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Historical Traveler Reviews Riad Kniza Marrakech
The experience of Staying in Riad Kniza was incredible. Initially my boyfriend and I were not sure what a Riad was exactly and what it would be like, but it surpassed our expectations. The service at Kniza was more than you can ask for. The staff was extremely accomodating in every way, and was alway's delighted to help in making the stay the best ever. The room's were beautifully designed with a luxurious moroccan feel, the courtyard was very serene and the roof top was a great.. Kamal was a great help in organizing the second part of our trip, as well as making suggestions for dinners and sites in marrakech..Samira was also a help in booking our wonderfull spa appointments. I would definitly recommend staying in Riad Kniza...
Memorable Interlude at the Riad Kniza
We recently spent 5 nights at Riad Kniza, with our two daughters. They had a lovely room across the courtyard from our beautifully appointed suite. From the moment we arrived at the airport and were spirited by Kamal to the Riad, until our departure, we were treated with kindness and exceptional attention to all our needs. Marrakech and its souks can be very intense, and are completley enjoyable. And yet, the serenity that greeted us upon our return to the Riad was the perfect end to those days, with a warm welcome, mint tea and lovely pastries awaiting us. We awoke in the morning, to fine breakfasts (especially the fresh orange juice!), elegantly served, and each day, a new adventure awaited. One day, Kamal organised a guide through the souk and several museums, another day a trip to a Berber village in the Atlas mountains. The care given to the exquisite restoration of this old family home were equal to the care that Kamal, his family and staff lavished on their guests. Their hospitality are as much a part of our memories of Marrakech as the vitality and colour of the city and its surroundings. A lovely stay!
Amazing Intimate Riad with Outstanding Attention to Detail
Sometimes, by accident, you get an opportunity to experience something special. Riad Kniza was just that opportunity. Collected directly from the airport by the owner's son, I was given a brief tour of the city. Like so much else at Riad Kniza, this was not part of the package, just a display of pride in one's country, city and home.
You cannot drive a large vehicle within the walls of the Medina. So you are escorted through amazing narrow and busy streets. If you like clinical and slightly sterile holidays, then Marrakesh is not for you. If you love finding out about the real people and ambience of the place in which you stay, then this is pefect.
Riad Kniza has been lovinlgy restored with no expense spared. Eight craftsment spent months just recreating the authentic carvings on the doors, shutters and walls. The Sultan Suite in which I stayed was breathtaking. However, the glory of your surroundings is surpassed by two other things. First the immaculate and friendly service coupled with touching attention to detail. Second, the natural beauty of the sorrounding countryside. Nothing can beat sitting on the roof terrace, sipping mint tea and watching the sun go down on the snow capped Atlas mountains while the Imams call the faithfull to prayer.
I only had 4 nights and so only saw a fraction of what was on offer. However, if you like luxury firmly grounded in the middle of real life and service of the highest order, the I know of no place better than Riad Kniza to stay.
The Luxuries of Home
We felt at home at Riad Kniza as soon as we walked in and the atmosphere remained friendly and relaxed throughout. We never lacked a thing. Returning from touring the city, we were offered drinks beofre we could even ask for them. The food -- including breakfasts -- was excellent, and the loving detail with which the riad has been renovated was a joy wherever one looked. The location is perfect, just far away from the souk and the central square not to feel caught up in their turbulence and close enough to venture forth without facing a long hike. The staff were superb and the owner and manager as welcoming as family -- a comparison I usually avoid becuase it is overworked. We would certainly stay there again.
A home away from home, that is what the Riad Kniza stands for. The most beautiful, peaceful and relaxing oasis in the middle of busy Marrakech.
The excellent service and friendliness of everybody makes you feel as part of the family.
Having breakfast on the rooftops overlooking Marrakech and superb view of the Atlas takes your breath away. The beautiful architecture of the building and the loving care with which the interior has been decorated makes you feel like in 1001 nights.
The Riad Kniza is a absolut must for everybody visiting Marrakech!!
It was definitely not our last time visiting "our family" at the Riad Kniza
Pascale & Christine, Switzerland
Peace & tranquility in the heart of the Medina!
The Riad Kniza is an excellent choice for a visit to Marrakech. It's run by a local Morroccan family who have invested lots of attention and love to the establishment. It's located in the heart of the Medina and close to all the souks (for those who love to shop) and about a 15mins walk from 'the square'. The staff are friendly, helpful and they make you feel like the riad is your own home in Marrakech; by the second day everyone is on first name terms. The riad was refurbished from scratch and is tastefully decorated (by the mother who is an antiques dealer) to reflect the Morroccan style. It is extremely peaceful and relaxing. The terrace is wonderful and calming. The rooms are well appointed and have everything you can possibly need (phone, TV with satellite, hairdryer, safe, shower & bath and beautiful decor).
Don't miss out on taking breakfast & lunch upstairs at the terrace. Lunch is exquisite (probably one of the best meals I had in Marrakech) and highly recommended. They also make an excellent cup of coffee!
They informed us that they're also planning on refurbishing an adjacent building (which they've just recently purchased) to include a pool and hammam (Morroccan-style spa) to the riad, which will make it EXTRA special (not that it isn't special already!). Plans for the hammam to open will be in about a years' time (sometime in 2006). I plan on returning to Marrakech and the Riad Kniza will be my first choice of residence.
Luxury, kindness, hospitality
Marrakech. Destination: Riad Kniza. The taxi refused to drive into the walled city. So the Riad Kniza owners sent their son, Kamal, to wait at the gate. That was the first of many kindnesses. The owners found guides, drivers, objects, and tickets for us. They phoned for us. They brought us mint tea. They drove us to the airport. They provided luxurious accommodations.
A riad is an old house, restored. It's all in how it is restored. Riad Kniza does it with chic design, opulence, and serenity.
The bedrooms open off galleries around an inner open-air courtyard. The sounds are the fountain splashing and the birds singing.
Our room had silky Moroccan bedclothes and big squashy pillows. There was a wood fire, a table for two, and a good closet with a safe. The bathroom was honey-coloured marble with dark mahogany cabinets. The bathtub was the deep, soaking kind. The back of the fireplace warmed the bathroom towels.
Downstairs, the sitting rooms' divans were upholstered with eye-filling red-hued textiles, and strewn with contrasting cushions. The wood fire provided a nostalgic smell. A glass front cabinet displayed antique ceramics and jewelry. We looked longing. The owners said they came from their antique store. They gave us a 20% discount.
After shopping, we relaxed on the rooftop patio and gazed at the Atlas Mountains.
There is no restaurant, but the owners said the breakfast chef would make dinner if we asked. We asked. The meal was intriguing and delicious. We remember it often. We wish we had the recipes.
We liked Riad Kniza so much we stayed two extra days.
At Home In Marrakech
The Riad Kinza offered us the perfect experience for our brief four night stay in Marrakech. We were treated as "members" of the Bourski family (owners of the Riad), rather than "hotel guests." Our lavishly decorated second floor suite would have easily satisfied the most discriminating traveler. Kamal, the manager, accommodated our every whim and wish, while his father, Mohamed (a professional guide of more than 30 years to heads of state, assorted celebrities and VIPs....and even "commoners" such as ourselves) escorted us on a fabulous walking tour of the sights, sounds and fragrances of the ancient souks. Safety and personal security were never an issue; by the second day and night, we ventured on foot through the dimly lighted and crowded alleyways of the old Medina and conducted our own explorations. Local restaurants served exceptional food and provided continental service (Le Pavilion and La Trattoria were two favorites). Our most enjoyable dinner was prepared by the house chef at Riad Kinza and served on the roof top, as we sat on pillows, gazed at stars and listened to the sounds of the city. Kamal also arranged for a driver and private car for an overnight visit to the famous Kasbah du Toubkal, where we enjoyed trekking in the foothills of the High Atlas Mountains and drinking hot mint tea with the local Berber villagers. When can we return and stay longer??
Exquisite & Heavenly Place in Marrakech
Wonderful and elegant acomodations inside of the old walled city of Marrakech. It was the highlight of our trip. Once you step in the doors off the alley, you have walked into a secret, exquisite, mansion, decorated in rich Morrocan style, with beaded silk fabrics, pillows, antiques, and art works. Our suite was beautiful with a living room w/fireplace, bedroom and beautiful marbe bath. The staff was superb and service was impeccable. Our package included transfers from airport/RR, excellent, non-pressuring guided tour through the old maze of streets, a side trip to a bazaar in neighboring city and one dinner. The Moroccan dinner was served ,at our choice in one of the sitting rooms and was served in traditional Moroccan style. We had wondeful breakfasts on the roof under the pagodas decorated with cushions and pillows and seemed straight out of a fairy tale. Truly one of the most special places on earth. The owner and his son, who obtained his degree in hotel management in Florida, have truly created a special place. I would strongly reccomend this as a quick 3/4 day trip from Europe, in particular, it is the best and a complete view of Morroco in a wonderful package. As beautiful and as exquisite as the pictures and descriptions on their web site. We may not return for a 3 week trip to Morroco but we will return for a 3/4 day trip to Marrakech!!!!
I just returned from a trip to Morocco where I spent 3 nights at the Riad Kniza. The stay was easily the best I've ever had. The service was over the top, with the staff assisting me in renting a car, booking hotels in other cities, planning an itinerary for the remainder of my stay and shipping items I bought on the trip back home. The courtyard of the hotel and the rooftop terrace were gorgeous. The rooms were mini-palaces with beautiful decorations. The location was great, too. It was a short walk to the center of town and to the exit of the medina. I highly recommend this hotel.
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