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Riad Kniza
5.0 of 5 Hotel   |   34 Derb l'Hotel | Bab Doukkala, Marrakech 40000, Morocco   |  
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2013

My husband and I have just returned following a stay of 4 nights. We thought the riad was outstanding, so beautifully furnished and well cared for. All staff are ultra helpful and polite without being intrusive. The food was excellent and the large breakfast kept us going until evening time. We booked the 4 night package which included: transfers, breakfast each morning, one Moroccan gourmet dinner with bottle of wine, all non-alcoholic drinks during stay, half-day Marrakech tour with English speaking guide, a half-day trip to the High Atlas Mountains (about one hour from Marrakech) in a private air-conditioned car and a half hour massage. All in all a very enjoyable trip.

  • Stayed April 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 April 5, 2013

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.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2013

We have just returned from Marrakech, staying at Riad Kniza for 1 night. The reviews are absolutely true: this place is a gem - from decor, to service, to food... Just read the other comments, could not agree more. The lamb tagine is the best we've ever tasted.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 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 April 2, 2013

Marrakech was our arrival point for our recent trip to Morocco, and Riad Kniza was our chosen place to stay. After a long day of travel, we arrived to a very simple exterior and door. But once that door opened and we stepped inside, we felt like we were royalty in Morocco! The courtyards, rooms, and décor were all authentic Moroccan, and spectacular and comfortable. Even more than that though were the people. Everyone from the owner on down were so welcoming, friendly, courteous, and professional. Our every wish was their command, and they never failed to take excellent care of us. Breakfast was prepared for us each day whenever we called and asked for it, and it was served wherever we wished, including two days on the beautiful rooftop terrace. It was a very complete and delicious breakfast as well. We had dinner there our first night too, rather than venture out, and it turned out to be our favorite dining night in Marrakech. Riad Kniza’s location in the heart of the Medina makes this a perfect starting point for all sightseeing as well. We simply cannot say enough good things about Riad Kniza and the people that took care of us there.

  • Stayed March 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 March 30, 2013

This place deserve more than five star rating. It is a unique small hotel with dedicated staff, absolutely superior rooms, superb, old fashioned interior decoration, exquisite restaurant in semi-private rooms, professional service, etc., etc. It was impossible to find something wrong with this hotel.

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  • Stayed March 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 March 26, 2013 via mobile

A friend and I stayed at Riad Kniza in March 2013 after it was recommended by some friends. The riad could not do enough for us and made us feel like royalty. The staff were so friendly and helpful, booking us taxis when we needed them, recommending places to go to eat and even bringing us food and drink whenever we wanted it! The food was beautiful, very tasty chicken skewers with rice and salad. The whole riad was beautiful and so well looked after, lovely family feel to it. Even the cleaning ladies were lovely. We would 100% recommend this riad to anyone visiting Marrakech, it is perfectly located within the medina and is a short walk to all the main areas within the walls. The riad provided us with an amazing tour guide on our first day which helped us figure out where to go in the local area and gave us lots of tips on what to do/see on our short 3 day stay. He even put us in touch with a friend of his who took us round the markets and helped us to negotiate prices and found us e best places to go. We had a real Moroccan experience thanks to the tour guides and got to see things I'm sure we would not have seen had we not had these guides, for example we had a go at making a traditional Moroccan rug, making oils, seeing the beautiful dresses. We can not thank the riad enough for our wonderful stay and will be recommending it to everyone!

Stayed March 2013, traveled with friends
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2013

From the minute you step out of your taxi to the minute you leave Riad Kniza life becomes perfect, from the staff, to the suites, to the food and the facilities..........all are there to make life idyllic..........and then you step into the hammam, the ultimate relaxation after a day of hustle and bustle around the medina, what could be better, ten out of ten for the whole experience.

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  • Stayed March 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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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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