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“Finally - True Hospitality in the Hospitality Industry” 5 of 5 stars
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Riad Kniza
5.0 of 5 Hotel   |   34 Derb l'Hotel | Bab Doukkala, Marrakech 40000, Morocco   |  
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“Finally - True Hospitality in the Hospitality Industry”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

This is perhaps the best small hotel in the world. Why? So many beautiful hotels...so many good ones....why is this one better? BECAUSE THIS ONE DOESN'T NICKLE AND DIME YOU! This one makes you feel like you're at the mansion of a close friend.

Every hotel claims that they do this, but only Riad Kniza has accomplished it for me. They do it by charging one price, high end but reasonable for what you get, and then taking care of you. If you're thirsty, they give you a soft drink. There's no $3 charge for your soda. You pay for liquor of course.
My husband got stuck between meals one day; They sent up some lovely bread and olives. No ridiculous charge appeared on our bill. It was done out of TRUE HOSPITALITY. This is, after all, "the hospitality industry". The place is gorgeous, the restaurant is one of the best in Morocco, but it's all about hospitality.
Do you know what we did with all the soda money they saved us....we gave it to the hotel in the form of tips to their wonderful staff, at the end of our stay. And we loved the quiet little ladies who took our clothes and brought them back washed. It was a pleasure to tip them too. Usually I resent all the tipping, so this really means something coming from me.
I've been meaning to write this review for a while now, so I hope it's still relevant. If it is, then choose Riad Kniza and never look back. You have chosen well.

Room Tip: Large suite is worth every penny, but there are no bad rooms.
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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2014

The Riad Kniza was little slice of heaven. Stylish, tranquil, luxurious. A warm welcome with a glass of mint tea and a rose petal strewn room. The staff could not have been more freindly or more helpful. The rooms were pretty and well decorated in traditional Moroccan style.
Dinner on the terrace was a wonderful experience. The food was excellent, the ambiance special and the service discrete and hospitable.
I highly recommend that you take advantage of the massage. The massuse has magic hands.
I would come back here again, and again and again!

  • Stayed June 2014, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2014

I've just returned from a 4 night stay at Riad Kniza and would wholehearted recommend it to anyone as an oasis of considerate, friendly and expert service. The place itself is beautiful but made more so by the kind of attention and care they have to offer their guests. I can't imagine anyone would regret a stay there.

  • Stayed June 2014, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2014

I have just returned from 4 nights at the Riad Kniza. The building has been carefully restored and modernised to suit western travellers. Staff were really great and looked after our every need. Breakfast, dinner of just a drink on the roof top terrace, took you into a quiet world, far away from the hustle and bustle and filth of the Medina streets. Our suite was beautiful with a sitting area and table, the staff kept the whole place spotlessly clean which is amazing given the amount of dust and sand flying about.The location is great as you can walk everywhere in the Medina, provided you don't get lost.... The Riad may seem expensive by Marrakech standards, but airport transfers, breakfast and a massage were included, drinks and food were reasonable, overall it was good value !

  • Stayed June 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2014

Staff couldn't be more helpful (Thank you Amear & Monear). Excellent food (freshly cooked upon request) - loads better than more expensive restaurants we tried nearby. Lovely surroundings. So pleased with stayed here.

  • Stayed June 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2014

I chose to stay at Riad Kniza for the first night of our trip, after reading many positive comments and recommendations of this Riad. And this Riad, is one of the most friendly hotel i have ever been. The staffs are extremely helpful and nice, compared to the people in Medina, who normally give tourists some weird looks.

Three reasons to stay here:

1. Beautiful suites 2. food is surprisingly good and cheap 3. friendly staff

The only reason that people might not stay in Riad Kniza would be the price and the environment outside the hotel. Since hotels in Marrakesh are quite cheap, 200 euros per night would be seen as quite expensive compare to a wide range of choices. But i can assure you that, the stay worths every penny. Also, it is quite dodgy out the hotel, where both fresh meat and other stuff are sold and is quite unhygienic. This environment outside the hotel makes this raid even better, because you feel like entering into a paradise after hopping around inside medina.

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  • Stayed June 2014, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2014

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!

Room Tip: We cant speak to all the rooms, but our room (#7) was excellent & very comfy.
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  • Stayed May 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 34 Derb l'Hotel | Bab Doukkala, Marrakech 40000, Morocco
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Location: Morocco > Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region > Marrakech
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#1 Spa Hotel in Marrakech
#2 Luxury Hotel in Marrakech
#5 Romantic Hotel in Marrakech
#8 Family Hotel in Marrakech
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:5 star — Riad Kniza 5*
Number of rooms: 11
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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