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Diwane Hotel
Ranked #150 of 501 Hotels in Marrakech
Reviewed 6 March 2011

Excellent location to get to all the main shopping stores, ZARA, Mcdonalds and also about 10 minutes to the SOUKS. Facilities at the hotel are once again are first- rate, however you need to pay for the use of SPA. We had the massage done at the hotel which was very refreshing. Buffet also catered for vegetarians. From airport to the hotel the fare should be 100Dh but you need haggle as the best price we came down to was 150dh. Managed to get from the hotel to the airport for 100dh! Definitely use the hotel again, it has a lovely Moroccan charm 4*

  • Stayed: March 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 2 March 2011

Just got back from a stay at the Diwane in Marrakesh...We were Half Board for 1 week....Advertised as a 4 star hotel but obviously this is moroccan stars...We would give it 3....The hotel is very Moroccan style and going by first impressions we thought we had made a big mistake....Ideally located to everything, about 30 dirhams (about £2.40) in a taxi to nearly everywhere in the city...be aware to set your price with the driver before you get in....The first room we were shown to was not of an acceptable quality for us...Very dark, finishings in the room were very poor, shower head was falling off, bath was all marked with rust...The hotel needs a makeover !...We asked Rasheed (luggage dude) if we could have another room and he was only too happy to help..(lovely guy)....We changed rooms and the next room (503) was like night and day...Still not the ritz but better than the first...sleeping was a problem, I had a pillow like a brick (which we got changed the next day)...Dogs were barking all night...The Cockerel started at 5am, then the praying from the Mosque at 5.30....Then the birds at about 6ish....The breakfasts are ok, buffet style, same every morning....Lunch was the best, most of the time was a choice of 3 starters, mains and desserts...Dinner was nearly the same every night, decent, but we are all Cous Coused out.....It sounds like we are never happy and really fussy, but we have travelled a fair bit and expect a decent clean standard....We didnt expect this hotel to be amazing but it was a bit of a let down....We both changed money at different times and were both short changed by 100 dirhams..(about £8)..We then had a bit of an argument with the receptionist and the saying "He doth Protest too much" came to mind....The majority of the staff were lovely and very helpful...The waiters were a little slow and muddled sometimes but this seemed to add somewhat to the charm....Overall we enjoyed our holiday, we also kinda enjoyed our stay in the Diwane, despite all the previous comments, so it up to you...Dont expect luxury, its fine for a weeks stay...

  • Stayed: February 2011, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank C4MPBELL
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Reviewed 27 February 2011

Took my mum here for 3 days at the beginning of February. Booked through travel republic and they even threw in a free transfer to and from the airport.

Main reason for this trip was that i'd always wanted to go here but I was on a very tight shoe string paying for both myself and my mum. This hotel was perfect, perfect location at the top of the Mohammed Avenue. A direct walk down to the square (albeit will take 20-25 mins but it is a very pleasant walk) which is brightly lit and safe enough to walk at night, plenty of people around.

If you plan on visiting the museums and places of interest I cannot stress enough, get a guide!!!!! They are cheap enough but we spent a whole day getting lost and stressed and only found one museum which we weren't even planning on going to! There are very few street signs, maps differ from one to the next and the locals (as much as they're trying to help you - for a fee) do not stop pestering you. Unless you know the area, get a guide or join a tour group to get around! A good tip when your first starting out, maybe on your first day, get a ticket for the tour bus - it's very cheap at about £7 pp but it lasts 24 hours and you can jump on and off when you want. It gives you the chance to get your bearings and sort of plan what you think you'd be interested in by seeing them in the flesh first. Included is an oasis tour but that was pretty rubbish, the main route is the best and there's a pick up point directly outside the hotel!

The square is fantastic, go at late afternoon and grab a mint tea sitting on one of the terraces just watching the world go by.. phenomenal. Please, please, please keep clear of the men with the coloured hats and the bells, they try and put their hats on you but then pester you for money. Also, the monkey owners..they drug these poor animals and treat them so badly. Don't even make eye contact with them!

Hotel is as the saying, you get what you pay for..pleasant enough, rooms a fair size (we didn't get a balcony but we didn't mind). Very noisy from outside but that only seemed to be in the morning when the locals were getting up and about, so we were getting up then too. Pool area very nice, weather was very warm (24c) during the day so perfect for a dip, very cold during the night though so bring something warm. Breakfast was gorgeous and i'm not a breakfast eater, very recommended. We didn't eat or drink there at any other time so I can't comment.

All in all I fully recommend this hotel and would go back. Difficult to comment entirely on this hotel though as we just used it as a base to see the sights of the city.

Things I would do differently however - I'd take a guy with me. The amount of pestering from the locals was unreal and I feel if we had a man travelling with us they wouldn't approach us. Barter, barter, barter when buying goods..they will start extortionally high!
Make sure you take tummy tablets, we had quite a bit of trouble I think adjusting between the UK and there. Also, don't drink the local water or eat the salad (as they wash this in their water).

  • Stayed: February 2011, travelled with family
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Reviewed 19 February 2011

This hotel is a minute off of the main street that leads up to the main town square. You can walk it in about 30 mins, get a number one bus that costs 3.50 dms, or get a small taxi for about 15 dms. It is quiet and the entrance is lovely. The reception staff were fantastic - they couldn't have been more helpful, giving us tips as to where to go and where not to go, how to get there, and you were able to book trips direclty from the hotel. We only had breakfast, which was cereals, a massive variety of breads and cakes, yougurts etc - there was always an egg chef and also a pancake chef - both which were very yummy. The food was constantly being replaced - even at 9.50 when it closes at 10. The room we stayed in was a good size, but just a bit dated with a few dents in the tiles etc but it was spotlessly clean. Towels changed every day and we were there on valentines day and the maid had made our beds into flowers and had put fresh roses on them for us, and petals on the pillows - it looked wonderful. The bar is a bit expensive but we expected that and we didn't see any restaurants or bars that sold it in the town. If you go exploring take a guide as it is really easy to get lost (we did!) and if you get a chance go and visit the waterfalls in the Atlas Mountains - they were amazing.

  • Stayed: February 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 1 February 2011

The staff were all very friendly and helpful. The room was of a good standard and everything was clean around the hotel. The dinner buffet was a bit disappointing though - just the same buffet-style fare every evening and it wasn't of fantastic quality. Not cheap either - it cost £45 for a meal for two (sum total of a very small bottle of beer, two small glasses of wine and two main courses). Also, quite a lot of street noise outside every evening didn't make sleeps so easy.
The hotel is well located for the main tourist office, from which the city tour buses depart (the historical tour and the oasis tour). Handy for bus no. 19 to and from the airport too.

  • Stayed: January 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 26 January 2011

Everything was great, hotel decor was very pretty and traditional, rooms were big and had a nice balcony, breakfast was good, everything was clean. The staff were very friendly and helpful, I asked for directions and they went out their way to circle everything on a map and showed where the hotel is. The english isn't 100% so it's helpful to know a little french, mostly "what is it" and "how much". There are night staff on for if you stay out late or go to the le pacha club!

The pool has it's own resident tortoise, was exciting and you receive towels when you get to the pool. The hotel has a roof terrace where you can see the Atlas mountains, and a really nice spa, well worth it, massages were really good. Hotel was in a good location, you'll be advised to get a taxi to the famous square with Koutoubia mosque but we walked it in 20 mins stroll and we seen nice fountains on the way there, just long straight road. The only slight downside is the bar inside the hotel seems to be mostly men, so we bought drinks and took them to the lounge reception.

Weather was really nice, comfortable 27degrees for their winter! We visited most places, most difficult to find were the palaces and we didn't get lost in the souks. One warning is the men (including eight year old boys) are sleazy (not including hotel staff), calling after you with any (rude) compliment, which we just ignored, but if traveliing with a husband/Bf seems a lot less.

Last warning, Marrakesh Airport was just unbelieveable.... go there as early as check in opens, they have border control before you leave the country, we stood in queue for hour and half, they only had one person checkin passports.

Would definitely go back again.

  • Stayed: January 2011, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 2 January 2011

a welcoming and well kept hotel that had a wide variety of people staying in it. the rooms were spacious and well equiped. the staff were very friendly and helpful. the bonus of having an exchange within the hotel is helpful too and the rate was competitive. Breakfast was not particulaily my thing but there was ample spread of eggs [scambled and boiled], the european cheese and bread and a number of cereals with fresh yoghurt or milk. If you are half board you can choose either lunch or evening meal which i found unusual. there was plently of fresh tasty salads and nice fish and melt in your mouth beef etc. they even made good mash. i managed to restrain myself on the delicate pastries; but only just! there is a resident local 'trio' that provides traditional background music in the restaurant and the bar. the bar is something else and it's worth just going in for a drink to people watch! it's a straight walk from the Hotel to Jemaa el Fna that takes a realistic 40 minutes or a 10 minute taxi ride that'll cost you about 20dm [couple of quid max]
i found it a great place to stay that was easy to find and in a nice area and i'd definately stay there again

  • Stayed: December 2010, travelled solo
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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:
#43 Best Value Hotel in Marrakech
#48 Business Hotel in Marrakech
#82 Spa Hotel in Marrakech
#106 Luxury Hotel in Marrakech
#180 Romantic Hotel in Marrakech
Price Range: £33 - £69 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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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