Walking down the street of Souikat market in the North West of the Marrakech Medina you see two men pulling an unwilling full sized ram towards you, it passes and you think nothing of it. An hour later, in the distance pipes and drums begin to play which gradually crescendo and from a distance you […]
The arabic word Rais usually means ships captain, the berber language has borrowed this word to describe the leader of a group, like this one, that play with the traditional Ribab instrument. Recorded live in the Jemma al Fnaa square Marrakech at the time of the Marrakech Film festival 2011, note the giant outdoor screen […]
Hassan the young wood turner works on a street corner near to the Ben Yussef Mosque in Central Marrakech just a few hundred yards from Riad Cinnmaon. His traditional North African lathe is powered by his right hand while his left hand and feet control his tools, this is in contrast to a European pole […]
January is a fantastic time to visit Marrakech to escape the mid winter weather in the UK and continental Europe. Fly three hours South to Magical Marrakech which sits on the same latitude as the Canary Islands. Whats more the budget airlines have some fabulous deals on January flights, for example at the time of […]
We are grateful to our guests at our Riad hotels who have been wonderfully supportive recommending us to family and friends. With so few rooms at each Riad we have, more often than we would have liked, had to explain that we were fully booked for returning guests preferred dates. It seems our Marrakech Riads are not […]
Here at Riads Cinnamon and Papillon we buy as much as possible of our food from local suppliers. We shop daily visiting our regular stall and shop owners. Their personal relationships directly back to the farmer mean that we know where our food has been right from the minute that it has been picked till […]
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 […]
Riad Papillon is a recently renovated boutique hotel in the most fashionable district of the Marrakech Medina. There are five luxury rooms all equipped with air conditoning, satellite tv with international channels, mini fridges, ipod docking stations, hairdryers, toiletries, comfortable beds and luxury bedding. Take a look at some rooms, then make your reservation today! […]
We are very proud of the new sunloungers on the roof terrace at Marrakech Riad Cinnamon. Stylish Elegant and above all comfortable they are individually handcrafted by Moroccan blacksmiths. Our Marrakech Riads are the perfect base from which to explore the Medina of Marrakech, and the perfect place to relax! Reserve accommodation today.
Riad Cinnamon has a very special atmosphere, straight out of the thousand and one ‘Arabian Nights’. We have paid special attention to lighting with features like these hand made lamps to illuminate the stairs. Our Morrocan Riads offer the pefect base for your Marrakech break. Reserve accommodation today.
If you are planning a trip to Morocco don’t forget to book a stay in a Riad! Our Marrakech Riads have been sensitively converted to provide a taste of traditional medina life while providing the modern comforts you would expect in a boutique hotel. The best of Marrakech and the best of Morocco is on your […]
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 […]
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.
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 […]
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 […]
The terms Riad (literal meaning garden) and Dar (literal meaning house) are somewhat interchangeable in Marrakech. Strictly 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 […]
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 […]