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“Lush Retreat Outside of the City” 4 of 5 stars
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Villa Mandarine
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   19 Rue Ouled Bousbaa | Souissi, Rabat, Morocco   |  
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Ranked #1 of 37 hotels in Rabat
New York City, New York
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“Lush Retreat Outside of the City”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2013

The grounds of this hotel are stunningly gorgeous, exactly what a place with the word mandarine in its name should look like. Interior courtyard is very lush and green, does not feel like you are in a hotel at all. We had a nice outdoor patio with our ground floor room, citrus trees all around us. And loved the peacocks walking around in the gardens.

As we were soon to experience throughout Morocco, the service was fantastic, we felt very taken care of. We had dinner at the hotel and it was very good. My first real tagine did not disappoint.-

I would say only con (a slight con) is that you are in the suburbs of Rabat, so unless you have a car you are confined to the hotel. We were there only 1 night and our guide picked us up the next morning so it was no big deal, but if you plan to see Rabat for more than a day then better to find a place in/near the main city area.

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2012

The hotel, surrounded by gardens and an orange grove, is perfect for a weekend away. The rooms are large, well decorated, and very comfortable. With its spa, fitness room, pool, restaurant and bar, the hotel has everything anyone could need to refresh and relax. The breakfast was very good with cooked to order eggs and a wonderful variety of breads. Lunch and dinner were fine though not outstanding. The only caution I would have about the hotel is the distance from any other Rabat attractions. Without a car, visiting Rabat is time-consuming as the hotel has to call a taxi and the wait may be as long as half an hour. For anyone wanting a respite from the hustle and bustle of normal tourism, the hotel is fantastic and shouldn't be missed.

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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled on business
    • 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2012

Thsi hotel is located in the suburbs of rabat, a very bustling modern city. The hotel rooms are all different and comfortable. The hotel is surrounded by lush landscaped gardens and has beautiful comfortable community areas. The restaurant is overpriced.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2012

The rooms were very large with lovely private balconies. The property is in a beautiful garden setting with a lovely pool and built around a nice courtyard. We had lunch and breakfast in the restaurant and the food was nice and the service was decent.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2012 via mobile

The accommodations are very nice, roomy with nice bathrooms. We had a great view of the jungle like garden.
The included breakfast was good. The omelette was not made to order but they had a huge selection of pastry breads. The only reason I have rated this as average is the bar. The red wine was served cold and the bartender spoke absolutely no English. I tried to order Whisky straight up and it came with ice. He never smiled and it wasn't busy. We were offered hot peanuts which were delicious.

Stayed November 2012, traveled with friends
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2012

Hi - had a few days as this location... generally a great place just like being in the rainforrest or in a lodge in South Africa... however, they need to upgrade some of the facilities: please provide free coffee and tea in the rooms together with 1-2 bottles of water on a complementary basis like all other 4-5 Star hotels... You need to replace a lot of the equipment in the gym... too old and used... not valid anymore.... and lastly: your breakfast is way behind what similar hotels are offering around you in Morocco! actually it is the BIGGEST minus in my experience of this "great" place ... you need more options at the table, more green "stuff" - take a trip to Kinski in Casablanca and look how they serve a breakfast ... the place is too far from the the center of Rabat.... sorry but this is my experience on this Villa.... rgds Kim

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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2012

A bit out of town and a world of difference from the riads we stayed in in Fes and Marrakesh. This is comfortable, purpose built hotel and is a luxury many wouldn't want or need.

The gardens are what make this special but we didn't really stay long enough to get the benefit of them.

Meal in evening was good if on the expensive side but couldn't fault the breakfast which being a buffet style enabled you to tuck in to what you wanted.

As long as you like orange you'll like the rooms and decor.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Villa Mandarine

Address: 19 Rue Ouled Bousbaa | Souissi, Rabat, Morocco
Location: Morocco > Rabat-Sale-Zemmour-Zaer Region > Rabat
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Romantic Hotel in Rabat
#1 Luxury Hotel in Rabat
#3 Business Hotel in Rabat
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:4 star — Villa Mandarine 4*
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Also Known As:
Villa Mandarine Hotel Rabat
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