We have just returned from a five day five star stay at Riad Kniza in Marrakesh. On arrival we were collected as part of the deal by a taxi and driver who delivered us to the Bab Doukkala – as you follow your luggage through the working and very chaotic souk with butchers, bakers, vegetable and mint sellers you wonder where you are being lead. Right into the alley and a door in the wall and suddenly all is calm, serenity and comfort. Nothing is too much trouble and luxury and courtesy are the by word. Shattered from a four am start we dumped our luggage and staggered onto the roof terrace where we were given a wonderful lunch – we then chilled on our loungers until our energy returned. At this point Mohamed Bouskri, the owner of the Riad, took us on a extremely informative and unmissable tour of the city – he has guided many VIPs and celebrities including former US Presidents and international movie stars including Brad Pit, Tom Cruise, Nicole Kidman, Jennifer Aniston… but his passion and love of his home city made our afternoon. On our return we were treated to a tasty Moroccan feast on the roof and an early night. A delicious breakfast and we were ready to hit the sights- a great day trip to Essaouria and lunch at the Le Chalet and Restaurant de port and then the following day we drove up to the Ourika Valley – how we managed to buy carpets we didn’t need is still a mystery. The last day an early start and the wonders of the Jardin Majorelle and then relaxing on the roof until we could face the hectic bartering in the souk. On our return it was so special to ring the bell and be ushered back into the tranquil sanity of Riad Kniza. At present they are building a swimming pool and spa – which will further enhance the charms of the Riad. Mohamed, Jamal, Samira and Hamman could not have done any more for us – our sincere thanks for a perfect holiday.
- 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