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Riad Kniza
5.0 of 5 Hotel   |   34 Derb l'Hotel | Bab Doukkala, Marrakech 40000, Morocco   |  
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“An Oasis of Calm”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

Having wanted an authentic Moroccan experience, we found exactly that at Riad Kniza. The Riad is an oasis of calm within the Medina. Decorated with beautiful antiques The ambiance is as if staying in a private home. The staff are courteous and discrete - nothing is too much trouble.
We were upgraded to a very spacious suite, with a fabulous domed ceiling, the lantern within casting stunning shapes and shadows.
The pool is small, but perfect for cooling off in the summer heat. Meals were taken in cosy salons over looking the courtyard with fountain - delightful!
There is no menu. We let the concierge know when we wished to eat in, discussed options, and a feast was prepared.
A truly memorable stay. If we return to Marrakech we will definitely be heading back to Riad Kniza

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

We just returned from a lovely first time visit to Morocco. We echo Kaye G's description of this gem. Our stay included three nights at Riad Kniza and I can't say enough about the hospitality and accommodations. Everyone deserves a chance to experience a riad when in Marrakech and this one will be memorable for all the best reasons. The manager is very welcoming and the staff cannot do enough to make your stay special. Our room was straight out of a Moroccan fantasy and spotless. First day our TV was not working so well- by mid-afternoon we had a new one in place! Located just a short distance from one of the Medina gates or "babs" it is a very convenient location for both the old and new town. Riads are also known as "blind houses" in Morocco because they have no windows facing into the old city. Instead the space is flooded with light from open courtyards and a wonderful rooftop terrace. Riad Kniza is intimate, beautiful and very quiet. A special mention about their cooking class- you absolutely will love cooking with their lovely chef. She is a great teacher, kind, warm, and very skilled. Our class was just the two of us and we created a wonderful chicken tagine dinner which was then served to us by candlelight on the rooftop terrace. Nothing could have been more fun or romantic...This riad really is a treasure and a terrific way to experience another aspect of exotic Moroccan culture.

Room Tip: Just be mindful that this is a riad and so there are steps to the higher floors.
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  • Stayed July 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

After a long & very slow passport control experience, we were greeted by a smiling pleasant driver. Whom took our luggage & we entered a spacious air conditioned mpv. We were privy to a personal tour, as he advised of the various architecture & buildings we passed enroute to the Riad Kniza located within the media (holy city). We were greeted by a smiling Abdullah, at the roadside entrance at the mouth of the market, he too took our luggage & he navigated us through the local bustling full of vendors & numerous small motorbikes. Turning down an alley, the noise almost seeming as the volume had been turn the way down. He knocked on a beautifully carved wooden door & we entered a small tranquil reception, we were then shown through a small courtyard with a water fountain into an air conditioned saloon full of Moroccan ambience & charm. The hospitality began by being offered Moroccan mint tea, whilst we were booked in. We were then given a tour of the Riad (restaurant, pool, hammam, sauna, massage room & roof terrace), our suite was on the first floor. This too had a beautiful carved wooden door with a heavy golden bolt & lock, once entering the air conditioned suite we were greeted by rose petals, either scattered on the floor or in designs on almost every flat surface visible including the toilet seat & cistern. The ambience filled suite, was spacious with a seating area with fireplace & a coffee table with a large bottle of mineral water and bowl of fresh fruit, yes rose petals too. A super king size bed, a dressing/storage area (including digital safety deposit box) leading off this is the separate toilet & bathroom with full bath including an overhead shower & hairdryer. The towels were changed seemingly twice a day, we found the room was not only cleaned daily but also of an evening upon arriving back the bed would be turnt down for you & the air conditioning on (had you turn it off as we had on occasion, the bed is very comfortable & a good night's sleep is provided. We dined here the 1st night and were pleasantly surprised by the seduction of our senses, with the private intimate charming saloon, ambience provided by the traditional musicians serranding us as we dined on the beautiful 4/5 course meal (we were stuffed so couldn't complete the entire set meal), there isn't a menu, they advise you of what is available. Breakfast is literally served when your ready for it (8am, midday or even 2pm), either in a saloon or on the roof terrace. The pool is small so more lengths can be achieved but the massage is highly recommended. The staff are very friendly, professional & knowledgeable. We stayed for 3 nights at the beginning of July and plan to return later in the year.

Stayed July 2014, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

This riad has been owned by the same family for over 200 years and their pride of ownership is apparent everywhere you look. It's impossible to find a single nook or cranny that isn't decorated with impeccable taste and beauty. If you are looking for riad style accommodations in Marrakech look no further.

The appearance and cleanliness of this property are not the only things to rave about. The graciousness and professionalism of the staff here are second to none. Any request will be answered with an "of course". For our party of 6 people this included special birthday plans.

One further tip - take the cooking class, which includes a trip to the local market to buy spices and vegetables. Besides being instructive it's a lot of fun.

  • Stayed July 2014, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014 via mobile

I have never reviewed anything but Kniza deserves a glowing review.
I was blown away by the understated opulence, the hospitality and the tranquility of this place. It was a terrific way to finish my 2 week sojourn in Morocco.
I did a one on one cooking class with chef Amina - she was delightful and I am brought back to Morocco when ever I cook some of her wonderful dishes or those inspired by her.
This was one of the most memorable travel experiences.
Thank you so much, I really hope to return.

Stayed October 2013, traveled solo
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

We truly enjoyed our stay in this excellent location. Perfect service and hospitality made our 3 nights here an amazing experience. The building has been renovated to the highest standards while preserving the historic characteristics. We also enjoyed an excellent dinner on the wonderful rooftop.

  • Stayed July 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 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 14, 2014

Marrakech is exciting and in your face and then you return to this oasis of tranquility. Interior is stunning and the staff couldn't do enough to make your stay relaxed and special. I just want to go back ASAP. We also did a half day cooking course at the hotel which was really good fun.

  • Stayed June 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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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:
Free High Speed Internet ( Wi-Fi ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#2 Luxury Hotel in Marrakech
#6 Romantic Hotel in Marrakech
#8 Family Hotel in Marrakech
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:5 star — Riad Kniza 5*
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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