Full service riad near Bab Doukala at the northwest end of the medina. Plusses: Complimentary transfers and half day tour with our booking, marvelous hospitality from the fluently English speaking staff, complimentary welcome tea or orange juice served in our rooms not just on check-in but each time we return for the day and whenever else we ask, swimming pool, large comfortable rooms, breakfast on the roof terrace with views of the High Atlas mountains, and a restaurant in the hotel which is rated #3 of 404 in Marrakech.
A few nit-picking minuses: It's a 20 minute slog to Jemma el F'na and 15 to the souks, dodging motorbikes all the way. But that's Marrakech. Our room (#3) was noisy on a few occasions from both the courtyard and children playing outside; it didn't hurt our sleep and perhaps the back courtyards are quieter. The maids had an annoying habit of moving everything in the room (for example, moving stuff from my nighttable to the bathroom and bags from windowsill to table, and unplugging and wrapping up my chargers). Nice sofas, but no luggage rack and not a lot of storage. The telephone shower head couldn't be positioned properly. Two little hand lotion bottles in the bathroom, but both were almost empty, so points off for cleanliness.
But the grumbles about the rooms are really inconsequential weighed against the way they take care of you. I'm glad we stayed here.
Tip: If you want to take argan oil home, get it at the supermarket just outside the gate. It's cheaper and more reliable than in the shops, and you don't have to bargain.
- 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