Back to reality after a wonderful vacation in Morocco - made all the more enjoyable for having spent 6 magical nights in Riad Badi.
As we broke up our trip to Marrakech with a few days in the Atlas Mountains, we were fortunate to have the opportunity to try two rooms at the Riad: the Turquoise Room & the Hibiscus Room. Both rooms were simply & stylishly decorated to a very high standard. We found the beds very comfortable, the rooms spacious (larger than any hotel of recent memory), there were beautifully decorated full length mirrors in both rooms and a surprising amount of conveniently located power outlets - handy for charging phone and camera batteries etc. There was also a safe in each room which was large enough to fit the iPad we were traveling with. Breakfast each morning became a highlight of our day. One of the staff members is a pasty chef, and made outstanding cakes, breads & pancakes. Other favourites were the home-made yoghurt & "Moroccan Nutella" made with Argan Oil. It was also lovely to see how much care and attention the breakfast staff placed in preparing the table every morning, either on the terrace upstairs or in the courtyard downstairs. We also enjoyed one truly delicious dinner at the Riad, which we can recommend to anyone wishing to have a quiet evening in after a busy day in the city.
Riad Badi is just a 10 minute stroll from the Jemaa el Fna square, the majority of the way along a vibrant car-free shopping street. The Saadian Tombs, Badi Palace & Bahia palace are also very close by. The convenient location meant that on a couple of occasions we were able to pop out to see an attraction during the crowd-free opening hours, and still be back in time for breakfast - recommended! We found the whole city to be very accessible by foot from the Riad, and even walked to the Majorelle Gardens one morning. It's probably also worth mentioning that just a couple of blocks away from the Riad there is a taxi stand and a small parking bay which our transfer drivers used to collect us and drop us off. I can imagine this is probably a luxury that not all Riads in the Old Town have, especially those closer to Jemaa el Fna and the busy Souks.
Many words have been written about the excellent service and the warm welcome of Christian and Isabelle - and we heartily agree with all of these sentiments. Right down to waving us goodbye from the door as we sadly said goodbye. Emails were exchanged promptly & clearly, our transfers to & from the airport were very smooth & upon arrival we were given a handy Riad Badi map with attractions marked & contact details of the accommodation. Christain & Isabelle also went to the trouble of arranging us a very last minute day-trip to Essaouira the evening before we wanted to go. Even with such short notice they managed to arrange a great driver, Adil, who spoke good English & and provided us with lots of interesting information throughout our trip.
We will always associate Riad Badi with our wonderful holiday in Marrakech. Thank you Chriastian & Isabelle - we wish you all the best.
Voor de Nederlandse bezoekers: Echt een aanrader! We hebeen heel veel de hele pakket genoten en Christian & Isabella zijn super vriendelijke gastheren.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Riad Badi is a guesthouse situated right in the old centre of Marrakech. Most of the city's main attractions such as the Palais Badi, the Palais Bahia and the Saadiens tombs are within walking distance. The famous Djemaa El Fna Square is just at less than 10 minutes walk away.Riad Badi accommodates guests in seven spacious and comfortable rooms. The rooms are double, twin or triple with reverse air conditioning and safe box. They provide en suite bathroom with shower, towels, toiletries and hairdryer. ... more less
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