We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

“Riad Zahra is truly a unique, comfortable, accomodating, friendly place to stay”
Review of Riad Zahra

Best prices for -
Check In dd/mm/yyyy Check Out dd/mm/yyyy
Prices are for 1 room, 2 adults
Show Prices
Compare best prices from top travel sites
and 9 more sites!
Riad Zahra
Ranked #7 of 74 Hotels in Essaouira
Certificate of Excellence
calgary
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Riad Zahra is truly a unique, comfortable, accomodating, friendly place to stay”
Reviewed 26 December 2008

Our family of six have just spent five wonderful days in Essaouira, Morroco. It was the last stay of our two week visit and we were sure happy that we were staying at the Riad Zahra. The write ups that you read are true as we thoroughly enjoyed our stay. Essaoira was probably our highlight and the staff at the Riad Zahra played a big part in making our stay as comfortable as it was. The staff was accomodating and had everything we needed. The food and drink was good and our kids loved dipping into the pool even in December. The breakfast included in the price was delicious and got us off to a great start each day. The Riad is close to all other accomodations including a very short walking distance to the beach and Medina. If you stay in Essouira be sure to book at the Riad Zhara - you will not be disappointed.

  • Liked — The price, friendly staff, pool, they played Christmas music
  • Stayed December 2008, travelled with family
    • Value
    • Location
    • Check-in / front desk
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
    • Business service (e.g., internet access)
Helpful?
Thank CalgaryOrangecrush
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Write a Review

814 reviews from our community

Traveller rating
    597
    168
    32
    13
    4
See reviews for
199
332
42
8
Rating summary
  • Location
  • Sleep Quality
  • Rooms
  • Service
  • Value
  • Cleanliness
Traveller tips help you choose the right room.   Room tips (77)
Date | Rating
  • Danish first
  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Norwegian first
  • Polish first
  • Portuguese first
  • Russian first
  • Spanish first
  • Swedish first
  • Any
English first
Galway Ireland
Level 3 Contributor
22 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 November 2008

Arrived to Essoaira to get away from Marrakech - found the Zahra to be a wonderfully relaxing place, friendly and helpful staff, very chilled out restaurant with a lovely ambience about it. Lovely big pool - although we didnt get to use it as it was a tad windy and we didn not want to disturb the resident turtles.
Place is literally on the beach and you can either take the right and go to Essoaira or the left and go Camel or pony trekking. Also lots of Kite surfing. Yeah the beds are hard - but so is every other bed in Morocco it seems and think how much better it is for your back!
Recommend that you pay the extra few euros and get a room with a balcony (700MAD) - great big rooms with sofas.
would definitely return to this Riad.

  • Liked — Atmosphere,Staff, location,
  • Disliked — we had to leave!
  • Stayed November 2008, travelled as a couple
    • Value
    • Location
    • Check-in / front desk
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
    • Business service (e.g., internet access)
Helpful?
Thank Tinrib
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Singapore, Singapore
Level 4 Contributor
23 reviews
16 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 October 2008

First impressions of the Riad Zahra were exactly as the reviews suggested, a beautiful friendly Riad, with pretty, simple rooms and wonderful staff. Of the 3 places we stayed in Essaouira, this was our favourite, however, not sleeping due to hard beds and mosquitoes took it's toll and we left after a few nights.

We did notice that all beds in Essaouira are hard, even in the 5 star hotels, although these were less hard than those in Riad Zahra. Such a pity as I think this Riad is wonderful and the owners deserve the excellent reviews in tripadvisor.

Good points: atmosphere, staff, moroccan style, wi-fi in rooms, pool area, location

Bad points: hard beds and slightly dull breakfast

  • Liked — the Morrocan ]
  • Disliked — hard beds
  • Stayed October 2008, travelled as a couple
    • Value
    • Location
    • Check-in / front desk
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
    • Business service (e.g., internet access)
Helpful?
Thank NicoleB79
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Phoenix, AZ
Level 1 Contributor
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 July 2008

Just returned from our trip to Morocco and we absolutely loved this Riad. The staff were so friendly and helpful, especially the young girl who works at the front desk. It is about a 10 DH taxi ride from the bus station and a 10-15 minute walk from the Medina, but the beachside walk was much welcomed after large meals in the Medina. The room was cute with a nice bathroom and large window to let the breeze in. Our TV didn't work that well, but it didn't bother us at all.

I would definitely recommend this property to those visiting Ess.

  • Stayed July 2008, travelled as a couple
    • Value
    • Location
    • Check-in / front desk
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
    • Business service (e.g., internet access)
Helpful?
1 Thank HappyTraveller8989
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
London, United Kingdom
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 May 2008

What a lovely place! The rooms are spotless-very nicely decorated and lovely bathroom. The breakfast was great and they do lunch and dinner there which are also very nice. The pool is lovely and theres lots of little tortoises walking round the edge in the flowerbeds. The owners were lovely and nothing was too much trouble for them. For the price, i dont think you could ask for more in Essaouira!

  • Liked — The pool and he tortoises!
  • Disliked — Its a little further out of town, but its only a 15min walk so not really a problem at all!
  • Stayed April 2008, travelled with friends
    • Value
    • Location
    • Check-in / front desk
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
    • Business service (e.g., internet access)
Helpful?
Thank opalfruit1102
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
London
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 27 April 2008

I've just spent a great week at Riad Zahra. The staff were all extremely welcoming, always helpful and friendly and the service was prompt and efficient. The Riad is decorated in an understated and authentic way, though I believe it's owned by Spanish people.

I enjoyed the 15 minute walk along the beach to the medina several times a day to watch the fishermen bring in their catch, to explorte the souks, to visit a hammam, to walk on teh ramparts and watch the waves crashing over the rocks etc. The Moroccan people were very easy-going and friendly and I was happy to walk back alone in the dark in the evenings - though I could perfectly well have taken a petit taxi.

I'll definitely go back.

  • Liked — Decoration
  • Disliked — No kettle in teh room
  • Stayed April 2008, travelled solo
    • Value
    • Location
    • Check-in / front desk
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
    • Business service (e.g., internet access)
Helpful?
Thank MaisieG
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
North Yorks
Level 4 Contributor
36 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 April 2008

After a long journey to get there, the welcome was warm and supportive. It is a pleasant and relaxing space to be in - and it's a shame that modern hotel buildings in the UK cannot incorporate traditional features so gracefully (or, indeed, at all). Without exception, the staff were helpful and kind, sorting out an annoying problem with the shower before I could even roll my eyes and quip about Moroccan plumbers; they kept our finicky-eating 5 year old's tummy full.

The set menu was fresh and tasty, despite the limited choice - but we found the choice off the main restaurant menu limited and unappetising. But on our last day we had the tapas - hardly what you'd get in old Cordoba, but inexpensive and good for a poolside lunch.

The family of tortoises in the garden, and the turtle in the swimming pool, are a laugh. We were lucky enough to have a family room overlooking the sea - great view. While there's some (sometimes) noisy building work going on nearby, and it was windy while we were there (inhibiting pool use), that's not the hotel's fault, and you know you've got a warm welcome on your return from the 20 minute trip into town.

  • Liked — All round hospitality
  • Disliked — Occasional Intrusive building and wind noise
  • Stayed April 2008, travelled with family
    • Value
    • Location
    • Check-in / front desk
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
    • Business service (e.g., internet access)
Helpful?
Thank rudyrude
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Hotels you might also like...
Travellers also viewed these Essaouira hotels
7.4 mi away
Essaouira Lodge
Essaouira Lodge
#16 of 74 in Essaouira
215 reviews
0.7 mi away
Le Medina Essaouira Hotel Thalassa Sea & Spa - MGallery Collection
4.5 mi away
Villa Gonatouki
Villa Gonatouki
#1 of 2 in Ghazoua
627 reviews
Show Prices
Show Prices
Show Prices
1.2 mi away
Riad Watier
Riad Watier
#3 of 74 in Essaouira
519 reviews
4.4 mi away
Domaine de l'Arganeraie
Domaine de l'Arganeraie
#8 of 74 in Essaouira
433 reviews
0.1 mi away
Atlas Essaouira & Spa
Atlas Essaouira & Spa
#23 of 74 in Essaouira
1,086 reviews
Show Prices
Show Prices
Show Prices

Been to Riad Zahra? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Additional Information about Riad Zahra

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 
Reservation Options:
TripAdvisor is proud to partner with Booking.com, Expedia, Odigeo, LoveHolidays, Hotels.com, TripOnline SA, Ebookers, HotelQuickly, Evoline ltd and Cancelon so you can book your Riad Zahra reservations with confidence. We help millions of travellers each month to find the perfect hotel for both holiday and business trips, always with the best discounts and special offers.
Also Known As:
Riad Zahra Mogador Essaouira
Riad Zahra Mogador Hotel Essaouira

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing