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“Quiet escape from the hustle of the Medina”
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Riad Abaca Badra
Ranked #7 of 1,172 Marrakech B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 4 June 2013

I recently visited Marrakech for the first time with my father-in-law. We had such a lovely stay with Gilles and Dominique and I would recommend everyone to stay with them when they visit.
The Riad is a little difficult to find, but it is very centrally located in the Medina. We only found it by paying a local boy to take us there once our cab dropped us off. I would recommend taking up Gilles on his offer to provide a driver to pick you up and bring you there. But once there, Gilles and Dominique were wonderful hosts. They welcomed us by inviting us to sit down and offering us a cup of mint tea and Moroccan pastries. As we talked about our plans and what they recommended for us to see, they pulled out a map and showed us exactly where everything was and how to get there.
That night, we opted to have a traditional Moroccan meal prepared by their cook and served right in the courtyard. It was absolutely delicious- vegetable pastilla, tagine chicken with lemon and olive, and this desert of layered pastry, delicate sweet cream, strawberries, bananas, and nuts. It was really nice not to have to worry about where we were going to eat or how we were going to get there and we could just relax with a bottle of Moroccan red wine.
Before we went to bed at night, Gilles asked what time we wanted breakfast and whether we preferred coffee or tea. When we awoke, we went down to the courtyard to a table set up with mugs, fresh coffee, bread, homemade jam and honey, fresh squeezed orange juice, yogurt, and eggs made to order.
The Riad itself is exquisitely decorated. It was the little details that really stood out for me- rose petals on the beds when we first arrived, orange blossom shampoo, body wash, and lotion, a lounge area outside the rooms with couches and tables, and a rooftop deck with lounge chairs, towels, and straw hats provided for use. The rooms and bathrooms were large and clean.
I chose this hotel for the location and because of the great reviews. We walked across the street and got lost in the souks and then found our way to Jemaa El Fna square at night and easily walked the 15mins back. It’s a quiet, charming place in the hustle of the Medina.

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  • Stayed: May 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 2 June 2013

Abaca Badra was our first port of refuge in Marrakech. Gilles the proprietor could not have been more helpful.We landed at marrakech airport early evening, picked up our hire car and we where shown the way to the mosque where Gilles met us and took us to the Riad.Dominque and Gilles made us most welcome, with traditional mint tea and biscuits in the peace and quiet of the Riad.
After a most comfortable night in a beautifully traditional decorated ground floor room and a good breakfast. Gilles very kindly drove us out of the maze of the medina and central marrakech to the main road to Safi to the Riad cheval Blanc our next port of call,With out his help I don't know how long it would have taken us.This Riad will definitiley be top of our list when we return to Marrakech.

  • Stayed: March 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 1 June 2013

My partner and I have just spent a wonderful three nights at Riad Abaca Badra and we could not recommend this Riad00oh more highly! It was exceptional in every way! Firstly, the location was excellent, within 10 mins walking of the main square and attractions and the Riad itself was beautiful, with a lovely internal courtyard and traditional ceilings and furnishings. Our room was very spacious and extremely comfortable and the roof terrace is the perfect place to relax after a busy day exploring the city. We also had two dinners at the hotel and it was the best food that we ate in Morocco! But the best thing about this hotel is the wonderful owners, Dominique and Gilles. They are so kind and welcoming and went out of their way to help us in any way they could. Nothing was too much trouble for them! Gilles even insisted on making us breakfast at 4:30am before our early morning flight! We have stayed in many lovely hotels and guest houses around the world but we have never experienced hospitality like this!

  • Stayed: May 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 31 May 2013

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The owners Gilles & Dominique are wonderful hosts. They were very attentive, following up on details the cleaning staff may have missed, providing natural local bath products, and doing the little extras (helped us spread out laundry drying on the roof, getting us napkins when they saw us eating on the rooftop, etc.). They went out of their way to help us find some souvenirs we were looking for. Gilles recommended some excellent, good value restaurants to help us avoid the tourist traps.

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We stayed at both the small room on the ground floor and a larger one on the second floor. Both are clean and comfortable. We were shocked walking into the room & find rose petals on our bed! Similar to other riads we stayed at, the rooms open into the common atrium so it can be noisy when there are people talking outside the rooms. The rooftop is a really nice place to lounge, with a large covered tent-like soft seating area, hot tub, and some patio furniture.

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The riad is located in a more residential part of the medina. Instead of being surround by souvenir shops, it was nice to walk out to local market shops. There is even a traditional hammam just down the street - my most memorable Moroccan experience It is only a short walk away from the main square and other sightseeing spots, and a short taxi ride (and not that long a walk) to the new town. The only down side is there are not as many restaurant choices at the door step, but there are lots of choices within 5-10 min walk.

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Breakfast was quite filling, with the usual bread, yogurt, etc. Gilles made eggs to order. On the first day, he even baked a cake for breakfast.

Overall, it was a pleasant relaxing stay, and good value.

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  • Stayed: April 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 29 May 2013

We have just returned from Marrakech and we just cannot say enough about our wonderful Riad. Everyone comments on Gilles and Dominique's hospitality and there is nothing more to say about how wonderful hosts they are. The Riad itself, however, is also amazing. The location is perfect for exploring the souks, and just a short stroll away from Jemaa el-FNA and all the main tourist attractions. After getting lost (literally and metaphorically) the Riad's terrace is an ideal place to relax and plan your next moves. The standards of cleanliness are extremely high- something that you will appreciate more once in Marrakech. Our breakfast (served whenever it suited us) was always tasty and allowed us to taste all sorts of Moroccan pancakes. Our hosts even upgraded to the suite since they had a vacancy and greeted us with a goodbye gift. We thank them so much for everything they did, their valuable advice and welcoming smiles and hope to see them again one day.

  • Stayed: May 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 13 May 2013

This is probably one of the best places I have ever stayed at and I just finished a trip around the world! I stayed with 4 of my friends and we loved it! This Riad is owned by the sweetest French couple and they will take such good care of you; so accommodating to everything we needed. They know a lot about the city and can give you some local tips on what to see and where to go. Their Riad is like a little piece of paradise. You walk through a small little door and I swear you'll say 'wow' when you walk in. It's like in the movie Aladdin. Beautiful terrace with a nice bar and some lounge chairs. Great little corner to relax and have a glass of wine or some hookah. It's a five to ten minute walk to the center and where the main square is and all the little markets. It was absolutely fabulous! I'll be back for sure!

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  • Stayed: April 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 8 May 2013

We did not choose this Riad, but were advised that the one we tried to book was full, "but we have friends who have rooms free for your dates"
Well that was a stroke of great fortune, because if that had not happened we would never have met Gilles and his lovely wife Dominique. There hospitality was second to none, the Riad is beautiful,clean, comfortable and excellently located. The service is second to none. The food is superb and nothing is too much trouble. They are allays willing to help and offer advice on all aspects of Marrakech. We could not possibly write enough to even begin to explain why we recommend this place so highly. You will just have to go and experience it. Very Special people in a very special place.

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Additional Information about Riad Abaca Badra

Address: 203 Arset Azoual | Bab Doukkala, Marrakech 40000, Morocco
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Region: 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 #7 of 1,172 B&Bs / Inns in Marrakech
Price Range: £46 - £67 (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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