I was about to write my rave review when I read the review titled "Overpriced and overrated". That review is, in my view, not only unfair but in many respects inaccurate. For this reason I am inclined to agree with the owners (who commented on the review) that it is unlikely that the reviewer ever stayed at the accommodation.
We (my husband and my thirteen year old daughter) were also booked in the Mappas room. Although, on our arrival, we were offered the room next door for our daughter (as it had since become available and, I might add, at no extra cost), the Mappas room is in fact more than big enough to accommodate an extra adult sized bed. In fact an extra bed could also have been fitted (admittedly at a bit of a squeeze) in the room in which my daughter stayed.
The rooms of the riad are not only beautifully and individually decorated but every detail has been thought through - from the toothpaste sachets in the bathroom to proper highpowered hairdryers to decent bedside reading lamps. The common areas are gorgeous and showcase David's masterpiece paintings which are featured in many galleries and private homes. Whilst neither the bedrooms or the common areas can be described as "big", it must be remembered that this is a private home in the ancient medina of Marrakech where space is much sought after. It can hardly be expected that such accommodation is going to be large or spacious.
The location is superb - a short walk to the square but distant enough to be out of the frenzy of the center of the medina. For the first time during our two weeks in Morocco I did not wake to the calls of the Imaan. I am a particularly light sleeper and I was no no way disturbed during our four nights at Aguaviva.
What is particularly unfair about John P's review is the fact that he does not do the service at this riad any justice. My husband and I have traveled extensively and stayed in some superb and expensive accommodation in a variety of destinations and I can say, without qualification, that the service offered by the staff and the owners is the best we have ever experienced. From the moment that we arrived our every wish was taken care of. The trip of the medina with Sara (to ensure that we knew the way back) was more like a personalised guided tour. Every morning David painstakingly put together an individualised itinerary (and hand drawn map) taking into account our likes and dislikes. Thanks to the staff's recommendations we experienced Marrakech as only an insider would - we saw the interiors (which are always hidden from the outside) of many private riads, souks, restaurants and galleries which we would never have visited with a guide. In fact whereas we had arranged a guide in each place we had visited in Morocco, we felt no need to do so in Marrakech.
So - to sum up - if space is important I suggest that you do not stay in the medina in Marrakech but rather find an expensive hotel outside in the new area. But if its well located accommodation, a "beautifully appointed room", good value and unrivaled service that you are after then do not hesitate to stay at Riad Aguaviva.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Riad Aguaviva Hotel Marrakech