I stayed with my daughter (11 yrs) in this riad for two nights in May 2013, on our first trip to Marrakech. I always try to avoid hotels, wherever possible, and to look for B&B, maisons d’hotes , riad etc , looking for that extra personal touch. Riad Doucer Mandarine fully satisfied this need. Stephan, the owner, took the time on a Sunday morning to give us lengthy advice for our 3-day trip in the desert (btw, wonderful experience, especially for kids and young people, or people young inside…at least). Having someone that serves you a delicious, home-cooked breakfast at 5:00 in the morning (and smiling!) is something we have also truly appreciated and makes you feel valued as a guest.
The room, at ground floor, would not have been my choice as I love bright and noiseless rooms, but it was the only available at the time. Yet, we found the bed really comfortable, enjoyed the big bathroom with wet floor shower (the kind of detail I love because I associate it more to holidays than to business trips), and loved the mix of modern and (not overly) ethnic style, which encounters my taste. A spotlessly clean room, which is something that should not be taken for granted, as we learned later on while staying at other places within the same price range. As a woman with a young girl I had some concerns about walking at night through the medina alleys, but I saw security cameras installed here and there and felt somewhat safer. We enjoyed walking back and forth to the square (at midnight the alleys were still full of people) and became quick to get off the motorbikes way.
The extra personal touch of our experience with this riad struck us once already back in Europe, when I realized we had forgotten our jackets. Stephan found them and kindly went out of his way to return them to us by post. This is the kind of care for the guests that people dream to find when they travel but that unfortunately is becoming rare nowadays… so we were twice as lucky!!
We thank you again Stephan for his kindness and thoughtfulness and if we’ll ever go back to Marrakech we will definitely choose his charming riad, but won’t leave anything behind, ça va sans dire.
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