We came to Marrakesh for a short break and spent 4 nights the riad. We did know what to expect but we could not have imagined a more perfect place to be. The riad is tastefully decorated and beautifully restored. It is very imaginatively laid out despite potential constraints that come with the historical architecture. There is a swimming pool tucked off one court yard and lots of salons around the courtyards for a quiet place to sit or read. There are also two roof top gardens with deck chairs and tables set up for meals or drinks. We were informed that meals could be taken at any of these places or in your room. We learned during our stay that this was the proprietor's family home for many generations. Indeed we were made to feel more as house guests than paying guests. The service was attentive without being intrusive. Beside being very helpful with planning our days, recommending places to visit or to eat, providing directions, it was the little gestures like being offered a cold drink after an afternoon's outing in the shearing sun or putting us in another guest room so that we can go for a swim on our last day after we have checked out but came back from lunch looking like we ran the London marathon thar really made the difference.
We also ended up having most of dinners there after our dining there our first evening. We sampled some well known places during our visit and ended up coming back to the riad because the food and services were hard to beat. They also arranged a cooking class from their chef Amina complete with a trip to do the shopping in the neighbouring markets which gave us an even better appreciation of Morrocan cuisine.
We have been fortunate enough to stay at many different hotels in our travels and Riad Kniza is among the nicest and most gracious places that we have visited.
- 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