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Riad Kniza
5.0 of 5 Hotel   |   34 Derb l'Hotel | Bab Doukkala, Marrakech 40000, Morocco   |  
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Davie, FL USA
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Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2013

We spent 5 days at the Riad Kniza last week and we concur with most other reviewers. This is an amazing place. Upon arrival to the area near the entrance to the Riad, the first reaction is one of culture shock. You have to walk through a busy market reminiscent of something out of National Geographic but after walking down a narrow alley way and the door opens into the Riad you are transported into a beautiful paradise. The accommodations, service, food and hospitality are fantastic. We stayed in the Suite Yakout which was spacious and luxurious. Beautiful separate bedroom with a chandelier hanging from a domed ceiling. Separate living room with fireplace and traditional Moroccoan furniture made for a pleasurable experience. The food was delicious and when it was served on the rooftop, it added a romantic dimension.

The staff seems to anticipate your every need. Nothing is out of the realm of possibility for them. Anything from getting a simple bus ticket to a major excursion was no problem for Hannah, Kamal and the rest of the staff. One morning we woke up late and at 1145 am the staff had breakfast ready for us. We took the complimentary tour of the medina (the old town which the Riad Kniza is located in). The guide provided by RK was knowledgeable and spoke excellent English. The excursions to the Atlas mountains was also organized by them and was of high quality. Marrakech is exotic, exciting as well as challenging and coming back to RK every night was like coming home to a palace. Definitely recommend RK to anyone

  • Stayed June 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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London, United Kingdom
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30 reviews 30 reviews
12 hotel reviews
Reviews in 23 cities Reviews in 23 cities
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2013

What an amazing place. The Riad is just lovely and the staff were so helpful and friendly. Beautiful sitting rooms, and a perfect roof terrace were you can have breakfast, lunch, dinner and enjoy the sun. We ate in one evening and the food was excellent.

The pool was very cold, so be warned!

I definitely recommend staying here and will be going back again next year.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2013

Just came back from spending 4 nights in the lovely Riad Kniza in Marrakech. We were a little hesitant at first as we were escorted through a busy market then down an alley way. But when they opened the door, its like you stepped into a whole different world. The service they provided was absolutely outstanding. It was just the little things that really impressed us. They just thought of every detail.
The staff their are all so warm and friendly. If we ever wanted to ask anything they would say "Of course, this is your home", which really made the trip for us.
We had our 4year anniversary on the 2nd night we stayed and the staff brought out a HUGE cake at the end of our dinner, which made our night very special and memorable.
Our room was 'Samar' and it was exquisite. Very roomy. Had a lounge area and a large coffee table if you wished to have any food sent to your room. A/C in room and also a fireplace for the winter months. Bathroom was great. Only downfall of the room was that maybe the room of the toilet was a little small.
We had a guided walking tour through Marrakech, which was organised through the Riad. We found this to be the most enjoyable part of our trip. Our guide was friendly, knowledgeable and spoke English very well.
This Riad is located in the heart of Marrakech in the Old City, which in our opinion is the best. You really get to soak up all their culture. I would recommend this Riad to anyone wishing to travel to Marrakech.
Thankyou to all the staff at Riad Kniza, you made our trip very special :)
We will be coming back sometime in the near future.

Room Tip: I would assume all rooms are amazing. We stayed in 'Samar" on the second floor and was fant...
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  • Stayed June 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 June 21, 2013

Third visit to Marrakech and second visit to the Riad Kniza. Lovely old riad in the medina not too far from the souks and the main square. delicious breakfast, one of the best restaurants in the city and all the mint tea you can drink. very spacious rooms and bathrooms. dependable pick-up at the airport. a classic!

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
    • 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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London, United Kingdom
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10 reviews 10 reviews
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2013 via mobile

Just spent 5 nights in marrakesh and stayed at riad kniza. All the staff were very friendly, welcoming and couldnt do enough for us.
The service is excellent at this riad and we were cared for as relatives staying at a house rather than a guest staying at a hotel
Our room had all the facilities required, air con, comfy with a living area and a beautiful dome above the bed. Everything was tastefully decorated with traditional morrocan decor
Breakfast was served each morning at our request and was freshly prepared, served on the roof terrace. The freshly squeezed orange juice was delicious!
Before booking here, we struggled to decide on which riad to stay at as there are so many to choose from. The previous reviews were correct and we are so glad we stayed here!

  • Stayed June 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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suffolk
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5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2013

No Taxi waiting at the airport (flight late) we tried to call the hotel. No answer. Airport information staff were so helpful and dialed another number for the hotel - Taxi arrived after waiting an hour.
Very friendly arrival and welcome tea.
Shown to our room - offered a second bed for my daughter if we would prefer separate beds instead of double. Bed is large so not a problem space wise but sadly not great for ppl with bad backs and indeed not good for my daughter who doesn't suffer normally.
The room was decorated morroccan style and scattered with rose petals, including the loo and bath mat! Quite dark.
Aircon - easy to use and effective - temperature outside was well into the 100's.
We couldn't get the bedroom safe to work but were offered help.

Book direct with the hotel - better deals that way. Some residents had free wine, others free evening meals. We had a goodwill gesture of a bottle of wine.
Roof terrace was beautiful to look at, the low tables are impossible to put your knees under which means that clients sit side saddle on the sofas. Not great for dodgy backs or conducive to enjoying long lunches/dinners .
Meals are all traditional Moroccan. Breakfast was huge, Dinner, the fish Tagine was a favourite.
Swimming pool - I swear the hotel put ice in the pool to keep the temperature down. Do definitely swim, after a few minutes the pool feels warmer and when you get out you feel full of energy and much cooler. Only a few chairs by the pool, never any free when we were there so resorted to sitting on our towels with our feet in the water. I love the shape of the little tiles, so pretty. Everywhere spotless.
Spa - we had a Hammam, , the marble beds in the steam room are very low and the treatment lady was struggling to bend over, the treatment was not exceptional and almost slap dash.


The house has a wonderful serene atmosphere. This was only spoilt on our last morning at 07.15 with the dreadful sound of all the wrought iron furniture being moved around on the terrace above our room - we gave up trying to sleep at 07.55. I guess that is the time of day the cleaning staff can bear the heat. Walking around the hotel with bare feet - not a crumb of grit on the floor. Spotless.
We hired a guide - Most essential if you want to get a grip of the area fast - use your iphone to drop a pin on the map where the hotel is - GPS is free and will work in the souks etc. Only got minorly lost once.

Our strange experience was ... bought a few items with the guide in an Apothecary, arrived back at the hotel with the shopping. The items disappeared! So strange, the hotel think that the people leaving must have picked it up. The hotel staff were AMAZING, the guide was contacted, the shop identified, the items repurchased at a cost to the hotel and handed to use within a few hours. Now, THAT is the sign of a hotel that cares.

Room Tip: We had No 5 - it overlooked the little fountain with petals floating.
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2013

What an amazing riad hidden away in Marrakesh! The staff are so helpful and polite, the decorations and furniture very stylish and the food (especially the breakfasts) are totally delicious. A half step away from the bustling street market of Bab Doukkala, the riad smells of roses and is a wonderful calm sanctuary. The terrace rooftop is lovely, as is the swimming pool. I whole heartedly recommend Riad Kniza to anyone wishing to have a perfect place to stay in Marrakesh.

  • Stayed June 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:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#1 Spa Hotel in Marrakech
#2 Luxury Hotel in Marrakech
#5 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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