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“Had a wonderful 1-week stay with my girlfriend!”
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Riad Abaca Badra
Ranked #3 of 1,133 Marrakech B&B and Inns
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Nijmegen, The Netherlands
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Had a wonderful 1-week stay with my girlfriend!”
Reviewed 9 July 2013

Me and my girlfriend found this riad trhough tripadvisor, and we figured we couldn't go wrong with all these great reviews. And we we're right! From the moment we arrived till the moment we left, it was an amazing place! Gilles and Dominique are the nicest people you'll ever meet, and they really go above and beyond for you. Gilles arranged a rental car for us, and whenever we had questions about the city or anything they took the time for us.

The place itself is really charming, with nice big rooms. Our room had a goodworking air conditioner, really happy with that since it was 40+ degrees Celcius outside in june.
The roofterrace is great place to chill at the end of a busy day and the shower/tub is great for a cooldown! Breakfasts were great (and a lot!) and the first-day-meal they offered us was lovely! The free tea and the waterfountain (filtered) we're an huge assett, we didn't have to buy any bottles of water for the room.

Another big plus: it's quiet. When the door closes behind you when entering the riad, you'll hear nothing... which, after in a crowdy city like Marrakech, is a huge plus!

We will definitely go back to this riad whenever we go back to Marrakech, you can't go wrong here!

Room Tip: We stayed in room Fez, which was great!
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  • Stayed June 2013, travelled as a couple
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Warsaw, Poland
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 July 2013

We enjoyed our stay in Riad very much. We spent there 2 nights. The location of Riad is great - close to all attractions of the city. The hosts are increadible - thank you Dominique and Gilles for a wonderful stay! They are also very helpful and engaged. Riad is not a 5* resort but atmosphere is something difficult to describe - you really feel like home!! We were given also a small gift from Dominique.
Breakfasts are fine, wifi is in the whole Riad, it is very secure and clean place. I think it is the best place we stayed in Morocco.
Should you visit Marrakech, you must stay there!!

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  • Stayed June 2013, travelled as a couple
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New York City, New York
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Reviewed 4 July 2013

We have stayed with Gilles&Dominique during our short visit to Marrakesh in July 2013. It is really hard to add to all great reviews of this place, but we still feel that the kind of hospitality we've received from our beautiful hosts needs to be noted. The place is located on quiet street not far from all main attractions. We highly recommend to stay with Gilles&Dominique to anyone travelling to Marrakesh.

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 3 July 2013 via mobile

Wonderful hosts, Gilles and Dominique. I stayed there in April 2013 with 4 friends and it was the best place I stayed in after completing a trip around the world! It's in a great location close to the squares and mosques. The hosts can prepare amazing meals for you, are very knowledgable about Marrakesh, and really offer a pleasant stay. I will definitely be coming back!

  • Stayed April 2013
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Vancouver, Canada
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 June 2013

My wife and I stayed at Riad Abaca Badra mid June 2013. The hotel itself is very nice and incredibly comfortable. As good as it is, Gilles and Dominique are even better. (Their English is limited and I speak almost no French but my wife was able to bridge the divide.) We ate an amazing Tagine dinner the night we arrived. They gave us great advice for getting around the city and Gilles even came with us to a local shop to haggle for the best price on some bags. They also helped us organize a dessert trek when our prebooked trek fell through. We loved the rooftop terrace as well.

I found Marrakech a bit hectic and really enjoyed being able to relax at Abaca Badra. Thanks Gilles and Dominique!

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled as a couple
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Boston, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 June 2013

I totally agree with all previous reviewers- it's an amazing place to stay. Very authentic with amazing service. We stayed in many Riads during our trip but this one was definitely the best. Gilles and Dominique couldn't be more helpful! Thank you very much!!
I would like to mention few things which might be helpful:
1.If you're first time in Marrakech it would be much easier if you book a taxi through the Riad (15 eur from the airport) as it is quite difficult to find. The taxi driver will take you straight to the Riad's doors which will save you time and nerves.
2. If you are planning to go on a desert tour and you are tight on budget, don't bother looking online as it is quite expensive and not always safe. Gilles and Dominique have all the brochures in the Riad, the cheapest tour costs 650 dirham per person and is shared with other people (mini bus, 14 people max) and you can book it up to a day before. Just bare in mind that Zagora's desert tour is not an actual desert.
3. Cigarette shop is just outside of the Riad (marked with three circles, you can find these shops everywhere in Morocco). Prices are fixed (for example 32 dirham Marlboro Gold) but not displayed.

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 June 2013

Myself and a friend stayed at Abaca Badra for 3 nights at the end of June and cannot recommend it highly enough! It was wonderful. Gilles and Dominique are incredibly hospitable and helpful and go out of their way to help their guests. The Riad itself is beautiful and gives you a sense of calm in an incredibly busy and bustling city. There are lots of places to sit and chill out and the rooms are lovely and air-conditioned. Our room was beautiful and cleaned every day. It's only 10 minutes away from the main square and Gilles shows you the two routes so you know how to navigate your way around (he also told us the best way to get back at night which was appreciated as being two blonde girls we were concerned about being hassled, but going the main road way meant this wasn't an issue at all). They also gave us a map and showed us places of interest and how best to get there again. I would certainly have Gilles and Dominique organise a transfer for you from the airport as Marrakech is a maze and I think you'd struggle to find the Riad yourself, and the transfer they organise is very reasable in cost. They have filtered water available so you don't have to go and buy bottles all the time which is a welcomed little extra as when it's hot you drink so much! The mint tea is the best we had in Marrakech too and is available whenever you would like it. Gilles and Dominique go out of their way to ensure your trip is special, and myself and my friend would not hesitate in going back - it really was a fantastic place to stay!

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled with friends
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Property: 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 #3 of 1,133 B&Bs / Inns in Marrakech
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 5

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