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Diwane Hotel
Ranked #155 of 499 Hotels in Marrakech
London, United Kingdom
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“Does exactly what it says on the tin..”
Reviewed 22 February 2012

We stayed here for 5 nights in early February- two late 20's females. We got a super cheap last minute deal ( Flights and Hotel £200)and it absolutely fufilled requirements.

We asked for a room with a balcony in an email before we went - which I would recommend. The room was airy and spacious. The bedroom had twin beds pushed together, but as it was January it got quite cold in the evenings so we put on the heater which was available in the room. The bedroom and bathroom were both clean. The bath was a bit chipped, but shower was good and plenty of hot water.

The breakfast was good - pancake and omelette station, boiled eggs, toast, pastries, cereals, cheese, olives and some tinned fruit. There were also some strange juices (Cucumber,Carrot,Beetroot) which i imagine were for the detoxers - I however stuck to tea!

The location was also good for us as we didnt want to stay in the chaotic medina. It was a 25min walk to Jamal el Fna down Rue Yougoslavie. As we are young(ish) spritely things, and the weather was pleasant the walk was no problem. I dont imagine I would want to do it in the middle of summer though.
We walked this a few times, but after a long day we also got a Cab (max 100MAD) or horse and carriage back ( max 150MAD) back to the hotel.

There was a handy supermarket a few roads down ( where we bought some drinks to put in our room fridge) as well as a handy corner shop 15m down from the hotel. There were plenty of restaurants in the vacinity - so eating local wasnt a problem - however some of the more popular/expensive restaurants you have to book ( we missed out going to a recomended restaurant over the road as we didnt book ahead)

The pool was under refurb when we went - but looked nice.On one sunny day we headed up to the massive roof terrace which had amazing views of Marrakech and the Atlas mountains. As it was a Tuesday afternoon - we had the whole thing to ourselves.

Last thing is staff. The reception staff were all friendly and polite - the restaurant staff were less so.

Room Tip: Ask for a balcony.
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  • Stayed February 2012, travelled with friends
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Middlesbrough, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 20 February 2012

We travelled to Marrakech for 1 week as a couple with the aim balancing the week between seeing the sights of Marrakech and taking some time to relax.

The hotel has an impressive entrance hall and feels quite authentic Moroccan. The rooms are perhaps in need of a little modernising but ours was clean and spacious with two glass doors leading to a balcony with chairs and table. Bathroom and shower were nice and clean.

There was refurbishment going on whilst we stayed which meant that we did not have access to the pool or bar, but the staff we generally very good about helping us to work around this. All of the staff we met were very friendly and spoke good English, helping us out when we tried as much French as we could manage.

The food has its good and bad points. Breakfast is standard each day, but there's plenty of choice. The usual continental selection omelettes and pancakes make in front of you. Dinner buffet could be a bit of a disappointment as it was generally a buffet. Nothing was labelled so this was tricky, especially having a nasty nut allergy. Being half board, we tended to eat out on a evening with good restaurants nearby. Lunch is usually 3 course arrangement from a set selection and was generally very nice, and beautifully presented. The chef was always around to ask questions of and was very helpful.

We opted for a traditional Moroccan Hammam in the downstairs spa and I cannot recommend this enough. For 160DH (about £12) we got a steam, rub and scrub for 1 hour (book in advance). Incredibly relaxing and we came out so clean. They had no problem with is going in as a couple. Great experience.

The open top bus goes from right outside the hotel and this is the stop for both routes. 170DH for 2 days hop-on hop-off service. Do this on day one as a great orientation of the city.

Excursions can be booked through the hotel. Pretty cheap by comparison to others and they go with a local tour company. Don't expect much more than a bus to and from with stops on the way to look at bottles of oil and the like. Depends on your expectations. Book a proper guided tour for a little more elsewhere if you want showing round properly.

The exchange at reception does great rates for Dirhams with little or no commission, plus there's a cash machine. Take cash and get it changed here for real ease.

We were allowed access to a courtesy room after we had checked out as we weren't flying until the evening. This allowed us to have a shower and change before we left. Nice service.

All in all, the poor reviews for this hotel seem to be from a few years ago. This hotel seems to have made great efforts to improve all round and it's a very pleasant place to stay in a good location.

  • Stayed February 2012, travelled as a couple
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Lublin, Poland
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Reviewed 19 February 2012

I spend in this hotel only one night when I was on trip to Marrakech.

I was thinking long time what rating I should put for this hotel. AVERAGE rating it is not fair to put but VERY GOOD it is too much for this hotel so my rating is GOOD.

Hotel is located not so far away from centrum but with this evening traffic in Marrakech everywhere you must spend long time in TAXI so maybe better idea is to walk.
Close to hotel it is some pubs, restaurants and another hotels.

Hotel offer swimming pools and SPA but I was so short period that I didn't used them.
Anyway it was not possible to use becouse in swimming pools wasn't any water. It was February so I can understand this.

Food was good but not so many variables.
For breakfast was only eggs and one kind of ham and cheese.

It was possible to exchange currancy in the hotel and prices was much more better than in Agadir.

Room was good but it was very cold inside and when I tried to turn on the heater - current disappear. However they fixed it very fast.

Room Tip: Rooms on higher floors - nice view.
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  • Stayed February 2012, travelled as a couple
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Wroclaw, Poland
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Reviewed 18 February 2012

The hotel was great and it was my favourite one out of 5 that we stayed in during our Morocco tour. We had breakfast and dinner there and the food was really good. Our room was clean, spacious and warm (we got an electric radiator). The bathroom was also clean.

The hotel has a really lovely Moroccan decor, with richly ornamented ceilings and doors in open areas.

It's located about 30 mins of walking distance from the Jamaa el Fna place. The taxis are not expensive and there is also a really cheap direct bus (but it runs only to ~10 pm).

Free wi-fi in the lobby.

  • Stayed February 2012, travelled with friends
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 12 February 2012

6 of us stayed here for 3 nights and I was very worried that it would be a shabby hotel however i was extremely relived when we arrived and especially when we saw our rooms. The rooms are clean and spacious and the hotel is ideally situated surrounded by many shops and restaurants; it is also a 30min walk from the main square. They cleaned our rooms daily; the breakfast was good and the exchange rate at the hotel was great so we did the rest of our money here. The tour bus is ideally located just outside the hotel.
The Diwane Spa is excellent, the staff are very polite, provide great treatments and the spa is clean and good value for money.
You can get a bus - number 1, horse and carriage or taxi to the square.
Overall we were all very pleased with the hotel and would definetly recommend it and stay here again.

Room Tip: If you can choose a pool view room with a balcony.
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  • Stayed February 2012, travelled with family
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Ipswich, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 1 February 2012

Hotel Diwane is ideally located. It is situated in Guilese ( new town). It is 40mts walking distance from Jamaal El Fna square which is the centre of old town. The souk is just opposite to the square. Hotel is clean. Staff are friendly and good. Airport bus (no: 19) driver stopped very close to the hotel. Hop on / off bus starts very close to the hotel. We booked for Atlas tour (Orika Valley) from a tour shop very close to the hotel Diwane (next to Hotel Renaissance opposite Hotel Diwane). Breakfast was good although it is the same menu every morning. 4 or 5 varities of croissants, fresh egg (omlett or hard boiled or fried) etc etc. We took half board. So we had dinner at the hotel for the 4 nights that we stayed there. The firt night was very disappointing. Food wasn't as delicious or spicy as i had expected. Most of the menu consisted of variety of salads. I had slight tummy cramps that night. The next night onwards i stuck to hot food and i was alright. Cous cous was served every day with one or two meat dish and one fish dish and a variety of vegetable curries, soup etc. I was expecting to be served Khoubous or variety of bread. But didn't get any of that during our stay. All in all, i would rate evening dinner as 5 or 6 out of 10. But staff were very good. There was no label next to the dishes, so you are unsure if you are eating meat, fish or vegetable! Although you have booked half board, when you go for dinner, you have to pay for the drinks. I didn't expect this. A glass of orange juice is 20dhs, half litre bottle of water is 10dhs ( compared to price in the shop opposite to the hotel viz, 6dhs for 1 litre bottle and 4 dhs for orange juice in the shop at the souk). We enjoyed Marrakech, the hotel, the weather and the people.

  • Stayed January 2012, travelled as a couple
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Barlad, Romania
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Reviewed 26 January 2012

so, we stay here 4 days.The hotels is clean, big balcon, beautiful and clean pool, the room is quite big, but not so modern,the bathroom is clean. Every day they are changing our sheets, and towels. The food is ok,we have half board, 3 dishes of meet and so on. For Maroc is 4 star, for europen is mote that 3. We like the hotel, and the position is very good. Take bus 19 from the airport and take bus 1 fot Jemaa el Fna place. No drinks at restaurant but in the front is a small store who sell alchoolic. I will stay here again.

  • Stayed January 2012, travelled with friends
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Property: Diwane Hotel
Address: 24 rue Yougoslavie | Guéliz, Marrakech 40000, Morocco
Region: Morocco > Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region > Marrakech
Amenities:
Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#40 Best Value Hotel in Marrakech
#48 Business Hotel in Marrakech
#86 Spa Hotel in Marrakech
#111 Luxury Hotel in Marrakech
#181 Romantic Hotel in Marrakech
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:4 star — Diwane Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 116
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Recently built, our four star establishment welcomes you with its typically Moroccan decoration. Its warm lines and colours, mixing Zellige Fassi, marble and mosaics, offer to the traveler a haven of peace, combining oriental charm, great comfort and wellness. The kindness of the personnel welcome you as well as the delicate smell of the mint tea which is offered to you upon your arrival already launches you in a feeling of relaxation. Your stay will be unforgettable. ... more   less 
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