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 them three times!

Written in Arabic as رياض and variously by Europeans as riad, ryad or riyad.
A riad is a traditional home built around an internal garden. Literally riad means garden, not house! This courtyard design with no external windows is very practical keeping the home cool and secure. It also has its roots in the Islamic culture of the country allowing privacy for the household and particularly its womenfolk.

Riad Marrakesh

Riad Papillon and Riad Cinnamon are excellent examples of the tasteful adaptation of centuries old dwellings as luxury boutique hotels retainingDipping pool Riad Papillon the proportions, charm, and elegance of the original, while integrating modern comforts like en suites, air conditiong and a luxurious dipping pool. A stay in a riad is an unforgettable experience of an extraordinary intimate space, quite unlike any other. It is also a great opportunity to enjoy fabulous Moroccan hospitality and food in a domestic setting. 

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