We have just returned from a wonderful 4 night stay at the Riad Kniza. The rooms are a delight - we stayed in the Yakout Suite which was exceptional, very spacious - only downside to the sleep quality was the call to pray at 3:55 a.m.!!!! Staff are very tentative and the whole riad is extremely clean. The guides provided for the half day tour of the medina (Amin) and the Atlas mountains (Abdul) were great and spoke very good English. We pre-requested that the half day medina tour did NOT includes any shops (carpet/perfume) and was very informative. The Atlas mountains tour was a highlight and our daughter's favourite day. We seemed to be lucky and had luxury 4x4 vehicles for any pick-ups that involved a car (not sure if this is the norm). Our legs ached a little the next day from the climbing in the Atlas mountains and was glad that we had left this visit until our last full day, which we followed up with the inclusive massage and gourmet dinner when we returned to the riad - all in all a real highlight for our last day. Airport transfers were spot on too.
The main square where most things seems to be mainly located around is a 15 minute stroll away from the riad. The route is interesting and can be a little crazy at times!! (Negotiating pot-holes, people, mopeds, carts etc.). Marrakech is a real eye opener and the riad was a welcome, safe retreat to return to. The modern French quarter where the more "international" shops are, is a 10 minute stroll in the opposite direction. So the riad is well located too.
Definitely book the Riad Kniza if you are considering it - we were told that there are only about 8 riads still owned by Moroccan's - this being one of them. It won't disappoint.
Pack sensible shoes, we walked for hours each day!
- 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