I feel terribly guilty writing about the location of riad kniza as it is not something the owners have a say in but I as an animal lover I wish someone had included it in their review before I stayed. It is situated just off a street another guest nicknamed 'bomb alley'. It is not the tourist face of Marrakech but perhaps more authentic. Apart from the butchers with their huge headless animal carcuses hanging outside there were also numerous chicken stalls with caged chickens brought out at the shoppers request and beheaded right there in front of them!!!! There were also surly local traders who waved us on before we even touched our cameras and people selling whole chopped off cows legs with skin stood up without the body! It was shocking and I thank god my daughter wasn't with me.
If you do have an incredibly strong stomache and can live with the location, Riad Kniza is the most amazing place. Behind the door hidden in the wall lay a palace that has previously hosted the likes of Brad Pitt, Richard Branson and Ronald Regan! Every single one of the staff were helpful, nothing at all was too much trouble.
Kind of strange having no menus or price lists but the riad is run like a private residence and whatever you want to eat, they'll cook it!
Breakfast was lavish and delicious. Unbelievably, there was no charge for either bottled water or named brand soft drinks like coke. There was also no charge for mint tea and biscuits at any time of day.
The haman was not cheap and I felt the massages were on the costly side compared with other places I've stayed. Unfortunately the pool was simply too cold to use and only the young or very brave ventured in.
Everything in the riad was spotless. The kitchen was perhaps the cleanest I've ever seen. We heard some great cookery lessons taking place.
We were upgraded to the royal suite which was amazing. As beautifully finished as all the other suites but with the square footage of my house in the uk! If you can afford it, book it! You will not regret it!
I spent most days undisturbed on the roof sunbathing, anything I wanted was a mere push button phone away. The terraces are laid out so that you can spend an entire day not seeing a single soul and feeling as though the whole Riad belonged to you. Wonderful......
- 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