We were supposed to have 3 nights at the Kniza but after a wrong passport (apparantly I can't impersonate my 4 year old son and travel on his passport...... as I found at the check in desk at Gatwick...Doh!!!!) a 500 mile round trip back to yorkshire to get the correct passport, a pile up on the M1 that left us sitting there for an extra 4 hours, engine trouble in Fez at the stop off leading to another 5 hours delay...... Quite possibly the worst journey of our life.
From the friendly pick up to the first mind boggling 200-300 yard walk to the Riad we soon stopped feeling sorry for ourselves (Marrakech brings a whole new meaning to the concept of fresh chicken..) A superb suite with our own downstairs sitting room, after a large gin and tonic and a wonderful meal we gradually realxed.
As far as the service and overall experience I can only echo the comments of other correspondents. The recommendation of the Jad Mahal restaurant was perfect for an atmospheric and entertaining (if expensive) night out but go later on to get the full atmosphere. The guide provided was superb and the whole Souk experience was very rewarding if a little mentally and physically draining. We had no intention of buying a rug but hey, a few mint teas later and the deal was done....
We'd have loved to do the trip to the atlas mountians but due our travel nightmares we didn't have time. We will definately be back to explore some more
When I came to settle up I fully expected to be charged for all 3 nights as I was only able to give 6 hours notice of our delays. However, we were only charged for 2 nights when they were well within their rights to charge for the missed night. I felt this spoke volumes as to the integrity of the staff/management.
- 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