White Harira is a traditional Morccan dish mainly served at breakfast. It contains milk and ground wheat seasoned with a little salt.  Delicious with dates it can also be served with sugary cakes.

White Harira is not to be confused with the wholesome Harira soup which is often the first thing Moroccans eat at the end of a days fasting during Ramadan.

Guests at Marrakech Riad Papillon and Marrakech Riad Cinnamon can enjoy freshly prepared warm White Harira as part of our substantial breakfast.

Explore our home cooked cuisine and breakfast and dining options or contact Marrakech Riad to reserve accommodation!

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Matloaa is a berber bread made from wholemeal flour, with a little live yeast, and salt.  Traditionally it is eaten for breakfast dipped in butter, olive oil or honey.

Guests at Marrakech Riad Papillon and Marrakech Riad Cinnamon can opt to have freshly baked Matloaa for breakfast, served of course with our famous mint tea.

Explore our home cooked cuisine and dining options or contact Marrakech Riad to reserve accommodation!

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Today (Sunday 31 January, 2010) saw the annual Marrakech Marathon and half Marathon.  More than 5,000 runners participated in this international event. The weather was relatively cool and overcast.  There was a fantastic atmosphere as the runners passed through the Palmerie as well as the new town of Guiliz and circled the Medina.  There were spectators applauding throughout.

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Marrakech Riad Papillon has a fantastic dipping pool in the courtyard. Perfect for cooling off in the hot summer months.

The pool is tiled with intricate Zellige from Fes, a real work of Marrakechi craftsmanship. Its sympathetic shape is the product of many hours of reflection by Lucie and our super architect, Chris Redecke.

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Marrakech Riads provide ideal accommodation in the warm summer months. The Riad house is a classic Medina design, all the rooms face inward to a central courtyard, the bedrooms are in shade protected from the heat of the sun, naturally cooled due to high ceilings and walls several feet thick.

Our sympathetic restoration has added yet more comforts. Air conditioning, luxurious en suite shower rooms, mini fridges so there is always a cold drink to hand. Best of all are our fantastic dipping pools, perfect for cooling off in the Marrakech summer!

We still have summer availability for the months of June, July and August 2010. Come as a couple, or rent a whole Riad and bring a group of friends or family. Marrakech Riad Papillon sleeps 11 in five well appointed rooms (2+2+2+2+3). Marrakech Riad Cinnamon sleeps 18 in five superb suites (3+3+4+4+4). Make your reservation today!

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Planning a stay in Marrakech! Consider enjoying the intimate surroundings of a boutique Riad Hotel in the Medina. The historic old town of Marrakech is a Unesco world heritage site.

Local families and the vibrant souks live comfortably alongside crumbling caravanserai, magnificent minarets and  sympathetically restored Luxury guest houses and Riad Hotels. Marrakech is a full on experience and it is good to know you can retreat to your personal Oasis whenever you want.

Within the walls of your hotel you will experience the magical atmospere of a traditional Riad courtyard home. In the privacy of your room you can relax and enjoy unforgettable Morrocan moments

Marrakech Riad Papillon is located in the fashionable Dar El Basha district and has just five en suite rooms with a dedicated staff to take care of your every need.

Marrakech Riad Cinnamon is in the heart of Medina near to the historic Ben Youssef Mosque and the Museum of Marrakech. Our most recently renovated hotel is boasts five fabulous suites and a roof terrace with amazing views over the rooftops of the Medina against the backdrop of the Atlas mountains.

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Marrakech Riad is owned by English couple Mike and Lucie Wood who personally supervised the renovation of Riad Papillon and Riad Cinnamon both of which are situated in ideal locations within the Medina of Marrakech Morocco.

Each Riad has five great en suite guest rooms all individually designed and furnished. The cosy and private facilities are ideal for a romantic break, or renting a whole Riad provides a fantastic location for a wedding or special occasion family party.

Our friendly Moroccan staff will immediately make you feel at home. They speak English, French and Arabic and always have time to guide and help you to make the most of the Medina experience. There are plenty of UK plug adaptors and we provide ipod docking stations in each room as well as Wifi accross the hotel.

Contact us today to make your reservation!

Marrakech or Marrakesh? Riad, Riyad, Riyadh or Ryad?

Written in Arabic مراكش foreigners interchangeably use ‘Marrakech‘ from the French and ‘Marrakesh‘ from the English. Riad sometimes written Riyad, Riyadh or Ryad means garden, and describes mediaeval Medina houses that open inward to a garden courtyard. Riad Papillon and Riad Cinnamon are great examples of how these ancient buildings can be given a new lease of life as luxury boutique hotels offering guests an essentially Moroccan experience.

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After sampling the delights of Marrakech why not visit our holiday cottage in Wales. Yew Tree Cottage occupies a breathtaking position at the head of the Ceiriog valley near to Llangollen, North Wales.

The accommodation includes a farmhouse kitchen, sitting room with open fire, double bedroom, twin bedroom and a Yurt for camping in the summer months.

Rates are as little at £295 per week low season, £395 mid season and £495 high season.

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The best way to experience the Old Town Medina of Marrakesh is to stay in a Riad. Marrakesh is an ancient caravan trading post in Morocco, historically the meeting point between Europe and sub Sahaaran Africa. Now one of the hottest destinations for a weekend, short break, or holiday, a variety of hotels, hostels, villas, guest houses and maison d’hotes are on offer in Marrakesh. The first thing that sets the Riad Marrakesh experience apart is the location of your accommodation in the heart of the ancient Medina now a UNESCO world heritage site. The second is the stunning architecture of the Riad itself and the third is the wonderful welcome of your Riad Marrakesh staff.

The present layout of Marrakesh, known as the Red City, was established in the eleventh century. The ancient Medina is constantly evolving but retains its distinctive flavour and character. Our Guide to Marrakesh is regularly updated and offers the visitor a fantastic resource also covering the new town of Guiliez and popular excursions such at the Atlas and Essaouira.

We offer guests the choice of two recently renovated luxury Riads. Beautifully decorated and exquisitely furnished they are your oasis away from the hustle and bustle of the Souks. Visit our Riad Marrakesh homepage, look more closely at our boutique riad hotels then make your reservation!

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The renovation of Riad Cinnamon is at last coming to fruition after many many months of planning, designing, redesigning, imagining, repositioning and trying to create our vision. We expect to welcome our first guests for Easter 2010.

Having sucessfully renovated Riad Papillon we felt encouraged to be if anything more bold and adventurous. We know that one of the things that we value most of all about being in Marrakech is the wonderful sense of calm and serenity that one feels as one enters a Riad Boutique Hotel after spending a day at the souks.

I works as a Psychotherapist with people from all walks of life and all ages and I know about the vital need that we all have of a place where we can feel a sense of belonging, peacefulness and contentedness-a sanctuary. This place or feeling that many of us yearn for can be found in many ways. One of the ways we hope to help you find this sense of peacefulness and calm is through the space, light and colours that we have created at Riad Cinnamon.

All the rooms at riad Cinnamon have high ceilings which give an expansivenes that allows  one to breathe and feel that you can expand and spread out literally as well as figuratively. We have designed three of the rooms to have special ‘meditiation spaces’ within them accessed by a slim staircase with treads in wood and risers in smooth tadelakt. It is almost as if you are climbing to a higher place within your self as well as within your room. The meditation space can be used for all sorts of activities-not just meditaion of course- children may stay there and watch a dvd; you may eat breakfast on a low table there or chat with a great vantage point overlooking the rest of the room. Those less spiritually inclined may simply use the staircase as an exercise area to strengthen those thigh muscles!!!

We have chosen to use tadelakt extensively throughout Riad Cinnamon because the material is very sensual and soothing to look at as well as to the touch. The tadelakt material allows one to create surfaces that are slightly rounded and beautifully smooth-no sharp edges from wood and metal here. Somehow the use of this material within the bathrooms and bedrooms enhances the peacefulness and flow of the energy within all spaces.

Our roof terrace is quite amazing-the views are breathtaking especially when the mountains are ‘out’ (sometimes the clouds cover them from full view).  The roof terrace features a Moroccan tent, cosy corners for relaxation, an open air barbeque, two raised viewing platforms and plenty of room for sun loungers.

Love is in the walls!

The workers at Cinnamon are dedicated to their work and one can sense a real feeling of purposefulness, camaraderie and flow as they are creating our lovely rooms. Our building site is quite unlike any other I have ever visited here in Marrakech (and I have visited dozens!). The workmen really take a huge pride in their work. They work in pairs or independently without the need to be closely monitored or persuaded to work-they know their job and they want to do it-and do it well. The workers work silently for the most part the building is like a library apart from the occasional sound of a drill or a bucket landing with a thud on the ground floor as it is lowered by rope.

At lunch times and break times (which are scheduled precisely) all of the craftsmen leave their work and sit together in a circle around a little gas stove. One worker (usually Hassan who is the guardian of the building day and night) prepared the mint tea and tagine with cous cous. They all take a piece of freshly baked bread and by turns scoup up a portion fo the hot meal. It is clear that there is much respect and affection between the workers. They have worked together on our project for nearly two years now.  I like to think that the workers are pouring their love of their craft into the very fibre of this beautiful building and that you will feel that when you come and stay with us!

Choosing fabrics for curtains and sofas

My current task is to choose fabrics, calming colours to coordinate effortlessly with the tadelakt colours on the walls and to find a wonderful person to make them all for me within a reasonable timeframe and budget. You would imagine that this would be a simple task in a country renouned for amazing fabrics and colours and craftspeople. However, my experience so far tells me it will not be so simple. I first have to find someone who can sell me beautiful fabrics that are good quality. Then I have to explain the design of the curtains and sofas with words and pictures (in French) and then I have to negotiate a reasonable price and timescale and quality control. Again this may seem easy but my experience tells me otherwise! about half of the people I ask will not return to give me a quote, a proportion will say they have a fabric and then it will transpire that they do not, a proportion will give an astronomical price, some will not be skilled at sewing neatly and maybe just maybe I will find one who will deliver for us the beautiful, sumptuous curtains in silks and velvets and satins with voiles and sashes  that look just perfect-maybe-we will see!

Lucie, Janaury 2010

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We are very pleased that Riad Papillon has been selected for inclusion by Chic Retreats the most reliable source for genuinely small boutique and luxury hotels.

Chic retreats members are welcome at Riad Papillon and are asked to please show their membership cards on arrival. With only five rooms and a commitment from all our staff to provide the best possible personal service you will not be dissapointed in your experience at Riad Papillon.

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We are very proud of our newly installed Moroccan tent on the Roof Terrace at Riad Papillon.  Hand made by local craftsmen it is a beautiful and romantic space especially in the evening when it can be lit by candles.

The tent will feature during the winter months and is an excellent place to eat, whether a wonderful breakfast or a delicious evening meal. Why not book a dinner in advance for the evening of your arrival?

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Your en suite room in a de Luxe Riad is the perfect base from which to explore the Medina of Marrakech. Our two Riads, Riad Papillon and Riad Cinnamon are located in the heart of the ancient Medina, a UNESCO heritage site.

Explore the famous Marrakech Souks, discover the incomparable Jemaa al Fnaa square, visit the Museum of Marrakech, the Ben Youssef Medersa and the thousand year old Kouba Baroudiyine. Then leave the bustle of the medina and return to the tranquility of the Riad courtyard. Your personal oasis for the duration of your stay in Marrakech.

Contact us to make your reservation today and benefit from one of our fantastic offers!

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