Riad Kniza

Marrakech [Bab Doukkala]

About Riad Kniza

The Riad Kniza is an absolute gem of a riad and one of our favourites. The 18th century Riad Kniza is located close to one of the nine gates of the 12th century ramparts of Marrakech and only 15 minutes walk from the Koutoubia Mosque. The Riad Kniza is a real treasure in the heart of the city and is one of our most popular properties in the luxury selection. The riad is owned by Mohammed Bouskri, a real gentleman and a former tour guide of Marrakech who has shown many dignitaries around the city in his time, including 4 US Presidents. Mr Bouskri will be more than delighted to share his deep knowledge of the city and country with guests of the riad. The riad itself is run by his son, educated partly in the US, who speaks many languages, including Hebrew, and makes you feel instantly at home. Mohammed's wife owns an antique shop in the city and there is evidence throughout the riad from the beautiful silver jewellery displayed in the lounge to the black and white prints on the staircase dating from the 1890's.

The riad renovation was a labour of love and the attention to detail is phenomenal. The stunning cedar woodwork on the ceilings and doors was hand carved by 18 craftsmen over a period of two years. The fabrics were handmade by the same lady who makes the curtains for the Royal Palace - look out for the cream and red curtains in the downstairs lounge; these were completely embroidered by hand and took 4 years alone to make. Looking down to the central courtyard from above you can appreciate the carvings around the top of the patio. These sayings, based on the Koran, were again initially sketched by hand and recreated in plasterwork.

Transfer Time from Airport:

  • 20 minutes (private transfer).

 

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Facilities

  • Pool
  • Restaurant
  • Spa
  • Family rooms

Category

  • Boutique
  • 10-20 rooms

Ideal for

  • families
  • couples
  • fly drives

Accommodation

There are 11 rooms and suites in total -

  • 2 Deluxe rooms Oriental (double) and Marjana (twin but can be made into a double)
  • 2 Superior Deluxe rooms Samar (double) and Qamar (twin or double)
  • 2 Junior Suites Loubana (twin or double) and Johara (twin or double)
  • 4 Senior Suites Sultan and Kenza (doubles), Ambar & Yakout (twin or double)
  • 1 Royal Suite Bahia (double)

All the rooms and suites are equipped with satellite TV, air conditioning, bathroom with separate WC, safe, direct phone and Internet access.

 

Facilities

The staff at the riad are highly trained and motivated and ensure a personal service. You can enjoy excellent dining, lounges with magnificent fireplaces and traditional Moroccan furniture. Dinner can be arranged at the riad - highly recommended to try delicious home cooked Moroccan food. Meals can be served in one of the lounges or on the terrace with beautiful views towards the Atlas Mountains and the old Medina. Wi-Fi is provided throughout the property. Free private parking is possible on site.

The Riad Kniza has expanded into an adjoining building and now offers spa facilities (sauna, steam bath, massage rooms), a large dining room and a good sized swimming pool.

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Things to do

Berber Trails - 4WD Excursion from Marrakech to the Atlas Mountains.

Berber Trails day trip - 4WD excursion into the High Atlas from Marrakech. Our driver will take you into Berber villages and off the beaten track, lunch included, pick up from your hotel or riad; included as part of a tailor-made holiday or short break in Morocco.

Day Excursion to Essaouira from Marrakech.

Essaouira day trip from Marrakech. Our driver will take you west to the Atlantic coast so you can have a full day to explore Essaouira's sights - this includes the old Portuguese harbour, the medina, beach and fresh fish stalls. Included as part of a tailor-made holiday or short break in Morocco.

Chez Ali - Fantasia Show & Dinner in Marrakech.

Fantasia live entertainment and dinner at Chez Ali in Marrakech's palmeraie. Our driver will take provide round trip private transfers from your accommodation; included as part of a tailor-made holiday or short break in Morocco.

High Atlas Adventure Day - Excursion from Marrakech with short hike and lunch.

High Atlas Adventure day trip - excursion into the High Atlas from Marrakech. Our driver will take you on a tour of the best scenery in the foothills of Toubkal National Park, includes Berber villages and a guided short hike, lunch included, pick up from your hotel or riad; included as part of a tailor-made holiday or short break in Morocco.

High Atlas Excursion & Hike to Tinmal Mosque.

Tinmal Mosque hike and day trip - excursion into the High Atlas from Marrakech. Our driver and guide will take you into Berber villages and off the beaten track en route to Ijoukak and Tinmal; lunch included, pick up from your hotel or riad; included as part of a tailor-made holiday or short break in Morocco.

Hot Air Balloon Excursion from Marrakech.

Hot Air Balloon flight from Marrakech in sight of High Atlas. Our driver will take you out of Marrakech for arly morning launch. Snack and tour of a Berber village included, pick up from your hotel or riad; included as part of a tailor-made holiday or short break in Morocco.

Imlil Valley Hike - Trekking in High Atlas from Marrakech.

Two day hike in High Atlas from Imlil. Tailor made trekking holidays in Morocco. Short and lower level hikes in all areas of High Atlas including Mount Toubkal. Fully supported treks with english speaking guide; accommodation in Berber Houses or camping.

Excursion to Kasbah Telouet in High Atlas from Marrakech.

Kasbah Telouet and Tichka Pass day trip - a 4WD excursion into the High Atlas from Marrakech. Our driver will take you high into Berber country and to the Glaoui Kasbah at Telouet. Lunch included, pick up from your hotel or riad; included as part of a tailor-made holiday or short break in Morocco.

Private City Tour of Marrakech [full day] - Tailor made holidays.

Private full day guided city tour of Marrakech. Tour includes all major sights such as Saadian Tombs, Koutoubia Mosque, Ben Youssef Medersa and gardens; also includes lunch and walking tour of souks and Djemma el Fna. Transport, entry fees and official guide included as part of a tailor-made holiday or short breaks in Morocco.

Private City Tour of Marrakech [half day] - Tailor made holidays.

Private half day guided city tour of Marrakech. Tour includes all majory sights such as Saadian Tombs, Koutoubia Mosque, Ben Youssef Medersa and gardens; also includes walking tour of souks and Djemma el Fna. Transport, entry fees and official guide included as part of a tailor-made holiday or short breaks in Morocco.

High Atlas Guided Day Hikes from Marrakech.

Guided day hikes in High Atlas from Marrakech; our driver and guide will take you into Berber villages and off the beaten track on a full day's experience; lunch included, pick up from your hotel or riad; included as part of a tailor-made holiday or short break in Morocco.

Cookery classes in Marrakech at La Maison Arabe.

Cookery class / workshop in Marrakech at the excellent La Maison Arabe. Meal of your own handiwork included, pick up from your hotel or riad; included as part of a tailor-made holiday or short break in Morocco.

Day Trip to Ouzoud Waterfalls

Cascades of Ouzoud day trip - an excursion into the High Atlas from Marrakech. Our driver will take you into Berber country and to the waterfalls at Ouzoud. Lunch is not included but good food available, pick up from your hotel or riad; included as part of a tailor-made holiday or short break in Morocco.

Quad Biking in Marrakech - tailor made holidays.

Quad biking half day trip into the palmeraie from Marrakech. Full instruction, insurance and safety equipment included; pick up from your hotel or riad. Available as part of a tailor-made holiday or short break in Morocco.