My wife and I stayed here three weeks ago as part of a first anniversary trip. Being our first time in Marrakech (and Africa for that matter), the short walk from the Medina gate following a free transfer from the airport was awakening with the sights, sounds, and especially the pungent odors of the old city. We were surprised and delighted to find the cool, calm sanctuary that Riad Kniza is, and were greeted by warm and welcoming staff including the owner and his son who happened to be there.
For the first two nights we stayed in a senior suite. The living area and bedroom felt like a home away from home, with amazing traditional Moroccan architectural detail and wall decor, yet with the conveniences of any modern hotel (air conditioning, TV's in each room, and wi-fi). On the third night the senior suite wasn't available so they surprised us with a free upgrade to the Royal Bahia suite - the largest and most luxurious - which was an experience in itself.
Everyday the staff provided us an endless supply of free bottled water and freshly squeezed juice (much appreciated in the dry heat) and was very friendly and helpful in giving us directions and visitor advice despite our many inquiries. The riad's location near the Medina gate makes it easy to get back from any part of town by an inexpensive taxi ride. On one of the nights we ate a Moroccan dinner at the restaurant within the riad; it was delicious cuisine in a comfortable and quiet setting, unlike dining in the hustle and bustle of the old city.
Riad Kniza was one of the best accommodations we've ever stayed at anywhere. Though not the cheapest, there's not much more you can ask for from an intimate, beautiful hotel in a great location with incredible service. A memorable experience, our only regret was not being able to stay longer. On the last day after my wife asked about the local green tea that they serve, the staff sent us off with a gift of tea leaves - that we look forward to trying back at home.
- 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