I cannot speak highly enough of the welcome and service we received from Laurent, Ahmed and all the staff at Riad Al Badia. Nothing was too much trouble and their care and concern was exceptional.
As arranged a driver was at the airport to transfer us to the Riad (about a 10-15 minute drive) which is located in a quite back street in the Palace district of the southern part of the medina. On arrival Ahmed sat us down with some refreshing mint tea and pointed out all the main sights on a map. On our first venture out he accompanied us to the nearby square to help us get our bearings and show us the route to the Jemaa el Fna square, about a 10 minute walk away.
We had the Ambre room which is located at the top of the Riad, on the roof terrace. It was simply but stylishly furnished, very clean, air-conditioned and the double-bed was large and comfortable. There was sufficient hanging space, a chest of drawers and a safe. The bathroom was decorated with Moroccan tiles, with a large walk-in shower. The terrace outside (for the use of all residents) afforded views over the city and to the Atlas Mountains. Free Wi-Fi is available in the Riad but does not reach up to the terrace – we did not find this a problem however since it was pleasant to sit around the plunge pool on the ground floor when accessing our emails, etc. The ample breakfast of breads, pastries, fresh orange juice, mint tea and coffee set us up perfectly for the day.
Marrakech is a busy, bustling city which might be slightly intimidating to a first time visitor. The Riad and the wonderful staff are a tranquil haven and guiding presence to make sure you get the most out of your stay. Laurent gave us tips on what to see and how to get there, arranged taxis and even went out to the Supratours bus station himself to purchase coach tickets for our transfer to Agadir – he would not take any payment for this service and said he wanted us to enjoy our time sightseeing rather than taking a trip out to the coach station – amazing service!
We ate out at some lovely places and I would recommend Pepe Nero (which I booked in advance through TopTable!), Café Arabe, either restaurant at La Maison Arabe (the Trois Saveurs restaurant was beautiful and make sure you have a drink in the piano bar before), La Salama (just of the main square), lunch around the pool at the Palais Donab and a great find for lunch on the edge of the souk near the Madersa was Le Jardin (rabbits and tortoises wandering around in the gardens – www.lejardin.ma). I would also highly recommend having dinner in the Riad where Salma prepared a delicious traditionally festive Moroccan dinner.
In conclusion I would have no hesitation in recommending Riad Al Badia and would certainly return again!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Riad Al Badia is located in the southern part of the Medina, in the district of Berrima, the district of the storks and the palaces. Riad Al Badia offers six rooms of three different categories, a lounge, a dining room, a patio with refreshing bassin -swimming pool and two terraces. Riad Al Badia offers a Moroccan experience through its hospitality, the opportunity to discover our oriental culture, our traditional and fresh home-made Moroccan cuisine at «La Table Al Badia» but also the traditional Moroccan materials, such as bejmat, zellij or tadelakt used in the decoration of Riad Al Badia and finally, we do provide a daily assistance to let you apprehend Marrakech and Southern of Morocco. Staying at Riad Al Badia is to discover and to experience the genuine Morocco where the "Tailor-Made" service is our daily philosophy. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Riad Al Badia Hotel Marrakech