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Riad Kniza
5.0 of 5 Hotel   |   34 Derb l'Hotel | Bab Doukkala, Marrakech 40000, Morocco   |  
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“A fanatastic Marrakech destination”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2012

My wife and I stayed at the amazing Riad Kniza to celebrate our 40th Wedding Anniversary. We chose Riad Kniza because of the very high rating given by previous tripadvisor guests. From the moment we were met at the airport by the Riad Kniza driver, we we were made to feel like special guests. At all times, all members of Riad Kniza staff treated us with great courtesy, friendliness and professionalism. Nothing at all was too much trouble for them, even arranging to unlock our cases when the keys were back in UK! The rooms are amazing as confirmed by other tripadvisor reviews. Riad Kniza is absolutely spotless, compliments must go to the ladies of the housekeeping team. We could not wait for each morning to arrive for us to go onto the Roof Terrace to enjoy a relaxing delicious breakfast, we never managed to eat everything it was simply never ending and served by discreet attentive staff. We opted for a Riad Kniza special package which included airport taxis, a personal guide for a half a day walking tour of the Medina, this was a necessity for our first visit to Marrakech and is thoroughly recommended. A personal driver and guide to the waterfalls of the foothills of the Atlas mountains, another success. Also included a Riad Kniza delicious Morroccan dinner with wine. If that is not enough we received a massage to really relax after a hectic day shopping in the Souks. A great finishing touch is when returning every afternoon to this oasis of calm, you are served with complimentary Riad Kniza Mint tea and memorable home made Morrocan pastries. This is a must visit destination experience !

Room Tip: Suites are amazing, very large, 5 star luxury.
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2012

We recently spent 4 nights at this lovely traditional riad located within the old city. we stayed in one of their suites. room was spacious, very clean and well serviced. the staff could not be more helpful and friendly. We had travel issues develop related to Hurricane Sandy which they did their best to assist us with. Lovely rooftop terrace area adds to the romantic charm.

Room Tip: Suites are on upper floors, so they are a bit quieter. Hammam was very good.
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2012

This is a fantastic place to stay. It is approached through a busy street and alleyway and suddenly you are in an original graceful riad, furnished with antiques and luxurious furniture, curtains and carpets. We were upgraded to a large suite which was very comfortable and relaxing. There are many interesting places to sit in and things to look at in the riad.
The service is excellent and the staff are reserved but very attentive. There is no menu but the manager discusses and suggests the menu with you. This was the best meal we had had in Morocco or anywhere else. We ate our meal in a room full of settees and there was just one other couple with us.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Alameda, California, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2012

I'm just got here yesterday and I'm in love with Riad Kniza! It's romantic, it's elegant and the service is first class! I will write a full review once we leave, but I could not wait! I'm thrilled! They helped us with a personal guide for half day. He was very knowledgable and very friendly. He took us to the best the souks had to offer.
The owner and all the staff are very helpful and if you need ANYTHING, including someone to light the fireplace(woodburning,not gas)! They cater to your every whim!

Room Tip: There are only 11 rooms. And you can't get a bad room!
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2012

We researched the internet before booking this amazing Riad and we are so glad we chose this one! It is an absolute oasis in the middle of the hectic Medina. It is a short walk to the Medina entrance and about 15 minutes by foot to the central square - a fabulous location for exploring Marrakech, both old and new.

We were staying in Room 4 which had a king size bed, living area, separate WC and bathroom and was extremely spacious and comfortable. The whole property is traditionally decorated with local antiquities and is beautiful in its understated simplicity. The roof terrace became our retreat in the late afternoons, where we relaxed with cool drinkis in the shade.

The food at Riad Kniza was superb. We had two evening meals at the hotel and two in restaurants in the Medina. Our final meal in the Hotel was Beef Tagine and I can honestly say it surpassed all the other meals we had in Marrakech - it was absolutely delicious. Breakfast was huge and we didn't manage to finish it once during our stay.

The whole hotel is spotlessly clean and there seem to be an awful lot of staff keeping it that way, right down to picking up the fallen leaves on the roof terrace!

The staff are very friendly and helpful and nothing is too much trouble. They certainly helped to make this the one of the best short breaks we've had in a long time - thank you everyone at Riad Kniza.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2012

I have just come back and wanted to make a note of this Riad in the old medina of Marrakech.

Simply to sum it up:

Location: You arrive by being collected from the edge of the medina. This can be a little daunting but the porter is very helpful - I think he expected us to be a little 'wide-eyed'. Don't fret ... the Riad is 2min walk. Its on the edge of the medina which means you have the benefit of both the medina and the more modern areas of the city. Allows you to experience both sides.

I was only there for one night and in that time from the Riad I covered off:
- Medina and Jeema el fna
- Yves Saint Laurent Gardens
- Mohammed V shopping street

It was a flying visit but the location really helped.

Service: Personal, Professional and Top Bloomin Notch. I couldn't fault them. After being greeted by the owner with some mint tea (yum!), he talked us through where we had time to get to and what would be worth seeing. He is a guide and has been for some very famous people - Ronald Regan, Brad Pitt and the like. But he is soooo very friendly, kind and just honestly wanted to do everything he and his staff could to make the stay as lovely as possible. They succeeded!

The team even provided space to change and shower before getting the free transfer to the airport in the afternoon.

I must say the Riad itself is stunning. Filled with the most gorgeous antiques but it's not museum. It's difficult to truly say much other than beautiful in so many ways. The room terrace was a wonderful place to eat dinner. They didn't push food on us but we're really glad we had it - was as stunning lamb tagine - but the starter was even more stunning with lots of little bits to pick from.

WiFi was a bonus and quick connection.

I could go on but I think it's fair to say it was a wonderful place to stay, in a great location with a very friendly and helpful team of staff. A MUST if you're planning a trip to Morocco.

Room Tip: Try and go for a higher room as they are quieter.
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2012

My wife and I and 2 friends have just had 4 wonderful nights at Riad Knisa.
Everything was excellent and the staff could not do enough for you.
The location is great fun to approach in the Medina and well situated for the souks and main square.
A dinner on the roof is a great experience and the overall packages they can arrange with trips to the Atlas mountains great value.
We would go there again.

Room Tip: Go for a suite.
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 34 Derb l'Hotel | Bab Doukkala, Marrakech 40000, Morocco
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Location: Morocco > Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region > Marrakech
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#4 Luxury Hotel in Marrakech
#5 Romantic Hotel in Marrakech
#9 Family Hotel in Marrakech
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:5 star — Riad Kniza 5*
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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