This 18th-century riad has been in the family for almost 200 years and offers the complete package of traditional architecture, authentic furnishings, and, above all, overwhelmingly hospitable service. Mohammed Bouskri has "seen it all" as a guide for the past 35 years with clients that have included former U.S. President Richard Nixon and A-list Hollywood stars, and wife Najat is one of Marrakech's most renowned antiques dealers. Their passion since 2003 is Riad Kniza, named after their daughter and now managed by son Kamal. The seven rooms and suites are located on two floors around two open-air courtyards, the smaller of which will house a heated swimming pool and hammam by early 2008. Two salons come off the main courtyard and are furnished in Oriental antiques and furniture, and each have a fireplace. There are also fireplaces in all but one of the rooms and suites, which are charming combinations of traditional style and modern conveniences, furnished with lush fabrics of ruby satins and creamy silver velvets. The large roof terrace has two shaded areas with lounges and floor cushions and is a popular spot for both breakfast and a candle-lit dinner, served by the very professional yet personable English-speaking staff. Riad Kniza is located very close to Bab Doukkala, one of the better-known entrances to the medina, and is an easy 10-minute walk from Jemaa el Fna.
- © Frommer's 2013
- Very Highly Recommended 2010