The team at Marrakech Riad were delighted when a recent guest put our first review on mumsnet. A whole Riad booking whether with family or with friends is the perfect way to enjoy Marrakech. Our Marrakech Riad Papillon sleeps 11 and our Marrakech Riad Cinnamon sleeps up to 16 in comfort.

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The local bakery is a Marrakech institution, traditional homes do not have ovens so bread, cakes and anything else that requires baking are taken to the baker to be cooked in his wood fired oven.

The bread for Marakech Riad Cinnamon is baked at the nearby Ben Yussef bakery. Finished loaves are kept on racks awaiting collection.

A Riad hotel is the perfect base from which to explore Marrakech, it’s traditons and culture.

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Our searchable Marrakech travel Guide now has more than 200  pages proving live flight information, news and restaurant reviews, as well as the best of the old town medina and the new town of Guiliez.

Nothing compares to the intimacy of a Boutique Riad Hotel for your Marrakech holiday or City Break. Reserve accommodation today!

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Traditional Hammans in Marrakech are heated by traditional ovens known as Farnatchi, throughout the day the Farnatchi burns at a ferocious temperature heating pipes transporting hot water and steam to the Hamman.

In  charge of the Farnatchi at the Hamman local to Riad Cinnamon is Gnawa who is also a talented musician

Stay in one of our Marrakech Riads in the heart of the Medina and the old town is on your doorstep. Reserve accommodation today!

The Chrob ou Chouf fountain is located in the Central Medina near to the Marrakech Museum and our Marrakech Riad Cinnamon. Built under the Saadian dynasty around 1600 the arabic name translates literally as ‘Drink and Look’.

As Marrakech expanded fountains provided essential drinking water for new neighbourhoods transported via a complex system of underground passages from sources high in the Atlas mountains. Today all homes in Marrakech have mains water but the fountains remain an important social focus and provide an impressive  reminder of the wealth and power of previous generations that built the City.

Our Marrakech Riads are perfectly placed to explore the old town Medina, reserve accommodation today!

The Kingdom of  Morocco will host the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations Football tournament in the face of strong competition from recent world cup hosts South Africa who will host the 2017 competition. Morocco last hosted the tournament in 1988.

Marrakech will be an important host City with the newly opened ‘Stade de Marrakech’ the first stadium in Morocco to feature corporate hospitality on a par with the top European stadia.

A Marrakech Riad is always a perfect base for any stay in Marrakech.

Live snails are a common site in the markets in Marrakech. These were photographed in the Rahba Kedima square in January 2011

Our Marrakech Riads are the perfect base to explore the sights and sounds of the colourful old town Medina. Make your reservation today!

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In Marrakech, as in other African cities there is a strong culture of recycling. Not far from the main square on Riad Zitoun Street there are a number of specialists expertly transforming used tyres into a variety of inexpensive house hold utensils.

Our luxury Riads are the perfect base for your stay in Marrakech. Reserve accommodation today!

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Guests at Marrakech Riad Cinnamon have enjoyed unlimited mint tea since we opened last year.  We are delighted that we are now able to offer complimentary Cinnamon tea.

Our Marrakech Riads are the perfect base for your Morocco break or holiday. Don’t delay, make your reservation today!

There are five individual suites at Riad Cinnamon:
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Five years ago it was only possible to fly from London to Marrakech via Casablanca. There are now an incredible five airlines offering direct flights from all four London airports. The best served is London Gatwick with no less than four airlines operating regular services

London Gatwick,  Easyjet, Thomson, British Airways, Royal Air Maroc/Atlas Blue

London Heathrow: Royal Air Maroc

London Luton: Ryanair

London Stansted: Ryanair

Our luxurious Riads offer the perfect base from which to explore the Red City.  Check out our special offers and reserve accommodation today!

Individual suites at Riad Cinnamon:
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Luxurious en suite rooms at Riad Papillion:

The third  klik2travel Marrakech video features Jemma al Fnaa by night

Marrakech Riad offers outstanding accommodation in the City of Marrakech Morocco.

Individual suites at Marrakech Riad Cinnamon:
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Luxurious en suite rooms at Marrakech Riad Papillion:

Ryanair  will soon be operating a new twice weekly weekly service from London Stansted to Marrakech. The first departure is in Sunday 27th March. There will then be a regular service both ways on Sundays and Thursdays.

Leaving Stansted at 16.05  arriving in Morocco at 18.40 we can arrange have you met at Marrakech airport and whisked away to your luxury Riad in perfect time for dinner on the atmospheric roof terrace. Our Marrakech Riads offer the perfect base from which to explore the Red City.

Come and visit us on stand E44 at the Adventure Travel Live show 28, 29, 30 January 2011.

Our Marrakech Riads offer fantastic value. Reserve accommodation at the show or online!

Our Marrakech Riads are the perfect base to explore the ever changing Red City. This is an image of the main Jemma al Fnaa at 07.15 on 20 January 2011.

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The second  klik2travel Marrakech video features our Riad Cinnamon

Individual suites at Riad Cinnamon:
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Portrait of a Man and Two Women

I learned there’s a skill to moving through the medina, you have to glide and give a discreet quick flick of the hips to avoid the donkeys and the designer suitcases shuffling through the dust. It’s a tango; it’s a salsa with scooters, smoking sardines and sultry stallholders, a constant calypso over the crude cobbled canvas of Marrakech.

She saved me by grasping my hand.

Deftly weaving a deliberate pattern past the catcalls and shadow puppets that filled the tight caverns with incense and Argan oil and colours so rich and so deep that my eyes burned with desire. Turquoise, amber and coral reflected in swan necked silver teapots pulled at my soul and screamed into my heart.

I caught up with her arm. The check shirt billowed over her cargo pants while her sneakers strode past frivolities. She was a shawl of titian curls knitting us through compliments in French, then Arabic and eventually translating for my benefit into English.

The Welsh name for Ireland … Erin.

Erin’s skin was the colour of milk with a touch of afternoon Assam. Her Canadian, sapling, planting fingers tightened their grip. I danced faster.

She laughed.

Pausing only to place some dirhams in an outstretched palm.

If she hadn’t saved me I would still be hidden behind the magic carpets and camel bags. Sitting cross-legged, opposite the shopkeeper, beside a baby monkey’s skull and sipping mint tea.

I shuddered at the sound of the Abdou’s serious descriptions of talismans and treasures traded from the desert. His accent whispered words which I barely understood.

‘We will be friends.’

I watched the syllables as they left his lips and slid over cracked terracotta jugs. They crawled through the dust, the redundant chastity belts and Tuareg antiquities. Then wound themselves around wooden bowls filled with beads used to buy his ancestors … until they fluttered into my throat and I swallowed them whole.

I opened the album he offered me.

It was filled with images of his family. Faces from around the globe were looking up from their couscous smiling into the camera. Children posed by the side of 4x4s in the sand dunes. Everyone appeared to be enjoying the tour.

‘And your wife? Do you have a wife? Children? Maybe you have children.’

‘No. There is no wife, no child.’

‘Brothers? Sisters?’

‘Are you married?’


‘And the Rasta … ?

‘He’s my friend.’

‘You … ‘

‘There have been women, many women. Now, now I am celibate.’

‘I am celibate too.’

Our pupils locked. There was silence.

I moved to leave.

With elaborate ceremony Abdou poured the second cup of tea. The stream of syrup splashed bubbles into the glass.

‘Please stay. Take more tea.’

‘Thank you.’

‘We have a proverb.’

‘Tell me.’

‘Le premier verre est aussi amer que la vie.

The first glass is as bitter as life.

Le deuxième est aussi fort que l’amour.

The second glass is as strong as love.

Le troisième est aussi doux que la mort.

The third glass is as gentle as death.’

I drank the treat … forgetting my diabetes.

‘Do you mind if I light a cigarette?’

‘You know … I don’t smoke?

‘Yes I know.’

His lips belonged in a gallery, displayed beside the Art of Nasr’Eddine Dinet.

They appeared to be stained sienna then tinted with the juice of blueberries. Their outline drawn with a steady hand from a brush dipped into a paint box, opulent with the pigment freshly squeezed from cherries, aubergines, blackberries and plums.

Without moving Abdou rummaged through a hill of brittle leather pouches. He unravelled chains as long as serpents, bracelets with bells no bigger than ants and handed them to me. He continued to whisper their history into my world.

I wedged a bangle up close to my elbow. Abdou approved of its beauty although he wasn’t sure of its age. His fingers stroked the three raised coins, feeling for the date or the year it was crafted. I held my breath and allowed the metal to bite my skin even though it hurt.

My blood sugar had escalated.

‘How much?’

He tore a piece of paper from a note pad, studied the pieces I’d pulled to one side and carefully wrote down some figures.

I lowered my eyes and nodded.

Abdou took the paper back and wrote with equal precision his name, address and telephone number.

‘This is not business. It is love.’

After unravelling his turban he re-coiled it to cover his mouth and his nose, as if expecting a sandstorm. Then he plucked some pomegranates from a plastic carrier bag  … ripped one apart, tore at the tough flesh and offered me the sticky jewels.

I took them.

The day had disappeared.

Beyond the souks, and the rose stained walls of Marrakech caravans of travel weary traders lit their lamps, gave thanks, stroked their camels and shared their stories and secrets.

In Jemaa el-fna, the square of the executions, under the light of a laughing moon tourists were being charmed, snakes were sleeping in the evening smoke and fortune-tellers were predicting the future.

When Erin arrived Abdou didn’t introduce us. He was too busy pouring our third glass of tea.

She refused his hospitality and saved me instead.

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We have had the pleasure of welcoming many guests from Norway. In the best Marrakech tradition those who arrive as guests usually leave as friends.

Marrakech Riad are grateful to our friend Bjorn Loeden, a gifted photographer, for kindly allowing us to show a selection of his images of the Red City, we hope you enjoy them as much as we do. Bjorn and his delightful wife Sunni based themselves with us at Riad Papillon for a month in the winter of 2010. What better way to escape the harsh Norwegian winter.

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Individual suites at Riad Cinnamon:
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Luxurious en suite rooms at Riad Papillion:

In 2011 valentines day falls on a Monday. We still have some availability in our stunning Marrakech Riads for valentines weekend 12 13 14 February. Treat your partner to an unforgettable stay in the heart of the Red City. Don’t delay reserving accommodation for your romantic break.

What could be a more appropriate subject for the first Klik2travel Marrakech video than the incomparable Jemma al Fnaa square

Our Marrakech Riads offer the perfect base from which to explore the ancient Medina

Individual suites at Riad Cinnamon:
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Luxurious en suite rooms at Riad Papillion:

We wish all our Marrakech Riad guests and website readers Health and Happiness for the New Year 2011.

New Years day, Saturday 1st January 2011, is a sunny day in Marrakech with daytime temperature of 20 degrees. That is about 13 degrees warmer than London and 20 degrees warmer than Stockholm.

We hope to be able to welcome you to Marrakech in 2011.  Reserve accommodation today!