Amanda Marks

What a really great start to another working week here at Tribes.

The really good news that one of my favourite riads has been voted Travelers’ Choice 2012 ‘Best Hotel In Africa’

The beautiful Riad Kniza is located close to the Bab Doukala in the old historic medina of Marrakech, about 15 minutes walk from the Djemaa El Fna and the city’s fabulous souks.

The riad is immaculate, the staff are very professional (and all front of house staff speak English), and the food is truly fabulous – indeed some of the best I’ve ever eaten in Morocco. The manager, Kamal, is one of the owners, and a lovely man to sit and chat to.

The beautiful Riad Kniza in Marrakech - Number 1 hotel in Africa!

I’d say this place encapsulates stylish Moroccan elegance. Everything about it is done well. The owners are Moroccan, which for a riad is a rarity even though there are almost a thousand riads in Marrakech now. Most riad owners are European.

There are nooks and crannies to sit a relax everywhere. Even the rooftop is in different sections so that you can always find a quiet corner to yourself.

I didn’t have time to try the hammam, but a guest raved about her hammam and massage.

Another Tribes guest who stayed at the Riad Kniza during his holiday in Morocco simply said “Well located for both old and new towns. Service was fantastic. Breakfasts great.”

I thoroughly enjoyed my stay here, and would highly recommend it if you are looking for a top end riad. It’s very hard to beat – and now the Riad Kniza has received the recognition it deserves from other travellers as well.

On behalf of everyone at Tribes I’d like to send congratulations to Kamal and his team at Riad Kniza and hope to see you all again soon.

Amanda Marks

Amanda Marks

Amanda Marks is the founder and managing director of award-winning tour operator, Tribes Travel. Having started travelling professionally in her mid-twenties as a tour leader in Africa and the Middle East, she set up Tribes with her husband Guy in 1998. She travels regularly both alone and with her family, and is committed to sustainable travel so we can protect the earth's diversity and beauty for future generations.