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“Exceptional and very special place!”
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Dar Silsila
Ranked #277 of 500 Hotels in Marrakech
London
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Exceptional and very special place!”
Reviewed 14 April 2008

Dar Silsila is a very special riad, located near the smart boutique shops off Rue Mouassine and close to the souks and main square, making it very accessible to get to most places on foot.

We stayed for 6 nights at the Riad and wished it had been longer as Jean Patrick and his staff made it an exceptional and memorable week. Jean Patrick's service was the best I have experienced from organising the airport transfers to booking our restaurants (and asking for the best tables) and spa session to honest advice on the places to visit and the best ways to get there. We were made to feel very at home at Dar Silsila to the extent that we grew very attached to it and did not want to leave!

The riad itself is a serene and relaxing oasis from the hubbub of the medina but it was Jean Patrick's beautiful furnishings and design with little wacky touches that I loved the most, particularly the African Suite!

Abdul was also fantastic! He greeted us when we first arrived with delicious mint tea and mouth-watering biscuits (which we had to have every day after that) and his friendly and professional service was greatly appreciated. The girls and the night porter were also lovely and always greeted us with big smiles and could not do enough for us!

Overall, it was an incredible stay, due to Jean Patrick and his staff for making our first time in Marrakech effortless and very special in every way, thank you! I look forward to returning to Dar Silsila many times over!

  • Liked — The service, beautiful decor, stunning roof terraces and delicious breakfasts
  • Disliked — I loved everything!
  • Stayed April 2008, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 8 April 2008

Everything about Dar Silsila was perfect. The location was great - in the Medina but easy to find which is a huge plus. The hotel was beautifully decorated and had all the amenities we needed. The bedroom was a good size, the bed was comfortable and the bathroom had the best plumbing in Morocco - a HUGE plus. The owner Jean-Patrick went out of his way to make us feel comfortable, gave us great advice and helped with any arrangements we needed to make. We did not have dinner there, although I heard that it was really good, but the breakfasts were some of the best we had. There is a lovely roof-top terrace where we had wine from the hotel's great Moroccan wine collection. I cannot recommend Dar Silsila enough and I would not consider another place to stay in Marrakech.

  • Liked — Everything was just impeccable. Great detail. Great host.
  • Disliked — Absolutely no complaints
  • Stayed March 2008
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Kula, Hawaii
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43 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 April 2008

My husband and I (2 expats) along with my visiting gal pal traveled to Marrakech during the Bank Holiday from 20-25 March. I made direct arrangements with Jean-Patrick without any difficulty. Before we arrived, at his suggestion, he made arrangements for us to be met at the airport by private car (cost added on to your room bill so no fussing about with money at the end of the trip). In 15-20 minutes we were in the bustling town of Marrakesh. It was dark when we arrived in the town and we had no idea where we were. The driver quickly got our bags out and immediately hoofed it down the street, us quickly trotting behind as best we could, dragging what baggage he didn't take, and not having a clue where we were going plus having to dodge cars and scooters going which way. We then approached what we learned later a "gate" which then brought us down the "street" and to the first alley on the left where we would eventually wind our way to our riad. The three of us thought, "did Bing, Bob and Dorothy experience this on arrival?" The driver rang the bell (a very sweet bird whistle) and Jean-Patrick answered the door and warmly welcomed us to his riad. Our bags were discretely whisked off to our appointed rooms by a friendly staff person and we were asked to sit down in the atrium area for some mint tea and almond cookies (that I got hooked on immediately!). Jean-Patrick gave us a quick orientation to the city in case we wanted to go out that night (was he kidding?!!), but we elected to just have our dinner and relax. I had made arrangements beforehand for us to have dinner at the riad and we were so happy that we did. The food is excellent here and we ended up eating all meals here except for one (Dar Moha) which Jean-Patrick arranged for us. The rooms we had were spotless, very nicely appointed, comfortable beds, but the rest of the riad is what makes this place so special. After a day out in the noisy, chaotic din of the town, you reach the door and when the door is opened and you step in you are pleasantly surprised each time on how quiet and peaceful the place is - the sound of the water from the atrium fountain provides a tranquil setting while soft jazz plays in the background - totally charming and well done. Jean-Patrick is the consummate host who goes the extra mile when needed and is alway willing to give suggestions for day trips or restaurants. My husband had some problems with our bank in paying the bill (long story) and Jean-Patrick was very understanding and accommodating. Another example: I loved the blue breakfast dishes that I saw every morning so much that he offered to get them for me and gave me some bubblewrap to make it easier to get them home. We also had a problem with a driver that had been arranged prior to our arrival to take us on a day trip to the Atlas Mtns. Well, he showed up, obviously had been drinking, and immediately Jean-Patrick found another driver to take us on a memorable trip - the highlight of our trip to Marrakech. We absolutely would come back here again should we find ourselves in Marrakech again. This is the perfect place to stay, to relax, meet some nice people, enjoy the hardworking staff - they are so nice - and to meet one of the nicest hosts we have met in all our travels, and we have traveled all over the world. This place deserves to go back to the Number One spot!

  • Liked — Everything, but Jean-Patrick is what makes this Riad successful
  • Disliked — Nothing
  • Stayed March 2008, travelled as a couple
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Glasgow
Level 1 Contributor
4 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 March 2008

We booked to stay at this riad after reading the reviews on tripadvisor, and we could not fault it. As soon as we arrived we were welcomed with mint tea. Jean Patrick and his staff at the riad were very helpful and always on hand to give advice on places to see, places to eat and booking trips outwith marrakech. All the staff were very friendly, something you don't get in a big hotel!

The riad itself is really relaxing even though its not far from the hustle and bustle of marrakech, the roof terrace was perfect for reading and taking some time out from the madina.

I would highly recommend dar silsila and if we go back to marrakech we would definitely stay here.

  • Stayed March 2008, travelled as a couple
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Maastricht
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 March 2008

We arrived in the evening to tea and almond cookies, followed by a romantic meal by candle light at the Riad Silsila. This is a great place to stay: the rooms are nicely decorated; there are lovely sitting areas, the location is excellent and Jean Patrik and staff are more than willing to help. Every day after touring the town we came back to mint tea and almond cookies served in the courtyard. It was also our 25th wedding anniversary and Jean Patrik made a reservation at an excellent restaurant that suited our needs. I think this hotel is a good choice for any group of travelers. Minette

  • Liked — Ambience
  • Disliked — Nothing
  • Stayed March 2008, travelled as a couple
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Lancaster
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 March 2008

Got back late last night and just had to add our comments to the many others. The hotel, location, food and particularly hospitality at Dar Silsila are fantastic.

We spent 3 wonderful nights there in the Terrace Suite and the room is very spacious, tastefully decorated and a cool haven from (even in March) the hot sun. Opening straight onto the roof terrace is a bonus and feels very private.

Little touches such as the offer of mint tea/coffee on your return from a hot dusty trip out make this a very special place.

Losing its long held #1 Trip Advisor status is such a shame and all down to one (unjustified) negative review. Let’s hope that all of us who are satisfied keep giving positive reviews and get the Dar Silsila back to its rightful spot!

  • Liked — Tranquil haven from the madness of Marrakech!
  • Disliked — No negatives
  • Stayed March 2008, travelled as a couple
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1 Thank NCombe
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Calgary, Canada
Level 3 Contributor
18 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 March 2008

I just returned from a 5 night stay at Dar Silsila. My adult son had the junior suite, while I had the African suite. Both were absolutely beatiful. Nice furnishings, very tastefully decorated. Jean Patrick and his staff all go out of their way to make your stay perfect. We had dinner here the first night, and would highly recommend it after travelling any distance to get to Marrakech like we did. The breakfast each morning was delicious as well.

My son and I are both well seasoned travellers, but still do not think we would have found Dar Silsila on our own, and any taxis that we did take did not know where it was. If I could offer just one suggestion, it would be to pay the slightly higher rate and have Jean Patrick arrange for your transportation from the airport as we did. Once you are there, it is easy to find it again. Oh, and don't worry as the driver is walking you down a dark narrow "alley" and through a dark tunnel on your way to Dar Silsila. All of a sudden you will be at a large wooden door. On the other side is one of the most beautiful retreats I have ever found. You will not be disappointed!

  • Liked — How quite it was being so close to all the action.
  • Disliked — Nothing
  • Stayed March 2008
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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 (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:4 star — Dar Silsila 4*
Number of rooms: 10
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