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Riad Zahra
Ranked #9 of 75 Hotels in Essaouira
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 10 April 2012

Riad Zahra is situated outside the Medina close to the beach, and prior to checking in here we had been staying in the medina and wanted to stay somewhere a little more relaxing. The Spanish hosts couldn't be more hospitable and have an eye for their guests needs. The pool area is fabulous with the swimming turtles stealing the show. The Riad courtyard is beautifully decorated and the rooms are comfortable and roomy. We found the bar and food was very reasonably priced, and the breakfast was delicious. With the beach only a few minutes walk away our 4 nights spent here were a perfect end to our two week stay in Morocco.

Stayed: April 2012
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Reviewed 8 April 2012

Nice place to bring the kids. Calm, relaxing and very nice and helpfull staff. Not far from the beach.Big rooms where the whole family could sleep. Nice food. Nice and friendly place.. Note: The beds are a little bit hard, and the tv is small and not so good.
The kids loved a camel ride on the beach. It cost about 120 MAD per person. ( Do it the first day and the camel owners will leave you alone after that..)

  • Stayed: March 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 22 March 2012

we felt welcome from the moment we arrived. The relaxed atmosphere was perfect for a holiday with kids as we never felt that they were being a nuisance to anyone, in fact the opposite. Everyone was so friendly. Our room could sleep the whole family which was great and being next to reception meant they was always someone on guard whilst they slept and we stayed in the bar area to relax of an evening. It was a very cold room, but when we mentioned this we immediately were given an electric heater that worked a treat, with huge apologies.

The only downside was the freezing cold pool, but it was to be expected at the time of year we visited really. We did look into the atlas hotel to use the pool but there too it was unheated. however the addition of turtles in the pool cheered the kids up!

They are also in the process of building a restaurant on the roof terrace which will have stunning views out over the bay.

My only advice about visiting here is book a camel ride the first day and then they will leave you alone on the beach for the rest of your trip i presume....very persistant camel owners roaming beach.

  • Stayed: March 2012, travelled with family
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Thank helen f
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Reviewed 19 March 2012

Cosy hotel in the outskirts of town 15 min walk to medinaen. Good restaurants nearby. Menarat far away will not disturb your sleep. Breakfast is quite nice, Restaurant with ok food. Very friendly and helpful staff. Wind and kite surfing school at the hotel. A hotel I will certainly recommend. Note: hard beds.

  • Stayed: March 2012, travelled as a couple
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Thank lea1966
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Reviewed 23 February 2012

I am just back from 6 nights staying a this riad and can't recommend it enough. It started with the manager, Xavier, greeting us late on arrival with an offer of tea, coffee etc. This set the standard of friendly faces for the remainder of the stay. We even found a heater placed in our room before we had to ask as the temperature had dropped the previous day.

Breakfasts were great and the juice to die for. The pool area is adorned with friendly turtles who wonder about and even go for a swim.

If there's only one thing that stood out as a bit of feedback it's that the beds are a touch hard. But by the end we were used to that also.

I'd recommend this place to anyone, especially kite surfers as the Kite-surfing Morocco shop is next door, the waves are in front and other activities such as horse riding, camel rides and quad-biking are a short stroll.

Room Tip: All rooms are great. The ones on the second floor perhaps get a better view of the beach if that'...
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  • Stayed: February 2012, travelled with friends
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Thank perfphysio
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Reviewed 19 February 2012

Not a traditional Riad but very good value and has the bonus of a pool. The rooms were large and it was a very short walk to the beach.

Room Tip: As for a sea view
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  • Stayed: August 2011, travelled as a couple
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Thank Sophie R
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Reviewed 27 December 2011

This Hotel is highly recommendable. I was there for 4 days by myself to enjoy some optimal relaxation. And I must say, Riad Zahra is the right place. It's not located near alle the other hotels nor directly at the beach, but that doesn't make it a bad thing at all. It only takes 2 minuttes to get to the beach by foot. Because of it's location it's incredibly quiet at the terrace and the pool. There's absolutely no traffic noise at all, which makes the pool even more enjoyable.

The pool is great and the sun is alwys shining on the terrace.
This amazing hotel also has a Restaurant. I had a handful of meals here and was most pleased. the local food they made was very tasteful indeed.

To sum it up, this hotel was exactly what I was hoping for when Planning my trip to Morocco. It really captures the essence of Morocco and has a really service minded staff. Everything from furnitures, lamps, smell to arcitechture, art and food makes this place, in my opinion, flawless.

  • Stayed: February 2011, travelled solo
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Additional Information about Riad Zahra

Address: 90 Amira Lalla Meryem | Quartier des Dunes, Essaouira 44000, Morocco
Region: Morocco > Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region > Essaouira
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#3 Luxury Hotel in Essaouira
#6 On the Beach Hotel in Essaouira
#7 Family Hotel in Essaouira
#18 Romantic Hotel in Essaouira
Price Range: £48 - £68 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Riad Zahra 4*
Number of rooms: 23
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Just two minutes' walk from the beach and 20 minutes from the Medina and souks, you'll find this family run Riad with its 23 bedrooms has everything you need for a delightful holiday as a family, a couple or with friends. Riad Zahra is in the residential quarter of Essaouira. All its comfortable bedrooms are decorated in traditional Moroccan style and have en suite bath rooms, satellite TV and Wifi. There are family sized rooms, others have balconies and some enjoy a sea view. And you'll enjoy meals in our two restaurants whose great range of Moroccan, Asian and Spanish dishes is enhanced by a wide choice of the Kingdom's wines. Open air swimming pool, terraces and parking. We'll happily help you organize your stay and can recommend places to visit, restaurants, surfing and kitesurf schools, rides on horse or camels, transfers from airports, vehicle hire ... ... more   less 
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