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“one of the best- apologies for the delay in my review Jean-Patrick”
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Dar Silsila
Ranked #274 of 500 Hotels in Marrakech
Croydon, United Kingdom
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“one of the best- apologies for the delay in my review Jean-Patrick”
Reviewed 12 January 2012

We stayed here in May last year. Its largely due to my own laziness that I never got round to making the review. Sorry Jean-Patrick!

This is one of the nicest hotels Ive ever stayed at. More that fit for purpose. We wanted something traditional and homelike. No TV etc. The rooms are more than excellent. The staff were superb. Jean Patrick and all the staff make you feel so welcome. it was one of they few occasions that I and my Wife were genuinely sorry to leave. Will def come back to morocco again and the only place to stay in my mind is the Dar Silsila.

We found it based on the recommendation of a friend and as usual he was bang on the money.

We stayed in the deluxe room and the superior room at the top of the road and both were perfect.

Its a riad thats a very short walk from the main square and from the moment you get there you know you are in the old town district. its what you want it you want authenticity.

Also worth noting that jean patrick somehow serves some of the best coffee I've ever tasted. not sure how he does it but in my view if you're a coffee lover like i am its worth staying at for that alone!

Room Tip: If you can up your budget a bit ask for the suite at the top of the building. stayed there and its a...
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  • Stayed May 2011, travelled as a couple
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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed 9 January 2012

Congenial Patrick runs an excellent guest house. I was traveling with three friends and we were able to rent a two bedroom suite on our own floor, adjoining our breakfast terrace, which was perfect for us. At night, we retreated to a cool rooftop terrace with more privacy and an amazing view across the center of Marrakech. Breakfasts were great, and Patrick made some great recommendations for dinners out. The rooms have good air conditioning which is nice for a sound sleep on hot nights. It was also a blessing to have strong free wifi all over the Riad to check mail, check reviews, and make voip calls. So make sure you bring your smartphone.
Luckily their driver picked us up at the airport because we would never be able to find the hotel among all of the twists and turns and small alleys. We did eventually get the hang of it and could find our way back to the Riad at the end of the day.
If you are in Marrakech for a while, I recommend spitting your time between a Riad in the Medina and a hotel outside the center which has a pool and grounds. Since we were only in Marrakech for three days, my group took a taxi about 20 min into the country and had an amazing raucous day at the Plage Rouge club, which was like a giant pool party. That recharged us for more exploring in the hot dusty city.
We also went on an arranged tour, which did not show us anything we could have not seen ourselves- and he did take us on a number of annoying shopping traps; although it is nice to be carted around the top sites in a van and not have to worry about planning.

  • Stayed September 2011, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 2 January 2012

Had an excellent three night stay over New Year at this charming and beautifully-presented riad. The location is fantastic, a short walk from the main square and the major sights. The service from owner Jean-Patrick and his staff was brilliant, and we were made to feel very welcome.

Our deluxe double room was very spacious, with a comfortable bed, seating area and large bathroom. We ate dinner in the riad one night, which was delicious and extremely good value - well worth booking.

If you haven't been to Marrakech before, it can be difficult to find the riad as the street signs are confusing and it is down a small side street. Jean-Patrick arranged a return transfer to the airport for us, which was reasonably priced. We'd recommend first-time visitors to ask the riad to arrange a transfer on arrival as well.

  • Stayed December 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 2 January 2012

Stayed for 3 nights in Dec 2011 really appreciated the owner Jean- Patrick's, personal attention to detail and to ensuring you absolutely had everything you needed. We stayed in the Africa room, tastefully and comfortably furnished. Staff could not do enough, always on hand providing discrete service. Thoroughly enjoyed a relaxing hamman on the premises and the local restaurant recommended to us - both romantic and authentic Moroccan experiences. Wonderfully cool courtyard and room awaiting after the hustle and bustle of the souks and the main square ,or you could use the real sun trap roof terrace to read or just chill out. The contrast is amazing and not to be missed.

  • Stayed December 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 30 December 2011

We arrived at the riad quite late at night, and were a little bit shocked when our taxi driver parked at the end of a street and asked us to follow him down a winding and quite dark alleyway. However, our fears were soon dispelled when the door opened and we were invited into a beautifully decorated courtyard and offered a seat in a lovely lounge area. Mint tea and almond biscuits were provided whilst we filled in the relevant paperwork, and Salam also gave us a map and marked key attractions out for us. Jean-Patrick, the owner, was unfortunately not there since he had problems with his back, but he phoned us to personally welcome us, which was very thoughtful and a nice touch. We were shown up to our room (our bags had already been taken up for us) and asked when we would like to eat dinner (which we had booked in advance). After a quick freshen up, we went down to the beautifully laid dining room, to be served a feast: an assortment of briouats with salad and a tomato relish, followed by a delicious chicken and pumpkin tagine, an unusual but gorgeous combination, beautifully cooked and generously portioned (it was served in one large dish along with plenty of bread, and we each had a leg and a breast portion). A simple but refreshing orange salad rounded the meal off beautifully.
Breakfast the next day was equally lovely: yoghurt and honey, bread and jam, an assortment of pancakes, crumpet-type pastries or french style croissants and rolls, as well as orange juice and tea and coffee. Once again it was plentiful: we were always offered more once we had finished something.
In the daylight, we realised how close to the centre of Marrakesh we were: literally five minutes walk from the Jmaa-el-Fna, we were able to get almost to everywhere we wanted to on foot. It was a great base: we could go out for the day knowing that we would have somewhere relaxing to escape to and refresh in when we returned exhausted in the evening. The tranquil atmosphere of the riad was definitely welcome at the end of a busy day evading shopkeepers and getting lost in the city's winding streets. Our room was beautifully decorated, with shutters opening onto the patio (which were opened for us during the day and closed at night, at the same time that our bed was made up for us). Later in the week, Jean-Patrick offered to transfer us to the suite, since it was unoccupied, but we were perfectly happy with the room we had and so opted to stay there. Equally lovely was the huge roof terrace, with sun loungers and benches: a place to relax and gaze out over the city and towards the Atlas mountains. Unfortunately it was too cold for us to have breakfast there in the mornings, but I can imagine that to do so would be the perfect start to the day.
As well as being a wonderfully furnished riad, what really made Dar Silsila stand out was the care and attentiveness of the staff. Whenever we saw anyone, they would greet us and ask how our day had been or how we were enjoying our stay. Jean-Patrick, when he returned to work, would see us in the morning and ask about our plans for the day.
We found a leaflet for a cookery course at another riad, and asked Salam to enquire about it on our behalf. However, when the organisers were delaying in replying, he searched on the Internet and found another alternative, for the same price, which he offered to book instead (and in fact turned out to be one of the highlights of our holiday). We were also delighted when we went to leave on the last day to be told that, since no-one was moving straight into our room, we could occupy it until the end of the day (we were leaving at 6pm, check out is usually at 11am). It was this kind of small touch which made our stay there so pleasant.
I would definitely recommend Dar Silsila as a riad providing exceptional service, and as a great base which enhanced our stay in Marrakesh.

Room Tip: We booked the standard and it was spacious and airy.
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  • Stayed December 2011, travelled with family
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Additional Information about Dar Silsila

Property: Dar Silsila
Address: 11 Derb Jdid Laksour, Marrakech 40000, Morocco
Region: Morocco > Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region > Marrakech
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#53 Family Hotel in Marrakech
#130 Romantic Hotel in Marrakech
#171 Luxury Hotel in Marrakech
Price range (per night): $138 - $148
Hotel Class:4 star — Dar Silsila 4*
Number of rooms: 10
Also Known As:
Dar Silsila Marrakech
Dar Silsila Hotel Marrakech

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