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Riad Al Mendili Kasbah
4.0 of 5 Bed and Breakfast   |   BP/27 Douar Laamrine Sidi Ghiat, Marrakech 40000, Morocco   |  
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Ranked #42 of 1,032 Marrakech B&B and Inns
The Hague, The Netherlands
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“Paradise in Morocco”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2013

We stayed at Riad Al Mendili Kasbah for 4 nights and it was bliss. The room, the service, the decor, the ambience, and the meals were all divine! It was a great place to relax and do nothing, but read, swim and eat. Our last 3 nights we stayed in the Medina to be closet the sights, rather than have to commute by cab everyday, as the Riad is about 20-30 minutes drive from the Medina. I highly recommend this Riad for couples, friends and people traveling solo!

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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London, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2013

Me and my partner stayed at the Riad Al Mendili at the beginning of June and could not have wished for a better break! We stayed for 4 nights, which we found to be just enough of doing-nothing time :)

The hotel is situated about 30 minutes from the airport and we ordered a cab to pick us up through the hotel. There was a driver waiting for us as we came out with a good class vehicle on standby. Just a pre-warning, passport control takes AGES as they input your details in manually. Also, there is a currency exchange at luggage reclaim, but we found that very busy and there is no point in queuing as there is one in the arrivals hall too!

As we arrived, the hosts were waiting for us with some traditional mint tea and staff to take our luggage to the room.

The whole hotel is quite private (10 rooms in total) and designed for a quiet, intimate break. No unnecessary noise is made and the staff are all very polite and un-invasive. Most staff understand very little English, so be patient with them. In fact, we found it rather liberating nobody understanding us :)

The hotel is decorated in an amazing Moroccan-African decor and has numerous lounges to relax in, all very well kept and private. There is a terrace and a spa for guests to use also.
We had a couples massage (1h) and greatly enjoyed it, price was around £45 for the lot, so quite reasonable.

The rooms are spacious and very tastefully decorated, really beautiful. The beds are twins, but very comfy and there is a safe and TV also.
The only thing we found missing is a minibar/fridge and tea/coffee facilities, which could come useful in the mornings. My partner also mentioned no shower (there is a handle and a bath), which was not a problem for me, but he would have liked it.

There is free wi-fi access, but the signal strength is rather weak, so don't expect to be streaming youtube! :) Enough to read emails though and view basic webpages.

The gardens are beautiful and very well kept. There are plenty of sunbeds - proper sturdy ones, with comfy mattresses and towel covers. Towels are also provided.
The pool was rather peaceful and quite cold - welcome in this heat (air temperature was 27-37 in Celcius).

Food is rather nice. Very simple and light, which is what you want in this weather and traditionally Moroccan.

Breakfast consists of and egg (poached or fried), traditional bread (hobza), butter, jams and preserves and a sweet treat - cake or pancake etc. Sometimes there is a portion of fruit as well. To drink there is juice and tea/coffee/milk - as preferred. To order breakfast you call reception and tell them where you could like to have it.

Lunch is a light 3 course meal and costs about £12 each. It consists of a salad or bread and olives to start with, followed by meat and veg for main (patties or smoked sausages etc.) and dessert is fruit.

Dinner is 3 courses, and consists of a starter (soup, salad, puree - different each day) and main is a different tagine with vegetables (tuna, chicken, lamb etc.) with either potatoes or couscous. All very yummy. Dessert is ice cream/cake or their special filled pancakes, which are delicious.Cost of about £20 each.

All the food is freshly prepared and we were asked if we had any special requirements, whcih we didn't, but I imagine this is catered for if requested.

There is a full drinks menu and we are wine drinkers and were recommended moroccan white wine (house) which was amazing, priced about £13-15.

We dined at the hotel except for one lunchtime, when we went into Marrakesh.
If you decide to go, the hotel will book you a cab, which will drop you off where required and then the same guy will pick you up when you call him (needs about 20 minutes notice). The whole trip there and back, including the driver waiting for us for 10 mins was about £30, which we thought was good value.

As for Marrakesh itself - do not speak to people offering to show you the way etc. and especially if they tell you about a 'special' market and want to take you there etc. - these are most often scammers, so just ignore them - they do seem very friendly, but that is just a scam. Also there are people with monkeys/snakes, who will expect you to pay if you take pictures of them. For ladies I would recommend wearing a short sleeve top and longish trousers - they do look you up and down and I would feel uncomfortable wearing something revealing.

The old town (Medina) is good for leather, ceramics, argan oil and spices and fake watches and sunglasses etc.
Most of those you can buy in the duty-free on your way back though (not the fakes of course) if you'd rather not leave the resort.
We found the prices reasonable without the need to haggle too much. All speak English, so quite easy to communicate.
Also good to get there are cheap nuts and dried fruit - we got some for snacks as with our medium appetite we found ourselves a bit peckish in between meals.

The new town is nice, with a few shops (some of which we don't have in the UK) and nice restaurants (mostly not licensed).

We found Marrakesh rather unimpressive and decided not to go sightseeing as we felt quite intimidated by the atmosphere, but that is just a personal view.

To sum up, hotel - great, good food, relaxing spa!
Out in the middle of nowhere, which is perfect if you are looking to get away from it all! (which we were)
Definitely a come-back resort!

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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2013

Stayed here for five days during May 2013. It was absolutely breathtaking. It is about half an hour by taxi out of Marrakech in it's own little oasis with a glorious view across the Atlas Mountains.
The hotel will arrange for a taxi company to collect you from the airport for 400 dirhams return (about £36) we didn't realise this and haggled at the airport from 400 to 350 for a one way trip (all the fun of being in Marrakech). The hotel is off the beaten track, the taxis will have to go down a little dirt track to get to the hotel but don't be put off, the hotel itself is set back in it's own beautifully manicured and maintained lush green gardens. Being a little bit further outside of Marrakech it's calm and peaceful (the most noisy thing was the birds in the trees!) which does mean you will need taxis to get to Marrakech to explore. The hotel will arrange these for you though and this will be return (you don't pay until you have been returned to the hotel either!). We also booked a taxi to take us to the Atlas Mountains to explore there and visit the waterfalls and Berber villages for a day. The location meant that we could also just take a day out for lying by the beautiful pool on the plush sun beds in the garden.
The owners, Allain and Catherine, are french and very warming, they came to greet us personally when we arrived and served us traditional morrocan mint tea. They will do anything for you. The staff, similarly, are just as accomodating. You can eat your breakfast, lunch or dinner where you like, just ask the staff to set it up for you. We dined on our private terrace, on the roof terrace, in the morrocan style boudoir on the first floor, in the main dining room, on the pool terrace and in the private roof terrace to the side of the main one.
The staff also mainly speak french or arabic. I don't speak either language which restricted us to a few words, but we could still make ourselves understood and they still would come and speak to me. My boyfriend speaks fluent french so nothing was a problem for him. I was horribly ill one day from sun exposure and spent a day in bed, the managers ensured they came to me in the evening when I was up and about to enquire about my health in stumbling english, an effort i really appreciated.
The hotel only has 10 rooms so feels very private and serene. Everyone seemed to be professional couples which was a nice atmosphere. For this reason you will be asked in the mornings if you would like lunch and or dinner in the evenings, they obviously need to work out who they are cooking for, but don't find this restrictive, we changed our mind a few times!
The lunch and dinner meals are all served as 3 courses. They are set meals and are always a surprise. I know some people have complained about this on here but the meals are all home cooked, traditional, organic food. Salads, breads, tagines, fruit, vegetables, cous cous and humus. It was all delicious. Even if you don't like something give it a go, although I'd recommend if you're vegetarian that you give them a heads up before you arrive!
We also tried the Spa which is on site and had an hour long couples massage. This was very relaxing and the women were highly skilled. I'd definitely recommend it, particularly after a day wandering around the Medina in Marrakech!
The room was beautiful and clean. The bed was HUGE, we have a king size at home and this was even bigger than a super king. It was quite firm but very comfy and had a lovely view out of the patio doors over the Atlas Mountains. The maids are fabulously discreet and when you leave the room in the evening will come in and change the room ready for night time, turning down the bed, lighting the lamps, shutting the black out blinds and closing the voile curtains. They obviously then come and tidy up during the day, they also provide you with bottled water every day as obviously you cannot drink the water over there.The bathroom had a nice turkish bath in it under the window so you could lie in it and look up at the sky. Be careful the water gets very hot when you're running it so keep an eye on it! Afterwards I recommend sitting on the terrace in your fluffy white robe and slippers which are provided and enjoying the african sun.
I would absolutely love to go back and I hope I do soon!

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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Utrecht, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2013

Unfortunately, my girlfriend and I booked this excuisite Riad for only one night. We wished we'd stayed here for a couple of nights. Al Mendili is truly a hidden gem, conveniently located outside Marrakech, and situated in a peaceful setting and quiet surroundings. Staff and management make sure that all guests are treated like royals.

Just perfect for a romatic couple get away. In that case, make sure you book this accommodation for 3 nights: check in, then hardly leave your room and never leave the premises. Because you really don't have to! Dig in, indulge, experience the spa, etc.. truly great!

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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London, United Kingdom
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2013

This place is the perfect get away from cold and damp England. The service was perfect and the food was fantastic, fresh and interesting. You are able to eat where ever you want...and I would strongly recommend the Africa Room! The whole atmosphere was really tranquil, and you will love the rooms! I will be going again!

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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2013

If you want somewhere to get away and relax, this is the place. It is in a beautiful, quiet location about 20 mins by car out of the city. The biggest decision you have to make all day is where you would like to eat dinner; on the terrace, the roof to watch the sun go down or by the pool. The food was great and rooms beautiful. Easy to get into Marrakech or the mountains and you can book a taxi/ driver through the hotel. They return for you when your ready and somehow manage to find you! I would practice some French before returning though!

  • Stayed May 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2013

While planning our first trip to Marrakech, we were disappointed when our hotel reservation (at a different hotel) was canceled at the last minute. To our great fortune, we decided on the Kasbah Al Mendili and could not imagine staying anywhere else. Catherine and Alain were perfect hosts and didn't overlook a single detail in trying to make our stay with them the best it could possibly be. From providing a late dinner on our first night after our flight was delayed to greeting us with a smile before sunrise the next morning to make sure we had everything we needed for the day's excursion, Al Mendili is a truly magical place. A short 20 minute drive from the hustle and bustle of downtown Marrakech, Al Mendili is surrounded by beautiful gardens and stunning views of the Atlas mountains. It is a quiet oasis in which to spend a relaxing holiday, but also close enough to the city and to the mountains to take advantage of all the excellent excursions Morocco has to offer.

We can't give enough compliments to the chef at Al Mendili – the food was some of the best we've ever had. Whether you eat in the beautifully decorated dining room, on your private balcony, or on the rooftop terrace with gorgeous views of the mountains on one side and the lights of Marrakech on the other, I can't imagine anything better or more authentic.

We will definitely stay here again on our next trip to Morocco – thank you Catherine and Alain for a wonderful holiday!

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: BP/27 Douar Laamrine Sidi Ghiat, Marrakech 40000, Morocco
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Location: Morocco > Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region > Marrakech
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Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #42 of 1,032 B&Bs / Inns in Marrakech
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Hotel Class:4 star — Riad Al Mendili Kasbah 4*
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