RIAD KNIZA: My boyfriend and I stayed in Riad Kniza in June. It was perfect. The service is the best I've ever had. The wonderful, accommodating, nice, polite, friendly staff gave us so many tips (restaurants to visit in Marrakech; best times to go Jemma El Fna; what excursions we should do outside of Marrakech, where/how to shop in the souks). Every room is the riad is beautiful. There is no noise from the courtyard ever (the doors are thick and so are the windows). Oh and they gave us a free 30 minute massage which was very nice. There is also a very nice sauna.
MEALS at RIAD KNIZA: Everything about Riad Kniza is perfect. They are beyond accommodating!!! I'm a vegetarian and quite picky about food and they accommodated everything with a smile The food there is delicious and generous portions! (and my stomach didn't bother me once for the entire trip!)Breakfast was so impressive every morning (they even made us delicious double espressos every morning and anytime during the afternoon we wanted one).
The kitchen is spotless and they offer cooking classes there (unfortunately we didn't try this, but I wish we had. We heard from another guest that the class was very informative and a great experience).
Riad Kniza gives you so many extra bottles of water, tons of mint tea, any beverages you'd like (free of charge of course). They also give you yummy cookies and small pastries in the afternoon and after you get back from dinner if you'd like.
They'll even make dinner reservations for you every night. They also told us how to get a taxi and not get ripped off.... In sum, Riad Kniza has YOUR best interests at heart. They want the very, very best for their guests and will go ABOVE and beyond to make sure your vacation is perfect.
BOOKING EXCURSIONS THROUGH KNIZA:
SAHARA - Also, we booked all of our outside trips through Riad Kniza and couldn't have been happier. We booked a three day Sahara trek (ask for Abdou as your driver! he is so pleasant, a great/safe driver, and gives you lots of cultural/historical background if you'd like - if you want quiet, he gets that too). It was great (but absolutely exhausting - just keep that in mind as you plan your itinerary). Abdou really went out of his way to make the trip super memorable! He even worked with our Sahara tour guide to make sure I had a wonderful vegetarian tagine out in the desert! The food was surprisingly delicious and totally clean/sanitary out in the desert.
ATLAS MOUNTAINS - We also did a half-day trip to the High Atlas Mountains (we were SO lucky and had Abdou for this trip as well!), booking through Riad Kniza. It was FANTASTIC. Definitely a highlight of Morocco for me. The hike is incredible (and not too difficult a hike at all!) and you hike to these gorgeous waterfalls. MUST DO! Then you have a delicious lunch right on the river/stream there. Plus, there's no pressure to rush back exactly at 1 or 2pm. We got back in Marrakech around 5pm. Abdou was VERY happy to let us hike as long as we wanted and even stop and shop for pottery on the drive back. (He even helped bargain down prices on pottery for me!!!). He never once pressured us to hurry at all (even though we only arranged for a half day trip). We did give him a nice tip after it was over (but he never would have even asked for a tip obviously or ever said anything about how long we were taking).
I recommend booking everything through Riad Kniza, especially if this is your first trip to Morocco. They are so organized. They have the best and safest drivers in all of Morrocco (and the drivers and tour guides are so pleasant and well-informed, they'll give you lots of historical and cultural background).
Don't think about staying anywhere else. Especially if you get a package deal - it's basically the same price as other riads, which are not nearly as accommodating and helpful. We stayed at another riad for our last night (won't say which one, but it is rated in the top 15 riads on tripadvisor) and the service couldn't compare. The owner at the OTHER riad was very pushy and generally annoying (also no one on staff was there at 8am when we got up for breakfast at that other riad. She also gave us a terrible dinner recommendation)...
Anyhow, Riad Kniza has the most pleasant, clean, accommodating, helpful, polite staff in all of Morocco. Book now and definitely book any trips outside of Marrakech through Kniza if you're new to Morocco.
- 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