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“A sparkling gem!” 5 of 5 stars
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Riad Kniza
5.0 of 5 Hotel   |   34 Derb l'Hotel | Bab Doukkala, Marrakech 40000, Morocco   |  
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Denver
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25 hotel reviews
Reviews in 37 cities Reviews in 37 cities
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
“A sparkling gem!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2013

Riad Kniza is tucked away on a tiny lane in the old medina of marrakesh. Once inside you are immediately enraptured by this beautiful gem! Yes, the interiors are wonderful and the restaurant is devine, and but it is the staff that is so incredible! We stayed for 6 nights in January. Everyone, and I mean everyone, is just so nice and helpful! I really haven't seen any place like this! We booked a junior suite and found it perfect! Their rooftop terrace is THE place for breakfast, cocktails, or dinner! On our last evening the owner, Haz Mohamed, asked us where we were going for dinner. I told him L'Annexe in Gueliz. He said "Oh, I love this place. I am going that way so let me see if my driver is close by." Not only did he take us to the restaurant, but he went inside and told the owner to get a taxi for us to come back. I promise you, this is THE place to stay in Marrakesh!

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  • Stayed January 2013, 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 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!

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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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11 hotel reviews
Reviews in 15 cities Reviews in 15 cities
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
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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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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Address: 34 Derb l'Hotel | Bab Doukkala, Marrakech 40000, Morocco
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Location: Morocco > Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region > Marrakech
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#3 Luxury Hotel in Marrakech
#3 Spa Hotel in Marrakech
#8 Romantic Hotel in Marrakech
#9 Family Hotel in Marrakech
#39 Business Hotel in Marrakech
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:5 star — Riad Kniza 5*
Number of rooms: 11
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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