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“Exceptional” 5 of 5 stars
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Riad Al Badia
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   135 Derb Ahl Souss | Berrima, Marrakech 40040, Morocco   |  
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Ranked #22 of 490 Hotels in Marrakech
London
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7 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Exceptional”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2012

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!

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
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3 Thank Croydonguys
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RiadAlBadiaMarrakech, Gérant at Riad Al Badia, responded to this review, May 24, 2012
Dear Mark,
We all would like to thank you so much for your lovely message and for your stay. It was such a delight for us to receive you both at Riad Al Badia, we keep a very live and warm souvenir of your stay with us. We did appreciate very much your delicacy, your smiles and happyness every day, your extreme kindness with everyone of us, it was just pure delightful moments having you at the riad. We all wish to express our heartelt gratitude for eveything and we hope to see you again soon, this will be a true pleasure for us. take good care of both of you
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Liverpool
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2012

We booked this Riad on the strength of previous reviews here and were not disappointed. Sadly we only had two days of our five day holiday before my sister and I both went down with a bug (nothing to do with the hotel) which caused a severe stomach upset. We spent the next three days feeling totally exhausted, either in bed or on the hotel terrace. The staff could not have been more considerate. The lovely Laurent came to see why we had not appeared and said how worried all the staff had been. They tried to suggest things we might feel like eating and provided lovely home made broth to tempt our appetites.

Previous to that they made every effort to help us find our way round Marrakech. Laurent took us in detail through the map and was very knowledgeable on the history, sights and customs that we would find most useful. He booked restaurants for us and walked with us to find a taxi. Ahmed, one of the other managers was just as considerate in helping with our well being and making sure we were always as comfortable as possible.

I have seldom encountered such a high level of personal service anywhere; the staff told us we were like family to them and treated us as honoured guests. The terrace was a haven of tranquillity when we felt ill and if we return to Marrakech, we would definitely stay there again.

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled with friends
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RiadAlBadiaMarrakech, Gérant at Riad Al Badia, responded to this review, March 16, 2012
Dearest Carmel & Veronica, Thank you so much for such a touching message that went straight to our hearts. We hope you completely recovered now. We keep such an emotional souvenir of your stay, this was again such a beautifull meeting, thank you for your sense of humor, your extreme kindness with everyone of us, your smiles and interest in our culture, our eveyday way of life and your new itinaries and discovers will remain in my memory. We felt so sad that you spent these few days badly and we hope this is over now. We will remember you as lovely persons. Your are definitely part of the "big extended Riad Al Badia Family" and whenever you want to come back, you will always be more than welcome, we find the terrace really empty since you left ! Our heartfelt gratitude for everything, you are part of our memories. Take good care of both of you now.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 29, 2012

This was the perfect place to base ourselves for a long weekend in Marrakech. The welcome and service from all the staff was brilliant, in particular Ahmed, who introduced us to the Riad and Marrakech over mint tea and homemade cakes on arrival and even guided us into the city to set us on our way. The riad was the perfect antedote to the bustling city - calm and luxurious. Freshly-prepared breakfasts on the terrace were a delight and there was no worrying about missing breakfast hours as the food was always ready at the moment we were. We dined in one evening and enjoyed a lovely Moroccan three course meal. We can't reccommend this place more highly.

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
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4 Thank JanenClare
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RiadAlBadiaMarrakech, Manager at Riad Al Badia, responded to this review, March 12, 2012
Dear Jane, dear Clare, thank you so much for such a touching message, that went straight to our hearts.This was a true delight having you these few days, you have been so lovely with everyone at the riad, we can not thank you enought. You entered our hearts and I will remain. Take good care of both of you and we hope to have the pleasure of seeing you again.
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Rugby, England, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2012

We have just arrived home from an amazing break at the Riad Al Badia. The staff are amazing they treat you so well and nothing is too much trouble from the minute you arrive. The welcome drink and treats are great and being shown round to start with is a great start to find your way around. The hotel is like a magical secret place beautifully furnished and having breakfast on the terrrace every morning was a real treat. The food and we are real foodies is amazing we ate twice in the evening and both meals were superb well worth staying in for . There is nothing negative to say about the Riad and the staff it is just perfect well done to Amil Laurant and the other staff for their high standards and treating us like family in the most sincere way. We miss you already

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  • Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
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5 Thank Sarah B
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RiadAlBadiaMarrakech, Manager at Riad Al Badia, responded to this review, March 12, 2012
Dear Sarah, dear Paul, we all wish to thank you for your so lovely message. We were so pleased to have you at the riad, especially for Paul's birthday ! We wish to thank you for having been so nice with everyone of us here, always so smiling and enthiusisatics, your happiness was a delight. Thank you so for everything, we wish you both all the best for the nearest future and we hope to see you again soon. Take good care of both of you and your small family.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2012

We arrived at the Riad at 2 am after flight delays, but were welcomed with tea and cakes and all the information we needed for our stay. We had our own transport, and did have difficulty finding the Riad, but once we found it, the location was brilliant.
The room was small, but perfectly clean, well furnished and full of charm.
Breakfast was served 'when we were ready' on the roof terrace. The breakfast matched the rest of the riad and was lovely. Laurent greeted us over breakfast and later walked us into the main square, sharing information on the area as we went.
Our stay was very short, but a perfect start to our holiday. The rooms, food and service were faultless and for all this, the price was a bargain.
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  • Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2012

My girlfriend and I stayed for a week in Riad Al Badia in the old city (Medina) of Marrakech and couldn't have been happier! Although it has good location (walking distance of all the sights) what stood out was the friendliness & helpfulness of the staff. They went the extra mile to make it a good and easy stay for us, which in a sometimes frantic environment like Marrakech made a world of difference. It was a blessing knowing we had a hassle-free and relaxing oasis of calm waiting for us whenever the hustle and bustle got too much!

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
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2 Thank TN1983
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Darmstadt, Germany
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2012

A cold and wet January evening in Germany leaves me longing for the sunshine of Marrakech in October and the warm welcome we received from Laurent and all the staff at Al Badia. As a family of four we found it difficult to find a riad which could accommodate all of us in one room, but at Al Badia they managed to do this in the lovely Perle room by adding a fold-up bed, which fit our seven year old son just fine. Like so many other visitors, I agonised over which Riad to choose but am delighted to have chosen Al Badia for so many reasons. The immaculate rooms, the tasteful decor, the unforgettable aroma of Samira's amazing food and Laurent's friendly reassuring presence made this a vacation we, and especially our children, will remember and cherish for always.

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled with family
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Address: 135 Derb Ahl Souss | Berrima, Marrakech 40040, Morocco
Location: Morocco > Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region > Marrakech
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#9 Luxury Hotel in Marrakech
#18 Family Hotel in Marrakech
#27 Romantic Hotel in Marrakech
Price Range (Based on Average Rates):
Hotel Class:4 star — Riad Al Badia 4*
Number of rooms: 6
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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