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“Wonderful Riad, a cut above the others i've stayed in”
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Riad Viva
Ranked #56 of 1,156 Marrakech B&B and Inns
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London
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“Wonderful Riad, a cut above the others i've stayed in”
Reviewed April 7, 2013 via mobile

Stunning public rooms, great bedrooms, wonderful roof terrace with small pool. Service good, were happy to make some special food for my ill mother in law despite us not being booked in for dinner.

Beware that if you arrive by car you have to park in a busy street which is about 5 mins walk from the riad. That said there are usually some parking wardens who will help you. GPS pretty much essential to find it by car!

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Reviewed March 22, 2013

Very clean, beautifully presented riad in a (relatively!) quieter part of the Southern medina. Plentiful (sweet) breakfast - eggs and english tea if you ask. TV channels pretty rubbish but good firm beds and hot showers. The narrow alley from the nearest road can feel a little intimidating at first but absolutely nothing to worry about. Agree with the comments about crossing very busy roads to access the main square but we managed to find a quiet, fairly traffic-free 20 min route via the Kasbah. Great, polite staff, wine for 12 euros a bottle, the best meal we had during our stay in Marrakech and a lovely rooftop area overlooking the grounds of the Mamounia hotel. Would welcome a bit more tourist info in the Riad but all in all would highly recommend.

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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
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Honiton, United Kingdom
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Reviewed March 17, 2013

Riad viva was an oasis of relaxation after a great day of sight seeing and bartering. All the staff were very friendly and extremely helpful.
Dinner was a quiet affair and well worth the money. They will go to extra lengths to get you what you want. Booking a taxi to and from the riad is a good idea. And the excursion to the Atlas mountains is a must. All in all well worth the money and we would recommend to anyone.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Sassenheim, The Netherlands
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Reviewed March 12, 2013

We have stayed in Riad Viva for 4 nights. We were with 3 persons in total and we have really enjoyed our stay here! The Riad is a truly paradise, which you enter after a walk of 5 minutes (no taxi possible in front of riad) from Rue Sidi Mimoun. Our suite was more than large enough for the 3 of us and well decorated. Since the riad is half-open, the fresh air comes from inside the Riad, as well as the noise. We will recommend the staff to lower the volume of the telephone in the early morning.

We arrived in the evening and we were glad that we could have a small meal in the riad, if you prefer to have a full dinner you have to reserve that before arrival. Breakfast is served at the rooftop, if the weather is ok, and was very complete every morning! Nice coffee, fresh jus d'orange, fruit, pastries, bread and on request an egg, all served by our favorite staff member of the Riad! We have done several excursions, like the trip to the Ourika Valley, cooking course and a visit to the hamman; all well organised by the friendly staff. We have experienced that Marrakech was quite crowded in the weekend, several restaurants and hammans were already fully booked. Marrakech and Riad Viva are an ideal combination of a city trip, relaxed holiday and interesting culture!

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
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Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain
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Reviewed March 11, 2013

We had an excellent treatment. Our first dinner was there. Very good and delightful. Breakfast abundant. Its situation is fine, very calm. You can rest good. All of the staff make you feel happy.
They speak in French, Spanish and English. The riad is cozy.

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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with friends
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Surrey
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Reviewed March 9, 2013

We had chosen this Riad due to the wonderful reviews and can say we were so happy we did. As soon as we arrived we saw that the Riad was indeed as beautiful as depicted in the pictures and the staff were so friendly we felt very welcome. Our Suite was lovely and couldn't fault it at all. On my boyfriends birthday we did the cooking course were we taken to the local market to choose the ingredients and then brought back to the Riad to cook the vegetable starters, lamb tagine and orange dessert. The course gave us a great insight into traditional Moroccan cooking. In the evening, they had set up a table with roses and candles for our meal - it looked very romantic! The weather was good during our stay and we did manage to use the terrace which was very relaxing. During our stay the staff were very attentive and even went to get us bottles of coke from the local store when they didn't have any - no request was too much of an effort for them. I hope future visitors to Riad Viva will enjoy their stay as much as we did.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
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Taunton, United Kingdom
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Reviewed March 9, 2013

Such a beautiful Riad in a great location for the city's sights. The courtyard offered real sanctuary from the crazy streets outside and the staff could not have been more helpful.
On arrival we were served delicious mint tea in the courtyard and given a map and directions to all the main sights. Our room was spacious and beautifully decorated with the best bathroom we've seen on our travels in Morocco! The manager of the Riad was very helpful - even going out at night to get us bus tickets for the next day!
Breakfast was very nice - fresh bread, cake, fresh orange juice and lovely coffee. The pool area looked a perfect place to relax after a days sightseeing but unfortunately the weather didn't allow us to use it!
Really great Riad - highly recommended.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
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Property: Riad Viva
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 #56 of 1,156 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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