We loved our two weeks at Hotel Diwane and would return anytime. This is a traditional hotel, everywhere you look there is something interesting to look at. Wooden carved ornate ceilings, mosaic walls and floors... Large clean room with balcony, huge bath, large shower over. Small fridge. Clean white towels, thick cotton white bedding, pillows as new .... slept nearly 10 hours many nights, so comfortable. Most hotels abroad, we find put single beds together to create double! We ate all the breakfast salad every morning, home made curd cheese, fresh rolls, butter honey ... pancakes, it was simple and perfectly done. We exchanged all money at hotel. Manage to get wifi on landing, save going down to reception. The staff were 100% friendly, helpful and fun to engage with. Mounia and her team at reception - brilliant. Pool spotless. A traditional hammam massage at the hotel on day 1 was a great start.
We got water from local supermarket, and wine now and then. We ate out at small local places and would definitely recommend Chez Mohamed at Rue Ben Alcha oppostie clinic, (ask for Chekspire) wonderful tagines - all traditional food, sit out and watch the world go by, directions from hotel front door, turn right and right again, end of road, directly on left corner. Nearby a shop wraps cold beer in newspaper to take away. We ate roasted salted nuts from the street sellers, fresh orange too but no ice or water and only salad at hotel breakfast. We were not ill at all and did not meet anyone who was. If you can't bear food without alcohol being served, since best food we found was away from hotels and large restaurants, you will miss out. Very female friendly area, we met single women and female friends on holiday.
Hotel is at a brilliant location, 15 minute walk to Majorelle Gardens (Yves St Laurent), we took the tourist bus to get our bearings and stopped off at many of the destinations, then picked it up again - excellent. We found the No 1 local bus opposite hotel by paper stand took us to Jemaa El Fna square for about 3 Dirhams and brought us back to newspaper stand almost outside our hotel, easier than haggling for taxi sometimes, but it is within walking distance - 25 mins? We ate at the square - great fun, but could do with sign "we have eaten" since they try every way to get you to eat at their site - had to harden up a bit here. The Ben Youssef Madrassa was a joy to visit, as the Art exhibitions.
Hotel Diwane is a small oasis amidst all the hot, dusty hustle and bustle of Marrakech. We got a great deal with Thomas Cook and the flight was with British Airways. Our transfers were perfect - just us, so straight from airport to hotel - 20 mins.
We had balcony room overlooking courtyard and pool on higher floor, but all rooms looked lovely, so...
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