Dating from the 18th century, this 11-room hideaway belongs to a renowned antique dealer Haj Mohamed Bouskri—who has also served as a personal tour guide to international celebrities and heads of state.
In the family for generations, under Haj Mohamed the riad has undergone a three-year restoration, which turned it into a jewel box of Moorish design.
The restoration was entrusted to the craftsmen who paid great attention to every detail. They created a gem of Moorish architecture, decorated using hand-carved cedarwood, glazed marble tiles, hard chiseled plaster and filled with hand-made antiques.
Tall wooden doors open onto luxurious suites from the delightful courtyards. Each suite is individually decorated with lush fabrics of ruby satins and creamy silver velvets, inlaid mirrors, and hand-painted tables.
Riad is full of comfortable spaces to lounge in—from the library, drawing room and sun-washed roof terrace with comfortable loungers, to floor cushions and patio garden. At night Moroccan lanterns illuminate the walls with a soft subdued light.
Kniza is one of those unforgettable places that enchant most with its atmosphere, smell and sound. During the day the riad is filled with bird-song, and a rose petal-filled fountain adorns a courtyard, quietly burbling in the hot afternoon.
The Riad Kniza spa provides a retreat of tranquil serenity and relaxation—a traditional hammam body scrub is the perfect way to end a day of price haggling in the souks or hiking the awesome Atlas mountains.
A true Moroccan experience would not be complete without the country’s excellent cuisine and Riad Kniza boasts one of the finest restaurants in Morocco.
Meals can be served in private dining rooms, but we always picked the roof terrace—with beautiful views of the Atlas Mountains and the old medina it is the perfect setting for a romantic dinner or breakfast.
Many a celebrity dined at Kniza and stayed here: the riad hosted Bill Gates, Brad Pitt, Will Smith and Garry Kasparov among others.
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Marrakech has plenty of stylish luxury riads, many of them European-owned. For a taste of something more authentic, check in to Riad Kniza.
Categories: Boutique hotels, Culture & heritage, Local flavor, Quiet location, Relaxing vacation, Romantic, Shopping, Sightseeing,
Number of rooms & suites: 11
Rate per night: From $215 USD
*The rate is only approximate and is based on our own independent research, at the time of writing. We cannot guarantee the rate in any way.Check room rates and book
Author: Travel+Style. Last updated: 29/11/2019
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