Our experience at the Riad Kniza (30 May - 4 June, 2014) inside the medina was AMAZING! If you are looking for a more authentic and intimate Moroccan experience (adventure) we highly recommend it over a more westernized hotel in the "new city". You get more cultural experience and save the need to taxi it everywhere.
The building itself is a beautiful historic structure with equally breathtaking, traditional architecture. The hotel décor is very warm and inviting, and full of Moroccan antiques. We especially loved the daily fresh rose petals arranged in the center fountain of the hotel, and across our room at check in. From the moment we set foot on the property until the moment we left, the staff was extremely friendly and attentive to our every need always addressing us by name. I sensed a genuine sincerity to ensure we had a wonderful, overall experience. Even the owner who has obviously rubbed elbows with celebrities from around the world is commonly seen on the property and regularly chatted with guests.
Riad Kniza has its own restaurant with culinary quality sure to wow even the person with the most discriminatory palate. The meals are typical Moroccan staples and very delicious, so bring a hearty appetite. We recommend you try the tagine, Moroccan bread, fresh squeezed orange juice, mint tea, and Couscous, but all dishes we had were of excellent quality. You can either dine in the restaurant, in your room, or on the roof terrace which has breathtaking views of the city, including an occasional passing stork, and great views of the Atlas mountains in the distance. The hotel also has a beautiful pool and spa area. We highly recommend the Hammam bath with massage! Very affordable and very pampering!
The locale of the Riad is perfect! It sits in the medina "holy city" so you get real cultural immersion. Here you can hear the sounds of typical Moroccan day-to-day life, children playing, and even the daily prayers conveyed over loud speaker from the nearby mosques. Just steps outside the Riad door are the markets where you can by the freshest, spices, fruits, veggies and meats! You can also buy fresh teas, olive and argan oils, pottery, beautiful fabrics & leathers, and pretty much everything else under the sun at the nearby souks. The freshness of it all, the bartering for price, the interesting mix of English/Arab/French languages spoken, the masses of the people, and volume of passing motorbikes and horse/donkey drawn carriages can all be a bit intimidating at first but it’s all part of the experience. If you prefer to dine outside the hotel, you’ll find a good selection of restaurants nearby, and the famous Jemaa El Fna square is only a 10-15 minute walk away, where you can shop, dine, watch the shows including snake charmers. If you decide to leave the Medina, it’s also very easy to walk a few steps in the opposite direction and hit the new city.
So, if you are looking for an intimate and authentic Moroccan experience where you can feel safe, well catered to with wonderful amenities and staff at your service, and a host of sight-seeing options just steps away from your doorstep, we'd highly recommend the Riad Kniza!
- 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