Giving the Riad Abaca Badra highly deserved full marks in this review worries me. Why? Because next time we, or the family and friends to whom we will certainly recommend it, try to make a reservation they will surely be fully booked.
There are not sufficient superlatives to describe the friendly, kind, willing and attentive treatment we received from Gilles and Dominique during the five days we stayed at their Riad.
From the warm reception upon arrival to the affectionate farewells, we felt we were staying with friends. The Riad itself is centrally but quietly located near many of the sights of Marrakech. It is stylish, comfortable and extremely clean a quiet haven in the bustling city. Everything worked well; powerful warm showers, excellent air-conditioning, a welcome jacuzzi on the sun trap roof-terrace.
Gilles arranged our pick up at the airport and from that moment our stay was perfect, thanks mainly to him and Dominique. Even when we became hopelessly lost on our first morning there, we rang them, in desperation, and Dominique was there, ten minutes later, to pick us up and guide us “home”.
Every time we returned, tired and thirsty, from our sightseeing, Gilles and Dominique were there with a cold drink and a friendly smile. We ate twice at the Riad; the food was very good value and delicious.
The warmth and willingness with which Gilles and Dominque treated us made us feel more like houseguests than paying customers. They honestly could not do enough for us and it would be safe to say that, without them, and the home from home they provided, our stay in Marrakech would not have been nearly as enjoyable.
I really don’t know how they manage to make all of their guests feel as special but they certainly do, as evidenced by the guest book which was filled with glowing praise and thanks. It must be so tiring explaining, guiding, making small talk with new faces over and over again but we never felt that it was difficult for them. They and their Riad are absolutely charming and I do not hesitate to give them the highest recommendation.
Sometimes when I read such effusive reviews I am worried that the hotel will not live up to my expectations. But if you receive the same service we did you will not be disappointed!
When we return to Marrakech it will definitely be to the Abaca Badra – if they’re not booked up years in advance!
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