We stayed at Riad Al Badia 19 through 23 October 2012. Arriving in Marrakech and travelling into the Medina for this first time is a daunting experience. Upon arriving at the Riad we met Ahmed. He immediately took charge of our luggage and then sat with us over a glass of mint tea and Moroccan cookies and thoroughly went over a map highlighting significant routes and points in the Medina and the surrounding city of Marrakech. We asked him about the time for breakfast and he assured us whenever we wanted it we could have it. Also we were dinning in the Riad our first night and asked about that, he said whenever we were ready we could have dinner. (I recommend at least one dinner in the Riad, the meal was outstanding) Frankly, I was unaccustomed to this much customer focused latitude, but everything at Riad Al Badia is about the customers. After giving us time to unpack and settle in Ahmed led us from the Riad and walked with us to a point about half way to Jamaa El Fna Square. He assured us we couldn’t get lost. With trepidation we ventured on to the square and indeed did easily find our way back the tranquil oasis of the Riad. If you are going to Marrakech you miss the point if you don’t stay in the Medina and you’ll miss a great place to stay with outstanding service if you don’t stay at Riad Al Badia. The rooms are immaculate and comfortable and considering the madness outside the Riad is absolutely quiet and peaceful. The staff does everything they can to make you comfortable and to accommodate your needs. It felt like home away from home. Little touches like fresh roses in our room every day made us fall in love with this place. The breakfast is simply wonderful. Homemade yogurt that tastes more like custard, fresh squeezed orange juice along with coffee, tea, mint tea, toast, crepes, a Moroccan pancake and jams and marmalade. It just doesn’t get any better. It’s unlikely that we’ll ever be back in Marrakech again, but if we are without a doubt we’ll stay at Riad al Badia. By the way it’s amazing how relaxing and refreshing a glass of hot mint tea can be after a day in the hot Marrakech sun.
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