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90, Quartier Des Dunes, 44000 Essaouira, Morocco – Show map
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Outdoor Pool, Terrace
Food & Drink
WiFi is available in all areas and is free of charge.
Free private parking is available at a location nearby (reservation is not needed).
24-Hour Front Desk
Italian, French, Spanish, English, Catalan, Arabic
2:00 PM - 12:00 AM
8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
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Children and Extra Beds
All children are welcome.
One child under 4 years stays free of charge when using existing beds.
One child under 2 years stays free of charge in a crib.
There is no capacity for extra beds in the room.
Pets are not allowed.
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In the heart of Essaouira, this hotel is in a house dating from the 19th century and is decorated in a traditional Moroccan style.
Score from 593 reviews Very good
Located in the medina of Essaouira, Riad Des Palmiers is just a 5-minute walk from the beach.
Score from 8 reviews Good
The grand Palais Des Remparts is in the heart of the medina (historic quarter) of Essaouira, only 3 minutes from the beach. It is a stylish hotel and serves traditional Moroccan cuisine.
Score from 159 reviews Very good
Situated in an absolutely quiet location behind the wall of the Medina of Essaouira, with a spectacular view of the sea, this guest house represents comfort, serenity and traditional decoration with...
Score from 363 reviews Very good
We had an excellent stay here, staff and owner are so welcoming and friendly! Lovely breakfast and great pool area! 20 min walk into town along beautiful beach! We definitely plan on coming back!
Curtains are a little thin so street lighting did shine into the bedroom!
Great location and with a brilliant pool (although its by the sea, the pool was definitely where to sunbath during our visit due to the wind). Staff were massively helpful, and rooms really nice. Some people may find the 20 minute walk into the Medina a slight drag, but you walk along the new boardwalk - and get some cracking sunsets.
We really liked this town and Riad Zahra. All the staff was great and helpful, the room was nice and clean. There was good wifi in the big entrance room, and really good food in the restaurang. The only thing i can think about that could be better is a bit warmer pool =)
Close to the beach. Beautifull place
the riad is beautiful and has a really Nice atmosphere. The owners and their son (who runs the very good restaurant up stairs) are so sweet & helpful. We stayed for 3 nights and it felt like coming home after a day at the medina, or we would choose to just relax at the great pool. All staff is great, so is the food and their hospitality. We would definitely come back! It's a 15 min boulevard walk to the medina, or a 3 min taxi drive, so perfectly situated.
We stayed at 2 different rooms and from one we think the matras needs replacement. The wifi signal was not very strong outside the lobby, but strong enough for checking mail & apps.
The family running these apartments along with the staff were all amaxing. They went out of their way to be helpful. We are in the two restaurants ( yes they have two restaurants!) and the food was delicious. Would liked to have stayed longer but it was fully booked. Thanks for a lovely stay
Very friendly and welcoming staff. It feels more like at home than a hotel.
My husband and I stayed for 2 nights at Riad Zahra. We had booked the suite (Room 35) which in my opinion was the best of all rooms available. We enjoyed sunsets from the bedroom and had magnificent views over the beach which was a couple of minutes walk away. - The owners were always very helpful as were the staff. - The pool was clean and well maintained. - The breakfasts and food was good in general. - The Riad is well located, away from the hustle and bustle of the souks, but a few minutes ride by petit taxi or 20 min stroll along the beach.
Quality of the food in the grill restaurant, cleanliness, nice sized bathroom, pool area and sensible priced alcohol. The family are super friendly and very welcoming.
Locks didn't work on window (room 13!), bed and pillows a little lumpy. This affected my sleep which was a shame and I have to sleep well on my few holidays. We moved to another hotel and the owner was very understanding.
Best bits? The friendly owners & super staff! Xavier, his wife and son went out of their way, along with their staff, to ensure we had a great time. Both restaurants (Moroccan downstairs and fresh local seafood upstairs) were spectacular. they also have things like pasta, sandwiches and omelettes for the less adventurous! The tapas and beer hour in the afternoon was fabulous! The view is just spectacular from the rooms and restaurant upstairs. I've never seen such gorgeous sunsets over the bay! It's only about 2 minutes walk to the sandy beach so take the time to go down in your bare feet and watch the sun go down.. There were always plenty of sunbeds next to the nice clean pool. A highlight for me was the three turtles in the pool! I loved them! The location is great, quiet but was to find and close to the beach. Everything was spotless. Nothing was too much trouble for the staff. It's only 25minutes walk along the most beautiful beach to the main centre, medina and port. Ask Xavier to book a taxi to the airport. Not only did it arrive on time but he negotiated a discount for us too! The taxi driver even stopped on the 20 minute journey so we could take pictures of the goats climbing the Argan trees! Amazing!
The wifi could be slightly temperamental - but you shouldn't be online when there so much else to do here!
The riad was just a block from the ocean. The owner and staff were there, knowledgeable, and very helpful. The breakfasts were included and were the best we had in two months of traveling western Europe. The medina, bus station,and market were all in pleasant walking distance. Room was comfortable and didn't feel too"hotelly".
Slight musty smell in the bedroom.
The staff were welcoming and very helpful and made you feel relaxed. The food in both restaurants was delicious, especially in the upstairs grill. Good selection of wines and very reasonably priced. The pool area was spacious with plenty of sun loungers. The rooms were cleaned daily and the shower was very powerful with hot water. The location is great if you don't mind a bit of a walk to the medina (approx 20 mins), but it is lovely and peaceful and after Marrakech it was quite nice to be away from it all!
location very good, not in the medina but not far (15 mins) and 2 mins walk from sea. Xavier and his wife are very nice and helpful. pool in the garden is just perfect with turtles :)
wifi was not working always properly. breakfast could have been more Moroccan.
Lovely place in good central area facing the beach. Staff excellent and very friendly. Great food.
What a fantastic experience. Such a lovely warm welcome from the hosts, Xavier and Edit. Very helpful and informative with maps and advise on hand. The food was amazing with a choice of 2 restaurants. Excellent value and wuality. The pool area was spotless and we loved the resident turtles. Our room was relaxing and comfortable. We enjoyed our stay so much that we extended it for an extra night. We're really looking forward to a return visit in the not too distant future. Thank-you both, Xavier and Edit. ( Thank you for the email prior to our stay, informing us of the nearby building work. It really was not a problem, and did not in any way spoil our stay.)
Fantastic location very close to the quiet end of the beach Incredible food Staff and owners are all very very very nice and genuinely friendly Rooms, pool, sunset restaurant all top class. Would definitely recommend to anyone and would return here if going back to essouaira
Only small problem was No air con or fan in room
The staff at this road was lovely. We left early in the morning before breakfast and they prepared a bag with breakfast for us.
The pool is really nice and fresh, with a few friendly turtles hanging around. Staff is helpful and honestly friendly. The beer and tapa deal from 18:00 to 19:00 is really good value for money. Breakfast is above average thanks to the fruit buffet. The room was spacious and adequately furnished, although a bit lacking in sockets (so many chargers nowadays). It was quite and although it heated up a bit in the evenings, opening the windows let in the sea breeze and cooled everything quickly. Everything was clean and well sorted.
It is typical of the area but there are no shutters and the curtains really let in a lot of light which cut into my sleep. No wifi in terrace or pool area.
Fish restaurant, superb food, excellent service, great views. Location good if into water sports. Would suit surfers.
Hotel atrium it was in need of an overall, it felt dark & oppressive.
What did you like? Essentially everything. The location may be a 20minute or so walk from the ramparts but it is wonderfully close to the beach, some restaurants on the beach and you have access to beach activities like camel / horse riding, quad biking or windsurfing right at your door step. The staff here are phenomenal, very professional while being friendly, helpful. They are all incredibly welcoming and nothing you ask is too hard. They are also very multi lingual. Too be honest though our highlight was the pool, or rather a) sunbathing around the pool, or b) admiring the turtles and tortoises that call this riad home. I think everyone of all ages ends up being fascinated by the creatures at one stage or another. I can whole heartedly say that any one visiting Essaouira should make Riad Zahra their first choice for accommodation.
The only two minor negatives was the shower head, it squirted water everywhere but on you and most would consider the beds to be quite hard. Very small things though.
Close to the beach and 15 min walk from the Medina excellent restaurants on site friendly helpful staff. Value for money Very clean and well laid out
The only thing I can think of would be that the wifi drops out.
We were treated so well by all the lovely staff here that we felt very welcome all of our time here. A beautifully appointed hotel with good breakfasts and meals in the restaurant.
Maybe if anything the pool was a bit cold even in July. Very very windy ( even for here) .probably had a lot to do withi it!
Staff were amazingly helpful, they organised anything I wanted. Very relaxing poolside and the food in the restaurants was great.
Extremely kind staff, great breakfast and perfect location, within 2 minutes of the beach and a 20 minute beachwalk to the medina. The staff makes you feel right at home.
Stuff very friendly and helpful, quite place
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