My husband and I stayed in Riad Kniza from May 1-4 and loved it - this Riad was one of the highlights of our 10-day trip to Morocco. We walked through the souk to get to the Riad - it's very overwhelming for a first-timer - turned down a tiny winding Derb (dead-end) and arrived at the front door. From the first moment we were inside, we were impressed by the staff and the beauty of the property. The Riad (11 sleeping rooms) feels big - it was full when we were there, but it's easy to feel like you have the whole place to yourself because of the way the rooms are laid out. Because it was full, our first night was spent in an interior courtyard room (#6), which was lovely. The bathroom is well-appointed, the bedroom is large and comfortable.
For the remainder of the stay, we moved to suite #8, which was spectacular. In the ceiling over the bed is a beautifully carved plaster dome, which makes you feel like you are sleeping in a palace. This suite was a bit quieter than room #6 - it was up a separate staircase over the pool (which is "indoors" insomuch as it's surrounded by walls, but "outdoors" in that there is no roof above it - note, it's not heated) and felt very secluded. We had breakfast every morning on the roof terrace and wine there most evenings. The staff bend over backwards to make guests feel welcome - we were repeatedly told "this is your home."
We took a private cooking class with Amina, one of the cooks at Riad Kniza. This was a great experience - definitely worth doing! Together, we walked out into the souk, chose our meat from a local butcher, selected our vegetables and spices and then cooked in a beautiful private Western-style kitchen on the ground floor of the Riad before having lunch on the roof. Amina was lovely, and we had a great time.
The Riad is about a 15-20 minute walk from Jemma el-Fna; I felt perfectly safe walking to and from the square both during the day and at night. There are (at least) two ways to get there - once you're in the main walkway, stay left when the road splits and just keep walking. If you stay to the right, it's a less-scenic, more heavily (car) trafficked street. It was great to be walking distance from the square; I had originally looked at other luxury hotels in Marrakech (Four Seasons, etc.) - am so glad we chose Riad Kniza instead. It was absolutely perfect.
- 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