Stayed at the Riad Kniza during the Christmas period, and the research spent on choosing this riad over other 'hotels de charme' (including La Maison Arabe) and well known luxury hotels was time extremely well spent.
The riad is in the heart of the medina, and it is important for potential guest to realise that this is a 'living, breathing' part of the city where locals live, trade, and earn a living, and is not like the La Mamounia Hotel that lies behind 15 foot high gates; in other words it is completely authentic.
Despite being in this bustling part of the medina, once behind the closed doors of the riad you enter into a world of calm. It is simply one of the most beautiful hotels I have have stayed in, and the attention to details is just pitch perfect, whether it be the mosaics, the beautiful Moroccan tables, or the fabulous lamps. You can tell that the Bouskri family have invested considerable time and love into their riad, which has been in the family for generations.
Whilst the decor of the place is fantastic, it is rivalled by the approachability, cheerfulness and helpfulness of the staff. All of the staff were excellent, providing service that easily matched that I have experienced across the Four Seasons chain of hotels. No request was too much hassle, whether ensuring that the open fire was lit in the evening, to sourcing Moroccan furniture for shipping back to London.
Finally, the quality of the food needs to be mentioned. Whilst the La Maison Arabe frequently gets the No.1 restaurant vote vote, having eaten at both restaurants I would rate the food and presentation of it better at the Riad Kniza. As for the ambience of the 2 riads, if you want something more authentic, and with less of a nod to European/ American ideas of what a hotel should be like, then please book into the Riad Kniza. You will NOT be disappointed.
- 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