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Riad Watier

Essaouira & the Coast

Rating: Mid-range    

Riad Watier overview

In the heart of Essaouira's medina, the 10 individually-decorated rooms of the Riad Watier are set within a beautifully-restored schoolhouse.

Behind the traditional entrance, Riad Watier is built on four levels, rising to two roof terraces opening to the ocean. Inside, a hamman offers traditional massages and an excellent library holds over 2,000 volumes.

The Riad has been renovated throughout in keeping with Moroccan tradition, allowing artisans to use authentic techniques to create a uniquely charming living space.

There are many spaces for relaxation within the passageways of the interior patio, which leads to a small garden.

The staff here are attentive and efficient.


Open:  Riad Watier is open all year.

Location:  Riad Watier is located in the medina in Essaouira, a 5-minute walk from the beach and close to restaurants and shops.

Rooms:  There are 7 suites and 3 master suites, traditionally decorated and furnished, all with en-suite bathrooms. The master suites have 2 bedrooms so are ideal for families. Some rooms have balconies.  

Activities:  Exploring Essaouira with its port, medina, souks, cafes, restaurants, fortress and beach. The riad can arrange various local excursions and activities such as horse riding, language classes and calligraphy.

Facilities:  There are indoor lounges, a dining room, library, courtyard, small garden, bar and outdoor terraces with views of the sea, all arranged over 4 floors. CDs can be played on the music system in one of the lounges. Riad Watier has a hammam and a library. The riad serves Moroccan cuisine. The continental breakfast is served on the rooftop terraces. Dinner is available on request.

Dining:  Breakfast is taken at individual tables. Dinner (on request) is served at a communal table.

Children:  Children of all ages are welcome.

Communication:  There is Wi-Fi internet access in public areas. 

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client reviews

Ms. Renuka Soley (19/08/2013)

"This Riad is clean and comfortable with a good location on the Medina but it is very noisy."

Charles Brent Geffen (28/10/2011)
"The first stop and was impressed, but looking back after the other 3 places we went to - this was good but not excellent. Lovely breakfasts on the roof terrace. We had a 2 room apartment like section and if our third friend had made this part of the trip privacy could have been problematical. Still loved it though."
John Laver (23/02/2011)
"By now the weather was cooperating. The Owner is French and a rugby fanatic. Whilst we were there he went to Paris for the week-end to watch the France-Wales Rugby International"
Joanne Parker (26/10/2010)
"We really felt comfortable here. A friendly, relaxed atmosphere, where you felt like you were coming home to old friends. A wonderful restoration of the buildings with many original pieces still present. Great location! And we appreciated the room set up. Boys up stairs in a loft room, us down stairs with a nice sitting room."
Dawn Waitt (17/07/2010)
"Another super Riad. Tastefully restored and decorated. Family atmosphere created by our host, Jean, and his staff. Very helpful and friendly too. Really made us feel at home. "

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