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179, Chbanate, 44000 Essaouira, Morocco – Show map
Excellent location – rated 9.1/10! (score from 132 reviews)
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Terrace, Sun Deck
Golf Course (within 2 miles), Fishing, Windsurfing, Canoeing, Hiking, Cycling, Horseback Riding, Snorkeling, Solarium, Massage, Hot Tub, Bicycle Rental
Food & Drink
Bar, Breakfast in the Room, Restaurant With Dining Menu, Special Diet Meals (upon request)
WiFi is available in all areas and is free of charge.
Public parking is available at a location nearby (reservation is not possible) and charges apply.
Room Service, Packed Lunches, Car Rental, Shuttle Service (surcharge), Airport Shuttle (surcharge), 24-Hour Front Desk, Currency Exchange, Tour Desk, Baggage Storage, Laundry, Meeting/Banquet Facilities
Heating, Air Conditioning
French, Spanish, English, Arabic
3:00 PM - 9:00 PM
7:30 AM - 12:00 PM
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Children and Extra Beds
All children are welcome.
One child under 2 years stays free of charge when using existing beds.
One additional child under 2 years stays free of charge in a crib.
One child under 12 years is charged EUR 40 per person per night in an extra bed.
The maximum number of extra beds/cribs in a room is 1.
Any type of extra bed or crib is upon request and needs to be confirmed by management.
Additional fees are not calculated automatically in the total cost and will have to be paid for separately during your stay.
Pets are allowed on request. No extra charges.
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Based on 132 reviews
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On the beachfront in Essaouira, this 5-star hotel features 2 swimming pools, a fitness center and a spa with hammam. It offers air-conditioned guest rooms and some have a balcony.
Score from 586 reviews Very good
This luxurious hotel features a terrace with a lovely outdoor pool with panoramic views of the Medina and the sea. It is just 1300 ft from the beach, in central Essaouira.
Score from 206 reviews Excellent
The Riad Malaika Hotel is located in the heart of the Essaouira Médina, just 55 yards from the beach. The hotel offers beauty and body treatments and free Wi-Fi access.
Score from 421 reviews Excellent
Sofitel Essaouira Mogador Golf & Spa, on the Gary Player Golf Course, features 2 swimming pools, a fitness center and a private beach. It offers stylish villas and suites.
Score from 144 reviews Very good
The service we received was just brilliant! Both Nawal & Gregy were very helpful and assisted us with everything and anything we needed. The room was gorgeous as well as very comfortable. The view from the top of the riad overlooks the town and the sea which was a pleasant surprise as we knew the riad was about 5-10 minutes from the beach (we didn't expect to see the sea at all). The size of the riad and its decor was equally surprising and stunning. Finally, the breakfast was delicious and filling. Simply put, you can't go wrong with this riad...
Some of the locals occasionally gathered outside the riad making it slightly uncomfortable when walking past them to get inside (especially since some of them looked very dodgy!).
The most friendly staff I've ever met! Architecture is outstanding. Very clean, no smell, no dust, no noise in our room. No extra charge for mini-bar and hot drinks. Perfect city view.
Would be a bit cheaper. Breakfast content can be impoved but I must tell that, eventhough we went to breakfast at 11:00AM they did not hesitate to serve as their best.
There is nothing to dislike, it's a fabulous place to stay. The staff are wonderful, couldn't do enough for us. The Riad is stunning & beautiful rooms, clean & spacious, the bathroom is a real treat. The little touches they do make such a difference. Hot tub on terrace is wonderful. A truly great place to stay, relax & see Essaouria.
Beautiful riad in the medina, perfect location, amazingly helpful staff, food was excellent, breakfast was great, the rooms was incredible, huge bath, very comfortable, organised quad biking for us, everything was perfect.
Beautiful riad and fantastic staff without exception , I would like to adress our thanks to each one of the team for making our stay memorable.
We cannot say enough good things about Riad Chbanate: everything was perfect from start to finish. We had such a warm welcome on our arrival and the staff were so warm and helpful throughout our stay. The riad itself is beautiful, great location; very central while being removed enough from the souks to be peaceful.
Brilliant Riad, the best welcome we had in Morrocco. Our room was beautiful (with a stunning shower!) but the highlight was the staff who made the visit wonderful, and also the lovely little turtle who lives in the courtyard.
Nothing. It was great.
self-made yogurt and fruit, very nice staff, beautifully decorated
The Medina in Essaouira is smaller and less chaotic than Marrakech. But again this riad was a gem behind a wooden door leading from a non-descript street/alley way. We were greeted by friendly staff and enjoyed a glass of mint tea as our luggage was taken to our room. We were in the Tyfina Suite and my daughter and I were surprised by how comfortable the hanging chair in the room was. It was our favorite detail! The room had a beautiful ambiance – and it was also comfortable and spacious. The staff suggested some restaurants – and the two we tried were both delicious and VERY reasonably priced. I would certainly stay here again.
amazing rooms and super romantic. easy to get to.
it was perfect definitely coming back here with a special girl
A true authentic experience. From the loud vibrant roads of the old town you step into this true home feel with great warmth and hospitality, outstanding attention from the staff Nawal and Gregy. the roof top room was beautiful and offers a magical small terrace where you can gaze at the old roof tops, the stars at night and enjoy the sound of seagulls
Wifi didn't reach the top roof room, they need to go something about this
Red and white roses and rose petals..and oh the bath!!! Smiling and genuinely kind people Stylish and comfortable This place is truly a place of beauty and peace... I feel blessed to have found it..
Large and comfortable room with beautiful bathroom and fresh roses. Breakfast was very generous.
A very nice place to stay: would go back without thinking about anywhere else. Great staff, good breakfasts, lovely room, beautifully maintained premises, ideal location.
The staff were unbelievably friendly, Greggie and another lady made us so welcome it was like we were family! Riad Chbanate is a gem of a place with beautiful rooms and fabulous breakfasts:) it really is a place of relaxation and tranquility especially if you've already been to Marrakesk! Loved every minute of our stay.
Griggy and Noelle really looked after us and made us feel pampered and at home. On our first night Noelle made me a soup as I wasn't feeling well, and my wife the best tagine we had in 4-1/2 weeks in Morocco. She also lit a fire just for us, we coudn't have asked for more. Griggy came in on his day off to take me to a local doctor which saw me right within 24 hours. Our room was well appointed, spacious and clean and the bathroom was huge with the best shower ever.
My wife was followed in the street outside the riad, the only time she went anywhere on her own in Morocco. It gave her a fright, which was not the riad's fault and they were very kind about it but it appears women should not walk on their own in that area even during the day.
Greggi the manager is amazing at making you feel welcome. He said to us "anything is possible" and he really delivered on that. He is a champion and very good at his job. The town of Essaouira is enchanting
The wifi doesn't work well in their most expensive room (on the top floor away from the router). But the room itself is amazing with an awesome bathroom (shower with a view!)
Beautifully restored riad in an interesting part of Essauoira within the city walls. Noelle and her colleagues were very welcoming and helped with any request including restaurant bookings. Delicious breakfasts and notably huge and luxurious baths! I liked the beautiful roses and local toiletries in the bathroom too.
Nothing not to like really. Only personal preference to stay in a smaller riad with fewer rooms.
Very friendly and accommodating staff. Great accommodation, ours had a view over the rooftops
Greggy, Samira and Nawal are just the best front of house you could ever hope for - enthusiastic, happy, friendly, helpful and considerate. They are backed up by a great team. Rooms are spacious and comfortable. Breakfasts are great. Communal areas are welcoming. A/C and wifi work well. I would not hesitate to stay here again myself, or to recommend this Riad to others. Simply wonderful. Thank you so much!
Being picky, the street on which the Riad is situated is a bit shabby - but it is located close to where the coach and taxi's stop.
The staff were fantastic. The room was lovely. There were roses everywhere. Mint tea and cakes included in the price - every time you came back from the outside world. Seven days were a bit too long for the very real delights of Essouria though. 4/5 would be better.
If I had to chose only one thing about this Riad to praise, it would be the staff - who are great. The staff were friendly and helpful, greeting us on arrival and recommending places to eat and advising on potential less touristic things to do in the area. We ate at the Riad one evening, and the food, wine and service was excellent. The staff booked several activities for us, which was very useful. The room was clean, spacious and very comfortable. We particularly loved the huge bath, especially after three hours of horse riding! We enjoyed a morning lazing in the sun on the terrace too, which was great.The complimentary water, tea and coffee were gratefully received and the breakfasts were bountiful.
The only thing I would change is that the breakfast was the same every morning and very sugar/carb heavy (crepe, croissants etc). Having said this, I'm sure if we had actually asked the staff would have happily cooked us some eggs, or provided something different. The negative comments on there mention things like lack of towel hooks, and no phone down to reception, but I think that is insignificant compared to the many pluses about this place.
We liked everything... Great location, wonderful courtyard lobby space, fresh flowers everywhere. Incredibly accommodating and friendly staff. Beautiful room (junior suite) with a great bath... (Rose petals all around the bath and the room on our arrival). 100% recommended!
(We loved everything!)
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