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Riad Aguaviva
Ranked #8 of 1,160 Marrakech B&B and Inns
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Reviewed March 27, 2014

Stayed here for a night a week ago. Hannah and Silvia couldn't have been more helpful and welcoming. Lovely little riad tucked away down an alleyway.Great place to stay at the beginning of your stay in Marrakech to help get your bearings and the breakfasts are good too.

  • Stayed: March 2014, traveled with family
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Reviewed March 18, 2014

David and Silvia were incredible hosts. Not only did they recommend the most incredible places to see, they made sure we also saw the 'real' Marrakech, not just the tourist attractions.
The riad was stunning-beautifully decorated, warm and welcoming, clean. Will definitely return very, very soon.

Stayed: March 2014
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Reviewed March 9, 2014

If you spend as much time researching places to stay as I do, look no further. The Riad Aguaviva is your place.

The riad itself is stunning. Fear not the dark underground path to the entrance, for when the front door opens, you find yourself peering into a small paradise: an indoor plunge pool with rose petals, palms, couches, pillows and the sounds of birds. It is nothing short of gorgeous. Rooms above look down to the pool. Above the rooms is a rooftop terrace which is a lovely place to sun, write, think, rest, enjoy.

It's hard to describe how much owners Migel and David, and their staff, go out of their way to make your visit perfect. On arrival, after a traditional mint tea, they take you on a tour of the Medina with a map that highlights key landmarks. By the end of the tour, you are the master of the Medina, capable of navigating your way to the Djemma El Fna (15-20 mins) alone, with confidence. Breakfast on the terrace is marvelous. A new local specialty is served each day. The staff provides a "map a day" do-it-yourself tour to see the key sites in the city. They will tailor this to your taste. Want to try a hammam? They'll reserve it. Interested in a new restaurant? They'll book it. Driving directions? Rental car? Recommendations on your route? They do it all.

I highly recommend this riad for your stay in Marrakesh. It will not disappoint.

  • Stayed: February 2014, traveled with family
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Reviewed February 26, 2014

Riad Aguqviva is a real gem, an oasis of tranquility amidst the hustle and bustle of Marrakech. We stayed in beautifully decorated Sultana room. Lovely property is not only what makes Riad Aguaviva such a wonderful place to stay, it is the instant welcome, the feeling of being properly looked after, the effort that Manel, David, Oti, Sara, Simo Alba and Ibtissam & Sukaina put into making you feel completely at ease both inside the Riad and also in the city. With free guided trip around the Medina, David special map and great recommendations, the team really make your holiday something special. We also enjoined a lovely New Year Eve with Spanish community gathered in Riad. Thank you for grapes!!!!!
Each day began with fresh breakfast on the rooftop terrace with something different every morning, always cooked beautifully and complimented by fresh bread, orange juice a variety of spreads...lot of coffee, thank you Simo!!!
David would help us plan each day after breakfast, tailoring his suggestions to what we wanted to achieve during our stay and providing the necessary directions, tips and hand drawn map to guide us through the day. Simo was making reservations for dinners in lovely places.
The Riad is immaculate, beautiful and peaceful … the team as welcoming, helpful and warm as you could wish for throughout your stay … and its location in north Marrakesh gives you an insight into Moroccan working life. If you want somewhere personal and comfortable then this is the place to stay. Thank you Riad Aguaviva.

  • Stayed: January 2014, traveled with family
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Reviewed January 19, 2014

We find it very hard to believe that anyone would rate Aguaviva less than perfect. All the positive comments you read about this Riad are true. We had read these reviews and so expected a lot, but still were overwhelmed by the actual experience. The rooms and common areas are stunningly beautiful. We stayed in the Sultan room, which seems to come right out of the stories from the thousand and one nights. Breakfast was superb, the location great, but the thing that really makes this Riad stand out is its staff. These people will do anything to make your stay unforgettable. They manage to create a unique haven in the frantic city of Marrakech.

So, if you are lucky enough to be able to get a room in this Riad, don’s hesitate to book it. You won’t regret it!

  • Stayed: January 2014, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 15, 2014

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.

Room Tip: Pay a little extra for the bigger rooms
  • Stayed: January 2014, traveled with family
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Riad A, Propietario at Riad Aguaviva, responded to this reviewResponded January 16, 2014

All Aguaviva team thanks you for supporting our work.
Our guests know that Riad Aguaviva is more than a riad to stay.

Thank you Louise, Angie and Russell
We hope to welcome you soon!!

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Reviewed January 3, 2014

I was curious, at first, what it took to be the #3 Riad (at the time of our visit) out of more than 1400 in the City of Marrakech. Truthfully, the ranking only scratched at the surface of how perfect our stay became.

We arrived in Marrakech and chose the transfer option directly to the Riad - our flight was about an hour late, but the driver waited patiently and greeted warmly - and had a nice trip right to the front of the Riad. After some ducking and winding, we found ourselves in one of the most beautiful properties we've ever stayed - truly an oasis in the midst of (what we learned) the Marrakech madness.

After checking into the Smara room (which is as beautiful, if not more so, than the pictures on the website describe), we were led on a thorough tour through the Medina with David, one of the Riad's owners. His tour was a game changer for our stay - as we winded in and out, noting points of interest to come back to later (no pressure to buy anything or even linger if not interested), David pointed out our location along hand drawn (literally drawn that AM for us) and tourist maps - so we could always find our way back and get the most out of our stay. We saw so much more than we had ever planned - even after hours and hours of research before we arrived. Such a great value.

Our interaction with this amazing Riad didn't end with checking out, though. After sharing our plans for the rest of our Moroccan adventure, the owners helped tailor the rest of our trip to get the most out of it too - helping us rent a great little car at a good price, pick out some restaurants at our next destination, see some sights along the way, and even a different Riad on our last night after returning to Marrakech (as they had no availability - it's a popular place!). It was more than we could have ever expected: to have a "home away from home" while travelling abroad. Just wow.

Some nitty gritty: breakfast is delicious, a good portion, and served on the tranquil rooftop terrace. The rooms are gorgeous - amazing clean, comfortable, and roomy enough to be very happy. The place is quiet, a welcome change from the medina. Jemaa El Fna is a 15 minute walk (at most) from the Riad, and we preferred it that way - the walk is awesome, filled with culture, nice people, and delicious food. It's also easy to get a taxi right down the street.

Listen to the owners. They have amazing recommendations, and will make your trip so much better.

Literally, can't wait to go back.

  • Stayed: December 2013, 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 #8 of 1,160 B&Bs / Inns in Marrakech
Price Range: $74 - $122 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 6
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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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