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“Fantastic Riad”
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Dar Silsila
Ranked #268 of 496 Hotels in Marrakech
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Maidenhead
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6 reviews
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“Fantastic Riad”
Reviewed 22 January 2009

We spent 4 days in Marrakech and stayed at this fantastic riad. Its located down an a little alley way, once you are first shown where it is, its easy to find and we felt surprisingly safe wandering down them. It is in a great location near the main night market and just a few minutes walk from the amazing souks. The owner Patrick and all his staff provided great service to us, always friendly and accommodating, extremely attentitive. We stayed in a suite which was beautifully decorated with Moroccan and African influences. It had a separate lounge area. The terraces are lovely for relaxing on in the moroccon sun. Breakfast was a lovely continental. Would highly recommending eating one night in the Riad. You need to give to 24 hour notice. We had a lovely beef dinner that had been cooking for 8 hours and were served at a table scattered with rose petals with candles lit in the background. A lovely rest from the hectic buzz of marrakech. We did not get the chance to try it but you can also arrange a massage and the facilities looked very tempting. We took Patrick up on his recommendations of places to have lunch and dinner and were not disappointed, the same applies for places to see.

  • Liked — Service of the staff
  • Disliked — Nothing
  • Stayed January 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 20 January 2009

We really liked Dar Silsila. The service, the food, the location and our room were all up to expectation. We would have enjoyed our stay much more if the weather had been nicer, but since it hadn’t stopped raining during our entire stay, we didn’t go out a lot and there wasn’t much to do in the riad. We felt a little bored.

  • Stayed January 2009
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Anchorage, Alaska
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Reviewed 14 January 2009

Dar Silsila is an oasis in the medina of Marrakech. While fascinating, the medina is over-stimulating to the nth degree. Once you step over the threshold into Dar Silsila, you are in a peaceful, serene place. The riad is beautifully decorated and has many sitting areas in which to relax.
The breakfast was a delightful Moroccan spread with a special touch (so typical of Jean Patrick) of individual pots of yogurt made right there in the riad kitchen. We had dinner there one evening and it is the one meal in Morocco that I am continuing to tell people about long after being home.
Jean Patrick and his staff are friendly, gracious and helpful in so many ways, with ideas of what to see in Marrakech, restaurants to visit, etc. Jean Patrick has a computer in his office just for his guests' use and even helped me check on a reservation in Paris using his Skype connection.
We are visiting with a friend this weekend who is going to Morocco and we are going to tell her to stay at Dar Silsila. We certainly will when we go back to Marrakech.

  • Liked — It was so peaceful.
  • Disliked — I couldn't stay longer.
  • Stayed December 2008, travelled as a couple
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London
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Reviewed 6 January 2009

My husband and I wanted to get away over Christmas to Marrakech. Unless you are a lover of chain hotels, you must stay in a riad when visiting Marrakech and if you're staying in a riad, you should pick this one. When the driver drops you off from the airport (a must to find the place!) you'll walk through a dark alleyway, but don't let appearences deceive you. Marrakech is a supremely safe city to walk around it at any time of day. The Riad itself has been very elegantly restored with its rooms around a courtyard. The rooms are stylish, but simple, so don't expect to find a TV or minibar. There are several smaller spaces so privacy is very possible and the roof has a selection of small terraces. Jean Patrick is wonderful and really knows about Customer Service. Our recommendations would be to eat in the riad (it is honestly better than the best restaurant in town) and to have a hammam which will zone you out entirely. Drivers to and from the airport should be booked with Jean Patrick in advance.

  • Liked — The service and the food
  • Disliked — The courtyard can make sound echo
  • Stayed December 2008, travelled as a couple
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1 Thank LondonQP
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Reviewed 5 January 2009

We loved our time at Dar Silsila. We got a wonderful welcome and were looked after perfectly the whole time we were there. The room was a bit small and we were worried about privacy because our door opened directly onto one of the inner courtyards on the ground floor, but in fact because the place is so quiet this wasn't even an issue.

Apart from the size, the room was comfortable, well-equipped and beautifully furnished. The shower could have been better, but that's a pretty minor gripe.

It's the public areas that really make Dar Silsila special though. The stunning lounge areas are great for cozying up with some mint tea in the evening, with lots of candles and quiet mood music set just right. The roof terraces were lovely for afternoon reading too.

The location, the breakfasts and the service were all as good as you could wish for, no complaints at all.

We left Marrakech feeling totally relaxed, which is exactly what we wanted! Well done Sar Silsila!

  • Liked — Public areas
  • Disliked — Size of the room, although it was still fine
  • Stayed December 2008
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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed 4 January 2009

Jean-Patrick was a welcoming host and did everything to make us feel at home. On arrival we were offered mint tea and he showed us our location and the highlights of Marrkesh on the map. Our room was clean, comfortable and nicely decorated, the only detractor was the water pressure but having travelled for 2 weeks prior in Morocco this too was of a good local standard. Breakfasts were filling and times flexible the Hammam service and dinner that we had were very relaxing and well worth the money for us. Don't let the location put you off, the narrow medina steets add to the charm and provide a barrier to the hubbub outside. If arriving by Taxi the best way is via Bab Laksour (Laksour Gate), the taxi driver can pull up to the Derb and the riad is about 50 meters from here on foot.

  • Liked — Welcoming and Clean
  • Disliked — Leaving
  • Stayed December 2008, travelled as a couple
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2 Thank Wine_Hound_1972
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Essex
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Reviewed 2 January 2009

Nice relaxed and friendy place - which is what you need in Marrakesh as it can be a bit mad/busy at times. Location is good - it's down a dark alley but it's fine. Very peaceful with somewhere on the roof to read/slouch, and never feels busy even if full. Can also watch DVDs in a communal room if you fancy a change in the evening. Food was great - we recommend the evening meal, and the breakfasts were nice and lazy - no time pressure.

Jean Patrick really helped us out - as an example, I was feeling a bit dicky just before we left and he gave me some medicine. Also the daily cash withdrawl limit was really low at the "holes in the wall" and he was really relaxed about when he got the desposit cash when we first arrived.

  • Stayed April 2008, travelled as a couple
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2 Thank Ro_and_Ho
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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
#163 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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