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.