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Newest reviews for Riad Abaca Badra

  • John
      United Kingdom
    August 22, 2014

    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.

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    10

  • Simon
      United Kingdom
    August 8, 2014

    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.

    Going home.

    10

  • Aaron
      Ireland
    July 26, 2014

    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.

    10

  • Edwin
      United States of America
    July 21, 2014

    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!

    10

  • Lars
      Sweden
    May 18, 2014

    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!

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    10

  • Hammamur
      United Kingdom
    May 13, 2014

    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.

    9.6

  • Laura
      United States of America
    April 19, 2014

    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.

    7.9

  • Melissa
      Ireland
    April 18, 2014

    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.

    10

  • Eileen
      United States of America
    April 12, 2014

    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.

    10

  • Anonymous
      United States of America
    April 7, 2014

    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.

    9.6

  • Susan
      United Kingdom
    March 31, 2014

    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.

    Nothing

    10

  • Kevin
      United Kingdom
    March 6, 2014

    From the moment we arrived were we made so welcome. Nothing was too much trouble, and Gilles was a mine of information and master at arranging things. The Riad is spotlessly clean, and the home cooked food was the best we had while in Marrakesh.

    Leaving.

    9.2

  • Katie
      United Kingdom
    February 22, 2014

    Dominique and gilles hospitality was fantastic. Tea and pastries appeared whenever we wanted. Riad was an oasis of calm. Comfortable and good value for money.

    10

  • Anonymous
      United Kingdom
    February 14, 2014

    Clean,friendly, very helpful, good food. There is nothing we could find to fault the place. Rooms are spacious. Location is good, close to centre, but not too noisy.

    Leaving for rain soaked Blighty! Morroccan passport control, -Leave PLENTY of time!!

    9.6

  • Anonymous
      Switzerland
    February 13, 2014

    The rooftop is nice with sunbeds. The hosts Dominique and Gilles were very kind and funny, we enjoyed their company. The breakfast was good. Dominique helped us bargaining for good prices for souvenirs in the market.

    We're extremely disappointed by the scores of positive reviews; we had a very bad experience. The Riad is down a dead end alley, very scary to walk down the small dark alley looking lost, it attracts many guys wanting to help with directions in return for payment. We explicitly asked Gilles in advance for one large bed, but got two small very uncomfortable beds pushed together. It was more like two hammocks than beds, all hollow in the middle. The fluorescent light in the room malfunctioned and was flashing like lightning every few seconds the whole night, we couldn't make it stop. The room has no glass in the windows, the big square openings face the courtyard and common area, there is absolutely no privacy, we could hear everything from the other guests and they could hear inside our room. The room was very cold, and the air conditioning couldn't warm it even at max heat. I could not get any sleep the whole night. The room price is very expensive, and their €2.50 tourist tax is the most in the city. Guests don't get a key for the front door, you always have to knock and wait for someone to let you in. The shower is very small and has no curtain or door, so the water sprays on the bathroom floor. We paid more than double the price of other places, because we wanted a good experience for our last night in Morocco, but it was a disaster. They don't even accept credit cards. I recommend staying at RIad Dar Aby for less than half the price.

    5

  • Geoff
      United Kingdom
    February 2, 2014

    I would strongly recommend this Riad. Gilles & Dominique do everything they can to make your stay memorable. Make sure that you have dinner at the Riad during your stay it is excellent.

    10

  • Faye
      United Kingdom
    January 31, 2014

    We had an amazing stay, the Riad is wonderful, the staff amazing and very friendly and helpful, the food superb the location is perfect and we want to go back ASAP!

    Having to leave at the end of our holiday... Wish we were still there

    10

  • Anonymous
      United Kingdom
    January 27, 2014

    The owners Gilles and Domenique were exceptional.

    Nothing

    10

  • Anne
      Australia
    January 17, 2014

    Nothing was too much trouble for Dominique and I'd highly recommend eating in for the evening meal and as well as the breakfast (which is included in the nightly tariff) as the food is excellent and very reasonably priced.

    10

  • Iram
      United Kingdom
    January 11, 2014

    Beautiful riad in the Medina, close to the amenities of Bab Doukala- local market, mosques, public and private Hammams. Riad owned by charming French couple who couldn't do enough to make you feel welcome. Rooms were chic, had a safe and were cleaned daily. The riad had exquisite carving and many interesting design features. Breakfast was varied with, yogurt, bread, eggs, fresh juice. The roof terrace was a great place to relax and enjoy complimentary mint tea. Would definitely return and recommend to friends.

    10

  • Anonymous
      United States of America
    December 24, 2013

    Gilles and Dominique were extremely friendly and accommodating.

    9.2

  • Ross
      United Kingdom
    December 21, 2013

    Everything

    9.2

  • Anonymous
      United Kingdom
    December 12, 2013

    Perfect

    10

  • Christopher
      United Kingdom
    December 6, 2013

    They cannot do enough to help you. As soon as we arrived, we were welcomed with local tea and given a map. Gilles took loads of time to show us where we were, where to change money, ways to get to the popular sights and gave us advice about the local culture and what to suspect. This all proved invaluable. The room was always clean. The Riad is perfectly placed in a quiet area but close enough to all the "action". I would recommend this place time and time over.

    We asked for a double room and got two single beds put together which isn't ideal for a young couple but we made do.

    10

  • Jane
      United Kingdom
    November 23, 2013

    The owners were incredibly helpful and friendly. Beautiful rooms. A quiet and calm atmosphere in the Riad but a very central location in the medina.

    10

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