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Riad Kniza

Marrakech Medina, Morocco

Riad Kniza is a beautifully renovated luxury Riad in the heart of the Marrakech Medina. It is run by the most charming local family who will do everything to ensure that you experience true Moroccan hospitality.

At a Glance

  • With so many European-owned riads, Riad Kniza is a real delight - its Moroccan owner, who knows the city like the back of his hand makes this place truly unique

  • Riad Kniza has been in the ownership of the same Moroccan family for more than 200 years

  • Sample truly authentic Moroccan cuisine on the terrace or in either of the sumptuously furnished salons whilst listening to live music

  • The riad accepts children over 12 only making it a proper retreat for grown ups

  • Kniza is located close to one of the nine gates of the 12th century ramparts of Marrakech

Culture, , Adventure

Insider's View

Enjoy some fresh mint tea and delectable Moroccan cakes in one of the salons by the fire place, indulgent and soothing.

Scott Dunn team

Insider's View

Try the riad's royal lamb tagine - simply delicious

Katherine Gotla

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Description

The 18th century building which is home to Riad Kniza has been in the same family for over 200 years. It includes all the features of a traditional townhouse, with its large central courtyard and roof terrace commanding stunning views over Marrakech and the Atlas Mountains. The charming host and owner is one of the city's renowned antiques dealers and has been a professional guide for over thirty years, a combination resulting in a fabulously adorned Riad with some of the best insider knowledge of the city available to guests.

The eleven bedrooms and suites are located around three open courtyards and have been beautifully decorated with the colors and textures of Morocco. Most rooms have open fireplaces and comfortable seating areas, making your room a wonderfully homely place to retreat to at the end of the day.

Superb meals are served in the various salons or on the roof terrace and the cuisine is largely Moroccan, allowing you to explore the many flavors and aromas of the local culinary tradition. The chef can give guests a half day cookery course so that they can take home with some of the secrets of creating the perfect Moroccan meal.

The Riad's spa area has a traditional Hammam, massage rooms and there is a swimming pool for cooling off in the heat of the day. Riad Kniza is run by a charming local family who provide a personal and exceptional level of service and knowledge and ensure that Riad Kniza is a true haven from the bustle of Marrakech.

Accommodation

All of Riad Kniza's rooms and suites are designed and decorated with true Moroccan authenticity with rich colors and wonderful fabrics throughout. Marjana and L'Orientale are the 2 Deluxe Rooms, both different but exquisitely decorated. Samar and Qamar, the 2 Superior Deluxe Rooms are more spacious and have seating areas and open fireplaces. The 2 Junior Suites Johara and Loubana both have separate living rooms and cosy open fireplaces. The 4 Senior Suites, Ambar, Kenza, Yakout and Sultan are extremely spacious and Ambar is split over two floors. For the ultimate in indulgence, the Royal Suite, Bahia, is both the largest and grandest in the riad. All rooms are air-conditioned and have satellite TVs and wireless internet access.

Royal Suite Bahia

The Royal Suite Bahia is located on the second floor of the Riad, with a large bedroom, separate living area and an opulent bathroom with separate toilets.

There is satellite TV, air conditioning, wifi access and a safe in all rooms.

Senior Suite Yakout

The Senior Suite Yakout is located on the second floor of the Riad with a beautiful living area boasting it's own fireplace and separate bedroom. This room has the choice of twin or double beds.

There is satellite TV, air conditioning, wifi access and a safe in all rooms.

Senior Suite Sultan

This beautiful suite is located on the group floor of the riad, with a spacious bathroom, large double bed with separate living area complete with a fireplace.

There is satellite TV, air conditioning, wifi access and a safe in all rooms.

Senior Suite Kenza

This traditionally & brightly decorated suite is located on the second floor of the riad. There is a separate living area to bedroom separated by Moroccan curtains, complete with fireplace.

There is satellite TV, air conditioning, wifi access and a safe in all rooms.

Senoir Suite Ambar

The Senior Suite Ambar is located on the second floor, the bedroom is located up some stairs from the living area in this two floor suite. The bathroom has a rainfall shower and a traditional cut out Moroccan door frame. You have the choice of twin or double beds.

There is satellite TV, air conditioning, wifi access and a safe in all rooms.

Junior Suite Johara

This second floor suite is brightly decorated with a huge bed with traditional Moroccan head board. The bathroom has a bathtub and separate toilets.

There is satellite TV, air conditioning, wifi access and a safe in all rooms.

Junior Suite Loubana

This junior suite has the option of twin or double beds, located on the second floor with its own fireplace in the separate living area. The bathroom has separate toilets.

There is satellite TV, air conditioning, wifi access and a safe in all rooms.

Superior Deluxe Room Qamar & Samar

These Superior Deluxe Rooms have a large double beds, that can be made into twins, at the foot of which a table and chairs where drinks can be enjoyed. Samar Room has beautiful blue hues throughout and Qamar has darker wood tones.

There is satellite TV, air conditioning, wifi access and a safe in all rooms.

Deluxe room L'Orientale

This double room is located on the ground floor of the Riad, with beautiful ceiling detail above the bed.

There is satellite TV, air conditioning, wifi access and a safe in all rooms.

Deluxe Room Marjana

Marjana Deluxe Room is located on the second floor of the Riad with its own fireplace at the base of the large bed.

There is satellite TV, air conditioning, wifi access and a safe in all rooms.

Childcare

Children over the age of 12 are very welcome at Riad Kniza which warmly welcomes families with older children, but please note that there are no specific facilities for them. Babysitting can be arranged on request.

Facilities

Exquisite Moroccan cuisine is served in one of the salons or on the riad's roof terrace and the food is renowned across the medina for its excellence. There is a swimming pool, spa with sauna, massage rooms and hammam, four traditional cosy salons three of which have open fireplaces, three open air courtyards and a spacious roof terrace with sitting areas and sun loungers. Laptop rental is available on request.

Activities

Improve your culinary skills with a hands at a hands on half day cooking workshops with Riad Kniza's excellent chef which culminates in a delicious communal meal. Alternatively fill your days wandering around Marrakech's souks, palaces and museums or venture further out to the foothills of the Atlas Mountains for trekking, riding or quad biking.

Location & Directions

Marrakech Medina, Morocco

Located in the heart of Marrakech's Medina, Riad Kniza is in the Bab Doukala area. It is conveniently located within only few minutes' walk from the famous Jema l' Fna square, the wonderful souks and the most important monuments and cultural treasures of this imperial city, and a short distance from the Gueliz, the modern quarter of Marrakech.

When to go

Weather-wise, the best times to go are spring and autumn, when temperatures are 20°C to 25°C by day and at least 10°C by night, and November to February, with cooler nights but similar daytime temperatures and light rainfall possible. The weather in March and April features sporadic, light rainfall with some sandstorms in April, while June sees dusty siroccos (desert winds) sweep through the city. From mid-June to August temperatures rise into the 30s and occasionally 40s.

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