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203 Arset Aouzal, Bab Doukkala, Medina, 40000 Marrakesh, Morocco – Show map
Excellent location – rated 9.5/10! (score from 121 reviews)
Rated by guests after their stay at Riad Abaca Badra.
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BBQ Facilities, Terrace, Sun Deck
Solarium, Massage, Hot Tub, Turkish/Steam Bath, Library
Food & Drink
Bar, Breakfast in the Room, Restaurant with Dining Menu, Special Diet Meals (upon request)
WiFi is available in all areas and is free of charge.
Public parking is available at a location nearby (reservation is not needed) and costs EUR 2 per day.
Car Rental, Airport Shuttle (surcharge), Express Check-in/Check-out, Tour Desk, Baggage Storage, Babysitting/Child Services, Meeting/Banquet Facilities
12:00 PM - 12:00 AM
3:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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Children and Extra Beds
All children are welcome.
One child under 3 years stays free of charge when using existing beds.
One child under 2 years stays free of charge in a crib.
There is no capacity for extra beds in the room.
The maximum number of cribs in a room is 1.
Pets are allowed. No extra charges.
This property only accepts cash payments.
Based on 121 reviews
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We stayed at Abaca Badra when we first arrived to Marrakesh, and it was an excellent introduction to Morocco and its riads. There's a thought put into every detail here. The communication prior to arrival was smooth. We received a pdf map of the area prior to our arrival. The location is nice, close to medina (the old city), and safe because of the proximity to the guarded Dar el Bacha (palace). Gilles welcomed us upon arrival, we were served mint tea and homemade delicious pastries, given a map of Marrakesh, and Gilles gave excellent recommendations of dining and sightseeing spots. We went to Tiznit restaurant for dinner that Gilles has recommended (very inexpensive place with Moroccan prices), and had a delicious rabbit tajine! Gilles also gave us tips on bargaining and prices for taxis which was very useful to know. The Meknes room where we stayed is nicely decorated. We had a heater and an extra blanket in the room. There's a safe where you can store your passports. I really enjoyed looking at all the interior decor details of the riad and all the toiletries in the bathroom! We stayed in 3 riads on our journey in Morocco, and this was the only riad that provided (locally made) shampoo, body wash and body lotion. The other riads only had soaps. There was also an argan oil in a nice jar, and a hair dryer. The shower was hot and the pressure was good. The breakfast was amazing! Eggs, homemade orange and prune jams, peanut putter and honey, all served in cute mini tajines, homemade vanilla yoghurt, orange juice, bread, local bread, coffee and moroccan mint tea. All served on beautiful plates and pots in a beautiful courtyard under a real banana tree in the middle of it. There's a rooftop with deck chairs for sunbathing, and even sun hats are already put there thoughtfully in advance. There are sun hats and umbrellas for guests.
The room is quite cold in February when we were there, but so were all the riads where we stayed. There's a heater and the extra blanket if necessary. We did fine with two layers of blankets but I would recommend everyone who travels to Morocco in Feb to bring a toasty flannel or fleece pajamas with you.
An oasis of calm in the the bustle of Marrakech. Dominique and Gilles were very welcoming and the location was within easy walking distance of the main square and the souks. Would definitely recommend.
Greatest staff, very helpfull. Thank you very much for a wonderful stay. Would stay there again if I travel to Marrakech.
proximity to souks; friendliness; helpfulness; cuisine; traditional atmosphere; and at a very reasonable price.
Thank you for your lovely host Dominique and Gilles!
We cant stress how excellent this place made our stay!! Gilles & Domineque are incredible hosts, offering advice, a wonderful place to stay, and their own time if needed. Location is excellent, walking distance to main medina sq, while also passing quieter non-medina restaurants so you can get out of the hustle occasionally.
Best people ive ever met
Gilles and Dominique are thoughtful, kind hosts and are always looking for ways to make your stay enjoyable. On the day of our arrival they arranged a transfer from the airport and then had a great evening meal waiting for us. After receiving lots of great advice about how to bargain in the souks, where to exchange money, the best times to visit the museums, where to get lunch etc etc we were well informed to venture out around Marrakech ourselves for the next few days. The riad is a typical local design with rooms on two floors around a central atrium. It is well decorated and very clean.
Dominique & Gilles are just fabulous hosts. They arranged the taxi for our arrival at the airport and a lovely evening meal on our first night. Gilles spent time explaining the best places to visit and how to haggle etc whilst Dominique was kind enough to take us to the square and ensure that we could find our way back to the Riad from there. The Riad is beautiful and the staff lovely. It is in a very central location which is great for exploring. The rooms are comfortable and clean. I went by the other reviews and am very pleased that I chose to stay there. Truly lovely people.
The welcome was amazing, they could not do enough to help. The riad itself was beautiful and peaceful. The food tasted fantastic. Finally, it was in a perfect position. I honestly could not have asked for a better place to stay.
Dominique and Gill are the perfect hosts! Before arrival they were quick at responding to emails and very helpful. On arrival at this beautiful riad we were made very welcome and felt right at home. Gill gave us a map and took the time to show us where we were, some of the best locations to visit and the safest routes to walk in the night time. He also gave us information on some of the best places to eat and we were very happy with his recommendations. As the riad was not full during our visit they also upgraded our room (which was very clean) at no extra cost, which was very kind. The riad itself is stunning, so much care and attention has gone into making this place just right and it truly has a tasteful Moroccan theme. The top terrace is beautiful and very private, which means you can make use of the sunbeds if you wish. The location is a good and is a short walk to get to the Djeema el-fna, souks and other top sightseeing spots. It’s the little touches that make this place stand out from the other places I have stayed in Morocco, free mint tea and homemade biscuits whenever requested, towels and hats on the sunbeds and two water filters which means you can top up your water anytime and not have to buy bottles. The breakfast which was included in our rate was plentiful and included homemade yogurts and jams. Unfortunately we didn’t stay long enough to sample a home cooked dinner but I am sure it would be delicious! On the day we were due to leave it was possible for us to extend our check out as the other guests were arriving later that evening, this was very helpful and allowed us to really make the most out of last day in Marrakech. Dominique really helped make our last day special, she took us shopping to the local stores to buy some spices and olives which we wanted to bring home. This meant we had the best price and quality. She showed us some local points of interest and also helped us to buy things to enable us to experience a local hammam.
We had a wonderful time at the Abaca Badra. The place is lovely, comfortable with a Moroccan style. Breakfast is delicious! The owners, Gilles & Dominique, are very nice people, they made everything to make us fell like home. We recomended the tasting menu of Moroccan cuisine by Dominique... it's delicious!!! I would definitely recommend the Riad Abaca Badra for your staying at Morocco.
The owners were so considerate and thoughtful, providing great food, loads of information as well as a bottle of fresh cold water each day to take with us. The location was excellent for walking to all the key areas in Marrakech and the Riad was very typically Moroccan, adding an extra flavour of being away from it all.
nothing disliked at all.
We liked the location, because it's only 5 min walk from the markets and only 10 min from the square. Staff and owners were lovely. Got brilliant breakfast every morning, and at any time- even in the afternoon :)
Was no hair dryer in the room, like it said it would be. But then you could get one for 20€ deposit. Wich is weird because it's not like anybody gonna steal it. No TV in the room, no music or any kind of relaxing noise in all Riad. There was cd layer in the main seating area, but in 7 days never saw it on. And the main thing was that we could hear everything. We stayed on ground floor room, so every morning we could not sleep when somebody was having breakfasts. If we were up earlier, we needed to whisper because not to wake everybody up.
Gilles & Dominique were there for every need and made our family feel at home in their lovely riad which is ideally located close to the souks but in a quiet back-alley.
We just spent six nights at the Riad Abaca Badra, our second stay at the riad, and have already booked a third. I can’t imagine a better riad in Marrakech. The Abaca Badra is lovely. It is spotlessly clean throughout and the public areas are well-appointed and spacious. The roof area is huge with sunbeds, tables, shaded seating and a bubbly hot-tub thing. We stayed in the Fez room and it too was spacious and comfortable. Our bed was just right and the pillows as good as home. The aircon is efficient and unobtrusive. The bathroom was large, there was always plenty of hot water and the complimentary shower gel smells fantastic. The food in the riad is amazing. Breakfast is delicious and large, to the extent that we didn’t need lunch. There is free mint tea on request, very refreshing, and you’ll never have to buy a bottle of water thanks to the two mains water filter/chillers on the ground floor and the roof. All riads should do this. Despite the vast numbers of restaurants Marrakech has to offer, the best cooking is still in the home and that is what the riad offers: superb traditional Moroccan home cooking. There is a large menu on offer, you simply order early in the day and the ingredients are bought fresh for you. And they buy well because the quality of the ingredients is outstanding. The dinners we enjoyed at the Abaca Badra have been the best of our four visits to Marrakech. The wine is excellent and the Abaca Badra Cocktail remains THE GREATEST DRINK ON EARTH. The riad is brilliantly located in a busy but quiet neighbourhood and easy to find, with the taxi drop-off literally just around the corner. Once you know what you’re doing, the main square is a ten minute walk, the new town fifteen. There is an ATM five minutes away and two bureaus de change a similar distance. There are lots of small shops that can seemingly get you anything you need, including a pet shop offering hedgehogs.
Gilles and Dominque's beautiful riad was a calm oasis in what seemed at first to be an alien world. We were warmly welcomed with our first (and so far best) cup of thé a la menthe as Gilles chatted to us in English and as much French as we could manage about the city around us. Our exquisite room was the perfect stopping point on our first night in Morroco. The relaxing roof terrace and massive and delicious breakfast the following morning were the icing on the cake. Fantastic place to stay.
Gilles and Dominique are a great couple and they did everything possible to make us comfortable, had a pick up for us at the airport and helped us make our plans for day trips outside of the Medina. They managed to arrange a party with live Gnawa music to celebrate my birthday and anniversary, even though it was during Ramadan.
We waited until the last evening to share the Hookah!
Our general rate is excellent+++. You are welcomed like a good friend to the family. The perfect well located place to stay when you visit Marrakech. Extremely good value for money. Strongly recommended!
Fantastic, perfect. This wasn't staying at some random accommodation, it was like staying with friends (Dominique and Gilles). One of the big downside of Marrakech is the lack of honesty in a lot of people which results in low confidence. I was going to Morocco for the first time with my wife, and so was quite apprehensive and nervous after reading so much bad stuff on the internet. Book your stay here and the worry and concerns seem to disappear. I requested the transfer (which I cannot recommend enough as all Riads are difficult to find), the transfer was perfect and smooth. It was professional and friendly service from the start to end. All costs itemised. I did some research on best places and cost for excursions but ended up booking everything through Gilles. Trust me, save yourself the bother, Gilles will give you the best deal. Also, as advised do not exchange in airport, there is a exchange near by, we were even borrowed a lot of money by Gilles on arrival until we were able to exchange our money, wow!!. We were also given a map and also advice on best places go and best routes to get there. The Riad is beautiful and so was our room. Its a short 10-15 minute walk from main square. To top it all up, they even arranged a Riad residents only lovely 3 course meal at their own expense on one of the nights, wow again!!!. You can't beat their service and hospitality. So, stop thinking..just book and relax...you will be well taken of, and trust Gilles and Dominique blindly. Finally, massive thanks to them.
Leaving the Riad, especially because they came outside personally to see us off.
So welcoming even tho we arrived late and had to leave early. Even offered us tea and something to eat tho it was late at night, emails before we arrived were very informative. Made us eggs for breakfast! Very helpful.
I can't praise Dominique and Gilles enough. From my first email until the waved goodbye to my daughter and I they couldn't have been more helpful. They arranged the airport transfer, made a beautiful meal for us on arrival, Dominique escorted us to the night market and also gave us great tips and information. They also arranged our bus ticket to Essauoira, made us an early breakfast and then took us to the bus station. On our return to Marakech Dominique and Gilles arranged a taxi to collect us from the bus station, again prepared a beautiful meal for us and then sorted out a taxi to the airport. This was my first trip to Morroco and I had my 11 year old daughter with me so I was a bit nervous. Having such kind and helpful hosts made all the difference. It honestly felt like we were visiting friends rather than staying in a strange place. Almost forgot to say- the riad is very centrally located, clean and decorated beautifully- a home away from home.
Gilles and Dominique are excellent hosts who make you feel welcome from the moment you walk in. They have spacious rooms with comfortable beds and an excellent shower. The rooftop terrace was perfect for catching some afternoon sun and relaxing.
Like everything in the old town in Marrakesh, it was hard to find the first time.
This riad was great! The owners are absolutely fabulous, very hospitable and friendly. Gilles stayed late in order to greet us after our excursion and had dinner ready and waiting for us upon our arrival (about 9:30pm). The dinner was the best we had in all of Morocco, while 16 euros seemed a bit steep at first thought, I was pleasantly surprised at the 3 course meal we were given, it was absolutely FABULOUS! Well worth the 16 euro in my opinion. Gilles also woke up bright and early to prepare us breakfast before we left to head to the airport, arranged a taxi for us and even gave us a parting gift of a small tajine as we were leaving. Overall, I wish we had spent more time at this Riad as it is beautiful and the owners make you feel at home while your there. Highly recommend!
It was a bit further away from the medina and the wifi did not work in our room.
The Riad owners were exceptional, they went out of their way to make sure our holiday was perfect. The location was excellent. We ate here and food was excellent too. Very friendly.
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