My fiancé and I stayed just one night in Riad Cinnamon, after two nights in the sister riad, Dar Habiba. We managed to find the riad without much trouble (they were going to send someone to walk us down, but we were early and thought we’d try ourselves). There’s no sign outside the door, though. We had to call Dar Habiba on the phone they’d given us to check the number (it’s number 9, right at the end of a little alleyway). The location is really handy for the souks, and for the Museum of Marrakech and Ben Youssef Medersa. There is a mosque right round the corner, so the call to prayer will almost certainly wake you up at 5am. But it only lasts about 10 minutes, then you can get straight back to sleep.
When we arrived, we had a pot of mint tea in the courtyard. There’s a traditional dipping pool here, although it was pretty cold so I just paddled. The furniture is fantastic, all very traditional with lots of lanterns and carved furniture. There’s one room down on the ground floor, the rest are upstairs.
We stayed in the Meknes Suite, which was amazing. There’s an old fireplace, a huge wardrobe, a sofa (which can be turned into an extra bed I think) and a little alcove overlooking the courtyard with carved wooden shutters and a table and chairs. There are a couple of games, like chess and backgammon, which were nice touches. Up on the mezzanine there was a snug, with sofas and a TV and DVD player. The bathroom was huge, too, with two sinks and a big shower (hot water takes a while to come on, but we didn’t have any problems with it running out).
The roof terrace was fantastic – plenty of space for sunbathing or relaxing in the shady area, and great views of the city and the mountains. There’s a dipping pool up here as well, although it was empty when we were there.
Breakfast was included, and we had fresh orange juice, fruit salad, bread and jam, yoghurt, eggs, and cake (who doesn’t love cake for breakfast?!). We also had a three-course dinner in the courtyard, which was the best meal we had in Marrakech. Moroccan salads to start, followed by tagines (chicken with lemon and olives, and lamb with prunes), and crepes and fruit for pudding.
It was pretty expensive, but it was a nice treat for one night. I’d recommend combining this with Dar Habiba – it’s cheaper (but just as lovely) and is better located for exploring the palaces and getting to the square. The staff will transfer your bags between the two places, so you don’t have to worry about that at all – you just leave one riad in the morning, do your own thing, then come back to the other riad later on.