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“Splendor in the Souk” 5 of 5 stars
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Riad Kniza
5.0 of 5 Hotel   |   34 Derb l'Hotel | Bab Doukkala, Marrakech 40000, Morocco   |  
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“Splendor in the Souk”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2013

The hotel is in the middle of a bustling souk in Marrakech. When you open the door in a narrow alley into the hotel, the beauty of the interior is quite amazing. There are small public rooms throughout for dining or conversation, a small pool of very cool refreshing water, and a lovely rooftop garden where the complimentary full breakfast is served.

Special experiences include a delightful three hour personal cooking experience (we shared this with one other couple, gathering meats, vegetables and spices only steps away in the souk, cooking salads, a tangine of lamb and vegetables, and a pastilla of chicken and spices.) Amina was our cooking instructor who spoke excellent English and was delightful.

We also had a great experience with Saida who scrubbed us vigorously (but modestly) in the traditional Hammam steam bath at the hotel.

This riad was a great treat for our last three days in Morocco.

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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 July 2, 2013

Fantastic restored merchant's house just inside the walls of the old city, the perfect location for exploring either ancient or modern Marrakech. We were treated like royalty from the moment we arrived at the airport, very friendly driver who took us to Riad Kniza which is tucked down an alleyway off another alleyway with no indication of the splendour which lies behind the huge wooden front door. Check out the website pictures - it really is that lovely.

The staff are all young and ruthlessly efficient. Friendly without being obtrusive, nothing is too much trouble. It's the only place I've ever stayed where food is served to order any time of the day or night in any location, including on the stunning roof terrace which has views over the city to the Atlas Mountains.

We arrived on the night that 3 months of drought broke and it rained continually for our entire stay. A real bummer you would think, but actually the riad with it's open fires and sumptuous furnishings was very cosy and the rain really didn't matter.

There is a beautiful pool (unheated - they'll heat it if you ask but we liked it icy cold) and fantastic spa facilities included in the price, great food, big breakfast at a time of your choosing with every kind of moroccan bread you can imagine - forget the diet - very comfortable rooms, with big bathrooms, powerful shower and a cleaning team who seem come and go like silent angels - we hardly saw them but our room was always spotless. Nice mix of clientele from all nations. Not many children or if there were we didn't see them which we liked too.

Hat's off to the staff and management. I've stayed in some lovely places but never witnessed a team that work so well together to make their guests feel totally at home. Certainly worth every penny and I'd definitely go back.

  • 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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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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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
    • 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 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.

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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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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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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:
#2 Spa Hotel in Marrakech
#2 Luxury Hotel in Marrakech
#7 Romantic Hotel in Marrakech
#9 Family Hotel in Marrakech
#39 Business 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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