pricey (£36 each for a twin room per night), but I did really enjoy staying there. Had I had more money, I would have stayed there longer, but I ended up moving to somewhere that was a bit cheaper.

  • Stayed July 2010, travelled with friends
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morocco
2 reviews
Reviewed 7 July 2010

wonderful riad ideally located. very friendly n discrete team (ex : we arrived late at night, but a guy from the riad was wainting for us, came to fetch us from the parking at the entry of the medina to show us the way to the riad !), nice terrace with a wonderful view with friendly birds coming to share our breakfast, which is good too btw ! nice n spacious rooms, modern bathrooms, very clean hotel...the perfect place to be in essaouira wind city !

  • Stayed June 2010, travelled with friends
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Riga, Latvia
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Reviewed 5 March 2010

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.

  • Stayed February 2010, travelled with friends
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Australia
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30 reviews
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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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eindhoven
Level 2 Contributor
5 reviews
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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Property: Riad Al Zahia
Address: 4 Rue Mohammed Diouri | Medina, Essaouira 44000, Morocco
Region: Morocco > Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region > Essaouira
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #25 of 74 Hotels in Essaouira
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
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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