I stayed here with my other half in Feb 2014. We were here for an extended Valentine's day break and split our stay between the Maison Arabe and the Riad Kniza.
We were very lucky as we stayed at 2 excellent (and quite different) places.
We had a split-level duplex suite at the Riad Kniza, it was very luxurious, very oppulently furnished and I couldn't fault the room in any way.
There was a living room / sitting room downstairs with the bedroom on the upper floor.
The Riadh itself was very quiet and peaceful. There is a very big and well furnished roof terrace right at the top of the building where you can catch the sun / enjoy the view over the city.
The terrace is furnished with lots of chairs / tables / sunbeds / beds and there is also a lot of shade as well.
Location-wise it is quite difficult to find as it is in a little alleyway but it is about a 15-20 minute walk from the main square and not far from the city wall - it is also about a 10-15 minute walk from the Jardin Majorelle.
As you get onto the main throughfare it is very local/authentic - there is a market and there are various street traders / butchers shops etc where the locals are shopping. Be careful of mopeds, donkey carts and if early in the day and squeamish you might want to be wary as you may see someone's chicken dinner being 'prepared'. You definitely get a feel for the area.
The one thing that stuck out to us was the extreme generosity and freindliness of the owners. They made sure we were very well looked after all the time.
We ate at the restaurant one night and the food was great (there was a lot of it as well) and breakfast was also good and ample.
My only minor niggle during the stay was that the wifi connection was slow and dropped occasionally (but I am always checking emails for work etc - it might not bother anyone else).
- 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