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Riad Abaca Badra
Ranked #5 of 1,160 Marrakech B&B and Inns
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Reviewed March 2, 2013

Riad Abaca Badra is a great place to stay. It is located on a quiet street less than ten minutes walk from Jama el Fnaa, which is ideal. The riad is elegant and traditional, with spacious, comfortable rooms; it is also clean and very secure. The hosts Gilles and Dominique are welcoming and helpful, and always happy to provide Moroccan mint tea and sweets by way of refreshment. The breakfast (provided at whatever hour you want) includes cactus honey, freshly pressed orange juice and french coffee. Abaca Badra succeeds in combining the intimacy and authenticity of a proper riad with a very high and personal standard of service. If you are going to stay in Marakesh I recommend staying here.

  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 2, 2013

We have just returned from four lovely nights at Riad Abaca Badra. The riad is quite small and so feels very personal. We were very wonderfully looked after by Gilles who was always available with advice or a recommendation for dinner. He provided a delicious breakfast every morning at any time we chose, so we were able to sleep late, and he also provided mint tea and little Morrocan gateaux (my favourite) whenever requested.

I really loved our room (a suite on the upper floor). It had an excellent hot shower, plenty of space, and was cleaned every day. On our first day the bed was sprinkled with petals, and there were fresh flowers in a vase. What a treat!

Finally, the location of the riad was excellent, within an easy walk of the main square but in a slightly quieter area.

The roof terrace is lovely and comes with sunbeds, towels and sunhats provided. The only slight disappointment for me was that the hot tub was not working, but I know that they are trying to get it fixed.

To conclude, Gilles consistently went the 'extra mile' to make sure we had a good stay, including accompanying me to the patesserie to buy gateaux at locals' prices, and so thanks to him and the comfort of the riad we really did have the most relaxing holiday.

Room Tip: The cheapest room (on the ground floor) looked a little dark - I would recommend paying the little e...
  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 13, 2013

cactus honey, self made jam and fresh croissants as well as typical moroccan bread for breakfast - the french owners really try their best to make you feel welcome and take care of all the small details.

We arrived at 7 o'clock in the morning in Marrakech after getting of a nightbus having no reservation and just knocked at the door of the riad trying to find a place for a night. The owner welcomed us very friendly, even though it was so early and let us settle down in all tranquility. After a short nap it was time to get something to eat and the owner recommend a wonderful seafood restaurant in the new part of town.
if you have any sorts of questions or request, don't hesitate to ask them, they always offer really friendly and great advice, they know where to go to a good Hammam, lunch, dinner and can also offer you a bottle of wine from their fridge.
In the morning, before we checked out, they even heated up the rooftop yacuzzi for us (which you need to ask for well in advance, because it heats up extremly slow).

I would stay here anytime again and can only recommend this place!

The only doubt I would have about is that it is not really soundproof, but most of the guesthouses/hostels/riads I have been to in Marrakech aren't. This however was not any issue for us, since we were the only guests at the time, so I don't know what it's like when the place is full.

  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 14, 2013

My partner and I stayed here for just over a week and had such a lovely time.

Gilles and Dominique are so welcoming and really go out of their way to make you feel at home. They can provide detailed advice on Marrakesh itself and possible trips to the local area.

The riad itself is very pretty and the room in which we stayed was spacious and comfortable. The location is very central, within easy walking distance to all the key sites but still very quiet. The breakfast was always generous and tasty, plus we had all the moroccan mint tea we could drink!

Riad Abaca Badra is brilliant.

Room Tip: We stayed in the Fez room, on the first floor which was large, comfortable with an excellent en suit...
  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 11, 2013

Me and my boyfriend only stayed her for one night, but we really loved this place. Gilles and Dominique is the nicest couple and they really did the best to make us feel welcome. They doesnt speak that much english, but it was not a big problem - they can explain the most important stuff for you. Gilles recomended a restaurant called Tiznit, on Jama el Fnaa, and it really had the best chicken tajine in the city. We went there twice, its a must! As we went straight to the mountains after our stay, Gilles took care of our luggage and transported it to our next riad. For free! Before we decided to go to the mountains we had actually booked the riad for two nights, but Gilles took care of it and we only had to pay for one night. Really excellent service! The breakfast is very good, and they give you water for free. The riad is also close to everything, but at the same time situated in a quiet street. A very nice experience!

Room Tip: We stayed at the Zagora, it was very nice with a big bathroom. It is situated on the second floor, w...
  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled as a couple
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Thank 212Nina
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Reviewed November 2, 2012

Riad Abaca Badre is a wonderful place to stay. It has great rooms with beautiful mosaics and very friendly hosts, who will do their very best to make your stay unforgettable. Its an advantage to speak French or else you will just have a good laught about the small language difficullities :-) Situated only a 10 minutes walk from the big central marketplace, Riad Abaca Badre is outstanding and worth a visit.

  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled with friends
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Thank Stine G
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Reviewed October 16, 2012

We had a great experience in this Riad. We were welcomed with some tea and sat down with the two lovely french owners and other guests. The Riad looked great and everything worked fine, at the rooftop they had a jacuzi, which we didn't used but it is possible. In Morocco it is not possible to drink tap water but at this Riad they have a tap where you can fill your bottle with drinking water so that is great when you leave the Riad in the morning to visit the city of Marrakesh, the Jemaa el-Fnaa square is about a 10 minute walk. The breakfast is good with coffee/tea, orange juice, different kind of bread, delicious cactus honey, sweet figs and strawberry jam. They even got up at 6 in the morning to make breakfast for us. Although their English is not very good and my french not so good it was still possible to talk to them and ask for good things to visit in the city and asking for good restaurants. They made a reservation for us at Le Chat Qui Rit which is a great french restaurant and reasonable priced.

This is a great place to stay when you are in Marrakesh!

  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled with friends
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Address: 203 Arset Azoual | Bab Doukkala, Marrakech 40000, Morocco
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Location: Morocco > Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region > Marrakech
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Airport Transportation
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Ranked #5 of 1,160 B&Bs / Inns in Marrakech
Price Range: $63 - $91 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Riad Abaca Badra 3*
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The riad has 5 rooms for 2 to 4 people, they are air conditioned. They all feature a sitting area, a private bathroom, storage cabinets, a safe. Towels, hair dryer, shower gel, shampoo and body lotion are available to you. The wi-fi is available throughout the riad and a computer station is available. The riad owners resident on site, they can help you in the choice of sightseeing or activities: excursions, sport and physical activities, exploring Marrakech ... All these activities have been tested and validated by your hosts. We strive for here, you feel at home. ... more   less 
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