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Riad Badi
56, derb Touareg Medina, Marrakech 40000, Morocco   |  
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Ranked #2 of 1,053 Marrakech B&B and Inns
Kent
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“Look no further - stay here!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2013

My husband and I and our three teenage girls have just returned from 5 nights in the wonderful Riad Badi. The riad itself is just a 10 minute walk from Jemaa el Fna so a brilliant location. The rooms are all beautifully decorated with great en suite facilities and air conditioning (a must in August!). There is a plunge pool on the roof terrace for cooling down and loungers for sun bathing. We spent time up there most afternoons relaxing with a book and napping. On the ground floor are sitting areas for relaxing and including one room with lots of games where we played cards in the evening.

But what makes Riad Badi such a wonderful place to stay is the owners Christian and Isabella who were so incredibly helpful. Christian took us out to the main square on the first afternoon to help us get out bearings and explained all about money and bartering and basically everything we needed to know to enjoy our stay and not get ripped off! They were both available at any time to help with advice, find out about day trips and places to visit. Nothing was too much trouble.

They recommended places to eat (one of which we went to three times the food was so good) and on the last night we had dinner cooked by Isabella in the riad which was sensational, as were the breakfasts each morning which despite our best efforts we never managed to finish.

This was our first time in Marrakesh,a city which can be a little overwhelming and confusing but with Christian and Isabella's wonderful help and hospitality we had a great time.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
    • 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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Isabelle J, Propriétaire at Riad Badi, responded to this review, September 13, 2013
Dear Alex,
Thanks for choosing Riad Badi for your first stay in Marrakech and also for sharing your experience on this website.
We are grateful to you for writing and forwarding your valuable feedback and we are delighted to read the lovely heading of your comment.
We cannot forget your card parties after dinner.
It will be a great pleasure for us to welcome you again.
Thanks again.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2013

I stayed at Riad Badi as my first hotel in Marrakech in the middle of June. Even though I arrived at the riad very late like almost 1:00 am, Christian and Isabelle warmly welcomed me. I stayed at the tarquoise blue room which was very pretty and I liked. The breakfast I had the next day was the best one in my Marrakech stay (I stayed at 2 other riads during my 5 days stay in Morocco). Christian precisely explained where to go and what to see in Marrakech and took me out at first to guide me around the neighborhood of the riad. I had a perfect day. If there had not been Christian and Isabelle, it would not have been brilliant like that. Thank you so much for everything you did for me. I want to go back to Morocco again in near future.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2013

My wife and I had a great stay at the Riad Badi in early august. We stayed for 2 nights. Christian and Isabelle were great host. They made the stay very special. They were very flexible and we had an amazing breakfast every morning. The location is great close enough to the Djema and the local sights yet isolated so that it was quiet. Even though it was fairly hot (107F/43 C) during the time we were there we enjoyed the town and were eager to get a dip in the small pool in the terrace. The rooms are decorated in the Morroccan style and were very modern and spacious. Would highly recommend this riad.

  • Stayed August 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, August 25, 2013
Dear Chris,
Thank you for staying at Riad Badi and thank you for sharing your visit at Riad Badi.
We are delighted that you enjoyed your stay and are happy that you keep a nice souvenir of Marrakech in spite of the hot temperature: as you wrote our plunge pool on the terrasse is nice after walking in the Medina but not enough large for swimming.
Thank you again.
Kind regards
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2013

Have to say reading all the previous reviews, i was sceptical that this Riad would be as good as everyone has reported.......but it was.

Christian and Isobel were unbelieveably courteous, helpful and informative.We stayed for 5 days, and Christian took us out on a tour on 2 of them to show us where to go, where to avoid, what to do, pay, look out be wary of.Very helpful, and in a place like Marrakech, which can be quite intimidating, essential information.Isobel was always happy to make cups of tea, coffee, whatever , just to make your stay a bit more special.

The room was large, neat and very clean, lovely accommodation, and very good value for money.

I enjoyed my stay in Marrakech, and a lot of that was down because i made the right choice in accommodation.Definatley recommend.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Isabelle J, Propriétaire at Riad Badi, responded to this review, August 12, 2013
Dear Gary,
You chose Riad Badi from nice reviews and now you are glad to be stayed at Riad Badi. We are delighted that you enjoyed your stay and we are happy to have met you.
Each time we try to do the best to receive our guests.
Thanks for your lovely review and take care.
kind regards
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2013

Riad Badi truly deserves its status as number one riad on Tripadvisor! (I haven't stayed in them all - but why go anywhere else when you find such a treat, eh?!)

Isabelle and Christian are warm, laid-back, generous people, and their riad is absolutely gorgeous! The attention to detail during out five-night stay was incredible; rose petals sprinkled on the bed and towels folded into the shape of a swan... the list could go on!

The riad provided the perfect place to chill-out for a couple of hours at a time, before heading back out to the magical (and mental) Jemaa el Fna square - a short walk away.

  • Stayed July 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, August 12, 2013
Dear Emma,
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.
It feels good to know you enjoyed your stay with us.
Thanks again and take care.
Kind regards
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2013

Isabelle and Christian are great hosts and will bend over backwards to make sure that you have everything you need, from breakfast or drinks on the terrace to organising excursions and suggesting places to visit, shop, eat or drink. Even at the hottest time of year, the Riad is relatively cool, and if it's still too hot, the plunge pool on the terrace is a nice way to cool down. The Riad is located at the southern end of the Medina and within easy, and interesting, walking distance of most of the sights - which Christian pointed out both on the map and in taking us on a walk the first evening. Recommended.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Isabelle J, Propriétaire at Riad Badi, responded to this review, August 12, 2013
Thanks for your stay at Riad Badi. Thanks for taking the time to write this wonderful review.
We are glad to have met you and we are delighted you have appreciated our riad, its localisation and our services.
Thanks again.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2013 via mobile

Isabelle and Christian are wonderful hosts. They are hosts in the true sense for they live in the Riad as well so they are extra careful about security. All other reviews -- about Christian's tour, good breakfasts with the home-made yoghurts and jams, location close to the main sights of the medina, the lush towels -- are all true. There are a few notable things that made our stay even better:
1) one day we had to leave early for our trip at 7:30, so we intended to skip the breakfast that starts at 8. Upon finding that out, Isabelle packed some items for us on short notice. But our guide insisted we have our breakfast before the day-long trip to Ouarzazette. Upon hearing that, Isabelle ran to prepare our breakfast at 7:30 in the morning. Amusingly, Christian is always protective of his guests and tries to find out more about the guides to ensure their legitimacy so he talked to the guide while we had our breakfast.
2) our flight didnt leave till 7pm the next day. Given that they weren't expecting any guests, Christian graciously offered to let is have the room till we left for the airport so we could freshen up before we left.

There are some 1500 Riad's in the city as I have learnt, yet it is not a surprise that this Riad is always busy. They truly make their guests feel at home right away, and I would not trade that level of hospitality for anything else.

Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
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Address: 56, derb Touareg Medina, Marrakech 40000, Morocco
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Location: Morocco > Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region > Marrakech
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( Wi-Fi ) Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool
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Ranked #2 of 1,053 B&Bs / Inns in Marrakech
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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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