This is my first review on Trip Advisor and this was our first trip to Morocco and as our honeymoon we wanted something special... Riad Kniza didn't disappoint.
First of all we loved Marrakech. It was a culture shock at first and with the mixture of sights, sounds and smells, it's an assault on the senses but you can't help but get swept along by it's charm and the friendliness of it's people.
Down an anonymous side street on the edge of the medina, Riad Kniza in total contrast is an oasis of calm. From the moment we first entered to the moment we left we felt like nothing was too much trouble for every one of the polite and friendly staff. They all speak English very well and were very patient when I insisted on practising my not so good French!
Meals could be taken pretty much when and where we wanted and the food was delicious. The riad doesn't have a restaurant as such so evening meals have to be ordered in advance and, although a tad pricey compared to eating in the square, the food is superb... you have to try the lamb tagine cooked with figs, apricots and almonds.
The building itself is just stunning and each room is unique. The quiet courtyards, cool rooms and relaxing roof terraces have all been refurbished beautifully in traditional Moroccan style and are adorned with an impressive collection of antiques. The icing on the cake is that everywhere is kept spotlessly clean.
We had a package which included transfers, a couple of excursions, dinner for 2 with wine, free soft drinks and a complimentary massage along with the usual breakfast and I'd highly recommend it, it's great value. On the subject of excursions, the guide was great, very informative and helpful but I'd avoid buying anything on the guided tour of the souks as it was a bit overpriced and the spices we bought didn't seem to be the same thing that they demonstrated to us in the shop!
Thanks to everyone at Riad Kniza for making our stay so perfect... If you are planning a trip to Marrakech look no further.
- 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