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“Very friendly - great for the beach”
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Riad Zahra
Ranked #7 of 74 Hotels in Essaouira
Certificate of Excellence
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56 reviews
28 hotel reviews
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“Very friendly - great for the beach”
Reviewed 20 April 2014

We stayed at Riad Zara for 4 nights - it is close to the beach which is great and about 20/25 Min walk into town but taxis only cost 20 dirhams - but ....only take 3 passengers!! We enjoyed the walk.
The owners were lovely and friendly- my daughter was fascinated by the turtles in the pool and the tortoises around the pool- some guests didnt notice the difference,,!!

Our room was a big one for the 4 of us but on the ground floor right next to reception which actually was relatively quiet in the evenings but a bit noisy in the mornings.
We didnt have an evening meal at the hotel - the menu looked nice but pricey.

Breakfast was adequate but service quite poor- even though friendly.We had to ask for spoons every morning / the tea pot for 4 had 1 weak tea bag so we asked for more each morning.
Pancakes were served cold but bread nice and fresh.
Sleeping was challenging with the wild barking dogs, wailing in the early hours and building work in the morning .
But they had a chess set which a,used my son and the pool looked nice albeit rather freezing.
It was a good base and good value.

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled with family
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XavierEssaouira, Propietario at Riad Zahra, responded to this review, 24 April 2014
Dear Jacinta,

Thank you for taking to share your experience in TripAdvisor.
I very much appreciate your comments regarding your stay at the Riad Zahra.

Your feedback is very important to us,I have taken note of your comments regarding all the issues you have mentioned and would like to express my sincerest apologies.

I hope to receive you another time with us.

Kind regards
Xavier
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Marlow, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 17 April 2014

Our stay at Riad Zahra was made memorable by the incredibly warm hospitality offered by the owners and staff. Thank you for helping make my wife's 30th birthday a fantastic day by helping book the camel trek and spa treatment. Every time we came through the day we were made to feel like we were the only people staying in the Riad by being greeted with a friendly face and a "How are you? Is everything ok?" The steak at the restaurant upstairs was delicious. The room was clean and comfortable and the pool was well maintained. It was also also great to see some of the local wildlife lazing around the pool - 2 turtles who roam around the pool sunning themselves. I would definitely recommend Riad Zahra for value for money and the location is great, being a 5 minute walk from the beach and a 20-25 minute walk to the medina.

Room Tip: We stayed in a standard double at the front which was good as it was not under the restaurant.
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  • Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Thank rowdyburns73
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XavierEssaouira, Propietario at Riad Zahra, responded to this review, 18 April 2014
Dear Guests,

I would like to thank you for your time to share your review.
Was a pleasure for us to help you to organize the camel trek and the hammam.
We were delighted to hear that you enjoyed the service provided by our team as well as the
facilities of our Riad, and will share your comments with our Staff.
We hope to welcome you back to Riad Zahra in the near future.

Kind regards,
Xavier
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Oxford, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 20 March 2014

The owners could not have been more helpful. Even sending a lost item back to England for us. They service is impeccable and the rooms were clean and comfortable.

It's 15 min walk from the main city bits and 1 min from the beach. The pool area is nice but the pool is cold (nice in the summer but a little too cold for march). Free tapas with your beer between 6-7pm and the food was good.

We'd reccomend it for anyone looking for a relaxing stay.

  • Stayed March 2014
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2 Thank Charlie D
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XavierEssaouira, Gerente at Riad Zahra, responded to this review, 21 March 2014
Dear Charlie,

Thank you for taking the time to share such a positive comment on Tripadvisor.
I was pleased to read that you enjoyed your stay and thank you once again for recommending Riad Zahra on Tripadvisor.
I hope to receive you another time with us.
Kind regards
Xavier
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Dubai
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Reviewed 18 March 2014

This hotel is so great because of the owner and his family - they make you feel welcome and at home. And yes, the location is great too. This is the second time we have stayed here and we were very happy to find out that they had added a restaurant on the top floor. It was wonderful!
The place is by the beach, withing walking distance of the medina. There is parking on the premise. The breakfast is wonderful.
The only issue, that I wish they would do something about, is to get softer mattresses. The beds are very hard to sleep on.

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled as a couple
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1 Thank DrRigga
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XavierEssaouira, Gerente at Riad Zahra, responded to this review, 20 March 2014
Dear Dr.Rigga

Thank you very much for taking the time to post your detailed review on Tripadvisor.
We are glad to read that your stay was pleasant, and thank you for your constructive feedback with regards to the room.
I hope to see you again a third time.
Best wishes
Xavier
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 10 March 2014

My partner and I just spent a fantastic week at the Riad Zahra. We were not planning to stay so long but Essaouira was incredible and the Riad Zahra was such a wonderful place to stay and relax, we didn't want to go anywhere else. It's location is by the beach where it's beautiful and quiet in the mornings and brimming with activity in the afternoons. Then you can head over to the Medina and Port for exciting and stimulating Moroccan experiences. The best of both worlds. We mostly came for the kitesurfing but the whole city and experience gave us everything we wanted and needed from a holiday and a bit of travelling.
It's run by a super friendly, helpful and smiling family who went out of their way to make our stay enjoyable and as comfortable as possible. It was a real pleasure to meet them. The staff who worked there were attentive and always cheerful. The building and rooms are lovely and the hotel serves good food too. We'd love to go back and feel so lucky we chose this place to begin with.

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
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1 Thank RosaAS25
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XavierEssaouira, Gerente at Riad Zahra, responded to this review, 11 March 2014
Dear Guests,

Many thanks for this fantastic review .
We are very happy to read that our hotel was able to answer your expectations, and we will be very glad to welcome you back in the future.
In the meantime, we wish you all the best.

Kind regards
Xavier
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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 March 2014

I've just spent a week at the Riad Zahra. The main purpose of the trip was to get away for my birthday and kitesurf in the lovely Essaouira bay. The Riad Zahra came highly recommended and I can see why. Located just off the beach, it's somewhere between a hotel and a guest house, run by a fantasically friendly and helpful family. The restaurant is open to non-guests and has some excellent food at relatively good prices. I will stay there again.

Room Tip: The rooms at the side don't have a direct sea view but they have oblique views from the balconys...
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  • Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
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1 Thank Iain H
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XavierEssaouira, Propietario at Riad Zahra, responded to this review, 11 March 2014
Dear Iain,

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.
We hope to have the pleasure to welcome you back again soon and thank you so much for recommending the Riad Zahra.
All the best
Xavier
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 March 2014

Spent a very relaxing 10 days on a yoga holiday at Riad Zahra in the warm winter sun of February. The staff worked very hard to make our stay as comfortable as possible, the service from the restaurant was excellent. The Riad close to the beach which you can take a very pleasant walk along to the medina. My first visit to Morocco and I'm looking forward to returning!

Room Tip: Room 11 has two balconies
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  • Stayed February 2014, travelled with friends
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Thank REJM75
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XavierEssaouira, Propietario at Riad Zahra, responded to this review, 13 March 2014
Dear guests,

Thank you for writing such a 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.
Our team is working hard every day to make our guest feels happy and your satisfaction is the best reward they could receive.
I hope to receive you another time with us.
Best wishes
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
#7 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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