The Bougainviller Restaurant is a long established, cheerful and reasonably priced Cafe. It is conveniently located toward the Jemaa Al Fnaa end of the Rue Mouassine and serves as a bit of landmark walking north up Mouassine as the street deviates around the Mouassine Mosque. It serves some western dishes like Pizza as well as some Moroccan standards like tagine and cous cous. It is possible to eat here for around 100 dirhams. Seldom used by locals this is really a tourist restaurant. Safe rather than spectacular but a very good address to know.

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Medina living is a very special experience with centuries old homes woven together in an intricate tapestry. In the Medina of Marrakech there is a huge variety of accommodation from modest houses to palaces, from the street it is almost impossible to guess what is behind each door.

A stay in a Riad in the Medina offers an opportunity to sample a very special atmosphere. Guests at our Marrakech Riads are particularly spoiled both by their comfortable surroundings and our fantastic staff.

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It is surprisingly common to keep chickens in the Marrakech Medina, they are fed on scraps and kept mainly for eggs. When I first started visiting Marrakech regularly five years ago there were a particularly fine looking group of Andalusian hens that used to scratch around at the top of the well known Derb Semarine running from the Marrakech Museum to the main square. Unfortunately the shop where they ‘lived’ now sells Western Perfumes and he Andalusians are long gone.

I visited The Tanneries recently to take pictures for the Marrakech Guide on this site and was amused to come accross a chicken, a reminder that the tanners both live and work in the close community there. She even had a chick  which can’t have been more than a few days old.

We feel the best way to discover the Marrakech Medina is to hasten slowly and allow time to appreciate the detail of the tapestry of an extraordinary way of life that has been established there for centuries and in many ways remains unchanged.  Our Marrakech Riads are your perfect oasis of calm from which to explore.

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The aptly named Grande Cafe de la Poste is located in the very Grand ex colonial post office building in the new town of Guiliez, Marrakech. Fine European style food and superb service under the supervision of Maitre D. Eric make this a real favourite.

Try the stunning Calamari salad starter!  The Steak Frites is as good as any cafe on the the Grande Boulevards in Paris. A three course meal at La Poste will cost about 400 dirhams per person, one of the more expensive restaurants in Marrakech, but we feel well worth it.

Any taxi will take you to Grande Cafe de la Poste which is a five minute ride from the Medina. From Marrakech Riad Papillon or Marrakech Riad Cinnamon take a taxi from Dar el Bashah or walk to the west through Bab Doukala.

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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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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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Marrakech bargainsRenting a whole Riad is a fantastic way for a group of family or friends to enjoy the Marrakech Medina. the newly renovated Riad Papillon sleeps 11 people in five en suite rooms (2+2+2+2+3). Each room can be made up as a queen sized double or a twin giving maximum flexibility to accommodate your group. 

We are offering a 30% discount for internet bookings with the benefit of which the whole riad can be rented from just £2,065 per week. For luxury Riad accommodation this is fantastic value- just £187 per person!

Delicious breakfastA delicious breakfast is included in the room rate and dining can be arranged with the Riad staff. Contact us now to check availability and make your reservation!

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The terms Riad (literal meaning garden) and Dar (literal meaning house) are somewhat interchangeable in Marrakech. Riad Papillon formerly the kitchen to the adjacent homeStrictly speaking a Riad is a garden house built around a courtyard or patio.  Some would say that a true riad requires four trees in a formal setting.

The broader term Dar includes even the finest Riads but also dwellings that are more modest  in scale and outlook.

Riad Papillon and Riad Cinnamon have both been sympathetically renovated as luxury boutique hotels.

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So good they named it twice!

Written in Arabic as مراكش foreigners use the French ‘Marrakech’ and English ‘Marrakesh’ interchangeably.

Koutoubia, Marrakesh, MoroccoMarrakech sits at a strategic location on the trade route between sub Saharan Africa and the sea route to Europe. The early name was Marra Kouch, land of the Kouchmen a tribe that originated in Mauritania. The City came to prominence as the capital of the Almoravids an 11th century Berber dynasty. Importantly the Almoravids built an underground irrigation system bring water from the High Atlas to the City and surrounding farm land.

Marrakesh was again the Moroccan capital under the Saadians in the 17th century before falling into relative decline. The city was revived until the French protectorate when the new town district of Guiliez was constructed. During the period of French rule control of Marrakech was effectively delegated to the Pasha El Glaoui.

 After Morocco’s independence in 1956, and particularly in the last quarter of the twentieth century, Marrakech gradually came to prominence as the most important international tourist destination in North Africa.

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