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“practically perfect relaxation - great for friends, families and kitesurfers”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Riad Zahra

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Riad Zahra
Ranked #8 of 74 Hotels in Essaouira
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“practically perfect relaxation - great for friends, families and kitesurfers”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 September 2013

This charming riad in Essaouira is so calm and welcoming it feels like home from the moment you walk through the doors. Set back from the main road in a quiet street with its own parking, Riad Zahra is a 2 minute walk from the amazing beach. Strolling along the sea front at a gentle pace will take about 15 minutes to reach the medina and harbour. Xavier, the proprietor is gently hospitable and with his family and staff take care of every detail in an unfussy way. The rooms are comfortable and many have a balcony (or 2). Breakfast is simple and plentiful and both restaurants serve delicious food. Make sure you dine one evening in the rooftop restaurant where the catch of the day is grilled to your liking with superb views of the bay - I would recommend reserving a table if you want to catch the sunset. The pool is sunny all day and has the added attraction of terrapins and tortoises to watch as you laze. Their lazy ways encourage you to relax. Essaouira is a kite surfing destination and Riad Zahra has a school if you are new to all of this and are extremely relaxed about kite kit storage. The Riad is superbly clean in all areas, the sunbeds are comfy and the decor is cool and elegant. There are plenty of cosy sitting areas. We had excellent wifi in our rooms but I understand that the ground floor lobby has good reception if your room hasn't. Please don't go and stay here, I want to keep it all to myself. It's only fair to say that there is a lot of overdue construction in Essaouira at the moment, mainly the sea front, but there was some building going on at the rear. However this did not disturb us in any way.

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled with friends
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XavierEssaouira, Propietario at Riad Zahra, responded to this review, 26 September 2013
Dear Guest,

Thank you for writing such a long and positive review of our Riad on Tripadvisor.
We are very pleased to read that you enjoyed the service provided by our team as well as the
facilities of Riad Zahra.
On behalf of the entire team, I look forward to welcoming you back to Riad Zahra.
Kind regards
Xavier
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 September 2013

I would recommend this hotel to fellow travellers. We stayed for 10 nights and booked an extra night as we enjoyed it so much. There are plenty if local restaurants and two good ones in Riad Zahara itself. There's a gorgeous beach 2 minutes walk away and the town centre is a 15 minute walk away. Taxis are easy to get and a good price if you haggle.

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  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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XavierEssaouira, Propietario at Riad Zahra, responded to this review, 23 September 2013
Dear guests,

We are happy to hear that you fully enjoyed your stay with us and would like to thank you for your positive review.
We hope to welcome you back to Riad Zahra in the near futur.
Kind regards,
Xavier
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 September 2013 via mobile

I didn't stay here I only ate here at the restaurant and it was beautiful ! It was fairly empty so we had one to one choice of our food with the chef, the waiter was very pleasant and polite . The food was beautiful we chose our own lobster and personalised our meals. The owner was very nice and accommodating . Would 100% recommend the restaurant !

  • Stayed August 2013
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XavierEssaouira, Propietario at Riad Zahra, responded to this review, 11 September 2013
Dear Soph,

Thanks for your review and for recommending Zahra's Grill and I hope to see you next time in
Riad Zahra .
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Xavier
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 September 2013 via mobile

Had mixed feelings about Riad Zahra.

The good bits: the staff! Xavier was very welcoming, helpful and spoke perfect English and many other languages. And the young Moroccan guy that worked in the restaurants was so lovely and charming, with beautiful English was very informative. Lovely restaurant areas both up and downstairs, the best breakfast on all of our Morocco trip and good large pool with turtles! So unique! And the whole place is very very clean, which is the most important thing to me when travelling.

The bits I didn't really like we're the room we were in. It looked over the carpark and was over the reception and was so noisy and felt a bit dingy. I am a light sleeper and could hear every time someone came and went, spoke, parked a car, drove past etc. the whole place is quite noisy due to the rooms all looking into a central, but covered courtyard. The style of the room felt quite dated too - so I felt the price for the room was excessive considering all the above. Bt then again, everything in Morocco was alot more pricey than i expected. But, I did see into a couple of the rooms with balconies and they are so light and airy and open - would have loved to get one of these. But the place is so popular it is constantly booked so we were lucky spot even get the room we did have.

The location is about 15-20 mins walk to the Medina which was fine for us, or a very cheap 10dh taxi ride, so that wasn't really a problem, but just all around here feels like a half done then forgotten construction site. I think the govt are doing up the path along the beach front but never saw it actually being worked in while we were there.. And it's just dirty and piles of construction material at the moment, once this is done it should look a lot better.

For the most budget friendly place with a pool walking distance to the Medina this would have to be it, just don't expect anything amazing from the rooms and you should be pleasantly surprised.

Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
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XavierEssaouira, Propietario at Riad Zahra, responded to this review, 3 September 2013
Dear Madame, Sir,

Thank you for taking the time to tell us about your experience at the Riad Zahra.
Apologies for your room looked over the carpark, but probably was the last room available.
I hope to see you in the future and I hope to reserve the room with balconies or the room with sea
view.
I have taken note of your comments regarding all the issues you have mentioned and would like
to express my sincerest apologies.
All the best
Xavier
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Twickenham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 September 2013

My wife and I and our young son stayed at Riad Zahra for 6 nights in August 2013 as part of a 2 centre holiday to Morocco. The hotel is ideally situated close to the beach for kite & windsurfing and a short (1.50GBP) taxi ride (or a 20 minute walk) from the old town.
The room we stayed in was spacious and clean and the shower always produced "properly hot" water. The food at breakfast was always fantastic with fresh fruit, especially copious amounts of wonderful tasting melon. The wifi, although not brilliant in the room, was more than adequately fast when seated in the reception, allowing us to stay in contact with family and customers back home.
However, it was the exceptional service provided by Xavier & his staff throughout our stay which left the greatest impression and why I would have no hesitation in recommending Riad Zahra. It seemed like nothing was too much trouble for them, no matter how small. Whatever we requested, whether it was a camel-riding trip, taxi into town or some extra coat hangers for our wardrobe, it would be sorted in the blink of an eye. Without exception, all the staff were efficient, friendly and polite.
If I ever return to Essaouira, I wouldn't consider staying anywhere else.

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with family
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XavierEssaouira, Propietario at Riad Zahra, responded to this review, 3 September 2013
Dear guests
Thank you for taking the time to share your observations with us following your stay at the Riad Zahra.
We are happy to hear that you fully enjoyed your stay with us and would like to thank you for your positive review.
Our team is working hard every day to make our guest feels happy and your satisfaction is the best reward they could receive.
On behalf of the entire team, I look forward to welcoming you back to the Riad Zahra.
Sincerely
Xavier
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 August 2013 via mobile

We stayed here for five days in Aug 2013 and we were very happy with the staff and the location of the riad couldn't have been any better with a 5 min walk to the beach. The room was clean and tidy and the whole riad was decorated in Spanish influence. Due to its standards there were a lot of guests coming and going and due to our room being above the riad reception there were times in the night which it was very noisy but overall a great break and would recommend especially if you could get a sea view room

  • Stayed August 2013
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XavierEssaouira, Propietario at Riad Zahra, responded to this review, 6 September 2013
Dear guest,

Thank you so much for taking the time to write this fantastic review.
I was delighted to read that you enjoyed your stay with us, and was very glad we met your
expectations. The nex time send me the request for room number 35 on the top with a very
nice sea view and very quiet.
We hope to have the pleasure to welcome you back again soon and thank you so much for recommending the Riad Zahra.
Kind regards
Xavier
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 August 2013

Staying at the Riad Zahra wonderful and relaxing experience. It is a large riad (more like a hotel) with over 20 rooms, a spacious dining room, a pool (the best part!), and a restaurant. From the minute we arrived, we felt welcome and relaxed. The riad really is right on the beach, and we could see the ocean from our room. As others have mentioned, the beach was quite windy (a welcome change after experiencing the intense heat in Marrakech), so we didn't end up doing much sunbathing or swimming on the beach (thought it seemed excellent for water sports!). However, we took a several pleasant walks along the beach, and it was just a 10 minute walk from the Riad along the beach into the center of town. You can also take a very quick/inexpensive taxi. Our room was very large and comfortable. There was no air conditioning, but it with the cool air and the constant breeze, this wasn't a problem at all. (We stayed in August.) The shower in the bathroom seemed a bit old, but was functional. Breakfast was delicious, including lots of fresh fruit, yogurt, breads, orange juice, and coffee/tea. As others have mentioned, we found the restaurant to be really nice, with quality food for reasonable prices. (This was also the only place we stayed at in Morocco that served alcohol.) The pool is lovely, and we had a great day relaxing by the pool. The staff was wonderful, accommodating, welcoming, and very helpful. They gave us recommendations, helped us settle in, and even let us use the pool for the afternoon after we checked out but before our bus arrived. We stayed here at the very end of our trip, and spending a couple days by the beach after 9 days of traveling was a great decision. Riad Zahra was the perfect place to stay and unwind!

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with friends
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XavierEssaouira, Propietario at Riad Zahra, responded to this review, 20 August 2013
Dear Guest,

Many thanks for this review and for recommending Riad Zahra.
We are very happy to read that our hotel was able to answer your expectations and you enjoyed the comfort of the room and the quality of food.
We will be very glad to welcome you back in the future.
In the meantime, we wish you all the best.

Sincerly yours
Xavier
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Property: 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:
#2 Luxury Hotel in Essaouira
#4 On the Beach Hotel in Essaouira
#6 Best Value Hotel in Essaouira
#9 Family Hotel in Essaouira
#18 Romantic Hotel in Essaouira
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
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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