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“Amazing Stay In Marrakech” 5 of 5 stars
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Riad Badi
56, derb Touareg Medina, Marrakech 40000, Morocco   |  
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Ranked #1 of 1,057 Marrakech B&B and Inns
London, England, United Kingdom
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“Amazing Stay In Marrakech”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2013

All of the reviews are spot on. This is a great Riad. Christian and Isabelle made us feel very welcome and we wouldn't hesitate to recommend the Riad to anyone. We stayed in the Hibiscus room, which was large, well appointed and befitted from having a very large bed.

Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
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Isabelle J, Propriétaire at Riad Badi, responded to this review, May 2, 2013
Thanks a lot for sharing your experience and for recommending Riad Badi to anyone.
It feels good to know you enjoyed your stay with us.
Thanks again and take care.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2013

My friend and have just returned from our stay at Riad Badi and we are in total agreement with all the other great reviews about this riad. Christian and Isabelle are so welcoming and helpful that we felt like we were staying with family! They were always available to answer any questions we had, help us arrange transportation, and even provided an early breakfast for us the morning we had to leave before the usual breakfast time. The location of the riad was also perfect for us. It was about a 10 minute walk from the big square which was close enough to walk to whenever we wanted but far enough away that you could relax at night without a lot of noise. The dinners that Isabelle prepares are AMAZING and so good that we ate at the riad 4 out of our 5 nights. I highly recommend trying dinner here at least once during your stay.

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  • Stayed April 2013, 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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Isabelle J, Propriétaire at Riad Badi, responded to this review, May 2, 2013
Thanks for sharing your stay at Riad badi on the website.
As we usually do we have received you as we would receive our friends or our family. We have tried to help you discover Marrakech and new flavors during the breakfasts and the dinners.
I am glad you have appreciated my desserts and I have already forwarded your compliments to our cook for rest of the meals.
It was a pleasure for us to receive you: thank you for your smiling and your joy of life....
Take care.
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Parramatta, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2013

Large pleasant rooms, adequate breakfast and we would have been lost in the souk if Christian had not given us an excellent orientation tour to Jemaa el-Fnaa. However, we did have one issue with the riad. As in most riads, rooms open onto the central courtyard, where guests are allowed to smoke. As a non-smoker I found the smell of cigarette smoke wafting into our room most unpleasant.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Isabelle J, Propriétaire at Riad Badi, responded to this review, April 26, 2013
Dear Ann,
Thanks for your stay at riad Badi and thanks for your feedback.
We are sorry that you had been embarrassed by the smell of cigarette smoke . We regret that you did not speak about it during your stay. We always try to do our best for our guests and we would only allow smoking on the terrace (outdoor).
It's the first time that one of our guests speaks about the inconvenience. It is true that in Morocco it is allowed to smoke everywhere except in government offices, airports, some shops and some restaurants.
From now, it will be allowed to smoke only on the terrasse. It will better for the comfort of future guests.
Kind regards
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2013

We feel there is little to add following all of the other excellent reviews other than they are all unbelievably true!
We had such a warm, personal and friendly welcome by all at the riad, wonderful hospitality and brilliant information given by Isabelle and Christian as well as the useful tour everyone describes which made exploring on our own easier as we always managed to find our way back.
We enjoyed lovely,delicious, traditional Moroccan food for breakfast and dinner and compliment Isabelle on her "surprise desserts!.
This riad is the place to stay if you want to experience traditional Marrakech as a few minutes walk and you were in the chaos that is this wonderful place.
It was a real treat to stay here and it is highly recommended.

  • Stayed April 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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Isabelle J, Propriétaire at Riad Badi, responded to this review, April 26, 2013
Dear Judith,
Thanks for staying at Riad Badi for three nights in the safran junior suite and thanks for writing the nice review .
We receive our guests like we would like to be received so that they keep the best souvenir of Morocco, Marrakech and Riad Badi.
It is always a pleasure to receive guests who crave to know, visit and taste new flavors.
We were delighted to meet you and to share your first experience with you in Morocco.
As your husband said before your leaving: it's not holidays but it's an experience.
Thanks for recommending Riad Badi for potential guests.
Kind regards
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2013

Back to reality after a wonderful vacation in Morocco - made all the more enjoyable for having spent 6 magical nights in Riad Badi.

THE RIAD
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.

LOCATION
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.

COMMUNICATION
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.

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  • Stayed April 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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Isabelle J, Propriétaire at Riad Badi, responded to this review, April 26, 2013
Dear J and F

Thank you for your stays at Riad Badi and for your very nice and complete review.
The whole team has done its best to welcome and advise you. For our guests who visit Marrakech for the first time, we strive to help them discover new flavors including breakfast and dinner. Our approach is simple: we welcome our guests as we would be received.
We were delighted to welcome you and help you make the most of your stay. Those days have passed very quickly and they will still need a lot of beautiful places and good restaurants to discover. Why not visit other places such as Fez and Essaouira more traditional quieter and near the sea?
Take care of yourself.

Thank you again

Bedankt voor deze aanbeveling in het Nederlands.
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Chiddingfold
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2013

From the moment my wife and I arrived to the moment we departed, Isabelle and Christian went to extraordinary lengths to ensure our stay wanted for nothing. The Riad was clean and charmingly decorated, planted and shaded. Lovely touches of rose petals on the pillows and when the bed was made, the spread beautifully pleated in a fan. We could breakfast on the roof watching the storks nesting or down in coolness of the internal courtyard. Christian gave us a mini-tour and led us to the types of restaurant we sought with what proved accurate advice on price and availability of wine. One evening we had a delicious meal downstairs. And when we asked for tea at anytime the choice was wide and served wherever we wanted and - rather unnecessarily generous we thought - free. They arranged a private taxi with a charming eloquent and careful driver for a delightful trip to the mountains at a very reasonable cost. We met people from other Riads who were not so fortunate. They both deserve every success and hope they are treated as well when they go away as we were in their home. Barrie and Gill Pegrum

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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Isabelle J, Propriétaire at Riad Badi, responded to this review, April 27, 2013
Dear Barrie et Gill,
Thanks for staying at Riad Badi and for sharing your very nice review.
We are grateful to you for writing and forwarding your valuable feedback. More than that we are so delighted to read the lovely heading of your comment. It feels good to know you enjoyed your stay with us.
Thanks again and take care of yourselves.
Kind regards
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2013

Reading the trip advisor reviews before booking produced an astonishingly high percentage of "excellents" which although encouraging, led me (being conservative by nature) to believe that even if Riad Badi was half as good as the reviews claimed, we would at least be comfortable.
In the event, this is 5 star quality at a very affordable price! The seven large guest rooms are individual and contemporary in their design, with very comfortable king-sized beds, very good quality bed linen and an abundance of towels to dry off after a monsoon shower. Christian and Isabelle (emigres from Aix-en-Provence) treat their guests like family friends and are very happy to oblige with guests' small requests --- Christian gives a very good short tour of the immediate surroundings to gain your bearings, and will offer to guide you to destinations within the Medina with which you may not be familiar. The breakfasts (freshly squeezed orange juice, pastries, yoghurts, fruit, with choice of various teas or coffee) are huge and allow you to set off in the morning to explore with a spring in your step! Should you wish to have dinner in the Riad, then an excellent three-course meal is served for EUR20 (wine extra -- at cheaper than restaurant prices). By design, the Riad courtyard is cool, but there is a roof-top terrace to sun-bathe or relax under an awning and observe the storks nesting on the nearby medina wall. It is hard to imagine, within the cool calm of Riad Badi, that the street markets are only 300 metres away!

  • Stayed April 2013, 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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Isabelle J, Propriétaire at Riad Badi, responded to this review, April 27, 2013
Thanks for staying at Riad Badi and for recommending Riad Badi to other potential guests.
As you wrote, we receive our guests as members of our family and we try to make their stay as pleasant as possible: our Moroccan girls work hard to guarantee the quality of breakfasts and dinners as well as the cleanliness of the rooms and ..., My husband offers to guide guests who has never visited Marrakech a tour in the Medina and I give some advices very useful for this environment very different from their country.
Thanks again and take care of yourselves.
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Address: 56, derb Touareg Medina, Marrakech 40000, Morocco
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Location: Morocco > Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region > Marrakech
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Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( Wi-Fi ) Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool
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Ranked #1 of 1,057 B&Bs / Inns in Marrakech
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Number of rooms: 6
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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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