When my wife and I arrived from Essaouira on the evening of 1 Jan we were met at dar Basha by (of course) Abdou who escorted us to the riad. The other worldly atmosphere just grabs you with the smell of incense, candles around the little pool, and extremely tasteful furniture. I especially liked the brass lamps hanging overhead. Abdou's mint tea is to die for and he knows it: He kept offering it to us and it would have been considered impolite to refuse it ;-) Our room was lovely and the shower was inviting.
Breakfast was usually taken on the huge terrace under the sun. The nice girls working at the riad prepared for us crepes from scratch which were served with Moroccan bread, pain au chocolat, honey, jams, coffee and more mint tea. The tent on the terrace is a quaint romantic feature that is warm enough in winter for an afternoon tea or candle lit dinner. The free wifi is a huge convenience as I had my notebook and the best reception is on the ground floor.
Each guest is provided with a mobile phone, a map, and a guide book. Nice touch. A key to the front door is not provided but Abdou appears to be available 24/7 which proved to be a Godsend for a couple of guests who lost their way in the medina after a New Years bash. For those times when we had to wait for him to answer the door, a black and white neighbourhood cat, who seems to make it her business to know each of the riad's guests, kept us in charming company.
Will definitely stay here again. Many thanks to Mike, Lucy, Abdou and the girls for making our stay in Marrakech enjoyable and memorable.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Riad Papillon is a newly decorated riad in the best neighborhood of the medina Dar El Basha next to the Pasha Palace -just about 8 minutes walk to the Place J'ma el f'na. This beautiful riad has solar heating panels, beautiful dipping pool in garden courtyard, fountain on roof terrace and BBQ, TV/DVD, Ipod docking, Minibar, Contemporary colours and traditional craftsmen design. Wonderful English speaking staff- trained and experienced.Riad Papillon has several amazing zelige handcrafted tree of life tile designs which are really quite special. On the roof terrace there is a traditional tent where your dinner can be served by candlelight under the stars.Riad Papillon is a haven of tranquility with niches filled with books, fossils and buddahs on display. There really is something quite magical about Riad Papillon. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Riad Papillon Hotel Marrakech