Anyone looking at the reviews for this Riad may have noticed that it is very highly praised, and for good reason, I can only echo and add to the sentiments of previous reviews….
My husband and I visited Marrakech to celebrate my 40th Birthday, and we chose Riad al Badia because it sounded amazing……It was!
From the moment we arrived to the second we (sadly) left Laurent and his team did everything possible and more, to ensure our visit to his Riad and to his city of Marrakech was an unforgettable and fantastic experience.
When the front door opens and a delicious waft of scented oils caress your senses, we knew that this was definitely the place for us - it is calm and serene the moment you walk in, a haven from the heat and crowds in the Medina.
The Riad is spotlessly clean and very tastefully appointed with great attention to detail; the décor is contemporary Moroccan.
It is very well situated for all the sights of the Medina. It is approximately a 10-minute walk to Jemaa el Fna, and the Souks with fascinating sights, smells and sounds along the way. 5 minute walk to El Badi Palace, Place des Ferblantiers, and about 7 minutes to Bahia Palace and the Mellah.
But what really makes Riad Al Badia outstanding is the excellent customer service; from the first moment when we arrived to a very warm and friendly greeting accompanied by Moroccan Mint tea and little pastries, and a divine Moroccan evening meal prepared by Samira. (We highly recommend you dine at the Riad, by pre-arrangement, the food is delicious and the ambience of dining on the rooftop terrace is lovely)
We stayed in the Emeraude room, on the Terrace floor; it opened directly onto the terrace where we had breakfast each morning. The room was very clean, simple and elegantly furnished, the bed was very comfortable, and we had a safe too. The bathroom was delightful, quite traditional sink unit, lots of lovely toiletries, with little wooden double doors leading into it, the shower was large and very good, always hot.
Breakfast consisted of breads and pastry items; and an absolutely delicious home made yoghurt – which was my highlight! Freshly squeezed orange juice, mint tea and regular tea and very good coffee. It was quite a simple breakfast, but for me it was more than enough, particularly as you don’t tend to want lots of stodgy food when it’s very hot.
On our first morning, Laurent The Manager gave us a very comprehensive lesson and map of the main sights, he spent time explaining where things were, what there was to see, what to expect in different situations, he also was able to tell us about various restaurants and eateries. This was followed by Laurent accompanying us on a walk to Place des Ferblantiers, to help us orientate ourselves with the maze of alleyways! Can you seriously imagine any hotelier in the UK or anywhere in Europe taking the time to personally help you find your way round, and feel at ease in their city?
It is abundantly clear that Laurent loves his city, and his ‘job’ – he even said that his job is like being on holiday everyday! He and his team all take a great pride in ensuring you are well looked after at the Riad and enjoy your experience, his enthusiasm and knowledge for his city can not help but enthuse and inspire you to see as much of Marrakech as possible whilst you are there.
Each morning as we left genuine enquires were made as to plans for the day, followed by nuggets of advice and tit-bits of information not found in guidebooks, which ensured all our forays were excellent experiences. Upon returning to the Riad, we were always met with warm greetings and smiles, from everyone.
We would have absolutely no hesitation in highly recommending this Riad to anyone wishing to stay in Marrakech. Riad al Badia is not only a beautiful Riad – there are I’m sure many beautiful Riads in Marrakech. This one shines like a jewel in Aladdin’s cave because of the attention to detail and the genuine care and interest shown by Laurent and his team – Ahmed, Samira, Amal, Hanane, Ahmed, Abdellah & Fatima
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