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203 Arset Aouzal, Bab Doukkala, Medina, 40000 Marrakesh, Morocco – Show map
Excellent location – rated 9.6/10! (score from 126 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 126 reviews
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This Riad is inside the Medina of Marrakech, a 10 minute walk from Jamaâ El Fna Square. It has a terrace with views of the Atlas Mountains and Koutoubia Mosque.
Score from 493 reviews Wonderful
Riad Samsara is located in Marrakech. It is a 10-minute drive from the famous Djemaa El Fna square and El Badii Palace. Free Wi-Fi access is available in all areas.
Score from 27 reviews Wonderful
This riad is situated in the heart of Marrakesh’s Medina (historic quarter). Set around a central patio, sheltered by trees and with a central fountain. It offers 4 individually-decorated rooms.
Score from 130 reviews Wonderful
Built in a traditional Moroccan style this guesthouse is located in Marrakesh. It offers a swimming pool, and a terrace with views of the Atlas Mountains and Koutoubia Minaret.
Score from 141 reviews Exceptional
May 4, 2015
Dominique and Giles! Incredible hosts who are so kind. The riad is wonderfully peaceful and very well placed, and the breakfast is one of the best we've ever had. Perfect.
April 20, 2015
Very nice and clean Riad. 10-15 min walk to the hughe market place (the 15 min walk takes you either through the souks which again is a very interesting way for "window shopping" or straight to the market place in 10 min) in the old town (Medina) but still very quiet. Gilles is very welcoming and has lots of tips to share with you for good food in the Medina and what to avoid to get ripped off. Nice roof top where you can have a cold bottle of wine or simply enjoy the sunshine.
April 19, 2015
Great location, very helpful, vomfortable, with great breakfasts.
April 18, 2015
Very knowledgeable and friendly hosts!
April 9, 2015
The only comment I can write here is just the distance from the center which is less than a 10mn walk. it works well because after eating a large meal, you can walk it when returning to the riad.
We loved the hospitality of the owner Gilles and his wife. I've stayed in Marrakesh 4 times in the past and was never welcomed like this. I wanted to book a day trip and it was already late when I arrived at the riad. Gilles said, Anything is possible in Morocco and he made it happen! They also served an amazing honey that was extracted from a cactus. It was so delicious and is a rare find as it comes from the Atlas mountains. The rooms were spacious and cozy and was definitely a great value for the money spent!
April 5, 2015
The rooms are beautifully decorated and the couple that run the Riad will go out of their way to help you out :-)
April 5, 2015
The layout of the property, the breakfasts, and the owners!
April 2, 2015
The warm welcome from Dominique and Gilles. Their Riad is the perfect location from which to experience the flavours, sights and sounds of Marrakech. It was my birthday while we were staying with them and they even made me a birthday cake to celebrate!
April 2, 2015
trying to cross road a nightmare
March 30, 2015
The Riad has a good location near the centre (about 5-10 minutes to Jemaa El Fna), but is located in a rather calm area of the Medina. The french owners are very polite and make you feel welcome from the first minute. Additionally, they prepare a breakfast that's just delicios. Excellent crepes, fresh juice, omelette, bread, butter... Our room was very cosy with a quite big bathroom. Unfortunately we stayed only one night and couldn't use the roof terracemore often.
March 30, 2015
All of it. Staff, Terras, food, wine,...
March 21, 2015
everything. Lovely hospitality, location, breakfast and especially the orange marmalade. Also nice mint tea and cookies and orange blossom products in the room. We thoroughly recommend.
February 24, 2015
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.
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.
February 16, 2015
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.
January 8, 2015
Greatest staff, very helpfull. Thank you very much for a wonderful stay. Would stay there again if I travel to Marrakech.
December 17, 2014
proximity to souks; friendliness; helpfulness; cuisine; traditional atmosphere; and at a very reasonable price.
November 9, 2014
Thank you for your lovely host Dominique and Gilles!
November 7, 2014
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.
November 4, 2014
Best people ive ever met
November 4, 2014
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.
November 2, 2014
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.
October 29, 2014
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.
October 21, 2014
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.
October 15, 2014
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.
October 7, 2014
nothing disliked at all.
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.
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