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“Recommended! Moroccan with a tiny French flavour”
Review of Riad Baoussala

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Riad Baoussala
Ranked #2 of 75 Hotels in Essaouira
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 23 June 2017

We loved it! Stayed here for 10 days with our 3 children, aged 4, 2 and 11 months old.
Everything we needed and more, the kids were at ease, loved the pool, food is beyond delicious, atmosphere is really relaxed. Rental car is essential to explore the surroundings and to easily go to Essaouira. we went to the Berber market, great experience and to the waterfall. So lovely, completely off track. you will meet some goats, sheep and camels on your way.
Baoussala is a great place for your holidays. The staff will make your stay perfect. they are so warm and friendly. We felt instantly at home. Oh and the food is soooo good, made with love! The starters and desserts with a (little) French twist, the mains pure Moroccan, love love love it! Breakfasts are made from scratch with a lot of love and attention. Children get a lot of attention and ours felt so at ease!
This is the place you want to stay at in Essaouria!
we will definitely go again some day, hopefully soon :)

Room Tip: For families the Suite Marabout is perfect
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  • Stayed: May 2017, travelled with family
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dominiquebaoussala, Propriétaire at Riad Baoussala, responded to this reviewResponded 16 August 2017

Thank you for your nice words about your stay, we love having children at home, I run my place since 17years, and I really know that's a paradise for children.... so everybody is happy!!!
We hope to welcome you again some day later on...take your time, we stay here!!!
Warm regards,
Dominique , Léah and the whole staff

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Reviewed 22 June 2017

My family (4 kids, husband) and I have had a magical holiday at Riad Baoussala. We stayed for 5 days and enjoyed great lunches and dinners prepared by lovely Loubna, and served by wonderful Rachid. All off the staff were very friendly and made a lot of effort in taking care of us. The rooms are big and comfortable. And very nicely decorated. Essaouira is only a little drive away. The riad arranges your taxi, the drivers are very helpful, friendly and accurate. The swimming pool area is also really lovely, relaxing you can do everywhere on the premises.There are little corners, in the shade, hammocks, comfortable chairs... And if you're lucky you also get to cuddle with the donkeys! My husband turned 50 while we were staying in the riad and all of the staff have made this an unforgettable and loving experience for us. Returning as soon as we can!

  • Stayed: May 2017, travelled with family
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dominiquebaoussala, Propriétaire at Riad Baoussala, responded to this reviewResponded 16 August 2017

Thank you so much for your review, I was not here, and I am really happy to read such nice words about your stay with us.
As you will come back , I will be happy to meet you next time for another lovely experience:)
With my best wishes,
Dominique and the whole staff!

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Reviewed 14 June 2017

It was absolutely amazing. My family had a perfect, very impressive time staying at this wonderful riad.
The riad was decorated with exquisite taste and was clean. The garden was full with beautiful plants, the swimminpool was very clean. Each day started with delicious breakfast, the dinner was very diversified. Our wishes were satisfied. Rashid, Lubna, Simon and other employee took very good care of us, they are very child-friendly people. Dominique is very mindful host. We felt very wellcomed.

It was nothing to improve.
Thank you so much, Dominique! We definitely recommend this Riad and hope to come again.

Room Tip: To explore the nice scenery you nead a car.
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  • Stayed: June 2017, travelled with family
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dominiquebaoussala, Propriétaire at Riad Baoussala, responded to this reviewResponded 15 June 2017

It's a real pleasure to read your review, you told me that you were happy here during your stay, and the details you add are another proof. We were also happy to meet you , as you know I feel so much better with happy guests around me!
We will see you again!
Thank you for having chosen Baoussala
Kind regards,
Dominique, Rachid, Loubna et Simo

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Reviewed 14 June 2017

Everywhere you look in this place is beauty. It has a great atmosphere and a friendly and helpful staff. Food is delicious, rooms are tastefully designed and the pool is long so you can have a real good swim. The garden is well taken care off and the sunset on the roof terrace very beautifull. The owner, Dominique makes you feel at home and is always in for a good laugh.

Room Tip: We were in the Hammam suite and it was perfect!
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  • Stayed: June 2017, travelled with friends
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dominiquebaoussala, Propriétaire at Riad Baoussala, responded to this reviewResponded 15 June 2017

Dear Julika,

Thank you so much for your review, the little theater is empty without you....;)
It was nice meeting you and Ilonka , Ihope you'll be back, and for sure we would be glad to welcome people for writing or musicians as you suggested.
Warm regards,
Dominique, Rachid, Loubna

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Reviewed 13 June 2017

This is my second attempt at providing a review of our experience here. The owner/manager had my first review removed.
To be to the point, we were not told to plug in a device to repel mosquitos and so we spent the first night with them buzzing in our ears and biting us. Screens were put on the windows the next day as they were full of holes. I asked for a net, but you can see from the photo it had a huge hole in it. In addition to the mosquitos were barking dogs.
My bed was on a palet on the floor as you can see in the photo, not something I expected paying 115 euros a night ($130).
The shower was moldy and the floor tiles cracked. The room was dirty.
In addition to these frustrations this place is located 15 minutes a $10 taxi ride each way to town, this made planning meals difficult. You have to reserve 12 hours ahead to eat here so if you are in town get tired and prefer to go back and dine it's not an option if you didn't reserve ahead. We spent $40 in 12 hours just in taxi fare.
Unlike everywhere else we traveled in our 3 weeks in Morocco, we did not find the service here to be guest oriented.
We booked our stay based on the overwhelming number of great reviews and we were very disappointed to say the least. I am a guest house owner myself in rural Mexico, so I understand the challenges involved. I also know many people rely on honest opinions of other travelers. I have provided my honest experience here with photos and only hope that this time it will actually be allowed to appear.

Stayed: May 2017
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dominiquebaoussala, Propriétaire at Riad Baoussala, responded to this reviewResponded 14 June 2017

First of all, I feel really sorry to know that you have such a bad souvenir of your stay in Baoussala. I was not here, and I am touched by your words, I do understand and regret that you feel so uncomfortable .
Despite of my comprehension , I would like to precise a few things.
Rachid is absolutely certain to to have informed you to plug again mosquitos, so I dont' know who I have to believe . You slept with the door opened, that's totally your right, but in that case what can we do against mosquitos?. I dont' wish to go in the polemics words, so I will stop here, after precising that it's not me who took off your first review, but a decision of tripadvisor,who is respecting most of the reviews.
So , I wish you the best with your guest house in Mexico, since 17 years, I am happy to run Baoussala with my heart and professionalism , and I can't be prefect.. if it means something to be perfect.
I will go ahead in the same way, and will be careful , as I am always concerning by the " bien-être" of all my guests.



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Reviewed 9 June 2017 via mobile

We had such a brilliant and memorable stay at Baoussala. Dominique and Leah were so welcoming, and made us feel really at home. They are two wonderful ladies who helped with any request we had. They also have an incredible staff, Rashid was awesome, he was so warm and attentive every day, which can't have been easy during Ramadan. The food cooked by Lubna was beautiful, clearly made with love and was actually the best food we had in Morocco, which is saying something as we visited some of the highest rated restaurants on trip advisor.

It is a truly magical place, a little oasis of peace and tranquility, with stunning details in decor, wonderful friendly animals (the dogs and donkey who thinks he's a dog especially!!) and I can see why people go back there year after year, as testified by some of the people staying there during our visit.

Thank you so much to all at Baoussala, you made our first time in Morocco such a memorable one xxxx

Stayed: June 2017, travelled as a couple
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dominiquebaoussala, Propriétaire at Riad Baoussala, responded to this reviewResponded 10 June 2017

We are really happy that you have such a good memory of your stay at Baoussala, maybe you will be one of our guests coming regularly like Polly, Christine, Jenny that you met during your stay...!!!!
Thank you so much for your kind words,I do appreciate.
Rachid has a big heart...that's a fantastic quality and I am very happy to work with him since 12 years. The whole staff is like my family and Baoussala vibes come from them for a big part.
We wish you the best,
Warm regards from all of us
Dominique

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Reviewed 7 June 2017

This is our third holiday at Riad Baousalla, and each time we go there, we are even more impressed. The hotel is so relaxing, the staff incredibly welcoming, the food delicious. If you want a super relaxing and restorative time, with family, with friends, or romantically, then this is the place for you. It caters for every kind of holiday maker - and the staff feel like family by the time you leave. They make you feel so special. We will definitely be returning for many years to come. The outdoor cinema is a brilliant idea, and there are many different spaces so even when the hotel is full, it feels peaceful and as though you;re the only people there. It is the perfect holiday.

Room Tip: every room is gorgeous.
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  • Stayed: May 2017, travelled with family
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dominiquebaoussala, Propriétaire at Riad Baoussala, responded to this reviewResponded 8 June 2017

You know how nice it's for me to share Baoussala in that way, with great people!!!
You came and came back and will be back...We are very lucky.!
Thank you again for your fidelity.
Warm regards,
Dominique

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Address: Douar El Ghazoua, Essaouira 44000, Morocco
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Region: Morocco > Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region > Essaouira
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#2 Family Hotel in Essaouira
#3 Romantic Hotel in Essaouira
Price Range: $151 - $260 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Riad Baoussala 3.5*
Number of rooms: 7
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Riad Baoussala is a lovely house situated in the nature, 9 kilometers south of Essaouira, and near by the wild beaches of Sidi Kaouki. This charming hotel is composed of 3 rooms and 3 suites, all differents, comfortables and stylish, they offer a quiet and peacefull atmosphere.From the gardens to the roof terraces, the pool to the Hammam, with your family of just as a couple, the Riad Baoussala is the perfect place to chill out and enjoy a stay near Essaouira.The pool is now heated at 28° all year arround thanks to an ecologique system. We offer a free access to the Hammam and we propose scrubs and massages upon request.Dominique, Leah and their team welcome you in this uncommom place where modernity and tradition are mixed for your pleasure! ... more   less 
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