A great night's sleep in comfortable, clean rooms with good walking in any direction to the old city or to the old downtown. Friendly staff who meet the standard.
When it opened about 15 years ago, it was a good addition to the mix and was a strong four star property. As happens, it is now has more competition and the city center has moved. The property footprint was always a little problematic and the reception/lobby/bar is squeezed in and the squeezing is reflected also in two elevators that serve housekeeping needs, as well. Minor amenities (like replacing the coffee sachets daily) are overlooked though the nightly Moroccan cookie on the pillow was always delivered. The hallways are a little on the dark side for my taste. Others have remarked on the parking challenges. The neighborhood is in transition with new construction or renovation nearby, along with other places (like the abandoned former Saudi embassy next door) begging for demolition or renovation.
As a business hotel, it has some drawbacks. For example, I was surprised to find the provided internet gives a paltry 640 kbs download speed. Another quibble would be the absence of a separate desk or a sitting chair. The location, too, is no longer central. Many of the embassies in the neighborhood have left. For tourism, it is close to the Mausoleum, the Tour Hassan, the old downtown and the medina.
Bottom line - the comfortable night's sleep in a clean, quiet room and friendly people would completely overcome any other minor complaints if the internet were brought up to current broadband expectations.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Considered the most regal of all the imperial cities, Rabat combines traditional culture with contemporary politics. Here, relics of the world's largest mausoleum rub shoulders with contemporary skyscrapers. Behind its sleek, glass façade, the Sofitel Diwan is designed with sublime refinement and elegant nuances. Conveniently located in the heart of downtown, just minutes from the airport and the incomparable Dar Es-Salaam golf course, this luxury hotel is ideal for both business and leisure. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Le Diwan Rabat Hotel Rabat
- Sofitel Rabat
- Accor Diwan Rabat
- Rabat Sofitel