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“Memorable Experience of great hospitality!” 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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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
“Memorable Experience of great hospitality!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

If you haven't been to any Riad then I suggest you should experience it at least once. Riad Kniza is the only Riad I had stayed in so far and I am sure others may be equally good too, but the experience of hospitality at this one, was very memorable.
Transportation from airport was included in our stay and a good car with English speaking driver picked us up. On the way, the driver gave information about Palmorie area, Guleiz and some jazzy hotels. Not knowing much about what a Riad is, your hopes get high as you believe your Riad/hotel would be similar. However, when the car goes inside the Medina wall and they carry the bags and (you have to carry some as well) walk with you in crowded alleys with people from street shops and street flocking you right a way, trying to sell something, you get jitters and that will make you think 'what did we do? where in the world we booked?'. The skepticism and disappointment goes away right away once you enter the Riad through the door. Nice carvings, decorations and antiques and well mannered English speaking staff will give you a cozy homely feeling. The suits were nice and had good furniture and decor. The staff goes out of their way to give you a feeling that you are at some friend's house. They will make breakfast to order and will setup wherever you like, we had them setup on the terrace. They will serve Moroccan mint tea with cookies as well as soft drinks any number of times and will ask if they can bring it as soon as you arrive from a walk. They even thought of giving us small chilled water bottles to us on the way to walking tour of Madina which gave a feeling of a friend's family taking care of you and looking for you when you stay with them.
A dinner, Atlas mountain trip and a walking tour of Madina was included in our stay and we enjoyed all of that. The tour driver and guides were very nice and were not pushy or were not trying to take us to shops with their 'connections'. They would take only when we asked for,
Attention to details and cleanliness was remarkable.
The ownership also owns a furniture shop and we shopped there and the furniture arrived in U.S. on time. They also packed for us a lamp which we bought from the government shop.
The only thing they can improve, I would suggest is to have a mini refrigerator in the suit and have a luggage cart so that guests do not have to carry luggage through streets which could be dirty. The driver who took us to furniture shop was pressurizing us to hurry and you have to just ignore him.
Riad front desk will make reservations at restaurants for you and will give directions as well as will help with getting phone sim cards, change, etc.
The location is very convenient and it is just inside the Medina wall so easy to find.
In conclusion, you should stay in Riad at least four to five days and enjoy this memorable experience.

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  • Stayed June 2014, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
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  • Service
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  • Value
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  • Cleanliness
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London, England
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10 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

The staff at this guesthouse could not be friendlier or more helpful. They were all charming. The owners too were extremely welcoming.
A hair drier, toiletries, fruit and water were all provided in our room and replenished when necessary. Our room (no.7) overlooked the narrow derb and was a little noisy at times. However we enjoyed the sounds of the bustling medina, especially as most of the noise was from children playing.
We had two evening meals at the riad. We enjoyed the food and it was very reasonably priced, perhaps because we were staying there.

  • Stayed May 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

Everything about Riad Kniza is class.
The service, the food , the rooms and the Haman are all brilliant.
The location of this hotel is close enough to the tourist souks but then its just far enough away to be a perfect location to also experience the "local" Marrakech.

I will return.

  • Stayed June 2014, traveled with friends
    • 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 July 6, 2014

Before I begin the praise, let me start with a warning. The taxi drivers the Riad sends to pick you up do not work for the hotel. Ours was not warm and fuzzy, and didn't speak any English. Also, his car didn't have working air conditioner. When we arrived at the gate to the Medina, our envoy from the hotel was a bit late and we waited for a while in the hot car with no explanation. Then, once he arrived, he was attacked by a guy on the street who wanted to carry our bags. Yelling, screaming, and almost a physical fight. This was our welcome to Marrakech and it was discomfiting.

Then we got to the Riad. Welcomed by warm smiling faces who made us feel right at home. The place is absolutely amazing. Beautiful rooms, wonderful pool, relaxing rooftop patio, and unmatched personalized service.

I can't compare it to anything else in Marrakech, but it was really quite wonderful.

Stayed July 2014
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

My wife and I just returned from a two night stay June 25 and 26 and found this Riad to be exceptional in ever way. This was the end of our 11 day tour and by far the nicest Riad or Hotel that we stayed in. Exceptional room (Sultan Room) on the first floor. Beautifully decorated interior and wonderful terrace upstairs where we took breakfast in the morning overlooking the Marrakesh Medina. Although we didn't use it the spa looked wonderful and the indoor pool was lavish and clean.
Staff could not do enough to make you feel welcome.
Food was excellent.
Nice location inside the Medina but easy to find and within walking distance to the city market square.

  • Stayed June 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 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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New York City, New York
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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
    • 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 Parking Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#6 Luxury Hotel in Marrakech
#7 Spa Hotel in Marrakech
#10 Family Hotel in Marrakech
#11 Romantic Hotel in Marrakech
#30 Business 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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