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“Perfect setting for a birthday” 5 of 5 stars
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Riad Viva
4.0 of 5 Guest house   |   107 Derb Sidi Mbarek | Sidi Mimoun, Marrakech 40008, Morocco   |  
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Ranked #191 of 1,079 Marrakech B&B and Inns
Surrey
1 review
“Perfect setting for a birthday”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2013

We had chosen this Riad due to the wonderful reviews and can say we were so happy we did. As soon as we arrived we saw that the Riad was indeed as beautiful as depicted in the pictures and the staff were so friendly we felt very welcome. Our Suite was lovely and couldn't fault it at all. On my boyfriends birthday we did the cooking course were we taken to the local market to choose the ingredients and then brought back to the Riad to cook the vegetable starters, lamb tagine and orange dessert. The course gave us a great insight into traditional Moroccan cooking. In the evening, they had set up a table with roses and candles for our meal - it looked very romantic! The weather was good during our stay and we did manage to use the terrace which was very relaxing. During our stay the staff were very attentive and even went to get us bottles of coke from the local store when they didn't have any - no request was too much of an effort for them. I hope future visitors to Riad Viva will enjoy their stay as much as we did.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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Taunton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2013

Such a beautiful Riad in a great location for the city's sights. The courtyard offered real sanctuary from the crazy streets outside and the staff could not have been more helpful.
On arrival we were served delicious mint tea in the courtyard and given a map and directions to all the main sights. Our room was spacious and beautifully decorated with the best bathroom we've seen on our travels in Morocco! The manager of the Riad was very helpful - even going out at night to get us bus tickets for the next day!
Breakfast was very nice - fresh bread, cake, fresh orange juice and lovely coffee. The pool area looked a perfect place to relax after a days sightseeing but unfortunately the weather didn't allow us to use it!
Really great Riad - highly recommended.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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London
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2013

We had a wonderful experience here. The rooms are well kept and the staff go above and beyond. The riad organised several extra activities and trips (the cooking day is a must and the trip to Ourika Valley). Breakfast in the morning was lovely and the view was brilliant with a short walk to the main square.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Geneva, Switzerland
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2013

The minute we landed we were very nicely greeted by Majid, the hotel driver who picked us up to go to the Riad. Again , we had a warm welcome by the reception staff, Aziza and all the others were so kind and helpful. The breakfast is served on the terrace or the dining room with fresh bread, wonderful fresh orange juice, jam and honey. Eggs can be served if requested. We had a suite for three and our room was very nicely decorated and clean. In fact the whole riad is very nicely decorated with good taste and not too goddy . There is a beautiful view from the roof terrace with a small pool and confortable lounge chairs. It is situated 5mns from the Palace and 10mns from the Jama el Fna square in a quiet neighbourhood. It is not the cheapest place but it's worth it. I will recommend to my friends and family anytime. Again, congratualtions to the whole staff and not to forget the very good hammam and massages.

The only little negative aspect is the bad lighting in the street that leads to the riad.

Room Tip: Exceptionnal and efficient staff. Always available if you need help or tips for sightseeing...
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Dublin, Ireland
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2013

Having spent years hearing of the glories of Morocco, off I finally went in search of the beautiful images and startling sensual overload I expected to find.... only to be greeted on Day 1 by thieving, begging, harrassing locals who continued to bother us until we departed, despite the best efforts of staff. Having said that Aziza was most helpful in addressing the problems with the local thugs. Service in the hotel was very good although it is expensive for what you get - again the whole city takes advantage of tourists, so the riad was only following local tradition by overcharging. Clean rooms, pleasant meals, quiet location, obliging staff - well done Riad Viva!

Room Tip: the suite was quiet and spacious.
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with friends
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Riad V, Inhaber at Riad Viva, responded to this review, March 3, 2013
Dear valued client,

Thank you very much for your review. It’s a pity that you didn’t like Marrakech but it’s nice to read that you liked Riad Viva as well as our service. So maybe the next time you could differ between the points that you give to the hotel and also the town where the hotel is located. So if you haven’t felt well in Marrakech you could give 3 points for Marrakech in a separate review for the town (it exits on Tripadvisor also!) but if you liked the hotel (or Riad) it is more than fair to give 4 our 5 points to the hotel. We can only optimize our hotel and our service but unfortunately we can’t change Marrakech. You have to like Marrakech like it is (like fortunately the most people do) our you don’t like it.
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London, United Kingdom
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2013

We've heard a lot about Marrakesh from beforehand. Our friends who have been there a few times to Marrakesh recommended this Riad and we were not disappointed at all! So we decided to spent our 5 year Anniversary in Riad Viva in Marrakesh The Service from the crew is marvelous. They really do care about you and your well being.They make sure that very little problem that might occur is solved. Especially the cooking was prepared with a lot of passion and with an astonishing amount of detail. I have to admit though that after 3-4 days you've had enough of the Marroccain couscous dishes to be honest-but maybe that's just me!
The Locations is alright not too far from the Medina all within 10 minutes walking distance.
The Room was very clean and nicely decorated.
Definitly would love to come back at some other time!

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Berlin, Germany
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2013

The Raid Viva is simply glorious. This Riad has been decorated with love and complete attention to detail and the pool area and upstairs terrace are amazing. This attention to detail is extended in every form, from Aziza and the whole team to all their guests. Nothing is a problem for them as they are willing and able to accommodate your needs and desires. The food and drinks were lacking in nothing and it was wonderful to savour some local dishes. Finally, the Hammam (on site) is an experience not to be missed. You will float out of there. If you are looking for an escape from reality or a romantic break, the Riad Viva is the perfect choice.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 107 Derb Sidi Mbarek | Sidi Mimoun, Marrakech 40008, Morocco
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Location: Morocco > Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region > Marrakech
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #191 of 1,079 B&Bs / Inns in Marrakech
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — Riad Viva 4*
Number of rooms: 7
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
In Riad Viva, you can feel the atmosphere of a small royal palace, where tradition and modern style meet together. Build in a typical Moroccan style and decorated with fine handcraft, you will enjoy the luxurious comfort of spacious and bright rooms as well as the nice terracce with pool and lounge.The access to the Riad is directly near the private palace of king Mohammed VI and from the big terrace you experience the direct view into the large park of the world-famous five stars hotel Mamounia. ... more   less 
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