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Riad Kniza
5.0 of 5 Hotel   |   34 Derb l'Hotel | Bab Doukkala, Marrakech 40000, Morocco   |  
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2013

Fantastic riad, its like a little palace. So quiet and peaceful and beautifully restored. It really is an escape from the mania of the Medina as soon as you walk in the door it’s the complete opposite of chaos outside. The service and staff are excellent, really nice and so accommodating. They serve your meals wherever you want whenever you want, in your room, on the roof, in the lounges etc. I like the attitude the manager expressed when we arrived “you have breakfast any time you want; you’re on holiday if you want it at 1pm you can have it just call us 5 or ten minutes beforehand to tell us where and when and we’ll arrange it”. We did the cooking lesson with the chef Amina (if I recall correctly) which was excellent she takes you to the market outside and you pick ingredients vegetables and spices etc then she teaches you how to cook traditional tagine food and bake bread. We really enjoyed the couple of hours and the food was delicious. You need to book this on arrival though as they may not have availability. The room was fantastic and the facilities there are just flawless really. If you are looking for a quiet, peaceful, private, luxurious escape I would highly recommend it.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 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 July 9, 2013

Unfortunately we only stayed 1 night at this beautiful riad but we were very impressed. The location is excellent if you want to explore Marrakech as its right in the heart of the old part if the city and only a 15 min walk to the busy Square.

The management and staff were excellent and we could see why they have won so many awards.
Food was superb and probably one of the best meals we had during our 10 day stay in Morocco. I was keen to get some Tagine recipes and one of the staff, a lovely girl (I'm afraid I've mislaid her name), very kindly lent me a recipe book and offered to photocopy any recipes I liked.

We also were upgraded to a lovely suite so thank you very much.
We hope to visit again as it was such a special place and we can thoroughly recommend it to any fellow travellers.

  • 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
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2013

I stayed here for 5 nights over the summer and it was the best hotel/riad I have ever stayed in. When we arrived from our 16 hour flight we were picked up from the airport. After we checked in we were served breakfast in the beautiful lounge area while our room was being prepared. We were upgraded to a suite and when we went inside there was a platter of fruits with rose petals on the bed. It truly was a experience and I would return just to stay here.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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ADELAIDE
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2013

We had a lovely room on the first floor, although again it was a little dark. The internet worked ok. The food was good, although breakfast was "fixed" and not entirely to our requirements.
It was nice to be able to have drinks, dinner and breakfast up on the rooftop patio. The location is great. We would thoroughly recommend it.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 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
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2013

The Riad Kniza is a beautiful warm and friendly mini like palace. The moment we arrived we were welcomed with delicious mint tea( A must have) and pastry's. Our suite was so adorable.. Cant remember the name.. but it means Diamond!!:) PERFECT!! Like entering into a royal suite with roses everywhere!!!and a gorgeous regal bathroom. Exquisite and colorful exotic morrocan furniture made it very cozy.The hotel has a beautiful rooftop garden where breakfast is served with genuine morrocan fare. The dinner we had on the last day was a HUGE meal complete with some of the best tapas Ive ever had- I believe there was a selection of about 6, the dinner was 5 course meal and DELICIOUS!!! i cant rave enough about that dinner! ! Although the location was in between the old city walls, we were glad we stayed there versus some of the bigger names outside of the walls because we had to walk through part of the souks night and day and therefore had to interact with the real Marrakech vs just tourist spots! The staff was helpful in every way.. tour guide, comp car svc, helped me wrap my gifts, and didnt bother you with rrom svc knocks!! The best part of the hotel has got to be the STAFF!! We were treated wonderfully, everyone from the Owner Mohammed, to the entire staff!! Especially WALID!!! He is the best Trust me you will not be let down here!!

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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Malibu, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2013

We had a sumptuous suite on the ground floor and it was perfect. The up stairs patio is very lovely and we had a delightful dinner there. We had our breakfasts in the little sitting room on the ground floor, which was cozy and pretty, filled with books and art objects. In the afternoon we had drinks right outside our room by the fountain, where my husband could smoke. The staff were such fun, and treated us like royalty. We so enjoyed our stay here. It is the perfect Moroccan experience and a fabulous hotel.

  • 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

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
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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 ( WiFi ) 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*
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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