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Riad Watier
Ranked #2 of 75 Hotels in Essaouira
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 14 November 2011

We have stayed at Riad Watier three times this year - and each time has been better than the last. My wife and I have a young daughter (7 months) and we have stayed here with both my mother and her mother, and all of us have thoroughly enjoyed our stay.

The owner, Jean-Gabriel, has assembled a great team in a lovely Riad. Located in the heart of the Medina, it serves both as a great base to explore the city and a magical retreat where you can relax and enjoy comfortable Riad life.

Each time we have stayed here Jean-Gabriel and his staff have helped us with dinner reservations and they have been excellent. Additionally, they breakfast they serve at the Riad is wonderful, and eating on their rooftop terrace is also a treat.

Our group has stayed in four different rooms, including one of the two story double rooms with twin beds on the second floor. No complaints at all from any of the rooms - they are all equally luxurious and well appointed. You will feel like you are staying in a 5-star resort.

As you can tell, we have thoroughly enjoyed all our stays at Riad Watier and plan to return soon!

  • Stayed: November 2011, travelled with family
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Reviewed 4 November 2011

We stayed for 4 nights in Riad Watier in August. The kids loved the room and we all felt very much at home. I took lots of photo's as the Riad is very pretty. JG and the staff were exceptionally friendly and welcoming and JG even drove us for 30mins to a local nature reserve where we walked down to the beach and back to the Riad along the beach. We enjoyed the banter with JG; with our son arguing about football and with our daughter teasing her about her need for perfect hair!
Essaouira was fascinating although somewhat smelly when we were there - the drains were being emptied outside our appartmnent and the smell as we walked outside the Riad was foul. Inside was a complete haven - beauty and tranquility.

Stayed: August 2011, travelled with family
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Reviewed 23 October 2011

We returned yesterday from staying at the Riad for two weeks. We couldn't have asked for a more comfortable and welcoming place. Jean Gabriel and his staff are all charming and helpful and felt like family by the end of our stay.
Our room was luxurious and the bed was the most comfortable I've slept in.
The only downside is that the hotel is approached through a covered over alleyway which seems rather seedy and is off putting especially if you arrive after dark. It is quite safe however and you get used to it.

  • Stayed: October 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 22 October 2011

Riad Watier reflects Essaouira - cosmopolitan and laid back. JG and his staff are helpful and the service was attentive. The riad is bigger than we expected and our room was comfortable, clean and quiet. Essaouira is a fun town and when we return, we will definitely stay at Riad Watier again.

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  • Stayed: October 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 12 October 2011

Stayed here for 2 nights and fell in love with Essaouira, its medina was quaint and navigable, unlike those in the larger cities. Inside the riad, fell in love with its owner Jean Gabriel and his spectacular art collection. Everyone here was wonderful and helpful and generous. The food was excellent. The suite was spectacular, they kindly upgrade my friend and I to the "Père Jego" 2-bedroom master suite even though we had booked a smaller suite. The only unpleasant thing encountered during the stay was some dreadful rainy weather, but coming back to such a warm and welcoming riad, and starting a fire in the fireplace was a wonderful way to dry off from the rainy explorations. If I'm ever back in Morocco I would not stay anywhere else. Also, book directly with the riad on their website and I believe you will get the best rate.

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  • Stayed: December 2010, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 24 September 2011

A family group of 11 of us recently stayed here and celebrated my father's 80th birthday. Nothing was too much trouble for Jean and his team and we thoroughly enjoyed the books and art plus Jean's enthusiasm for the final of the U.S. Open. Highly recommended.

  • Stayed: September 2011, travelled with family
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Reviewed 25 August 2011

The place was situated a little down some windy roads in the center of the old Essaouira, however ariving late with the bus from Marrakesh the owner of the place resolute took his bike and came to welcome us and showed us the way to the riad. It is a riad full of books, charm, stories from the people who work here and an amazing breakfast on the roof overlooking all of Essaouira. The peole working there are fantastic and show you all the best of hospitality of Essaouira. We can easily recommend this amazing place with big rooms and a family feeling in the middle of the old center. The evening meal can also really be recommended, especially to couples where there are served beautiful wine, food and a romantic setting. All in all we'll be back:-)

  • Stayed: May 2011, travelled as a couple
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Address: 16 Rue Ceuta | Medina, Essaouira 44000, Morocco
Region: Morocco > Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region > Essaouira
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Shuttle Bus service
Hotel Style:
#1 On the Beach Hotel in Essaouira
#5 Family Hotel in Essaouira
#11 Romantic Hotel in Essaouira
Price Range: £92 - £138 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Riad Watier 3*
Number of rooms: 10
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