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Riad Kniza
5.0 of 5 Hotel   |   34 Derb l'Hotel | Bab Doukkala, Marrakech 40000, Morocco   |  
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“Great start to our honeymoon”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2013

We had read great reviews and they lived up to our expectations. Our room was one of the more basic ones but it was still very very nice and we were very happy. The tour by the owners son was a nice touch and all the staff were very friendly.

We had arranged a private tour of the medinas and souks prior to our arrival which I found very useful - it definitely reduced the amount of times we got lost!

We had dinner on the roof terrace on our first night and it was delicious.

Staying at Kniza was a great start to our honeymoon. Sarah and James

Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2013

Heartbursting. An experience to build a relationship or marrige on. I'm the fussiest person in the world (person of hight standards in a nicer way to describe me), the charming, cheap but dull main square restaurants didn't impress me too much. On the second day of our vacation my boyfriend took me to Kniza - which was LUCIKLY - very difficult to find hiding in a badly lit and muddy allyway. Upon arrival we were told that the restaurant is fully booked but we can have a look at the patio (Moroccan for face control - this place is not for the average twatted package holiday maker) after a quick chit chat the owner showed up and walked us into the restaurant which - needless to say - was nearly empty. Think 7th heaven marble palace, museum quali furniture, staues - a bit like that Cary Grant Grace Kelly movie. Our waiter was as nice, intelligent and charming as one can wish - proud, confident, charming, professional just the way I like it - rose petals all over our table.... and the food good God... 6 courses of fine fine moroccan specialities (just one or 2 options to choose from no frozen food everything fresh from the market) appetiser: some feather light pastry with liver and almond (sounds odd but is actually very very tasty) tagine (lamb as soft as a cake) and cant't remember the rest (we went to this riad in January taha). Thanks for the experience, defo will come back here.

Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
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Maidenhead, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2013

Riad Kniza is not just a wonderful place to stay; its staff are THE most wonderful people, too! Kamal (the owner's son) and his team are masters of charm, warmth and hospitality. Nothing was ever too much trouble and we were made to feel highly valued guests throughout our four nights spent in Marrakech. From a gourmet dinner on the first night to delicious breakfasts on the beautiful rooftop terrace - surrounded by beautiful flowers, decor and antiques - we could not have wished for a more relaxing, comfortable environment as a perfect base for exploring the medina and the Atlas Mountains. If you are still trying to make up your mind as to where to book, don't look any further . . . just do it!

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2013

You walk through a busy market area of the medina, avoiding the crowds, admiring the fresh bakery, watching the cats awaiting something to fall at the butchers and turn into a narrow alley where the local boys are playing soccer and you find a solid brown door with a substantial brass knocker. It opens and you are in a private world of tile, carved plaster, luxurious fabrics and crystal chandeliers, with a private hammam and swimming pool. We stayed in Senior Suite Yacout- STAY IN SENIOR SUITE YACOUT! there is a living room with a fireplace and two day beds, a king size bed with beautiful fabrics and a dome over the bed which is decorated with carved plaster. When you arrive there are rose petals EVERYWHERE (even on the toilet seat cover). The hotel is infused with jasmine scent. The breakfasts feature eggs, cereal, several kinds of bakery, fresh squeezed OJ, homemade yogurt and fruit. You can have them on the rooftop terrace with a view of the Atlas Mountains. Dinners are Marocain. Some of the best lamb we had in 16 days.

After a long hard day of bargaining you can have fresh squeezed OJ sent to your room. Imagine, it's 5 pm and you're hot and tired and just want a little rest before dinner and fresh squeezed OJ magically appears at your room door.

Free WIFI through the riad. Doesn't quite get to the terrace. Customer service is spot on. Best place we stayed in Morocco.

Room Tip: Senior Suite Yacout is fabulous. It used to be the Royal Suite. We walked into the Roayl Suite and...
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
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    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2013

This was our last stop in Morocco and we loved the whole experience. The staff is extremely helpful which was an added bonus. Our room was lovely and the breakfasts are superb. Make sure you take some time to have a drink on the rooftop terrace. That was really fun and a great way to relax after touring/walking around the bustling city all day. We ate dinner in the restaurant on our last night in Morocco and it was terrific. I think all the other guests at this Riad felt the same way. The atmosphere is terrific.

  • Stayed May 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
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2013

Our visit to Marrakech was extraordinary and in a great way it was thanks to the hospitality and comfort of Riad Kniza. We made arrangements for pick-up at the airport (a must particularly if you arrive late) and the porters walked us to the riad inside the Medina. Having traveled extensively we thought we were prepared as to what to expect, we were wrong. We arrived late at night and the setting transported us to a world you only see in the movies. The hotel is located inside the Medina, near the entrance, in an alleyway that you would never have imagined. A wooden door opens into a small but quaint reception which leads into a marvelous interior courtyard with a fountain. "Magic". The rooms are exceptionally comfortable with a/c, (ours had a fireplace), TV, internet, and all the amenities of a modern first rate hotel. Although there is no formal dining room, the breakfasts served in the rooftop are fit for sultans. Particular credit goes to the staff, courteous, friendly and do not seem to know the meaning of the "impossible". A must is also the guides..."Najib and Said. "don't leave home without them".

  • Stayed April 2013, 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
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2013

We booked riad kniza after reading reviews on trip advisor and were not disappointed at all. From the time of reservation to our actual visit everything was efficient . On arrival we were greeted warmly and kamal took us on a tour of the riad. We were confirmed Samar which is a superior deluxe room for the first night and then the junior suite loubana for the rest of the stay. We ended up staying in Samar which we thought was better room. Throughout our stay, the staff wer eso friendly, helpful, and went out of their way to help us and always with a smile on their face. The detail with which the riad has been furnished and decorated is amazing. Our gourmet dinner was superb and loved the atmosphere created on the terrace. The trip to Atlas Mountains was well organised. Well done to Kamal and his team for making our stay memorable.

Room Tip: Superior deluxe room was a very good room
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
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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 ( Wi-Fi ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#2 Luxury Hotel in Marrakech
#6 Romantic Hotel in Marrakech
#8 Family 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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