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“Beautiful peaceful house” 4 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 #203 of 1,070 Marrakech B&B and Inns
Lichfield, United Kingdom
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23 reviews 23 reviews
15 hotel reviews
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
“Beautiful peaceful house”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2013

The Riad is lovely and the staff are too. Our room was excellent - beautiful decor, spotlessly clean and comfortable. We were collected from the approach street which was lucky as we would never have found it on our own. The main square is within easy walking distance. The rooftop terrace was a nice place to chill in but don't expect to swim in the small pool. It is really only good to cool down in.
My only negative was the quality of the breakfast. I felt it let the experience down in quantity and choice.
However overall I did enjoy my time here.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 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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    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
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  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
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  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2013

we decide to stay at this riad as a direct result of what we had read on this forum and i'm glad that we did,we decided that it would not be easy to find so we chose the taxi transfer to take us directly there.once we got our bearings it took us less than 10 minutes to walk to the main square.so is ideally situated,the staff are just brilliant and cannot do enough to help you,would recommend this riad many times over.

Room Tip: we stayed in the narcisse room very clean far more than adequate
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  • Stayed May 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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Bristol, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2013

Riad Viva is both beautiful and authentic, with top notch service particularly from Yussaf and the ladies on the desk. We arrived at about midday following a long overnight flight and on asking if there was any chance of any food post breakfast they said of course and brought us a full spread ( more extensive than the usual breakfast that was wonderful every day....highly recommend the Moroccan mint tea, inspired us to buy our own leaves and tea pot!) and although we expected it they never even charged us for the pleasure. And ok so it might have taken them a little longer than predicted to have our room cleaned and ready but it really didn't matter as we were feed and had the beautiful roof top terrace to luxuriate on, plunge pool and all ( a rarity but absolute winning feature in a Riad). The Riad service was excellent they were happy to provide with whatever you needed or wanted no matter the day or night and because their are only a small number of rooms we often had the whole roof terrace and plunge pool to ourselves which was an absolute dream. It is also very well located down some typically Moroccan twisty-turny back alley's (don't be phased full of children playing and selling sweets and people heading to Mosque), quiet and well away from the crazy hub bub of the square but close enough. Old town is beautiful don't ever bother going to new town but definitely take a trip out the Atlas mountains and the waterfalls but don't forget small pennies, gorgeous Berber tangines in the river and opportunities to buy handmade Argan products. Riad Viva made this all possible! Would definitely stay again!

  • Stayed April 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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Northampton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2013

What a truely amazing experience, the city is just so interesting and different. The riad is beautiful, clean and the staff so friendly and helpful. The service is just above many top hotels that I have stayed in. Such friendly, smilie and lovely people. Would highly recommend staying and I will be going back with my children.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with friends
    • 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2013

My husband and I spent a fabulous long week end at the RIad Viva at the end of April 2013. We were absolutely enchanted by the service and the decoration - we almost felt that we were visiting family! So a big thank you to all the staff, particularly Aziza and Rhaoul.
The Riad is well placed for visiting Marrakech and we loved the fact that it was in the authentic, vibrant part of town away from the typical touristy areas. Even after our fairly short stay we began to feel like locals and once the RIad doors were opened - well, we were in paradise!
I am sure that one day we will return to Marrakech - the day we do we won't hesitate to stay here again.

  • Stayed April 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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Bristol, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2013

In this price bracket I'm not sure this place can be beaten. The staff are friendly and attentive without being in your face. The building is beautiful and calm and serene, it's a super professional outfit, almost too professional but in the madness of Marrakech its great to be somewhere where everything is taken care of. The only slight downside is the fact that it's at the southern tip of the medina so is 15-20 mins walk from the heart of things in the souk across a few of the medina's busiest roads, however once you're used to that it actually has it's advantages as it is very quiet. It overlooks the large gardens of the high class Marmounia hotel which means you're buffered from the noises of the City and as far as the you can be in the Medina from the early morning call to prayer so all in all very quiet and relaxed.

As some people have mentioned it is down a narror and somewhat poorly lit alleyway (but that is what the Medina is like-get over it) However once you're used to it you realise it is not that threatening at all and is actually quite a family orientated neighbourhood.

The roof terrace with plunge pool means you can happily sunbathe and relax in the afternoons and shop in the evenings!

Another bonus is the Riad's complimentary taxi service. I'm not sure if you get this for shorter stays (we were there 3 nights) but they provide an airport taxi service which will collect you on arrival if you email ahead or take you on the way back and save you the €20 fare (it can be cheaper if you're a good haggler but it's tough!)

If I go back to Marrakech I will deffo book RIad Viva. Some of the previous bad reviews are just ridiculous, and many of the comments are problems with Marrakech/Morrocan culture not Riad Viva (the alleyway, the food (normal Morrocan fare -including just an orange for desert) The layout of the "dark" rooms, which are designed to keep out the heat - when it's 40 degrees you'll be thankful!)

The staff and the hotel were fabulous! Book with confidence.

Room Tip: Higher rooms aren't so dark but will be hotter. AC helps though!
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  • Stayed April 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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5 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2013

Stunning public rooms, great bedrooms, wonderful roof terrace with small pool. Service good, were happy to make some special food for my ill mother in law despite us not being booked in for dinner.

Beware that if you arrive by car you have to park in a busy street which is about 5 mins walk from the riad. That said there are usually some parking wardens who will help you. GPS pretty much essential to find it by car!

  • Stayed March 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 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 #203 of 1,070 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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