While on an extended work trip to Morocco, I broke free of the traffic and crowds in Casablanca to visit ancient, exotic Marrakech with two childhood friends from the US. Lucky for us, we chose Dar Silsila for our girls' weekend. After a long, hot train ride (first class was sold out!), we wound our way down the alley near the Bab Lakksour gate in the ancient wall of the old city and stepped into the cool, peaceful, elegant but homey courtyards of Dar Silsila. From the rose petals strewn across our beds to the bottle of wine served on the rooftop for our late night catch-up, every detail was thought of by Jean-Patrick and Mohammed-- before we could think of it ourselves. The staff went out of their way with excellent recommendations for restaurants, siteseeing, and negotiating in the markets. The atmosphere is quiet but not silent; you feel part of Marrakech, not separated from it, as you would in a modern hotel outside the walls. But the blissful, quiet atmosphere, comfortable beds, pretty, spacious bathroom, and the welcoming staff made our stay perfect. A lovely rooftop breakfast of fresh squeezed OJ, homemade yogurt with honey and GREAT big mugs o' coffee (a necessity) got us off to a great start each day. I’ll be staying at Dar Silsila on my next trip to Marrakech, whether for business or fun.