My husband and I spent several days at the end of April at this fantastic riad, and in 40 years of travel, we have never stayed anywhere to match it. From the driver who met us at the airport (he gave us a mini-tour explaining the miles of roses, the old walls, some history), to Kamal, his father Mohamed, and the staff, to our wonderful guide Omar, everyone at the riad went out of their way to be friendly, helpful, and welcoming. The service is incredible: every request we made was seen to, promptly and graciously, and there were great suggestions to help with our sightseeing, shopping, dining, etc. They can arrange almost anything: a trip to the High Atlas, a drive to Casablanca, having your purchases (some from the family antique shop) packed and delivered to your home.
The workmanship in the riad is incredible: hand-carved wood and plaster, beautiful tiles, fountains, fireplaces. It took three years to restore the first part, and two further years to renovate the second section with additional rooms, the pool and spa. The fabric, paintings, furniture and antiques used everywhere are lovely and very impressive. The layout of the riad, with many salons, small areas to sit, the wonderful roof terrace, the pool area, and even the small library nook, provides many places to have a meal or a drink, and the staff is very happy to indulge your whims.
The riad provided us with a guide, Omar, for the first morning we were there, and he was so terrific - friendly and helpful and knowledgeable - that we hired him to come with us the next day. And when on Sunday the ATM machine ate my husband's card, Omar insisted on coming by on Monday morning and taking my husband to the bank to help him get the card back.
The Bouskri family own the Riad Kniza; Kamal, who manages the hotel, and his father, Mohamed, who drops in frequently, are both charming and gracious hosts who want you to enjoy Marrakech and your stay at the riad. The food is superb, and the staff and chef are happy to fix you a snack, sandwich, or meal if you just ask. Our suite was quiet, air conditioned, and beautifully appointed, with sofas, desk and chairs, free WiFi, fruit and pastries, a wonderfully comfortable bed, safe, bathrobes, hairdryer, etc. We felt pampered and cared for every moment we were in Marrakech, and are eagerly looking forward to a return visit.
- 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