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“The only place to stay in Marrakech for the marathon!” 5 of 5 stars
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Riad Badi
56, derb Touareg Medina, Marrakech 40000, Morocco   |  
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Ranked #2 of 1,080 Marrakech B&B and Inns
London, United Kingdom
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“The only place to stay in Marrakech for the marathon!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2014

As most others, we stayed here on good Trip Advisor ratings and the recommendations couldn't have been more justified. Isabelle and Christian made us feel so at home and supported in what can be a very chaotic city. The Riad was an oasis of calm, comfort and delicious food. We were there to do the half marathon, and they prepared us special meals before and after the race. The meals we had there were the best we had and we ate in some pretty nice restaurants (including Pepe Nero). Particular highlights of the Riad for us were: watching the storks on the Badi Palace walls from the terrace, the delicious breakfast every morning which set us up for days exploring, evenings relaxing with a beer/sweet mint tea in the various sitting rooms, the rose petals in the beautiful room, and the excellent guidance from two kind hosts.

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  • Stayed January 2014, 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, January 31, 2014
Dear Kate,
Thank you for choosing the Marrakech Half Marathon and Riad Badi for these last few days. Then thank you for sharing your experience at Riad Badi.
We are glad to know you enjoyed our home and our services.
We'll be sincerely happy to see you again and why not for the 2015 Marathon.
Take care and kind regards.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2014

We stayed 2 nights at Riad Badi in Marrakech. Isabelle and Christian were welcoming, friendly and very helpful hosts. The riad is a tranquil oasis in a chaotic city, yet situated close enough so you can easily walk to all the main sites. Our room (Cannelle) was lovely, well appointed, well lit, spotless, great bed and linens, and had a great bathroom with super towels and bath products. Breakfasts were delicious and homemade, including moroccan specialities. As soon as we arrived, Christian sat down with us to go over the map, sites, shopping tips, do's and dont's of marrakech etiquette, all of which were practical and extremely helpful. We would highly recommend Riad Badi!

  • Stayed January 2014, 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, February 1, 2014
Dear Jeffrey and Bonnie,
Thank you for choosing our riad for your first stay in Morocco and thank you 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.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2014

We booked Riad Badi based on the outstanding reviews on Trip Advisor. Our stay at Riad Badi far surpassed those positive ratings. We would gladly give owners Christian and Isabelle 6 stars!

It's hard to add much to the many perfect ratings by other guests because the high marks written about this Riad are completely accurate and true.

We've stayed in many 5-star hotels, but the personalized service and attention is far above anything that you'll find in a larger hotel. Upon arrival, Christian kindly took us out to the ATM machine, guided us to Janaa el fna Square, and pointed out several restaurants at different price points. The next morning Christian accompanied us again to point out the key places to visit in the medina (Badi Palace, Bahia Palace, Museum of Marrakech, the Madrasa, and the Museum of Photography) and guided us through the Souk. Each day Isabelle spent time to explain our breakfast dishes, which change daily. And you should definitely try dinner in the Riad--it was the best food that we had in Marrakech!

In addition to the individualized service, Christian and Isabelle offer a unique perspective on daily life in Morocco from their own experiences as French expats. Their insights to the culture and habits of Marrakech, everything from where to buy crafts and how to bargain, make staying in Riad Badi something more special than just spending a few nights in a hotel.

Lastly the Riad itself is worth its own 5-star rating. This is a wonderfully restored Riad, immaculately maintained and tastefully decorated with local crafts. We were so delighted with the bronze lanterns in the Cannelle Room that we tried to buy pair--speak to Christian first!

We will definitely recommend Riad Badi to our friends and relatives as well as hope to return soon ourselves. Book Riad Badi and you, too, will find it hard to write a more positive review than ours!

Room Tip: We stayed in the Cannelle Room, but don't worry all the rooms are lovely.
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  • Stayed January 2014, 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, February 1, 2014
Dear Michelle,
Thank you so much for writing this complete and very nice review with many details. Thank you for all these compliments that affect us much.
We have been receiving 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 have met you and to have contributed to the success of your holidays.
Thank you again and again.
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Mountain View, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2014

Everything that has to be said about Isabelle and Christian has been said before. They go above and beyond in every way possible to make you feel at home. They are perfectionists who take great pride in what they do. One rarely comes across hosts like them. When we arrived at their Riad Christian went through the map of the area with us while Isabelle served up hot tea and cookies. Later Christian spent a few hours showing us around the square to help us get oriented. No one asked him to but he did! On the last day when we were checking out they gave us the disembarkation forms saving us time and unnecessary hassle (with completing the form) at the airport. They go the extra mile. It's no wonder they are #1 on TripAdvisor.

Apart from their hospitality the room was spacious and nicely appointed with a hot shower, very comfortable bed, and a strong WiFi signal permeating through out the apartment. If you are in Marrakech book your stay with them.

Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2014

Well, what do you want from citybreak accommodation? Convenience? Absolutely - only a gentle wander from the city's hub at Janaa El Fna Square, next door to the Badi Palace, a few more steps up the road to Bahia Palace, round the corner to the Saadi Tombs. Tick this one in spades. Comfort? Great shower, perfect beds (not too soft, nor rock hard), tasteful, elegant surroundings but not overdone so you feel scared to touch anything and can't relax? Yep, got that. A tasty breakfast, that just 'hits the spot' in terms of being interesting and different enough without being a culinary challenge, changes every day, plenty without being over-facing? Mark that on the list too. Helpful, receptive hosts, knowledgeable and informative about the area but who don't inflict an agenda you don't want to follow, who are interested in what you've done and where you've been without being inquisitive or nosey? Got that one too.

This Riad has, in a quiet, confident and comfortable way, managed to get everything right. It is a living testimony to the dedication and desire to be proper hosts that Christian and Isabelle show on a daily basis. It is, for me, a prime example of hospitality - welcoming, comfortable, somewhere you look forward to returning to at the end of a day, somewhere you can relax and feel comfortable. The reviews show there are many good Riads in Marrakesh, and this one clearly justifies its top spot.

Oh, and the couscous at dinner here on the first night was the best of many we tasted during a 5-day stay.

  • Stayed December 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2014

OMG!!! this place is amazing!!! there is nothing more I can say that has not been said by the 1000+ 5 stars review of this place. I wish every place I stayed at is like this. AMAZING!!!!!!
If I decide to come back to Morocco, It would be partially because of this place n the city.
There is an amazing restaurant (recommended by the hotel) called Paris at the square.
I still dream about their food. The hotel staff are all really great and helpful!!!
I would come back to this hotel soon!!!

Thank you for such wonderful experience!!!

PS: had to put Feb 2013 cause Trip Advisor doesn't let me go back to 2011

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  • Stayed February 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
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2014

Our stay here was relaxing - being only minutes away from the hustle and bustle of the main square Jemaa El Fna ... but down a quite street, so a good nights sleep was guaranteed !! The French owners Christian and Isabelle are just fantastic - so helpful and friendly. Christian took us through the maze of souks on our first day so we soon got our bearings. Breakfast was varied every day... served on beautiful Moroccan ware. Our room was lovely, with crisp white sheets and had a combo heater/air conditioning unit which came in useful..... all in all a great stay for our first visit to Marrakech. Thank you Isabelle & Christian.
Would highly recommend XX

Room Tip: We stayed in the Turquoise Room for our first 3 nights - lovely bright and quite room. We returned...
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  • Stayed December 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
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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 ( WiFi ) Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 1,080 B&Bs / Inns in Marrakech
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 6
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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