Luxury Boutique Riad Cinnamon, Marrakech, Morocco
If you’re looking for first class service, then stay at the beautiful, boutique Riad Cinnamon!
Having had a fabulous stay in 2016 at the Riad Papillon for my hen weekend, we decided to stay at the luxury Riad Cinnamon which is part of the Marrakech Riad group. Since Ian had never visited Marrakech before, we thought this would be a great idea to explore a bit more of Morocco for our first year wedding anniversary. Let’s not forget that Marrakech is only 3 hours flight time from the UK – just a hop, skip and a jump away!
The Riad Cinnamon is perfectly located in the heart of the Medina, literally minutes from the souks and acts as a great base to visit the nearby sights, attractions and wonderful eateries. Booking the riad directly was very easy on their website and a deposit was paid online. Prior to arrival we paid the room in full, as we were informed that there are credit card fees if payment is made by card in Marrakech.
The ‘romantic break’ package on the website appealed to us, which included:
- Private transfer to and from the airport
- A romantic dinner on the roof terrace on the first night
- Rose petals spelled out in your initials on the bed
- A romantic horse and carriage ride around Marrakech
The romantic package was spot on to celebrate our wedding anniversary and making it feel extra special.
Arriving at Marrakech airport there was quite a wait for our luggage but once through security our driver was waiting for us patiently in arrivals. The transfer was around 20 minutes to the Medina; the driver was excellent at weaving through the traffic and the tiny roads towards the Medina (let’s say my driving skills wouldn’t be up to scratch!). We stopped outside of the Medina, as we had to make the rest of the way by foot as the streets are too narrow for traffic, and were met by Hassan from the riad. Five minutes later, we finally arrived at Riad Cinnamon.
Stepping inside the riad, we were met by a bright, naturally lit courtyard with the dipping pool being the main feature. The riad was beautiful and relaxing, a little gem away from the hustle and bustle of the souks! Hassan led us to the comfortable banquet seating and we refreshed ourselves with some lovely mint tea and biscuits. Hussain (the house manager) briefed us on the riad, area, sights and gave us a loan of a mobile phone. Also he explained to us how to use the ‘Marrakech riad’ app which worked on GPS; the map is extremely handy for wandering through the alleyways of the souks. Trust me, you will get lost!
Hussain showed us to our room, the Essaouira suite, located on the first floor with a private seating area right outside the room. The Essaouira suite is unique with a mezzanine level; the lounge area and bathroom on the bottom floor and the bedroom on the top floor. The design of the room has a nautical feel and has been inspired by Essaouira, the Moroccan port. Once the wooden shutters were open, the light from the courtyard brightened up the room with a view of the courtyard down below. We loved the copper lampshades and the detail of the wrought iron across the windows and along the staircase.
The bed was sprinkled with fresh red rose petals spelled out in our initials … ahhh romance is in the air! And can I say Egyptian cotton sheets definitely add to a better night’s sleep. During the night it was fairly warm, luckily there was aircon in the room which allowed us to sleep like babies.
The bathroom was decorated in my favourite colours a cross between turquiose and aquamarine, with copper taps over the large double sink and for the bath too. I’m afraid we didn’t get the chance to use the bath as the bath plug was missing! There was enough cupboard space and cubby holes to place all our toiletries. If you did forget a few essentials, do not fret as toiletries were provided and refilled daily. The only niggle I had was that when we showered water splattered everywhere due to a low shower wall – curtain would probably of helped.
Room amenities include:
- Bathrobe and slippers
- In-room fridge
- In room safe
- Flat screen TV
- Complimentary Wifi throughout
One of the largest mosques was located close by, so we were woken up by the morning prayer. But you get used to this and it’s all part of the culture and atmosphere. Otherwise bring ear plugs with you.
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Our romantic meal was arranged for 6.30pm on the roof terrace – a fantastic spot to watch the sun go down whilst enjoying our meal. Boy, was our meal a feast! You won’t be left feeling hungry. To start we had a chicken pastilla each, bean, tomato and aubergine and briouates to share. The chicken pastilla was lovely and sweet with the flaky pastry and drizzle of honey. The salads were equally tasty and light. The veggie briouates had the perfect crispy pastry and were very moorish!
A little break was needed before moving onto the next course. Oh yes, lamb tagine! The lamb tagine was divine in combination with the sweet prunes and apricots and the lamb fell apart beautifully. By this time we were full and couldn’t move.
You can’t end a meal without a dessert, right?! Luckily for us it was a light dessert of a poached pear drizzled with milk chocolate, accompanied with a plate of fresh fruit.
Definitely book an evening meal at the Riad Cinnamon during your stay – the dishes are cooked with local fresh ingredients using traditional recipes and at an affordable price.
Breakfast was included with the price, and was served daily downstairs in the courtyard area ‘at any time’. For breakfast, there was homemade fresh bread served with butter and a variety of preserves and honey, eggs cooked any way, pancakes, yogurt, orange, tea and/or coffee.
I love the pancakes since they reminded me of roti; excellent with a good drizzle of honey. One morning we did enjoy a couple of crepes served with nutella … Mmmm! Chocolate is my favourite you know.
After breakfast, why not make your way to the roof terrace and relax. There’s plenty of sun loungers and seating if you fancy topping up your tan or just to enjoy a glass of mint tea and take in the views. The terrace was decorated with colourful pots of flowers and plants, whisking you away to somewhere tropical. There’s even a rooftop dipping pool to cool yourself in between the suntanning. We also noticed that not many of the guests utilised the terrace area, which was great for us – it felt like our own private garden!
Riad Cinnamon offers a small intimate lounge area for guests to chill. Read some books, listen to music, watch TV or relax with some mint tea and biscuits. During the winter months, the warm fireplace provides a cosy area.
Overall, we had a fabulous and relaxing stay at the luxury Riad Cinnamon. The staff were friendly, helpful, very accommodating and nothing was too much trouble. Hussain made our restaurant reservations, organised our private day trips and even liaised with the tour company to meet us at the riad for pick up. To avoid the guests getting lost trying to find their way to the riad, Hassan would keep an eye out for us if we missed our turning. The staff also offered to walk their guests to restaurants to avoid getting lost in the maze of souks. This is what I call five star service. We would highly recommend staying at the Riad Cinnamon if you’re visiting Marrakech and would return without a doubt.
Price: £810 for 5 nights for the ‘Romantic Break’ package, end of September 2017.
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