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Reviewed April 11, 2010

My second trip to Marrakech and another perfect accommodation was found at Riad Diana. It's tucked away down a not too complicated alley network but you'd have a job locating it without a guide, the maps don't really work! We found that the chap who offered to lug our luggage from the taxi knew exactly where he was going, and we were grateful for the assistance. All the staff were friendly and most welcoming, providing refreshing mint tea on arrival and once settled in, supplying further information about the medina and city.

A traditional riad arrangement with very few simply converted guest rooms centered around a charming courtyard, Riad Diana also offers a small plunge pool which is an extra benefit, particularly after the hottest days in the medina and souks. We didn't venture into the water during our stay, but it greatly added to the ambiance. The riad is very well styled and appealing.

We stayed in the rooftoop room which meant we had easy access to the tented terrace for breakfast and cool relaxation on the open roof of the room at dusk, perhaps the most magic time. The room was delightful, breakfast was simple but sufficient, and the whole experience was wonderful.

Why anyone would want stay at a chain hotel in Marrakech is beyond me, there are a wide range of riads to better them, but if you're a dedicated chain devotee then break away at Riad Diana, you'll not regret it and you might even cut up your loyalty card.

  • Stayed: July 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 21, 2010

Stayed in the Riad Diana for 4 nights, we arrived at Marrakech airport and was met by hotel staff with our waiting taxi and was promptly taken to the hotel - we could not have done this on our own as the hotel would have been difficult to find, however once you knew where it was we had no problem after that. The hotel is a little oasis in what is a crazy city, our room was on the pation next to the plunge pool, the room was quite spacious with plenty of shelving to put clothes away and even your cases could be put in the cupboard, the shower room was an experience however the water was really hot and the towels huge. The little wash basin however did not have a great water supply and was trickling out but ok just to brush your teeth. The bed was huge and very spacious with nice pillows and cushions. The room was nice and cool and very dark once the lights switched off - I do not sleep well anywhere and this was no exception, however this was not a fault of the hotel, if I do manage to get a goods nights sleep its a great bonus.

The hotel has got a lovely roof terrace and you can just about see the mineret of the mosque from here, there are also some sun lounges and the roof if you wish to top up your tan.

Breakfast at the hotel is basic, fresh bread, Pancakes, madeira type cake, jams, fresh orange juice and a pot of tea and a pot of warm milk.

Once you have got your bearings of the hotel its really easy to find, we never got lost once and its only about a ten minute walk from the main square.

Marrakech is very very busy and can be a bit of a culture shock, the souks are amazing
and the square both during the day and of an evening is an expereince in itself.

Alcohol is very hard to come by in the centre, however there is a hotel called the Grand Hotel Tazi which does sell beers, the hotel has to be seen to be believed and the beers work out at about £2.20 a bottle. There is also a bar not from from the Diana called the Cozybar which also sells beer at £4.50 a bottle.

Eating out is also an experience however when eating in the sqaure of an evening beware of all the extras that they give you i.e. olives, the dips and the little pie they give you, its all addede on to the bill so a meal we thought was going to be £12.00 actually came to £26.00 so be on your guard.

We had a meal in the Diana one evening and it was really lovely, the table was set beautifully and the food was very very good, we had 4 dishes to start which included, a beetroot starter, glazed carrots, tomatoe and onion salad and green beans, and then the main meal was a lamb casserole - the lamb was gorgeous and just fell apart, this was also served with peas, courgettes and potatoes, also lots of fresh bread, and for afters we had strawberrys and youghurt again this was gorgeous, we also had two bottle of red wine (very nice Morrocan wine) the meal came to about £55 including the drinks.

Marrakech is very very busy and can be a bit daunting, however we did not feel threatened but be on your guard when going through the souks as you can get josstled about. Everyone goes about their business on mopeds and you have to be very careful as they just race around everywhere. We visted the tanneries and this again was an experience however its not a very nice place to visit and the smell is terrible nothing like we have experienced before but you may as well see it if you are there as you may never go back. There is a modern part of Marrakech which is really lovely with some lovely modern bnuildings and lots of fountains, however again its very hard to find a bar, we did find an english bar where we had dinner one night and the food was excellent and quire reasonable.

Money exchange is easy there are plenty of exchange offices, however we found the best deal was the one nearest the hotel we got a better rate there than in the centre.

Paying for your bill at the hotel is easy, you can settle the bill with euro's dirhams or credit card, however any extras's i.e meals, wine or the taxi service you have to pay for in cash with dirhams or euro's.

The airport on the way back out does not have a great deal of facilities, a couple of shops and eateries, you can not use any dirhams in the duty free shop but you can use them to buy things from the restaurants you are allowed to take out 1000 dirhams from the county.

All in all Marrakech is a wonderful place and has to be seen to be believed, the Riad Diana is very charming and the staff are very helpful and the hotel very clean we would recommend the Diana as a place to stay.

  • Stayed: March 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 14, 2010

I Stayed at the Riad Diana for a long weekend. 12 of us stayed for a hen do, and it was awesome! The riad was beautifully decorated, the attention to detail was amazing. We had a traditional dinner cooked for us (stuffed my face!) and breakfast, which was simple but lovely. The staff were super helpful, so polite. The riad was about a 2 minute walk from the main square, so a great location. Most of my mates had the massages, and said they were well worth having.
Only down side I can really think of was that the bathroom smelt a little, but probably due to the sewer systems??!
Would definately return for a longer holiday (with an empty suitcase to fill with the lovely leather handbags!!) and stay here.

  • Stayed: March 2010, traveled with friends
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Reviewed March 14, 2010

the riad isn't really easy to find but it is worth to stay there.
very nice staff, good location and a wonderful hamam, massage and dinner. try it!

  • Stayed: February 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 7, 2010

Stayed here for 3 nights for a short break at the end of January/ start of February 2010.

My review is in two parts, a general review and then directions to get to the Riad.

We chose this riad as wanted to stay in a traditional building and not our of Marrakesh. This has been relatively recently turned into a guesthouse and is centrally located.

On the plus side:
-the staff (jounes) was very helpful. Tea is always available whenever you require it.
-as there are only 5 rooms you always have space to yourself
-the roof terrace has sun loungers but also covered areas with sofas for relaxing
-breakfast is nice

Overall I would recommend staying here, just a couple of niggly things that wouldnt stop me from staying:
-the towels were not changed during our stay. As the rooms are designed to keep cool, it meant we couldnt ever get the towels dry. I'm not a stickler for having a new towel ever day but if you cannot dry it, it should really be changed.
-we had the roof top room. It was very nice but did have a very slight drain smell. Not at all over bearing but still there.

Directions to find the riad.
The last few hundred meters make this riad difficult to find, however, I have uploaded some photos to help you visualise the route. It is possible to find yourself:

-First you need to find the road that runs between the Medina and Royal Palace. Its relatively easy to find, is on most maps, and is called 'rue riad zitoun el jedid'.

-Once on the road, half way from either end, you need to turn down a narrow passage way. From the medina/ square end it is a left turn, from the palace direction it is a right turn. You know its the correct street as on the wall there is an advert for riad jona guest house on the wall. The entrance to the passage way is on my photo 1.

-Walk to the end of the side road, its about 100m in length and you can only turn left or right. Turn left, the view looking down the street is in photo 2.

-Walk along the passage way and take your first right, its about 100m and is shown on photo 3 and is the first time you will see a riad diana sign plate above the passageway.

-Walk down the the covered passage way (photo 4) and just down the passage way on the right hand side is the door for riad diana (photo 5), marked with a brass plate.

  • Stayed: January 2010, traveled as a couple
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