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Riad Diana
Ranked #52 of 494 Hotels in Marrakech
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“Great Riad Fantastic Staff”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 November 2009

Definately book the transfer service the riad offers - would never have found it on our own especially at night, it is about 20 euros which you pay the riad not the driver.
You must try the Hamman - it takes about half an hour and is really relaxing. Try to book for the end of the day as after a day haggling in the souks this is just what the doctor ordered.
The staff couldn't have been more attentive especially Younas who really looked after us and made sure we had wine for the end of the day on the roof terrace.
The rooms were clean and spacious enough for a 3 night stay the bed was very comfortable and always plenty of hot water.
Would definately go back to this Riad

  • Stayed November 2009, travelled with friends
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 November 2009

we stayed 4 nights in the riad and it blew our minds. Very friendly and helpfull staff (Jounes and Aziza) . We were lucky to get the room on top of the roof witch is very romantic and quiet. Even if we forget everything about Marakech through the years, the last thing we will forget will be this riad !!!

  • Stayed November 2009, travelled as a couple
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 November 2009

We've just stayed 4 nights at this riad and were really impressed with the excellent friendly service. We'd recommend anyone to use the hotel's transfer service from the airport as the riad is quite hard to find, tucked away down some narrow back streets.

Although it's centrally located, it's very peaceful and quiet. It was lovely and clean and our hosts were very friendly, spoke excellent english and nothing was too much trouble. The nicest touch was being able to have breakfast on the roof terrace, listening to the birds and admiring the view over the rooftops. The only negative thing was that we had the room leading onto the roof terrace and the drains in the bathroom smelt quite bad. We were also a little disappointed in the swimming pool which was located opposite the reception and was more like a fish pond - more for cooling off in than for swimming!

  • Stayed November 2009, travelled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 October 2009

We spent 4 nights at the Riad Diana, and loved it! It's really beautiful inside, and an incredibly tranquil place to return to after wandering the hectic streets of the Medina.
There are only 5 rooms, which means the staff are very attentive, and that sometimes it feels like you have the place to yourselves.
We stayed in 2 different rooms, both of which were lovely, comfortable, and just as good as the photos on their website. Breakfast is served on the roof terrace, which is great place to relax in the evening, and has a good view of the city. There is also a friendly tortoise that lives on the roof terrace who followed us around!
We tried the small pool one evening... it was very cold, so not sure if this is ever heated? It was certainly refreshing!
The location is excellent, only a few minutes walk from the main square, and near one of the stops on the sightseeing bus. Anywhere within the medina is walkable from the riad.

The only issues we had were that the card machine wasn't working, so we were given the option of paying in cash or going to a different Riad to use their machine. The staff ensured we were told in advance of checking out, so it wasn't a problem.

As first time visitors to Marrakesh, we decided to book a transfer from the airport. This was good, but when we were dropped off, a guy with a handcart met us and took us down the narrow streets to the riad (some of the streets in the medina are too narrow for cars). We assumed he was from the riad, as the taxi driver had handed our bags to him, but when we reached the lovely doors of the riad he asked us for money. Being fresh out of the airport, we only had large notes, and he knew it! He gave us some change, but still ended up getting a very generous tip! So be warned - try and get some smaller notes or coins before you leave the airport. It would have been nice if the riad had communicated this when I emailed about booking the transfer. If we go back again we would just take a petit taxi from the airport, which can be haggled down to a fraction of the 20 euro price.
Apart from the taxi/transfer, we thought the stay was good value for money, as it's a really beautiful little place. Would definitely stay there again.

  • Stayed October 2009, travelled with friends
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 October 2009

this was one of two riads we stayed at (riad karmela being the other one) and it was alot smaller but very nicely decorated and clean. the staff were very helpful but taking into consideration that this riad cost the same as the other one, it was not as good value for the money we paid. the room was a decent size but the shower was a little small and there was no air con in our room, instead we were given a fan which was a little disappointing. breakfast was pretty basic but okay. the riad is a little difficult to find so its handy to get in touch with the riad before you arrive so that they can meet you. i probably would have recommended this riad had i not stayed in a much better one that cost the same!

  • Stayed October 2009, travelled as a couple
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 September 2009

Our stay at this riad was excellent. On arrival our host was really friendly and sat down and shared tea and took the time for a chat and made us feel at home. The room was excellent for the price (55 Euros), the bed was enormous, and the room was decorated in a stylish traditional way.

The Riad has a small dipping pool (it's really cold, wee only dipped our feet after a hectic day in the medina!) and a sauna and massage room. One regret is I didn't get to try that out, but I'm sure it's great.

We took breakfast on the terrace, from where you've got a brilliant view over the building tops and can listen to all the mosques as the ring out the prayers. There's a really comfortable seating area where you can sit and relax. Breakfast was great and our hosts got us whatever we asked of them.

We really enjoyed our stay in this riad and i'd highly recommend it.

  • Stayed September 2009, travelled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 September 2009

We spent the last two nights of our stay in Morocco in Riad Diana and wished we could have stayed longer. Our room was beautiful and peaceful - which was lucky as I unfortunately became ill after going out for dinner that evening (not from the Riad's food!) so ended up spending more time in the room than I had expected! When my boyfriend mentioned at breakfast that I was unwell, the staff couldn't have been kinder. They immediately made me a bowl of plain rice and sent that and a bottle of sparkling water up to the room to help settle my stomach, and checked on me throughout the day while my boyfriend was out sightseeing to make sure I had everything I needed and was ok.

Our last morning I felt well enough for breakfast and the staff made a point of giving me only things that they felt wouldn't upset my stomach again. They were unbelievably kind without being intrusive and went beyond what I could have expected. The staff were all very warm, friendly and professional and the Riad was beautiful, peaceful, and in a very central location for easy access to the square and all the souks.

The Riad has a hammam that we used earlier in our trip while staying in Riad Diana's sister Riad, Riad Carina which was great fun. (Riad Carina is also beautiful but has no plunge pool or hammam and is slightly less central, though still a great location.)

We would definitely go back to Riad Diana and would recommend it to anyone wanting a great central location to explore Marrakech with attentive hosts and beautiful rooms and surroundings.

  • Stayed September 2009, travelled as a couple
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Property: Riad Diana
Address: 85 Derb Jdid | Quartier Riad Zitoune Lakdim, Marrakech 40008, Morocco
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Region: Morocco > Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region > Marrakech
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#35 Luxury Hotel in Marrakech
#49 Best Value Hotel in Marrakech
#56 Family Hotel in Marrakech
#78 Romantic Hotel in Marrakech
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:4 star — Riad Diana 4*
Number of rooms: 5
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