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Riad Aguaviva
Ranked #9 of 1,187 Marrakech B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed November 7, 2012

There's a reason why Riad Aguaviva is number one on trip advisor - I simply couldn't imagine how you could better it. I've just spent 2 weeks travelling in Morocco with friends and family, and this was without question the highlight of our trip. The riad itself is incredibly beautiful, with well-appointed rooms, good location and wonderful breakfast; but the magic of the place is really about David, Manel and their wonderful team. What they've created is truly from the heart, and they can provide a magical, mysterious trip to Marrakech which simply wouldn't be possible via most hotels / riads. If you want luxury, magic, friendship, mystery and something that the guide books won't show you - go here! I realise I've used the word 'magical' several times - but that's it! Go, go, go! You'll have a wonderous, magical time and fall in love with the place and the people, as we did.

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  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed October 28, 2012

Spent 5 days, booked the entire Riad in Aug/Sept 2012. David and Manel are gentlemen, and are incredible hosts. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at this magnificent Riad -- so gorgeous that I would list it almost as a tourist attraction in Marrakech. The rooms are wonderfully decorated and the charm is true to Marrakech. Our stay was magnificent. Unfortunately, several of our group were ill from gastroenteritis from before, and David and Manel even went out of their way to get oral rehydration salts, testament to the extent of their welcoming nature. The entire staff was kind, caring and attentive. 5/5, well deserving of its #1 ranking to date.

  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed October 27, 2012

We have just returned from a trip to Morocco and there is no doubt David, Manel, Thais and Simo made our time in Marrakech exceptional. David said the true Marrakech is hidden behind doors and indeed aguavivia is no exception. From the minute we arrived we felt comfortable and welcomed for even a short time into the life these native Barcelonians have built in this beautiful city. Thank you David for taking the time to understand the things we like when we travel..your suggestions were perfect and without Thais we would still be lost in the little warrens of the medina. Riad...gorgeous and comfortable, breakfast...unexpectedly delicious and abundant, hosts....warm, gracious and a lot of fun. Can't wait to return.

Room Tip: While this riad is at the north end of the medina and not in the thick of things we did not find the...
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  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 25, 2012

I would fully endorse the previous positive reviews. We found the location to be a help (in forcing us to learn our way around the Medina) rather than a hindrance. The staff are kind and very helpful. We would not hesitate to recommend!

Stayed: October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 18, 2012

We chose the Riad Aguaviva for our week in Marrakech on the strength of its Tripadvisor reviews and we were not disappointed. We received a wonderfully warm welcome by Cesc and Manel, were shown our beautifully decorated room (we had the Sultan Suite) and were then given our hand-drawn maps and were shown to the main square. Every morning we were greeted at breakfast by a selection of our hosts offering suggestions for our day, tailored to our preferences and accompanied by maps and directions. Thanks to David, Cesc and Manel we saw places in Marrakech that we would never in a million years have found on our own and navigated ourselves around relatively painlessly. As others have noted the Riad is not in the centre of Marrkech, it is about a 15 minute walk to the main square, for us this was a real plus point because it meant that the area we were in was quieter, far less touristy and felt much more relaxed than those closer into the Centre. I would thoroughly recommend the Riad Aguaviva to anyone looking to experience a bit of luxury and a lot of hospitality in the 'real Marrakech.'

  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 10, 2012

We had the entire riad (hotel) - 6 rooms in all - for 5 couples and a single (her spouse couldn't make it). Manel and Cesc gave us a really warm welcome and went out of their way to make sure we had a great time. On our first night one of them walked us through the streets to show us the town and eventually took us to the restaurant we had reserved.
Breakfasts are served on the roof, in the open air. Every day there was something new specially made for us. They also arranged a dinner in the riad (instead of going out to a restauarant), together with entertainment.
We really felt like we were being welcomed into someone's home rather than customers in a hotel.
The entire place was clean, recently renovated and tastefully decorated.

If we ever go back to Marrakech, this is the only place I will want to stay.

ONE word of warning - the website says they have a swimming pool. Don't expect to swim any laps in it. It is really just a cooling-off pool in the lobby. Great to step into at the end of a hot day, but at 4 metres by 2 metres it isn't really for swimming.
That is not a criticism of the hotel, I just wouldn't want anyone to be disappointed if they expected a 20 metre pool.

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  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed September 24, 2012

The first thing i remember getting into the Riad was David saying to us that "this is not just a Riad" and how true it is. Not only is the hospitality immediate and apparent, we felt immediately settled and comfortable. It shows how sincere David, Oti, Manel, Thais and Simo are. The Riad is calm, peaceful, intimate and nicely done and each of the rooms have unique character. Oti and Thais proceeded to take us on a walking tour through the medina and to help us find our way back to the Riad. That was a fantastic introduction to Marrakech, with her different streets and endless turns and corners that is bound to get one lost in the midst. In the evening, when we feel like returning to home of a very warm group of friends, rather than just professional managers. This is very important and for those looking for that, it is unbeatable. Every morning, there is a delightful breakfast that is served, and David would then proceed to provide recommendations to what we could do for the day, based on our expectations on what we wanted to see in Marrakech. Restaurant recommendations will be provided, tips will be given on how to avoid tourist traps and overpriced areas, etc.

We should not forget the good services of Oti, Simo, Thais as well as the very nicely designed rooms. Each of the rooms have a theme that makes it an extremely unique experience. Riad Aguaviva is about character, uniqueness, comfort and extremely warm people.

If you are looking for a stay in the Medina, have a little adventure, and away from the usual hotels, Riad Aguaviva is for you.

PC & Cor from Singapore

  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Address: Sidi Ghanem, Derb Derraz 3 | Medina, Marrakech 40000, Morocco
Location: Morocco > Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region > Marrakech
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool
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Ranked #9 of 1,187 B&Bs / Inns in Marrakech
Price Range: $83 - $145 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Charming Riad in a traditional and quiet neighbourhood in the Medina. A place to relax after an exhausting day in Marrakech. ... more   less 
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