10 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
"This is a lovely Riad and really good value for money. We travelled with our two children (aged 1 and 3) and the hotel staff were most accommodating and provided a really good quality travel cot for the youngest. They were also happy to provide an early supper for the kids in the restaurant. The hotel is about 20 mins walk along the beach from the town centre but the area feels really safe and quiet at night. The hotel was full when we were there so definitely book in advance."
- Travel date: Wed 26th of September 2007
Riad Zahra is a good family run hotel
"I stayed at this hotel from the 9th-13 Sept. I found the owners and staff very friendly and very helpful. The room was large and very clean and had a seaview. The food was good and very reasonably priced. It is not a luxury hotel but was comfortable and I think we paid a fair price.
I would stay there again"
- Travel date: Thu 13th of September 2007
Mauvais rapport qualitÃ©/prix
"Nous avons sÃ©journÃ© 5 nuits au Riad Zhara et malheureusement nous avons Ã©tÃ© trÃ¨s dÃ©Ã§us. Dommage qu'il n'y ait pas vraiment eu d'alternative en cette pÃ©riode trÃ¨s achalandÃ©e.
L'hÃ´tel apparaÃ®t joli sur le site web mais c'est trÃ¨s bruyant: le bruit se rÃ©percute dans l'escalier, les portes claquent Ã cause de courants d'air, une trÃ¨s grosse construction est en cours juste Ã cÃ´tÃ© et les travaux ont mÃªme commencÃ© un matin Ã 6 h. Si vous espÃ©rez vous dÃ©tendre Ã la piscine, cela pourrait Ãªtre au son des marteaux-piqueurs.
De plus, certaines journÃ©es et dans certaines chambres il y a des odeurs nausÃ©abondes dans les salles de bain (refoulement d'Ã©goÃ»ts?). Nous avons constatÃ© la prÃ©sence de moisissures. Et si vous avez le malheur de vous plaindre, prÃ©parez-vous Ã faire face Ã la grande arrogance des nouveaux propriÃ©taires. Heureusement que les employÃ©s sont trÃ¨s gentils.
Le prix demandÃ© (700 dirhams) n'est pas justifiÃ©.
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- Travel date: Mon 10th of September 2007
A nice walk to town
"My advice to anyone travelling to Essaouira is to take the Supratours bus - the local bus is hot, dirty and takes absolutely ages. We arrived hot and tired at Zahra. The staff were great, very helpful after a long day.
Zahra is a good 15-20 walk to the main centre of town. Don't be put off by this! It is completely flat and you can walk along the beach. We actually enjoyed walking along the beach back to our room every night after indulging in a huge dinner (walked off the tagine belly!). If you walk away from the town you can explore the dunes - they were shooting some kind of crusades film there while we were wandering about.
The riad staff were great, the food was very good, the pool was lovely."
- Travel date: Thu 4th of January 2007
A good choice but a bit of a walk
"My partner and I spent 3 nights at Riad Zahra between Christmas and New Year and were very pleased with our choice: it's attractive, the price was very reasonable, everyone was very welcoming, the room was spacious and there's a bar! We ate there one night and it's a nice environment and the food was reasonable; a more than adequate option if you don't fancy the trek into the medina.
It was nice to have a pool although we only sat by it for a couple of hours to relax.
The only negative was that it was a bit bright in our room and the morning prayers seemed very loud but it takes a lot to avoid them I think! Also worth noting that it was pretty cold inside and there's no heating in the rooms. But I think that's quite normal.
I'd say it's more like a 15 minute walk from the Medina (and we walk at a good pace) and although it's a pleasant walk alongside the beach during the day, we felt more comfortable taking a taxi in the evenings as it is a quiet part of town and quite dark! It's only 12 - 15 dirhams though and they'll book one at reception so no hassle."
- Travel date: Thu 4th of January 2007
"I've just come back from a week at the Riad Zahra and I'm afraid I was rather disappointed. It looks very pretty in the pictures, but I found it noisy and uncomfortable. The hot water was erratic and when it rained several of the rooms flooded. I actually checked out earlier than planned. Bring ear-plugs and a sense of humour !"
- Travel date: Tue 31st of October 2006
A comfortable affordable riad with very friendly and helpful staff
"The staff at Riad Zahra in Essaouria were incredibly friendly, helpful and went out of their way to make our stay more comfortable. We liked it so much that we lengthened our stay. The prices are very cheap, the food is delicious and served in the colourful bar/restaurant area by the pool. We couldn't have found a better riad in Essaouira I'm sure, it was a five or ten minute walk along the coast from the medina - but we liked being in a quieter part of town. I would recommend it to anyone who fancies a stay in Essaouira - we really enjoyed our time there. They also organised a hire car for us which was great, so we drove to Oualidia one day, the beach there is much better for sunbathing."
- Travel date: Wed 13th of September 2006
Riad Zahra Mogador
"Riad Zahra, this place is a real find. We stayed there B&B for an excellent week's family seaside holiday, recently. We found it very friendly, with good food at lunch and dinner. The place is popular with surfers, windsurfers, kite surfers, French walkers and travellers interrupting their busy itinerary for some relaxing sea air. The rooms are clean, functional, furnished & decorated in modern Moroccan. Our room next to the roof terrace, on the top floor, had excellent views of the splendid beach. The bar and dining room overlook a decent unheated patio pool, long enough for a wake-up dip, and pleasant enough to amuse children, for hours. The hotel kindly arranged taxi transfers to and from Marrakech, to connect with our flights with Atlas Blue. For the faint hearted there are long distance buses, city centre to centre. In our experience the Atlas Blue flights changed without warning and without advice. Riad Zahra seemed to be full throughout our stay, luckily we had booked well in advance."
- Travel date: Mon 4th of September 2006
"This is a great ryad. The place has been beautifully yet simply decorated and is almost like staying in someones (very large) home. It is traditional yet has all the home comforts including great hot power showers. The staff are wonderful, really welcoming and helpful. The lovely pool is a welcome respite from the fairly relentless winds. The food is amazing esp in the evenings, their tagines were superb. It is 15 minutes walk from town but it seems like a very safe walk and is also very beautiful. Taxis cost between 30p and Â£1 at night so it's really easy to get around.
Taxis from Agadir airport cost 700DH (appx Â£40) and can seat 5 plus baggage (at a push!)
Essaouira is a beautiful town, worthy of a weeks stay, amble through the Medina and the ramparts. Eat at the amazing Taros restaurant with its fantastic rooftop bar and creme brulee! Barter your heart out at the mini souks - prices are as good as, if not better than MArrakech.
Relax and Enjoy!"
- Travel date: Tue 25th of April 2006
"We had a lovely stay at Hotel Riad Zahra. The hotel is quite small and the owners are extremely helpful and friendly and speak good English. We had a lovely en suite room and the hotel has a sheltered pool and balcony.
The food here was lovely and not too expensive to eat in the hotel. Breakfasts were amazing!
The hotel is right on the outskirts of the town about a mile and a half walk from the medina along the beach but we found that we enjoyed the exercise and if we wanted to get a taxi at night it only cost about 5 Dh to get back.
We would definitely recommend it!!"
- Travel date: Tue 16th of August 2005