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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 #185 of 1,135 Marrakech B&B and Inns
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Leszno, Poland
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“beautiful riad”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2013

It was our first time in Marrakech, maybe not the last, because we really enjoyed our stay. Riad Viva is a wonderful place, that is beautifully decorated and really calm. Competly the opposite of what is going on on the streets of the city. When we first arrived we didn't get the best impression during our walk to Riad on the small streets that you need to pass to get there, but a porter that took our luggage and walked with us gave us the feeling of safety. You could never imagine how nice the Riad is, from looking at it from the outside. The courtyard is lovely with a fountain and seating area, where we got a morrocan tea served after we arrived. A really nice gesture. The receptionist took time to explain us how to move around the city and recommened places to see and where we could eat. Breakfast on the rooftop is really nice. It is also nice to sit at the rooftop at night as there is a seating area where you can relax after the whole day of sighseeing. The stuff is really friendly and helpful!! For sure a Riad to recommend.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
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  • 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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2013

We found Riad Viva a very pleasant place to stay in Marrakech. The staff are very friendly and very helpful- nothing was too much trouble. Located in the medina close to the main tourist attractions.
Highly recommended!

  • Stayed July 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2013

Brilliant place to stay- location was excellent, roof top pool very welcome, authentic decor and friendly, helpful staff. We had lovely fresh breakfasts served each morning on the rooftop - definitely one to recommend .

  • Stayed June 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2013

Riad Viva is a very pretty riad. The rooms are very clean and comfortable. The staff are very nice, helpful and attentive with someone on call 24 hours if required. The courtyard is lovely with a pretty fountain, a comfy seating area and an atrium which lets in lots of light. Breakfast is served on the terrace. The food was very good. We had dinner twice on the terrace which was very nice. The splash pool is very refreshing and there are comfortable sun-beds to relax on. My friend and I both had a massage, which was lovely! The riad can arrange excursions for you by private taxi which are good value, 70 euros for the four of us. We went to the Ourika Valley which was very nice. Beer and wine are available and the rose wine was particularly good. We had a very enjoyable few days.

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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with friends
    • 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 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2013

This was our first visit to Marrakech and we were very happy with Riad Viva. I was travelling with my Mother and Aunty on a 3-day "girl's trip". Our first impressions arriving at 10pm were not great as it's down an dark alley off the main street, but our wonderful porter Hamza lead us to the little oasis that is Riad Viva. Check in was a bit slow after a long flight and they do not have a restaurant, so be prepared to head out again or have something to eat at the airport if you are arriving late. Thank goodness Hamza was still around to help us find Jemaa el Fina and importantly a bank to get some local money. Hamza ended up being a wealth of information, good English and someone you want to run into on the way home from a busy day in the souks or sightseeing. Breakfast each morning was lovely on the terrace, the room (Rose Suite) was spacious, clean with a stunning Morocaan bathroom. We had dinner on the terrace one night which was well worth the money after a long day out. All the girls on reception and in the kitchen were lovely: Aziza, Khamisa, Hassamia and Fatiha ... they all work so hard. The Hamman/massage staff do not speak a word of English .... ask the reception staff to translate anything you may need translated before you're in your underwear sitting on a marble bench. I would definitely stay here again, it was nice to escape the chaos of Marrakech each day. The pool was gorgeous and the riad is only one year old, so nice and clean and everything works!

Room Tip: Rose Suite perfect for a family
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
    • 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2013

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).

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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2013

We stayed 5 nights in Morocco and 1-3 and 5th night in Riad Viva. After the first night in Rose Suite we were told that we will be moved to another better suite and we do not understand why because our previous room was much better. We mentioned this but did not have much response. Breakfasts were the same every day, pancake, jam and bread. On our last morning we received 1 croissant each and a bit of melon. The breakfast was not enough and definitely there was no fruit, cheese or eggs!!!!! I am surprised that water melons which are so plentiful there are not served for breakfast. We never received any complimentary tea, apart from the first day on our arrival and not even on our last day when we returned from the city exhausted from the heat of the day and were waiting to go to the airport till 6 pm while our suitcases were in storeroom. We ordered some cold drinks but did not get any! While walking to the taxi through the alley we were followed by 2 members of staff accusing us of not paying the bill for the last night. The bill was paid in the morning to another member of stuff and obviously there is some communication problem between members of staff. That was however very unpleasant and embarrassing. Lucky I found the confirmation in my wallet!! However that did not spoil our time in Morocco which we enjoyed very much. The staff arranged for the tickets for the bus to Essauira and transfers to and from the airport. The location of the hotel is very good and after a few days you begin to feel at home. I would still recommend the hotel, but we did not have such a wow factor as others mentioned in their reviews. Maybe we were a bit unlucky!!!!

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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with friends
    • 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
    • 3 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 #185 of 1,135 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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