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“Great Riad and friendly staff” 4 of 5 stars
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Riad Les Jardins Mandaline
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   55, Derb Ferrane | Riad Laarouss, Marrakech, Morocco   |  
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Ranked #88 of 460 Hotels in Marrakech
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“Great Riad and friendly staff”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2014

A good location about 10 minutes from the square, not really difficult to navigate once you have done it a couple of times.
For us it was an oasis for most of the time, however , we had a very noisy group of 50 year old women from London that took over the place for the weekend. Noise carries in this place, so don’t expect a quiet time if there is a group or children staying.
We ate here once – it was good but very expensive, as was the wine and beer. The menu is limited to 2 choices per night and you have to order in the morning.
One thing that became a little tiring was having to ring the doorbell for entrance all the time. Sometimes it could be quite a long time before the door was opened and we had rain whilst we were there. Odd that there is not a key or entrance code.

The room was small and quaint – nice Moroccan touches like the linens and the sinks. There was no door for the bathroom – just a voile curtain – so you need to be very friendly with who you are sharing with. In hindsight, we probably would not have chosen this room if we knew how small and poorly appointed it was. We saw some of the other rooms which were much nicer. As with all these things you get what you pay for.
Would I recommend it – yes – but be careful which room you choose. Would I stay again – no – there are loads to choose from – so we would stay somewhere else.

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  • Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
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  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2014

Nestled in a back alleyway, this is the perfect oasis from the hustle and bustle of the Marrakech medina and souks. All the right riad chords are struck: beautiful styling, open courtyard, patio garden, plunge pool, rooftop terrace, excellent dinner served on the premises. The ownership (Nicole) and staff (Nadia, Saeed, Mohamed) are wonderfully friendly and helpful, too. The only drawback is the difficulty of finding the place (befitting a hotel located in an ancient medina). Therefore at the outset an airport pickup or some other kind of pickup -- which the hotel can arrange -- is recommended. Then the staff will orient you to and from the place. Ultimately you will find that only 100m and a few turns are needed to take you to a main passageway leading through the souks to Marrakech's epicenter, the Jemaa El Fna.

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled solo
    • 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2014

My mother and I had a great stay at this Riad in March 2014. The staff were very friendly and helped us with everything we needed. We even got breakfast at 5 am because of our early flight!
The hectic streets and squares of Marrakech can be very exhausting. This Riad was perfect to relax after a busy day in the city. It made our stay in Marrakech perfect.

Room Tip: We had the Iman room. It is a little bit small and moist. For couple s it is recommended, for friend...
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  • Stayed March 2014, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2014 via mobile

Lovely homely Riad tucked away in the heart of Marrakech. We stayed for 4 days and loved every minute of our trip. The room was clean and cosy, the staff helpful and friendly, nothing was to much trouble for them! We had a meal on our first and last night and can safely say it was one of the best meals we've had. I would recommend this Riad to anyone and I wouldn't hesitate in going back.
Richard & Zoe, London

Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
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Kingston-upon-Hull, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2014

We stayed in Les Jardins Mandaline in January during a week-long stay in Morocca to catch some warm winter weather! We were thrilled with this pleasant little Riad. The staff were so incredibly helpful, warm, polite and friendly. The room was small but spotlessly clean, comfortable and nicely decorated, with a lovely en suite bathroom. The food in the Riad was delicious and we enjoyed a wonderful evening in the sauna, cooling off in the little pool afterwards. There was a computer with wifi which was free to use, and the roof terrace was lovely. The location was great, it was right in the middle of the medina, a ten minute walk to the main square, and only a few minutes from the Souks. You will need a guide to show you were it is when you first arrive though, the streets are like a huge maze. Even after a full week I had no idea where I was when I was anywhere in the Medina! We had a fantastic time in Marrakech, the weather was just right, and we would definitely return to Les Jardin Mandaline on future visits.

  • Stayed January 2014, 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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Bristol, United Kingdom
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19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2014

Stayed here on my second visit to Marrakech. Couldn't be more impressed.

The riad is beautifully done. Gorgeous rooms (we stayed in two while we were there) and the terrace is lovely, especially in the evenings. Lots of nice touches like backgammon boards by the plunge pool. The latter is a godsend after a hot dusty day in town.

The staff were brilliant. Happy to arrange breakfast at an ungodly hour when we had to head off early, and look after our bags when we went off for a few days.

A slight walk from the centre but the walk is a nice one and the staff explained it perfectly. Close to the terrace des epices and not far from the cafe arabe which are both worth a visit.

  • Stayed September 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2014 via mobile

Prior to our holiday, I researched several Riads before choosing Les Jardins Mandaline as it looked perfect. After a wonderful week there it was as perfect as it looked! Nicole and her team look after you like family. The Riad is beautifully decorated with a lovely warm pool and a sun terrace which is a real sun trap. We liked that evening meals could be prepared at request, and ended up eating here 5 nights out of 7 as the food was excellent. Beer and wine is also available which isn't always the case in Riads. We had a wonderful Moroccan rose wine. It is only a ten minute walk to the Jemaa el Fnaa square but do find this for the first time in the daylight. We got totally lost the first evening in the dark, but it was very easy the following morning! I recommend using Nicole's transfer from the airport, as vehicles cannot get all the way to the riad, and although it is only a short walk, if you were just left by a taxi driver, it could be hard to find. The Riad is staffed 24 hours a day so feels very safe, Muhammed and Siad look after you very well in the evening with food and drinks. Thanks again for a wonderful week.

Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
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Address: 55, Derb Ferrane | Riad Laarouss, Marrakech, Morocco
Location: Morocco > Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region > Marrakech
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#30 Spa Hotel in Marrakech
#57 Romantic Hotel in Marrakech
#59 Family Hotel in Marrakech
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Riad Les Jardins Mandaline 3*
Number of rooms: 8
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