10 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
The Fabulous Ryad Watier
"We recently stayed at Ryad Watier in Essaouira. We can honestly say that it was the best ryad we stayed in our 2 weeks in Morocco. The setting is beautiful, the rooms spacious and well decorated, the rooftop patio is spectacular (for breakfast), and best is the owner and host, Jean-Gabriel. He is gracious, helpful, fun to be with, and made our stay most enjoyable. He speaks several languages, including English. We highly recommend this ryad and Jean-Gabriel to fellow travelers. Ken and Carmen Barnes"
- Travel date: 8th June 2007
The perfect place in Essaouira
"The first time i was here was with a friend of mine. We had the room with the terrace and it was perfect. The rooms are all bright and airy, the bathrooms are modern and clean and the bedsheets are very nice (Im really picky about my sheets). I loved taking breakfast on the roof and enjoying the view of the port and the tops of the houses. Jean Gabriel was a wonderful and gracious host. We stayed again a few weeks later when we were back in town after a bad experience at another hotel. Again we were in a lovely room with all the postiive comments the same as before. I highly recommend this place to anyone who wants a true essaouira experience. Its laid back, friendly, good food, clean rooms, fabulous location AND reasonably priced. It doesnt get any better than this."
- Travel date: 4th June 2007
Amazing Riad in a fab location
"Hi, My boyfriend and I travelled to Morocco on the 22nd April to spend 6 nights in Essauoria and 3 nights in Marrakesh. We booked our holiday through a company called Naturally Morocco who i would highly recommend. On arriving at the Riad Watier we were impressed by the welcome from Jean Gabriel who showed us around the Riad and then bought us a beer to our room. He also ensured that we had fresh filtered water available. We stayed in the Fares suite which was on the first floor. I would higly recommend it as it was huge and had a seperate living area and a dressing table area. The bathroom was lovely and the shower was fantastic with hot water at all times. The bed was a king size at least but didnt make the bedroom feel small. Jean Gabriel then showed us how to find our Riad again and made a reservation for us at a local resturant. Throughout our stay JG and his staff were friendly and helpful and were full of smiles for us when we passed them in the hall. The moroccan breakfasts were delicious and didnt finish until 11.00 which is a bonus as i do like to sleep late on holiday!! My only complaint would be that it was too windy for us to take advantage of the roof terrace as it has no shelter but in the summer months it would probably be perfect. The Riad is in a perfect location in the heart of the medina and all the shops and resturants are at most a 5 minute walk away. The harbour and beach is probably a 10 minute walk. I would highly recommend this Riad to anyone wanting to spend time in Essauoria. Its just a shame that our Riad in Marrekesh couldnt live up to the same standard!!!"
- Travel date: 3rd May 2007
Great riad, great destination
"I stayed at Riad Watier for 2 nights in early April. This riad, and indeed Essaouira, was amongst the highlights of a week in Morocco. The riad was even more eye-catching in person than the photos on the website. On arrival Jean-Gabriel showed us to our room and gave us a tour of the amenities. It's a wonderful space, changing personality with the light at different times of the day. Our room was huge (we stayed in Suite Watier) and with our own private terrace. Breakfasts were great, and served on the terrace with the most beautiful view of the Atlantic and rooftops of the medina. Jean-Gabriel also recommended some restaurants in the medina for us for dinner (which were wonderful) and made sure we would be able to find our way back. We found nothing wanting from him or his extremely thoughtful staff. My friend and I, two women, were in the midst of travelling on our own around Morocco, and had our ups and downs as such, prior to reaching Essaouira. We felt at home at the riad from the moment we entered, and the tips we had for the medina ensured we thoroughly enjoyed our stay. Shame we hadn't booked for longer!!"
- Travel date: 19th April 2007
Lovely Riad with friendly and helpful staff
"Riad Watier is a beautiful and well-run riad situated in the heart of the medina of Essaouira. The host, Jean Gabriel, was very helpful and attentive, making it a pleasure to stay there. He was also very helpful by email when we were booking our stay. Our suite (Cornut) was very spacious. We would definitely recommend staying in Riad Watier and will definitely stay there again when we return to Essaouira. Thanks Jean-Gabriel!"
- Travel date: 18th March 2007
A great option for Essaouira...
"Riad Watier is a great option for Essaouira - and is more competitively priced than many comparable riads in Marrakech (we stayed in the Pepe Rotto suite at EUR105 per night, for a double). The main pluses were: - The friendliness of the owner - we recommend joining him one night of your stay for dinner! - The tastefully designed suites - Breakfast on the roof - And the general laid-back atmosphere of Essaouira after the hectic nature of Marrakech!"
- Travel date: 2nd January 2007
"Being slightly apprehensive about staying for 14 nights, I wanted to make sure that my choice of accommodation would offer a relaxing, ambient and friendly environment. I made contact via email to arrange a transfer from Marrakesh Airport to Essauoria (3 hour taxi drive). I would highly recommend doing this as I got a good price through the Riad and could only imagine getting ripped off by the Marrakesh taxi drivers if I chose otherwise. Upon arrival at the Riad, we were pleasantly surprised by the ambiance and originality of the interiors. It all seemed authentic compared to the over engineered Riads I had looked at. The bedroom was a decent size with big clean beds with white cotton sheets. After the first few days, John-Gabriel (JG) very kindly moved us from Suite Messaouda to Suite Cornut, as he thought we would find the room more peaceful if we were staying for 2 weeks. Indeed it was. Our original room was occasionally noisy at night time, but did not bother us. We had a great first week sunbathing on the roof terrace and exploring the city, with the second week spent shopping, fishing with JG and exploring the beaches of Sidi Kaouki (which JG kindly drove us to). In summary, I would recommend this place to my friends and family. The fact that JG is one of a handful of people that actually lives in his guesthouse/Riad really shows in the staff and atmosphere. If you're looking for a 5 star Riad with waiters and a swanky bistro, look elsewhere. If you're looking for something authentic, original, clean and relaxing, whilst being surrounded by some top personalities, then this is the place for you... Thanks to JG and his team for all their hospitality. I will defiantly be making a return visit. Jon Leverrier United Kingdom"
- Travel date: 28th November 2006
Fantastic and Homey Ryad
"We just returned from 3 nights in the Pere Jego suite at the Ryad Watier and greatly enjoyed our visit. The suite is a very large duplex with two bedrooms and a fireplace, and the ryad is very conveniently located in the heart of the medina. After Marrakech and Fes we figured the Essaouira medina would be easy to navigate upon arrival, but then got lost, so we would definitely recommend asking a baggage attendant in the parking lot to lead you to the ryad. Once there, it is an oasis of calm, with a library, sitting room, patio and rooftop terraces (one for breakfast and one for sunning). And the rest of the charming town is only steps away. Jean-Gabriel and his staff are all incredibly warm and welcoming. In fact, Jean-Gabriel gave us a walking tour of the medina so that we could get our bearings, and then we'd occassionally run into him around town during the rest of the stay. A wonderful ryad in a fantastic town -- we never wanted to leave."
- Travel date: 20th November 2006
"Just returned staying 2 nights at Ryad Watier with our 2 kids. After staying 5 nights at Sofitel hotel( which we didn't like) ,Ryad Watier was the perfect place to relax. Kids loved it too as it felt just like home. All the staff are extremly friendly, polite, very efficient. Delicious 3 course meals, lady cook was smiling all the time. My husband even got some lessons in cookery as he loved her food so much.We had Lakdar suite, really big room, our little girl had her room on upper level, which she really loved. Clean rooms, fresh white linen lovely lightings. Bathroom & separate toilet felt very small but very clean. Breakfast is served on the terrace & you could see & hear the beach, stunning views indeed.Jean- Gabriel (owner) has done fantastic job with transforming the place into calm oasis. We 'll definetely go back again."
- Travel date: 6th November 2006
Best riad in Essaouira
"The best riad in Essaouira; Jean-Gabriel & staff are wonderful hosts, the location is perfect, & the rooms are beautiful. Should not be missed!"
- Travel date: 28th October 2006
Riad Watier is also called
- riad watier essaouira
- riad watier hotel essaouira