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Riad Chbanate

179 Rue Chbanate, Essaouira 44000 Morocco
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#3 of 92 hotels in Essaouira
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This traditional, 18th century Moroccan residence was once home to the Caid d'Essaouira and his family.Located in the Medina of Essaouira the riad is ideally situated near Bab Marrakech and only a 5 minutes walk from the beach.Through a complete renovation, this authentic riad has been transformed into a residence of modern comfort and elegant surroundings. A jewel of the Essaouira Medina, Riad Chbanate welcomes you with a delicate ambiance created by the timeless magic and perfumes of the Orient. Riad Chbanate has been renovated with care and elegance to offer you an authentic, tasteful, and very comfortable environment. The services provided by Riad Chbanate are worthy of the much larger luxury hotels of Morocco. Step through the door of Riad Chbanate and discover its unique magic. Warm and friendly, with the comfort of luxury hotel services, it is only natural that guests feel at home in Riad Chbanate. Faithful to traditional design, and to ensure exceptional comfort, Riad Chbanate is a perfect blend of Moroccan craftsmanship and modern convenience. In the Moroccan tradition of generous and flavorful meals, Riad Chbanate invites you to discover the specialties of the region with each gourmet dining experience. With attentive service and a personalized concierge, the staff of Riad Chbanate is at your disposal, at all times, for your utmost comfort.
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Property amenities
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Hot bath
Free breakfast
Airport transportation
Rooftop terrace
Dry cleaning
Laundry service
Bar / lounge
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Air conditioning
Room service
Flatscreen TV
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Non-smoking rooms
Family rooms
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Languages Spoken
English, French, Arabic
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Mahaesh wrote a review 3 Oct
4 contributions1 helpful vote
This Riad is truly special! In a secluded spot of the old city, you're close to everything but have a slice of the city to yourself. The rooms are wonderful, and the tub is so luxurious. Thank you to the wonderful staff for making our stay so great.
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Date of stay: September 2021
pleasantcreek wrote a review Jul 2021
Walnut Creek, California16 contributions
Traveled with family of 4 and booked 2 rooms that were spacious with beautiful touches throughout. The bathroom has rose petals sprinkled about with large white bath towels and nice bathrobes. The shower was honestly the best! The breakfast was plentiful and tasty and we really enjoyed the staff, especially Greggy. The location is excellent and good for walking everywhere in the Medina. Would definitely stay here again!
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Date of stay: July 2021Trip type: Travelled with family
Rich C wrote a review Mar 2020
Wrexham, United Kingdom45 contributions17 helpful votes
This is a superb accommodation spot, well located on one of the side streets in Essaouira, with good access to the central streets and to the port area. The riad is very clean and well cared for, and the room was extremely comfortable, with a huge bathroom, and very well appointed. The staff (without exception) were welcoming, friendly, and helpful. The breakfasts were nice and well presented. All in all I would have no hesitation in recommending this as an excellent spot to stay.
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Date of stay: March 2020
Room Tip: Would definitely recommend the Hyatt(?) suite, as the bathroom was lovely, I could have stayed in...
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Kristen P wrote a review Mar 2020
Olympia, Washington53 contributions56 helpful votes
This place went above and beyond in credits for us when we were stuck in Amsterdam after a ten hour flight and were pulled off boarding to Marrakesh with no notice. My email never sent in trying to cancel all hotels quickly and they fully credited. Very amazing process and customer service on their part.
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Date of stay: March 2020Trip type: Travelled with family
3 Helpful votes
PottyP wrote a review Mar 2020
United Kingdom380 contributions87 helpful votes
Spent 4 nights in Essaouria in Riad Chbanate. Did a lot of research beforehand and this Riad had consistently great reviews. I had emailed the Riad a lot before handcand Hicham responded quicky and politely. We took a taxi from Marrakech witj Med Taxi at 50 euro each way, which was by far the cheapest out of all the taxi services. The Riad was at the furthest end of the Media, so a bit of a trek, but Essaouria is not a big place so for most people will be fine. There are only 6 rooms and we had the Hyatt Suite, which was lovely with a huge bathroom! The Riad is fully staffed with a friendly team, who look after you well. The only disappointing side for us was the breakfast, which is why i couldn't give it the 5* I so wanted to. There is a very limited, uninspiring menu and the coffee was always cold. I do think for 150 euro per night, which is not cheap, it should offer a little more. Other than that I would recommend this Riad for an authentic and friendly stay. Thank you all.
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Date of stay: March 2020Trip type: Travelled as a couple
2 Helpful votes
US$146 - US$171 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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Frequently Asked Questions about Riad Chbanate
Which popular attractions are close to Riad Chbanate?
Nearby attractions include Le Souk (0.3 km), Centre de la Bijouterie Artisanale Maalem Ali 1908 (0.4 km), and Synagogue Slat Lkahal (0.4 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Riad Chbanate?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and an on-site restaurant.
Which room amenities are available at Riad Chbanate?
Top room amenities include a minibar, air conditioning, and a flat screen TV.
What food & drink options are available at Riad Chbanate?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
What are some restaurants close to Riad Chbanate?
Conveniently located restaurants include Restaurant Sayef, BistrO Essaouira, and Café resto berbère chez Rachid.
Does Riad Chbanate have an airport shuttle?
Yes, Riad Chbanate offers an airport shuttle for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Are any cleaning services offered at Riad Chbanate?
Yes, dry cleaning and laundry service are offered to guests.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Riad Chbanate?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English, French, and Arabic.
Are there any historical sites close to Riad Chbanate?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Medina of Essaouira (3.6 km), Chaim Pinto Synagogue (0.3 km), and Bordj El Berod (2.9 km).