This award-winning riad on the edge of the Medina is deserving of the accolades. Nicole, the French proprietress who exudes style and grace, runs Mandaline. The staff, facility and its accoutrements are an extension of her tastes, which are impeccable. Dropping into one of the busiest tourist sites on the planet is always cause for having a retreat. After a long day of train travel on the Marrakech Express, finding a taxi driver that could read English and being dropped at a Medina gate with a finger pointing inside from our driver, we knew we needed refuge.
After a short bit of wandering, we caught site of the tiny signs that direct you to the entrance. Beautiful wooden doors protect the jewel held within. Nadia welcomed us and served us tea as we waited to be introduced to the wonderful environment that would be home for the next four days. From the pool to the rooftop terrace, this riad was warm and welcoming; cool and comfortable.
Our room was clean and comfortable with a bath separated by a curtain. This was thematic for room arrangements in two other French run hotels we stayed in, and not that big a deal. We chose to have the inclusive breakfast on the rooftop and also ate dinner up there one night. Food was fantastic and fresh. Being vegetarian was no problem and morning coffee was superb. Staff is attentive and knowledgeable and speaking French with Nicole is a kick, with her English superior to my Français.
We were close to everything and walked everywhere. We had the place pretty much to ourselves on arrival, but it as full by the time we left. There was an international air about the guests with most coming from France. Everyone was kind and respectful and it makes my recommendation of a stay here all the more worthwhile.
We would return in a heartbeat.