Le Comptoir also known as Le Comptoir Darna is a legendary Marrakech venue, located in the Rue Ahmed Chaqui in the heart of the buzzing Hivernage district West of the Old town Medina.  Dependable up market dining with an excellent show usually comprising drummers and dancers who perform in a variety of classical and cabaret styles. Upstairs is a bar with music and dancing until the early hours.

Le Comptoir is a favourite recommendation for a group looking to celebrate a special occasion. Your Marrakech Riad can help you reserve a great table, we can even arrange for a horse and carriage to collect you from the Riad to take you on an unforgetable night time tour of old Marrakech ending at the restaurant just in time for for dinner.

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The oldest building in Marrakech is the Kouba Baroudiyine, the washrooms from the original Mosque built by, and named after Ben Yussef the second King of the Almoravid dynasty. Sadly this is the only remaining example of the highly decorated architecture of this period. It features some fantastic details which are echoed in later islamic buildings.

The Kouba was completed in the year 1117 and the foundations have an inscription which is believed to be the oldest inscription in cursive script in the whole of North Africa.  It reads ‘I was created for science and prayer, by the prince of the believers, descendant of the prophet, Abdallah, most glorious of all Caliphs. Pray for him when you enter the door, so that you may fulfill your highest hopes.’

To the east of the Koubba are a series of vaulted chambers which were reservoirs for the washroom was supplied by water from the Atlas mountains channelled through the remarkable Almoravid system of canals and underground channels that also fed the public fountains of Marrakech and made possible the remarkable growth of the walled city in this period.

Opening Times: Every day from 9h to 13h and from 14h30 to 18h
Entrance fee: 10 dh

Our Riad Cinnamon is located just a few hundred yards from the Kouba. The great thing about staying in such a central location is you can enjoy the monuments and museums, retreat to the privacy of the Riad, then go out again to the hustle and bustle of the souks!  Reserve accommodation today!

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From October 1st 2011 BMI are adding a further two flights a week to Marrakech (Thursday and Saturday)

The full service airline now fly days a week Monday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday.  We will be pleased to meet you at Marrakech airport and whisk you away to your luxury Riad hotel in the Marrakech Medina where a delicious Moroccan banquet can be waiting for you!

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The donkey and cart is a common sight in the medina of Marrakech where the streets are too narrow for truck and vans. These docile and dependable creatures, known as ‘brill’ in arabic are essential to everyday life.

A Riad hotel in the Medina is the perfect base from which to explore and experience this ancient way of life at first hand.

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Abdel Monaim works in partnership with a childhood friend. They learned their craft together as young men and now share a workshop in the Souk Belaarif in the Central Medina near to Riad Cinnamon and Riad Star.

A Riad in Marrakech is the perfect base from which to explore the historic Medina. Make your reservation today.

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