If you haven't been to any Riad then I suggest you should experience it at least once. Riad Kniza is the only Riad I had stayed in so far and I am sure others may be equally good too, but the experience of hospitality at this one, was very memorable.
Transportation from airport was included in our stay and a good car with English speaking driver picked us up. On the way, the driver gave information about Palmorie area, Guleiz and some jazzy hotels. Not knowing much about what a Riad is, your hopes get high as you believe your Riad/hotel would be similar. However, when the car goes inside the Medina wall and they carry the bags and (you have to carry some as well) walk with you in crowded alleys with people from street shops and street flocking you right a way, trying to sell something, you get jitters and that will make you think 'what did we do? where in the world we booked?'. The skepticism and disappointment goes away right away once you enter the Riad through the door. Nice carvings, decorations and antiques and well mannered English speaking staff will give you a cozy homely feeling. The suits were nice and had good furniture and decor. The staff goes out of their way to give you a feeling that you are at some friend's house. They will make breakfast to order and will setup wherever you like, we had them setup on the terrace. They will serve Moroccan mint tea with cookies as well as soft drinks any number of times and will ask if they can bring it as soon as you arrive from a walk. They even thought of giving us small chilled water bottles to us on the way to walking tour of Madina which gave a feeling of a friend's family taking care of you and looking for you when you stay with them.
A dinner, Atlas mountain trip and a walking tour of Madina was included in our stay and we enjoyed all of that. The tour driver and guides were very nice and were not pushy or were not trying to take us to shops with their 'connections'. They would take only when we asked for,
Attention to details and cleanliness was remarkable.
The ownership also owns a furniture shop and we shopped there and the furniture arrived in U.S. on time. They also packed for us a lamp which we bought from the government shop.
The only thing they can improve, I would suggest is to have a mini refrigerator in the suit and have a luggage cart so that guests do not have to carry luggage through streets which could be dirty. The driver who took us to furniture shop was pressurizing us to hurry and you have to just ignore him.
Riad front desk will make reservations at restaurants for you and will give directions as well as will help with getting phone sim cards, change, etc.
The location is very convenient and it is just inside the Medina wall so easy to find.
In conclusion, you should stay in Riad at least four to five days and enjoy this memorable experience.
- 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