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This Riad is a gem. The owner, Diane, has restored the property to an excellent standard, keeping its essential character and adding touches of her own decor to make the place truly special. The place is more open and airy than most riads in the Medina, due to the very large light well and the beautiful garden behind the house. The garden is very private, and backs up to the city wall a really gorgeous setting for sunbathing or having dinner under the palms. The little pool in the corner is just perfect for cooling down if you are lounging in the sun and feeling a bit too toasty. This is a really delightful house! I would recommend it highly, and hope I have the chance to stay there again. That garden makes me want to return!
“Top notch Riad”
We returned to Essaouira for the 2nd time - already in love with the town, so the Riad was the only unknown. The house is wonderful - a brilliant resoration job with lots of individual details. The garden and plunge pool were a unique benefit (very unusual in an Essaourian riad) and it was great to have the ability to relax in our own oasis of tranquility after a morning wandering around the souqs. The children loved the tortoises. The house was kept beautifully clean by Fasiah (sp) with sheets cleaned mid week and Abdul was on hand any time we needed any help.
I really cant praise the riad enough - we hope very much to return. My only other comment would be that we rented the whole house (as we travelled with friends). If we returned alone then we would rent the 2nd floor (with access to the garden) - this would only be a problem if those on the ground floor wanted some peace and quiet as the whole house is quite open.
Stayed April 2012, travelled with family
“Tranquility and charm”
My compulsion to escape the horror that is Christmas brought me once again to Essaouria, making this my 5th visit. Why do I keep returning? Essaouria has the right balance between relaxation - a long, part-duney beach toasty winter sunshine low-hassle-locals - and historic and cultural interest. After five visits the latter is allowed to take a back seat, or rather a sun lounger. Which is where I spent most of a cloud-free 2 week spell over Christmas and New Year. This sun lounger was situated on a lovely tiled terrace, at the top of a charming Riad, over looking the sea. Ive stayed at a few Riads in the town by now, and this is one I would certainly recommend to anyone who wants to be looked after, but also left-alone to do your own thing. Riads, especially those close to the sea, can get very chilly at night, and feel very damp. Not this one. Its on the Eastern side, which is the driest, and whilst it has sea views, its not so close to be damp. Another bonus (this will sound odd to anyone who hasnt had this happen to them), being a way back from the sea means fewer seagulls. The squawk of these beasts is one of the sounds of the town preventing them dive bombing your breakfast to steal your bread or butter is one of the sports that usually grace terrace top dining of a morning. They are pretty brazen, so its nice not to have to keep one eye on the skies while you tuck into the morning delights. Breakfast is not included at this riad, but there is a little kitchen where you can prepare coffee, and buying fresh bread every day became one of the rituals of riad living.
The riad has recently been converted from an old house, so is in very good decorative order. Youre looked after by a lovely lady who cleans and smiles. There is even a small plunge pool attached to one of the apartments in a sweet palm-fringed garden, haunted by a family of tortoises. The riad is situated by a bustling area where the locals shop, but is tranquil once you shut the heavy door on the noise of the world outside. The sea is there to stare at during the day the stars at night. Whilst its usually too cold to sit out on the terrace in winter at riads closer to the sea, here you can. I was really impressed by the quality of the rooms for the money. Its a great place to stay for anyones first trip to this amazing town....
“Great riad inside the medina”
8 November 2011
We were 3 families traveling to Essaouira in October 2011, 6 children (three 3 year old boys and 3 babies) and 6 adults. The riad is perfect for families since it has 2 bedrooms on each floor and all bedrooms have their own bathroom. Also it is great to have a small pool in the garden for the children. It felt like an oasis in the middle of the exotic medina. The only thing one should be aware of is that the house is very "open" (a typical riad), and hence lacks a bit of privacy on each floor. For us being 3 families who knew each other well, the house was great and we shared everything. If one family or a couple is traveling alone you should specify if you want to have ground floor with direct access to garden and pool, first floor with the cosiest living room (and stairs directly to garden), or second floor with the nicest view and terrace.
The rooms are cleaned every day and dishes are washed. For families with children it was fantastic to have such a great house to stay in and at the same time not think of doing the dishes or cleaning the bathroom.
We often picked up great food from restaurants around town and brought it back to the riad with us, the tagines we had the food in were given back the next day. An easy way to have a restaurant-meal at home.
" “We wanted to dro p you a line on our return to the UK to say thank you for a fantastic week at your Riad. The Riad itself is beautiful and obviously very lovingly restored, its tiles, windows and railings wonderfully smart but never looking out of place, the bedrooms were comfortable and spacious and the utilities functioned very well: despite the proximity of good restaurants we still managed to find time to cook a few meals in the kitchen. We loved the roof terrace and the garden, using them wherever possible (basically whenever it was light and we werent out!). The pet tortoises were a lovely touch and very cute. Essaouira was a lovely surprise. The beach was stunning and, even discounting its vastness, it would be a credit to any town. However the beautiful desolation one could seek out by wandering the full length was something that I will never forget. We loved the port, the restaurants and local hotels with terraces which had far reaching views, the medina itself....all such memorable and vivd experiences. Finding a taxi driver (thanks again to you) who was willing and passionate about his country as we did meant that we thoroughly enjoyed our coast-road journey from the riad to Agadir Airport. We did not want the journey to end. I think this is really saying something, having witnessed the slightly kamikaze attitude to driving that the taxi drivers CAN have! Our driver was great. He loved his town, and Morocco, and was very proud of the views we were able to take in. He was knowledgeable about the key places on route and even bought us some local bananas! His attitude was very much "you have paid your fare, you have me for the day" and I would implore you to add him to your trusted list. Finally, a letter to you could not be complete without mention of Abdul and the cleaning staff. He was truly like a guardian for us, stepping in where we needed him, popping up here and there and always smiling. He was such a reassurance and a real asset. The cleaning staff were efficient, quick, never intrusive, polite and effective, again always with a smile. “ J.S. April 2011
“I just wanted to let you know that we had a wonderful holiday in Essaouira. After the hot and polluted hell that is Marrakech medina it was fantastic to be somewhere less crowded and frantic, with clean air and a slower pace of life. The riad is beautiful – very comfortable and with everything we needed and we loved the garden and pool and tortoises! Abdul and mam’selle who did the cleaning (apologies we didn’t discover her name) were very friendly, conscientious and unobtrusive. All in all, we would love to return to Essaouira and Riad des Palmiers for a longer holiday and we wouldn’t hesitate to recommend the riad to friends.“ H.G May 2011
“We stayed with another family (5 children in all ranging from 8 to 13 in age). The accommodation was fantastic. Ample space for everyone, gorgeous rooms, all tastefully decorated and with beautiful en suite facilities. There were basic kitchen facilities which we didnt need to use much because of the great food on offer in Essouira. On one day the maid cooked us at our request an absolutely delicious tagine. The plunge pool is perfect for the kids to occupy themselves in and cool off. The balconies offer fabulous views of the sea and the port. Abdul, the house manager, who greeted us on our arrival and conveyed us safely to the Riad was locally and was readily available to assist if needed - although he wasnt really because everything was so good and so easy. This Riad is a superb place to base yourself in if visiting Essaouira - comfortable, elegant and well located for the souks etc.“ N.T., London April 2011
Calm, chic, perfect! “This riad is stunning. Everything is done to such high spec, and the interiors are simple but classy. Its a wonderful place to stay, and each floor has access to somewhere you can relax and sunbathe. Theres so much space on each floor so given that I think its excellent value.“ K.J., London March 2011
Memorable “A beautiful riad divided into 3 floors, each decorated and done out tastefully. Great to have your own kitchenette too. The secluded garden was lovely and you can hear the sea which is so close by. Situated in a great location, we loved staying here so much we have booked to go back again next year. We enjoyed our neighbours staying on the other floors, and had nice chats (over a few glasses of wine of course) most evenings. Abdul and Faouzia couldnt have been more helpful when needed. " H.W., Jersey November 2010
"Exceeded our expectations by far!! From the booking stage to our departure we could not have asked for more. Diane our contact made sure everything was looked after from maps, transfers, eating out listing... to Abdul and Faouzia who were professional, friendly and discreet. The place is right in the medina and has all you need with kitchenette, sunroof, plunge pool...The deco is amazing. We couldnt fault anything! We had the honour of having Fouzia cooking for us on our last night and it was by far the best meal we had during our holidays so I hightly recommend that! Abdul was so kind to get up at dawn to make sure taxi was there and all was fine on our departure. We were meant to spend 1 night in Marrakech but after the experience we were having there we decided not to go anywhere! I have been in the hotel industry for over 10 years and honestly I have no problem recommending this place. Again thanks to Diane, Abdul and Faouzia! " K.G., Galway, Ireland October 2010
"the ultimate riad"
Firstly Id like to thank Diane the owner who has lovingly restored this beautiful riad for orgainising everything we needed to enjoy our holiday from the moment we stepped off the plane to the moment we arrived back at the airport. The service we received from the lady who looks after the riad was 100% from the amazing food she will cook for you on request (as a very reasonable price) to the cleaning which is done every day but you dont really notice she is there. Even though there were only 4 of us we decided to rent the whole riad for a week in June 2011 so we could enjoy the peace and quiet. This riad is 2 minutes walk from all the restaurants in the medina should you choose to eat out. The beach is only a 5 minute walk away and very clean. This property has the luxury of a small plunge pool which was very welcome during the heat of the day and again this is cleaned daily. We liked this riad so much we have booked the whole house again for the 2012 June festival. I dont have anything negative to say about this riad, it is a little/large gem and a credit to Diane who has put he heart and soul into restoring this riad - Diane, we were blown away with the care we recieved and from the moment we entered the riad.
A.D. June 2011
Clients re-booked for next year
Moroccan heaven”17 Jul 2010 | Trip type: Solo travelJust got back from 10 days Essaouria at the Palmier and I crave to be there right now! Beautiful restored home with all the right details, helpful house manager, a quiet retreat that was heavenly. I can still close my eyes and hear the gulls and the ocean, sigh. Ended up forgoing Marrakech to stay here I loved it so much. Highly recommend!“Very Elle Decor!”Riad des PalmiersCouncil Bluffs, Iowa, USA12 Jul 2010 | Trip type: FamilyI don't even read this magazine, but that's what I thought of when I saw the inside of Riad des Palmiers! I think it was the marvelous eclectic furnishings of this lovely riad painted antique furniture alongside contemporary metal bedstands shiny brass hardware alongside antique deadbolts, old stained glass windows fitted with modern shutters, a great mix of vintage and new. And the whole place filled with beautiful and unusual tilework, We had the entire second floor, 2 bedrooms w/bath and/or shower, a nice kitchen and a sitting room and access (via spiral staircase) to the little pool and patio area. We ate breakfast there one day, but most of the time it was being used by the first floor tenants.Abdul met us at the Supratours bus station as promised and he was charming. We were told that he spoke only French, and were happy and relieved to find out that he also spoke Arabic. My son's girlfriend speaks Arabic, so was able to communicate for us. He walked us to the riad, not too far into the Medina, which was nice, gave us the tour and the keys and was off.We were in Essaouira during the Gnaoua Music Festival, so the town was packed with people. And sad to say I was not as vigilant as I should have been and my camera got stolen. I had been warned about the possibility of pickpockets, but am too trustworthy I guess. Other than that (and the very loud seagulls!) the town was easy to navigate and although windy, the breeze kept things cooler. The beach was great (with camels you could ride-touristy but fun to see) and we had some of the best food our our trip at ELIZIR, which lucky for us was just a stone's throw from our riad. Thanks Diane for all your help and to Abdul and Fouzia-Shukran/Thank You!
Tasteful and comfortable riad in a beautiful and characterfulseaside town"We stayed in the ground floor apartment and so had direct access to the garden, which was very pretty and had plenty of furniture to laze around on and eat breakfast. We didn’t discover the tortoises until about the third day,but they provided much amusement after that! The pool wasn’t full when we arrived but an email to the owner had it sorted immediately and it was nice to have a plunge in the late afternoon. The riad is beautifully furnished and has everything you need for a comfortable stay. It is built into the medina wall, down a little alley and is totally peaceful – next door were having some building work done but it didn’t really disturb us. If you wanted to cook for yourselves,the kitchen was well equipped and shopping in the local markets is fun and dirt cheap. Don’t miss the olives! After Marrakesh, Essaouira was a joy! The sea breeze and sunshine and the relaxed friendly people. We had the added bonus of a music festival – we didn’t know about it beforehand but enjoyed three or four excellent concerts. Our favourite bits were walking around the port and the ramparts, shopping in the markets, coffees and mint teas in the square, eating at Les Alizes and La Layounne restaurants and breakfasts of fresh croissants and freshly squeezed orange juice in the garden of Les Palmiers. Didn’t want to come home!" West Yorkshire11 May 2010 - J.B. - TripAdvisorPeace, privacy and fun in the heart of the medina"Riad des Palmiers is a truly charming place to stay in a quiet yet still very central location. We had a whole floor to ourselves, open at one end with a large balcony looking out to the sea. Accommodation was spacious, simple but with some lovely decorative features. We had a large bathroom with plenty of hot water and a very well equipped kitchen which was cleaned and tidied for us. We left with a very strong sense of all staff servicing the riad with enormous care, friendliness and attention to detail.Booking and transfer arrangements could not have been more straightforward. I would definitely recommend the riad, both for itself and for the fact that Essaouira is such a fun and laid back place to hang out. We very much look forward to returning." April 201
We originally wanted to stay in Riad de la Mer, but that was full, so the owner suggested this property (which they run alongside). The two are very different and whilst I think the other Riad possibly would have suited us better since it's closer to the shops/nightlife (we're a couple in our 20s/30s, no kids) Palmiers was beautiful and we had a wonderful stay there.The riad itself has been really nicely restored, with lots of quirky detailing - having stayed in some riads that felt like rather austere hotels, it was nice to see a place that had a lot of character and personal touches. It felt very homely and we had lots of room to spread around. The beds were really comfy, bathrooms are nicely done, and the resident maid (Fouzia) was amazingly attentive so the house always felt spotless (I kept finding that she'd folded all my clothes and put them away!). Having access to our own kitchen (and the terrace) meant that there was plenty of space to laze around with a book or cook your own food, which made a big difference to us since it meant there was no pressure to go out (keeping the cost down).The location is pretty stunning in that the house is actually set into the medina wall and has a great sea view. However it is set in a quiet residential area rather than the tourist district. This wasn't a great problem for us since pretty much nothing in Essaouria is more than a 10 minute walk away, but I think it would be more of a boon to a family or a group than to a young couple.Overall we had a lovely, relaxed stay and this place is a fantastic find for the price. I wouldn't hesitate to stay again - maybe we'll give Riad de la Mer a go next time!J.B., Birmingham, March 2010
We've just come back from five days in Essaouira - a great place to escape from the UK winter, so sunny and relaxing. We stayed at Riad des Palmiers and would highly recommend it. We were told it had recently been renovated - certainly it felt new and clean, with great facilities such as a kitchen in each apartment and all bedrooms with ensuite bath/shower. Plus there is a wonderful sheltered garden, a pool and upper sun terrace with sea views.The house is very tastefully done, and is full of light and sunshine (we had almost forgotten what that looked like!).No breakfast, but we found a small bakery selling freshly baked baguettes for 1 dirham and less than a minute's walk away! Essaouira itself is great - small and perfectly formed - and you can find pretty well everything within a 5 minute walk. We ate out (without breaking the bank) at a different place every day and had some really memorable meals - Taros, Elizir and Sirocco were all top-notch. We’d unhesitatingly recommend both Essaouira and Riad des Palmiers.Silvia, London
Sally, 11/10/2009We have returned from a wonderful holiday in your beautiful Riad des Palmiers. It was so nice to walk into the peaceful building and relax on the sun terrace after a hectic few days in Marrakesh. We loved being on the second floor because as you said it was a real suntrap and so nice to relax on the sun beds after hours exploring the town or just to relax 'again' after the beach. Having the Kitchen to keep drinks cool and make a tea/coffee was also appreciated. The maid was very efficient, the rooms were always tidied on our return each day. Abdul was also helpful. We would be more than happy to recommed the Riad to anyone that was thinking of going to Essouria and we will certainly tell our friends & family
Mark M., Brighton 06/10/09Just wanted to write and say that we all had a wonderful time in your Riad. You have done an amazing job on the renovations and I thought the place looked five star. Abdul was great and was always around when we needed him and nowhere to be seen when we were enjoying our privacy. The housemaid was great (sorry cant remember her name), did a great job of cleaning and cooked for us one night including two veggies and everybody agreed the food was fantastic. Your information sheet included everything we could need to know. Thank you for providing us with such a relaxing and comfortable place to stay on our holiday and we look forward to booking your Riad in the future. Many Thanks
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