My wife and I have just returned from a fabulous five-night stay at the Riad Kniza in Marrakech, the success of which was due in no small way to some expert advice and guidance from Kemal the manager, and to the kindness and care of his wonderful staff. As first time visitors to Morocco the hundred paces from the car to the Riad were a little daunting, through alleys thronged with busy stalls and kamikaze scooter riders, but the moment we reached the haven of the Kniza we knew that we had struck oil. Its stylish décor featuring traditional craftsmanship in wood, plaster, leather, tapestry and paint, the comfortable well-appointed rooms, and the attentiveness of the staff, all combined to make us feel utterly pampered.
We found the Riad Kniza ideally placed for exploring all the main must-sees of the Medina, which we managed entirely on foot and without getting too lost! On one of our days the rep. arranged a trip to the mountains, a great chance to sample the flavour of life outside the city. The rest of the time we were independent explorers, enjoying the busy Medina and beautiful gardens at our own pace. I have some great pictures that will help to keep our memories fresh.
My wife celebrated her birthday during our stay with a dinner at the Riad. It was a feast. They pulled out all the stops to make it a very special occasion, and just when we had eaten fit to burst they entered with a chocolate cake, diplomatically embellished with just one candle. [We are both mid-sixties and appreciate that sort of thoughtfulness! ]
I recommend the Riad Kniza unreservedly!
- 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