We stayed at Riad Kniza for a week which, on reflection, was four days too long. There is no doubt that the staff are excellent. They are informative, know when to chat and when to remain discreetly in the background, they fall over backwards to make your stay as good as possible, and are simply delightful people. If you want breakfast at 11 o'clock, no problem; in your room, no problem; on the roof terrace, no problem.
The building decoration, fixtures and fittings are also first rate and some of the antiques are simply wonderful. The food too is excellent but this is where the three days rather than longer begins to come into play. The dinner menu has three main course options and doesn't appear to change. Eating out offered much better selections. Don't let that put you off eating in, it is really good food (lamb tajine recommended), just a very limited menu. The breakfast is excellent and it starts with an egg either fried, omelette or hard boiled, in what seemed to be regular rotation. The only addition to the set breakfast was that on two days we were also given a fresh fruit salad, and delicious it was too. Knowing what I know now, I would have asked for this every day and I'm sure it would have been provided. It would just have been nice to have had such an option explained at the beginning. Tea, coffee, orange juice etc are available anytime, afternoon tea came with delicious little pastries and I think only alcohol and evening meals are not included in the room rate.
The pool is probably rarely used from Oct to May, the water is absolutely icy. If you do venture in (nobody went beyond groin level whilst we were there!) the immediate surround provides good grip but beware wet feet on the marble beyond, lethally slippery!
I suppose the key questions are, would I stay there again and would I recommend it? Personally, whilst I absolutely loved most elements of Riad Kniza, I think better value can be found elsewhere and I would especially have liked a useable pool. Would I recommend it? On the understanding that it is a very expensive B&B and it is not quite as perfect as some reports might indicate then yes, a strong recommendation for a short stay.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- This perfectly located 18th-century riad has been in the Bouskri family for almost 200 years and offers the complete package of traditional architecture, authentic furnishings, exquisite cuisine and, above all, overwhelmingly hospitable service. The owner, Mohamed Bouskri, having been a guide for the rich and famous for 34 years (Brad Pitt, Nicole Kidman, former US presidents and others) is a mine of information and is always glad to share his knowledge and passion of Marrakech. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Riad Kniza Marrakech
- Riad Kniza Hotel Marrakech