This was our first visit to Morocco so we wanted the experience of staying in a traditional Riad. We were picked up from the airport by a driver organised by Al Badia, a lovely chap who carried our cases and safely delivered us to our destination. We arrived during a thunder storm which did not make the local area look very pleasant, but all that changed as we entered the cosy Riad and the extremely wonderful welcome that Laurent and Siad gave us. We were settled into the reception area, given mint tea and Petite Fours and made to feel very comfortable. We had not had an evening meal and forgot to pre-booked one, however, Laurent suggested we freshen up, see our room, then he would show us where we could eat. He walked us along the road to the nearest square with restaurants, using the time to familiarise us with the local area and the rules of the road for our own personal safety, these tips were very helpful and set the scene for how we should get around the frenetic city of Marrakech. This excellent service was only the beginning of a faultless experience at Al Badia. This Riad is very clean, the breakfasts are continental in style with local breads, preserves, lovely fresh fruit and home made yoghurt, probably a little too sweet for our tastes but traditional and of a great quality. The Riad is staffed 24 hours which is comforting and great for guests arriving on late flights. We booked a dinner on two separate occasions which were cooked by Samira and were probably the nicest meals we had during our stay in Marrakesh. We ate on the terrace under the stars and were treated to the most excellent and individual service with local Morocan wine. Our room was the largest with a big shower, decorated with traditional features overlooking the inner courtyard reception with pool and water feature. Our time at Riad Al Badia has been a wonderful experience which has excelled beyond our expectations, Laurent and Siad who both speak excellent English, are only too happy to give advice and directions to the interesting sights in the area. We highly recommend a stay here to really get the traditional feel of Marrakech but with the back up and security of an excellent group of people. I did not write down all the names of other staff, I hope they accept my apologies, they were all wonderful and extremely professional. Thanks to all for a great stay.
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