Riad Douceur Mandarine is a haven from the full-on assault of the senses that is Marrakech. No matter which member of staff opens the door when you return after an exhausting days haggling in the Souks you will be greeted with a smile and a friendly Bonjour/Bon Soir!
We recommend that unless you're an experienced traveller in this part of the World that you ask Stéphane and Sylvie to book a taxi to collect you from the airport because the Riad is hard to find. On arrival in the city the taxi driver parked as close as he could and led us through the narrow streets to the door. On our return trip to the airport the taxi company even sent a porter with a trolley for our suitcases!
Our family had two rooms. We would recommend being upstairs if you prefer more privacy and less noise. The rooms were stylishly decorated, the showers were powerful and always hot and bathrobes and toileteries were provided.
On our first night we had booked dinner at the Riad and this was cooked by the lovely Bouchra. We had three courses which included a superb lemon chicken tagine and a surprisingly good bottle of Moroccan red wine. We felt the meal was good value and eating in on your first night makes things a lot less stressful.
We found the breakfasts to be plentiful and an effort was made to vary each day's offering. We were also offered eggs and yoghurt in addition to the bread and pastries.
Nothing is too much trouble for Stéphane and Sylvie. They were always on hand at breakfast time and offered lots of helpful advice and recommendations.
Sylvie arranged for my wife to have a body scrub and massage in the riad's own hammam. This was much less scary than going to a local one! She was gone for ages and returned saying that she'd never felt so smooth, clean and relaxed! She felt it was good value, especially with the mint tea and Moroccan pastries afterwards!
We had a fantastic day trip to the mountains with a great guide, Adil and this can be booked through the Riad. We would definitely recommend this as it was one of the highlights of our trip.
The Riad is in a good position and although you might feel a little intimidated to start with you soon realise that the locals are friendly and you are unlikely to be hit by a scooter if you keep your wits about you!
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