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Riad Kniza
5.0 of 5 Hotel   |   34 Derb l'Hotel | Bab Doukkala, Marrakech 40000, Morocco   |  
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Ranked #8 of 461 Hotels in Marrakech
Riehen
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8 hotel reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
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“A perfect place to stay for your Marrakech visit”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2013

We followed the ratings on Trip Advisor and chose Riad Kniza for our vacation. We found all the previous top ratings true without exception! It is located in one side alley in the basar area and is almost impossible to find on your own. We relied on the extremely friendly staff to pick us up at the airport and guide us to the hotel. The ambiance of the hotel is absolutely fabulous, representing a renovated old town house. Each room is different. We had to change rooms several times during our stay due to heavy booking and found each of the rooms unique, tastefully decorated and clean. The staff is prepared to fulfill absolutely every wish that you have. Also try the restaurant. It has a limited selection due to the small size, but whatever we ordered, the food was excellent. You may wish to have it served in the restaurant area, on top of the roof, or in your room - the staff will just go out of their way to make your stay comfortable.

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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2013 via mobile

My family LOVED this riad. Attentive staff and beautiful bedrooms.. My daughters were in heaven!
Small restaurant which is so good. We ate out mostly but are here once and it was delicious.
I have nothing but praise for the staff, the hotel and it's wonderful ambiance in a very good location
We will definitely return.

  • Stayed December 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2013

The Riad Kniza exceeded our wildest expectations. We'd been to Marrakesh many times before over the last 30 years, but this was our first experience in a riad. The hospitality was extraordinary and unobtrusive. The staff seemed genuinely glad to help us in any possible way, serving us breakfast whenever and wherever we wanted, including offering to provide a full breakfast at 5.30 AM before our departure. The dinners were exceptional--perhaps the finest Moroccan food we've ever had in restaurants and equal to that served in private homes. They were happy to light a fire in the fireplace in our room to take off the chill in the late afternoon. Indeed, the whole experience was like being a guest of the family. To top it off, after I tripped on the stairs and gashed my scalp and arm, the hotel called a doctor immediately. Within a quarter of an hour he was sewing me up while I was lying on a brocaded divan in the sitting room. The hotel even sent someone out to get the antibiotics the doctor for me. Would that American health care provided such service! We can't wait to come back!

Room Tip: We had the Bahia Suite because it was the only room left--it was perfect for us and our adult daught...
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
    • 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 January 4, 2013

Our stay at Riad Kniza was exceptional. The room was beautiful and comfortable; the service, throughout our stay, and from every person working in the Riad, was superior; the food that was served was delicious; and the location was very convenient for exploring the city. It was the best accommodation we had in Morocco -- and we stayed at some other very nice places during our week-long adventure! If our travels bring us back to Marrakech, and I hope they do, we will definitely return to Riad Kniza!

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with friends
    • 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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Oxford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2013

My wife and I had been to Marrakech before but we wanted to go back with our children. The Riad Kniza is a fantastic place to be based with easy access to the sights and sites of the old city as well as the new. The main benefit of this Riad is the incredible service - the staff is superb.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
    • 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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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2012

My husband and I spent two weeks traveling across Morocco and our experience at Riad Kniza was the best. They picked us up from the airport and transported us to the beautiful property, which is in a small street, in a central location. As soon as the front door opened, we were greeted with an oasis from the bustling city of Marrakech. At check-in we were served tea in one of the sitting rooms. Our room was very comfortable and spacious. The entire property is beautiful and filled with many unique sitting areas. The service is excellent. We enjoyed breakfast on the terrace each morning. I cannot recommend this property enough. You will love it if you value excellent service, traditional decor, modern amenities and a peaceful environment.

  • Stayed May 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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Pasadena, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2012

We chose this riad for its location central to the Medina (old city). It is owned by a Moroccan family and the service is excellent. Rooms are spacious and superbly appointed, bathrooms have all of the modern conveniences while the decor is refined but understated Moroccan. There is an indoor pool, small restaurant which is one of the finest in Marrakesh, spa, and bountiful breakfast spreads included in the room price which are served on the upper terrace. Also included is a private guide for one half day and a private driver to meet you at the airport. They attend to every detail here and every restaurant recommendation made by the front desk has been reliable and excellent. For one who often hires top notch guides when traveling in developing countries, there is no need here as they will arrange it all at reasonable prices day by day. While there are more opulent Riads, this one feels truly authentic and not touristy. I highly recommend this Riad. They also have wi fi. No gym though. We worked out on the roof before breakfast.

Room Tip: 103 Jr suite is very nice. Also enjoyed 110 master bed with fireplace.
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
    • 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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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 ( Wi-Fi ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#2 Luxury Hotel in Marrakech
#6 Romantic Hotel in Marrakech
#8 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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