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Riad Al Badia
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   135 Derb Ahl Souss, Marrakech 40040, Morocco   |  
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Ranked #25 of 461 hotels in Marrakech
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“Oasis in the city”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2012

We stayed in this Riad on what was supposed to be a short trip to Marrakesh. In november 2011, we finally got some free time for the honeymoon, and living close to Morroco, that was the choice destination. On the eve of our travel I contacted the riad and Laurent, the manager, actually got us a room, even on such a short notice. Thanks to our train from Casablanca being late, we got to the riad after 8pm. No problem! They were waiting for us.
We were received with the traditional morrocan tea and cookies. Delicious! They showed us on a map all the points of interest, and the following morning took us on the short walk until the square.

The first night we spent at the amber room. It's fantastic, with direct access to the terrace. Unfortunatelly, it has 2 single beds. Being our honeymoon, we wanted one bed only. Too bad. They were great about it and moved us to another room on the next day. But if I ever return with enough time, I'd probably ask for the emeraude room.

Because of a local holliday, our idea of going to essaouira couldn't happen. Again, they were great and got us to stay longer. After the amber room, we were in the turquoise room, that is very good (really, you can't beat the rooms on the terrace!). Staying longer, we moved into the ivoire room for one night. I have to say, it's the only room I didn't love. It's on the ground floor, so you get some noise from the ouside. Plus, it was the week of the eid and, because of tradition, there had been many burning goat heads in town. The smell got into the room, and it wasn't pleasant.

The next night, we moved into the perle room. It's a bigger room (if you want to stay 3 people in a room, that's probably the way to go!) and just lovely!

I might add that all the room changing was done without any trouble for us. We would just leave the luggage closed and leave for a day in the city. By the time we got back, the people from the riad had already taken our things to the next room and left it all tidy up!

I don't know if all the riads are so costumer-friendly as this. But if I ever go back to Marrakesh, that's definetly where I want to stay!

Room Tip: The only room I wouldn't recomend is the ivoire one. I would definetly recomend the emeraud room...
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  • Stayed December 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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RiadAlBadiaMarrakech, Gérant at Riad Al Badia, responded to this review, November 22, 2012
Dear Madam,
I thank you so much for such a lovely review and the all team and I are extremely touched that 1 year later you still think about us and that you kept such a clear memory of your stay at Riad Al Badia. We have not forgotten you either, it was a very nice meeting and we were very honoured to receive you for your honeymoon. We just past 1 year already so happy anniversary and really thank you so much for all you gave us last year. We wish you all the best for the long coming years and hopefully we will see you again in a not too far future. Give us some news from time to time, we will always be pleased to know that you are both well. Thank you again and take good care of both of you.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2012

We stayed at Riad Al Badia 4th - 8th November 2012 in the beautiful, relaxing Corail room. Everything that has been said about this wonderful Riad is true and it even surpassed our already high expectations. The welcome is genuinely friendly and within minutes you feel at home. The Riad maintains a high level of cleanliness and the staff cater for every need imaginable. Highly recommend a meal at the Riad as the setting on the roof terrace is matched by both the high quality of the food and the warm, friendly service. I am vegetarian and was delighted by my tasty veggie tagine, The location is great, easily accessible and close to the main square. Transfers were very smooth and any queries or information we needed was provided by the knowledgeable staff. I have travelled extensively and can honestly say that this is the most genuinely friendly place I have stayed. Go and see for yourself!

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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RiadAlBadiaMarrakech, Gérant at Riad Al Badia, responded to this review, November 22, 2012
Dear Madam,
I thank you so much for your lovely review, the all team join me to express our heartfelt gratitude for your stay at Riad Al Badia. It was a pure delight having you these few days, your enthusiasm, your interest in our culture and our cuisine will remain in memories. Samira had a great pleasure cooking for you, and will do it again anytime ! Thank you also for your kindness with everyone of us, it was once again a lovely meeting. We hope to see you again in a not too far future and we wish you both all the best for the nearest future
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2012

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.

Room Tip: Any room will do, but if the Perle Room is available go for it.
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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RiadAlBadiaMarrakech, Gérant at Riad Al Badia, responded to this review, November 9, 2012
Dear Madam,
I thank you very much for your absolutely lovely review, Ahmed and his all team join me to express our heartfelt gratitude for your stay at Riad Al Badia. It was a true and pure delight for the all team to receive you and make you experience our service. Thank you for all the attentions you gave to the all team and your extreme kindness, our return was just well deserved. Even if you think that it is unlikely that you come back to Marrakech, just keep in mind that you have a home here, whenever you come back, who knows, we will be extremely happy to receive you again. Thank you ever so much for everything and take good care of both of you .
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2012

We stayed at the Riad Al Badia from September 23rd to the 27th. I have to say this riad was amazing. There were about seven of us staying at the riad and two others that stayed at a riad a few blocks away. The host, Ahmed, and owner, Laurent, were most hospitable. They were so kind that even our friends that stayed at a DIFFERENT riad left gratuity for their kindness and hospitality! We truly had an amazing time at the riad and it made our trip memorable.

PROS: Staff is amazing/ Clean!/Great breakfast/away from the craziness of the market/ It's not really a con, but it is a decent walk to the the central markets. But the walk is enjoyable

All in all, if we were ever to return to Marrakech you can bet that we would DEFINITELY stay here!

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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RiadAlBadiaMarrakech, Gérant at Riad Al Badia, responded to this review, November 9, 2012
Dear Sir,
I thank you so much for such a lovely review. Ahmed and his all team join me to thank you so much for your stay at Riad Al Badia. Your all party remains in memories, we were that touched by the kindness of everyone of you, your happiness all together was a pure delight. We hope that baby is fine as every one of you . We were that pleased to have you with us during these few d ays, thank you all for all you gave us, it was truly a lot. Take good care of all of you and hopefully we will have the pleasure of receiving you again in a not too far future.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2012

Highly recommended. Would definitely use again. Staff went out of their way to be helpful. Lovely decor and rooms. Good location and not too difficult to find if you are driving yourself, parking close by.

  • Stayed November 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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RiadAlBadiaMarrakech, Gérant at Riad Al Badia, responded to this review, November 9, 2012
Dear Madam,
We all would like to thank you for your kind review, we are all pleased that your enjoyed your experience at Riad Al Badia, as much as we did. It was a true pleasure having you these few days among us. We are pleased that you found the riad easily driving on your own, we do however recommend to any guest coming to stay at Riad Al Badia contacts us prior to arrival in order to get the all directions or to orgnize airport transfer to come to the door of the riad. This is easy, but first time can be a be confusing. We all wish you both all the best for the nearest future and thank you again for everything. Take good care of both of you.
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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2012

We had a fantastic time in Marrakech much on the advise and recommendations of Laurent and the team. The little touches they did made it an exceptional experience and one we will never forget. The restaurants recommended and the choice of hammam were all spot on and made the whole trip fantastic. We will definitely be back. See you soon Laurent, lots of love Andrea, Billie, Hannah & Jacqui x

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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RiadAlBadiaMarrakech, Gérant at Riad Al Badia, responded to this review, November 3, 2012
Dear Ladies, thank you so much for such a lovely review. The all team joins me to thank you all for your extreme kindness with everyone of us. We will keep a very elegant and charming souvenir of your stay. Your smiles, your enthusiasm was a pure delight for us. We all would like to thank you for everything you gave us and do not change a thing, the four of you are just fabulous. Thank you and take good care of you 4 and we will see you again with a great pleasure, whenever, Riad Al Badia is you Marrakchi home !
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2012

Riad al Badia is a serene and peaceful haven in a busy, bustling city.
It’s nicely situated at the edge of la Mellah district in the south of the Medina, just two minutes off a main road, Rue Berrima, so convenient for visiting the Jewish quarter, Palais El Badhi, the Kasbah and the Palais de la Bahia. A leisurely 15minutes stroll along the shop lined Rue Riad Zitoun El Kedim via Place Ferbantiers takes you to all the action in the main Djemaa El Fna square.
All of the staff in the Riad are really friendly, kind and very polite. They make you feel very special. During our stay they would always come and greet us personally at breakfast and then enquired about our day when we returned late in the afternoon. It’s a long time since I have been cared for so well. Ahmed and Laurent cheerfully answered our many queries as well as expanding our knowledge of festivals such as Eid al Adha which happened during our stay.
We were warmly welcomed on our arrival with the customary cup of mint tea. An informative orientation tour then followed when Ahmed walked with us to Place Ferbantiers to get our bearings. Although never pushy, the Riad was happy to make suggestions about possible outings and booked restaurants for us and checked on opening times. They also arranged cars to and from the airport and to take us to the Atlas Mountains where we spent a wonderful day.
We had two delicious meals on the terrace, cooked by Samira, and also ate out in Le Tangia, Riad Monsour and Relais de France. Café des Epices in Place Rabba Kedima was also a good spot for a drink and snack whilst watching the world go by.
We stayed in the simply yet very comfortably furnished Amber room, opening onto the roof terrace. Finally, there was the bonus of free WiFi which enabled us to easily keep in touch with home and to sort through the many photos we took during our memorable stay in Marrakech. A great place to stay – thank you.

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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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RiadAlBadiaMarrakech, Gérant at Riad Al Badia, responded to this review, November 3, 2012
Dear Madam
I thank you so much for such a lovely review, the all team would like to thank you for your stay at Riad Al Badia and all these moments shared talking about our culture . It was a pure delight having you these days among us. It was really pleasant giving you advices and addresses that you could enjoyed. We are always very pleased to share all addresses we love when people are interested in.So thank you for your interest and your happyness was just a reward for us. We hope to see you again soon. Take good care of both of you.
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Address: 135 Derb Ahl Souss, 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:
#7 Luxury Hotel in Marrakech
#13 Family Hotel in Marrakech
#29 Romantic Hotel in Marrakech
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Riad Al Badia 4*
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