Riad Viva is absolutely lovely, and staff are so incredibly friendly! We often got advice from them about the maximum we should pay in the souks for certain items, or suggestions about good restaurants to go to. Eating breakfast on the terrace was lovely too, storks and swallows would be flying overhead and the view was just of blue sky and huge palm trees. Bliss! (A note about the breakfast, it was delicious and filling, but very Moroccan - don't expect a fry-up or cereal... it's about 2 pastries each, plus bread, butter, and various jams + yoghurt or fruit + fresh orange juice and tea/mint tea.) It was also so nice to back from the chaos that are the marakkech souks and relax with some mint tea and shisha on the terrace in the afternoon/evening.
The only hitch was that we'd asked for a 2nd floor room, but as we'd booked through a 3rd party, we didn't find out until the day before that we'd not got it, and we'd gotten the Freesia room on the ground floor, which can be noisy. One guest chose our door to stand outside and whinge loudly about her breakfast not being ready at about 6am.. and occasionally you could hear clattering from the kitchen in the early morning. I wonder if they've thought about soundproofing the door? Truthfully I thought I'd be more gutted about not getting the room I'd requested, but the Riad was so lovely, and staff so nice (and at the end of the day, it's not like we're spending hours in there) I ended up not really caring. The room we'd gotten was really lovely anyway, especially the bathroom. Although they had made the decision to decorate the bathroom door with a large red transparant glass panel, which was a bit odd, but we just covered it with one of the bathrobes provided. Of course, if watching your other half on the toilet is your thing, then this room is perfect for you...
It's really conviniently located too - it's about 10/15 minute walk to Jemaa el Fina. There are about 3 or 4 little streets to walk down to get to it, so best it you get the the Riad's hotel transfer, they get a taxi to meet you at the airport, then the porter meets you in the main street and will carry your luggage to the hotel for you. Otherwise you might end up a bit lost the first time as the streets to the Riad are too narrow for vehicles to get down! Plus it avoids the stress of the Moroccan taxi drivers, who are dying to charge you £50 for what is a £5 journey on the fare meter...
Basically, if it wasn't for the noise issue, Riad Viva is so lovely, and our stay was so relaxing, it would be 5 stars! (and if we were allowed half stars I'd have given in 4 1/2 anyway, as the noise was only an issue on two of the days we stayed out of five).
- 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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