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Riad Al Badia
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   135 Derb Ahl Souss, Marrakech 40040, Morocco   |  
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Ranked #24 of 461 hotels in Marrakech
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“A Truly Amazing Stay!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2013

My husband and I have been lucky enough to travel often and stay in some nice places, but we have never experienced the hospitaity and attention that we received at Riad al Badia. Even before our trip commenced, Laurent answered questions, set up a late dinner on the night of our arrival (absolutely delicious meal), booked transfers from the airport, and set up a day trip to the Atlas Mountains. I thought we were prepared for the trip, but sitting down with the hotel staff looking over a map of Marrakech and having someone walk with us and set us up on our way on our first morning was invaluable. They also took great care of our traveling companions who fell ill on the last day of the trip, going out for medicine and letting them stay in an extra room. We also listened to their restaurant recommendations and never had a bad meal! In addition to this, the hotel was impeccably clean and beautifully decorated and the breakfast each morning on the terrace was a delightful start to our day. We would never stay anywhere else in Marrakech

  • Stayed June 2013, 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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Laurent O, Gérant at Riad Al Badia, responded to this review, June 20, 2013
Dear Madam,
I thank you for your lovely review. Ahmed and his all team join me to express you our heartfelt gratitude for your stay at Riad Al Badia. A was a great pleasure for us to organize ahead anything you needed and even better, it was a real pleasure meeting you on arrival. We all hope that your friend recovered by now and we really hope to see you again in a not too far future. Riad Al Badia is always open for you. Thank you for everything you gave us and take good care of all of you.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2013

We have travelled extensively, but we have never experienced such personal service from a hotel. We were celebrating our 25th wedding anniversary and right from the start we were able to arrange some details directly with the hotel by email, such as champagne in the room.

The food was outstanding and the staff explained each dish of our amazing homemade three course evening meal which we ate sitting on the beautiful terrace. Daily breakfast was also remarkably good with flat breads, home made jams and freshly squeezed orange juice. The staff were extremely attentive, helpful and nothing was too much trouble - always greeting us with a smile and very keen to make our stay very special.

Ahmed offered valuable tourist advice and we enjoyed a beer round the small pool whilst making use of the free wifi. We stayed in the Coral room which was perfect in every way, right down to the room safe. The Riad was impeccably clean, and well kept, offering a serene and beautiful sanctuary from the hubbub that is Marrakech.

The short walk to the main square took us through the most interesting parts of the city, so the Riad could not be in a better location. We loved Marrakech itself and found the people to be lovely. We felt very safe and at home there. Shopping in the Souks is a great experience so make sure you have plenty of room in your suitcase for your flight home!

All in all, a perfect break - but the thing that sets this trip apart was the warmth, welcome and genuine personal attention from all the staff. It was as if we were staying with family or close friends.

A massive thank you to Laurent, Ahmed, Mohammed, Samira, Fatima and all the team for making our trip so very special from Claire and Philippe.

  • Stayed June 2013, 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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Laurent O, Gérant at Riad Al Badia, responded to this review, June 20, 2013
Dear Madam , dear Sir,
I thank you ever so much for such a lovely review. It was a very nice meeting once again. We felt very privileged to organize and to receive you for such an important anniversary. We will remind your happiness, your harmony, your extreme kindness and your enthusiasm to discover our culture and our gastronomy were just delightful. We feel so glad that you understood so well our culture, our way of live and way of being. You are home at Riad Al Badia and we do consider you as being part of the « Friends of Riad Al Badia » so hopefully we will see you again in a not too far future. We all wish you all the best for at least the next 25 years and please do not change a thing, you are both just fabulous. Take good are of both of you.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2013 via mobile

An oasis for real. This hotel was a bargain. Each room has a colour theme. The staff is very attentive and caring. Relaxed comfort and a decorator's paradise awaits the traveller.
Located amongst native dwellings, one feels in touch with Moroccans.

  • Stayed June 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Laurent O, Gérant at Riad Al Badia, responded to this review, June 20, 2013
Dear Madam, dear Sir,
I thank you for such a lovely review. It was a great pleasure to receive you at Riad Al Badia these few days, we keep a very warm souvenir of your stay among us and we were very impressed by your little daughter, so cute and so well educated for a 3 years old girl. We all wish you all the best for the nearest future and hopefully we will see you again soon. Take good care of the three of you.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2013

In addition to what everyone else is describing: 1) they dissuaded us (correctly) from taking a long long one-day trip, even though it was in their "catalogue"; 2) on a Sunday, they responded to our frantic emails immediately and took care of arranging transportation for us to a show we booked on the web (not with them); 3) they are shipping me my jacket, which I left behind.

As far as sights, we recommend a trip to the coastal town of Essaouira (esp. when the temperature in Marrakech becomes too hot) -- a very pleasant and interesting experience, including choosing and eating your fresh seafood at the barbies in the harbour. And at the Majorelle Berber Museum take the time to watch the 10-15 minute movie about making a piece of jewelry: it will greatly increase your appreciation of the handicrafts you see everywhere.

A&A, NJ, USA

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Laurent O, Gérant at Riad Al Badia, responded to this review, June 11, 2013
Dear Madam, dear Sir,

I thank you so much for such a lovely review. Ahmed and his all team join me to thank you for your stay at Riad Al Badia. It was a pure delight having these few days among us. Your smiles, your enthusiasm, your extreme kindness with everyone of us were much appreciated. We hope to see you again soon and we wish you all the best for the nearest future. Take good care of both of you.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2013

We were lucky enough to stay at Riad Al Badia for 4 nights last weekend, and can highly recommend it to anyone who wants to experience the real Marrakech and be looked after like royalty.

I booked the trip as a surprise present for my husbands 65th birthday as i wanted something that was going to be memorable - it was certainly that and so much more. We both fell in love with Marrakech and this Riad, which really is something very special.

The Riad is beautiful, peaceful, and spotlessly clean throughout. The roof terrance is idyllic, rooms comfortable and nicely decorated, and the homecooking just wonderful. We were fortunate to sample breakfast, lunch and dinner, all of which were fantastic. What made each meal so special (apart from the taste) was the explanation we were given about each dish, so not only did we know what it was, but also the history behind it and when it would be eaten by a Morrocan family. This really added to the authentic feel of our visit.

Outside of the hotel our favourite restaurant was the Kosybar which is close by and has an amazing chilled out atmosphere, great food and terrific views.

We loved Marrakech itself and found the people to be lovely. We felt very safe and at home there. Shoping in the Souks is a great experience so make sure you have plenty of room in your suitcase for your flight home!

I am really struggling to sum up just how special the team at this Riad are. They want you to have an amazing time whilst you are with them, and share their local knowledge to ensure this happens. This really is priceless.

From start to finish they went out of their way to be the perfect hosts (and guides), from mint tea and pastries on arrival (along with an explanation of where you are and how to get to where you want to go), an escort when you first venture out so you get your bearings, recommending and booking restaurants, phoning the airport to check flight times (and then rearranging lunch and taxi when it our flight was delayed).

The staff here are a very dedicated and loveable team of people who take great pride in providing an exceptionally high level of service to their guests.

So if you are looking for somewhere very special to stay book this Riad.

So from Jacqueline and James in the UK a massive THANK YOU to Laurent, Ahmed, Mohammed, Samira, and all the team for making our trip so very special.

  • Stayed May 2013, 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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Laurent O, Gérant at Riad Al Badia, responded to this review, June 4, 2013
Dear Madam, dear Sir,
What else can be said after reading your very touching review that went straigh to our hearts. It was right from the first email contacts, ahead of your arrival, we could already feel that this would be a very special meeting. And it has been. We would like to express from the deepest of our hearts our heartfelt gratitude for having given us this opportunity to meet with you, to receive you for such a special « surprise trip », and to have understood so well our culture and South of Morocco. We are so pleased that you felt in love too with Marrakech and the people here, we are also in love with our area and it was very special for us to see you discover and understand a bit more everyday our culture and our cuisine ! Samira enjoyed very much cooking for you and make you discover classical dishes of the Moroccan Cuisine as well as less known or a bit forgotten ones. Your happiness was just the icing on the cake for us, all these precious moments shared will remain in memories and we all hope that life will bring you back to Marrakech one day and at Riad Al Badia. As you said, Marrakech is very welcoming, safe and very open minded , we will always be pleased to see you again and keep on sharing these very interesting conversations we had. So thank you ever so much for everything you gave us, Happy birthday again and see you very soon again. Take good care of both of you.
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Noordhoek, South Africa
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Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2013

Spent 6 nights at this beautiful riad while attending a conference - I was travelling alone for the first 4 nights (my husband only joined once my conference had ended) and I was very well looked after - in fact Laurent even arranged excursions for my colleagues who were not staying at the Riad.

I loved the walk from the Riad to the square, amazing breakfast on the terrace (my waistline has increased), wonderful suggestions from team in terms of restaurants - hope that one day my travels bring me back here.

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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Laurent O, Gérant at Riad Al Badia, responded to this review, June 4, 2013
Dear Madam,
I thank you so much for such a lovely review. It was a real pleasure for us to receive you at Riad Al Badia, these few working days and then in family. Your extreme kindness, your energy and your interest in Morocco and our culture were much more appreciated. We all also hope that time wil bring you back to Riad Al Badia, you are home here, you know it. We all remain at your disposal while you are still visiting south of Morocco our drivers and especially little « Oulik » remain available, just contact us and once again, our heartfelt gratitude to both of you for everything you gave us. Our best wishes for the nearest future and take good care of both of you.
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Bournemouth, United Kingdom
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2013

I have meaning to leave a review for the last 6 months - how time flies! We stayed in the Riad in November to celebrate my husbands up and coming 40th. The Riad was a tranquil escape from the hustle and bustle of the city. We enjoyed thepersonal service offered by the friendly and helpful staff. The meal we had cooked for us in the Riad was the best meal we had during our whole stay. We managed to have breakfast on the rooftop which was a real treat. The rooms were clean and decorated nicely. Thank you Ahmed and all the staff at Riad Al Badia.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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Laurent O, Gérant at Riad Al Badia, responded to this review, May 28, 2013
Dear Madam,
I thank you so much for such a lovely review, especially when time files and good souvenirs remain !
Ahmed and his all team were very touched that 6 months later you still think about us and we did not forget you either. It was a pure delight and a pride to receive you to celebrate this coming 40th birthday. Thank you ever so much for everything you gave us during this short stay and take good care of both of you. We all hope to be able to see you again in a not too far future.
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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
#28 Romantic Hotel in Marrakech
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Riad Al Badia 4*
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