We booked the Diwane hotel for a cheap sunshine break before our wedding later in the year and were pleased with what we received for the money spent. On booking we had the option to upgrade from bed and breakfast to half board for around £12 each so we went ahead with this fully not ending to eat out on a number of occasions.
On arrival check was easy, efficient and the reception staff very friendly and helpful and remained so throughout the holiday. We encountered no language barrier with the which as been complained about in other reviews.
Our room was spacious, with a huge bathroom, well air conditioned, clean, well kept and had a fridge fir your use. Also had a pleasant balcony overlooking the restaurant / pool. Although not a scenic view with building sites and busy road outside the hotel (this is a city hotel so this can't be a complaint for anyone booking this) it was pleasant to sit out in the evening and listen to the surroundings and watch the daily hustle and bustle.
Food wise - breakfast was very good. Selection of pastries, breads, cooked meats, cheeses and salads (didn't try these as I'm not salad eater at breakfast) along with freshly squeezed orange juice, fresh omelettes made To order and fresh pancakes.
Evening meals always ad something I eat but would get a bit boring after a week. We at there give nights out of 7. There were always chicken, beef or lamb, fish, cous cous, vegetables and potatoes of different varieties each evening along with huge selections of salads, a soup an some yummy deserts. Again I didn't try the salads but unlike in previous reviews I didn't see any flies around them unless other lazy guests had left them uncovered. In which case what can they expect. All n all worth the extra money. Sufficient but nothing amazing.
We really liked the pool but we found it frustrating on some days having to wait ages for towels when the pool guy was nowhere to be seen. It is also annoying only getting one towel each which isn't big enough to cover the sunbed. In the 40degree heat the beds got so hot they were painful to touch if not covered.
The only other things letting this hotel down are drinks prices - we tended to buy our alcohol at the supermarket up the road (Acima - turn right up the main road then left at the next major junction) and drink on the balcony. We were never stopped going into the hotel but didn't walk in with supermarket bags. Also the lunchtime restaurant staff were unbelievably slow.
One more major plus point is that before leaving the reception staff stored our luggage and gave us a courtesy room to shower in after a day in the pool free of charge.
If I could summarise this hotel in one sentence: very good value for money with friendly staff and a very convenient central
city location. Anyone disagreeing with this needs to bear in mind the price. You can't expect a champagne lifestyle on a lemonade budget. We had friends staying at the Sofitel who spent probably four times as much for on,y four nights.
On a last note - the sky bar at the hotel across the road and the kaz bar just down the road were fantastic for drinks and cocktails albeit pricey (but ths was the same everywhere in Marrakech)
- 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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