I've been using TripAdvisor for a while to help decide on places to stay and eat but I've never actually added a review (selfish I know!). Well this has now changed after staying at Riad Badi.
We were there for 7 nights over New Year. Firstly, 7 nights in Marrakech is probably too long if you wanted to visit Marrakech for a city break alone, and mixing it with a few nights either in the desert or at the coast would be better, but we had decided to have a relaxing week away (even though the medina of Marrakech is probably the opposite of relaxation!).
As we had booked for 7 nights at the Riad, we received a generous discount on our stay, which was a nice surprise as we were not expecting this, which always makes your trip start on a positive note! We asked the Riad to organise transportation to/from the airport which went smoothly. Upon arrival, we were greeted by Isabelle and Christian, we gave us complementary tea and pastries whilst filling in a few forms and then Christian went through a map of Marrakech and suggested places that were worth visiting, which was very helpful. The next day, Christian took us on a trip to the main square and through the souks. As we've not been to Marrakech before, this was extremely helpful and eased us in to Marrakech very nicely.
The Riad is south of Jemaa el-Fnaa square, and only about a 5-10 minutes walk from the Riad. Helpfully, there's one direct street to get to the square which makes it easier than having to navigate through the winding souks! I was also happy with the location of the Riad, as it was away from the main square and once in the Riad, it was peaceful rather than the bustle of the medina, which is vital after a long day trawling through the souks. Plus the Riad backs onto the palace where all the stalks nest, which is nice to watch whilst eating breakfast or reading a book on the terrace.
Speaking of breakfast, the food here was lovely. Each day, you would get bread, pancakes, cakes, yogurts and fruit, which were delicious. There was also plenty of variety day-to-day and always too much! You can eat your breakfast inside or out on the roof terrace. We also ate at the Riad one night, and the food was really tasty (and again way too much!). It was good to do this, as we really felt like we were getting authentic Moroccan food, cooked to a good standard. Worth doing!
We stayed in the turquoise room and thought the room was great. Clean, spacious without being huge and well decorated. The bathroom was also very nice, with a brilliant shower- always important! The wi-fi in the Riad worked really well in our room, although I don't know if this is good or bad!
We wanted to have a day trip to the Atlas mountains and Isabelle and Christian arranged this for us, and it was reasonably priced and definitely worth doing.
We had a great stay in Marrakech, and a large part of this was due to the quality of the Riad. We were trying to think of negative things to write in this review, so that it doesn't seem so biased but it was difficult to find something as we really enjoyed it here! We would definitely recommend this place, and if you did stay here you won't be disappointed.
We stayed in the turquoise room which we can recommend, but from looking at the pictures online, I...
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January 15, 2013
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Thank you for making an exception for the first time to have written a complete review on tripadvisor. Thank you for all these compliments that affect us much.
We pass on your compliments to Soukaïna for breakfast and dinner.
It is true that seven days to visit Marrakech, it's too long, but you visited at your own pace, taking advantage of the holiday to relax.
We were delighted to meet you.
Thank you again.
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