Not only is this quiet, attractive riad located in the medina, but it offers the kind of warm hospitality and attention that you just can't get at an upscale hotel. It seems that Jean Patrick and his friendly staff were always thinking of ways to make our stay in Marrakech even better.
My husband and I spent 5 days in the riad (4 nights in a deluxe room, 1 night in a standard room--both were comfortable and attractive). The riad is beautifully decorated, the beds and linens were fantastic, and fresh flowers were a homey touch. We loved eating breakfast in the morning or enjoying wine or mint tea at sunset on the roof terraces while listening to the Muslim call to prayer from 5 different mosques! At the same time, we found our room to be very quiet and hardly heard anything when we slept. We also took advantage of the fast WiFi located in the public areas of the riad.
But the real treasure is Jean Patrick and his staff! He arranged a Moroccan cooking class that was one of the big highlights of our trip, conducted in a nearby riad. He also set us up with a 3 day tour of the Atlas mountains and desert, including a magical experience riding camels out into the Sahara in Merzuga. We slept in Berber tents under the stars and shared music/drumming with people from 8-9 countries. It was a rugged trip, not for everyone (we're in our 60's but seasoned travelers) but with interesting people and an amazing experience. Jean Patrick even loaned me his own fleece jacket because we thought I would be cold. One day I admired some Moroccan music that was playing in one of the lounges and the next day he gave me a CD of the music!! He doesn't do these things just because it's good for business-- I think he truly likes people. He takes to heart any criticism of Dar Silsila.
The breakfasts included delicious homemade yogurt, good strong coffee, pancakes and or breads with tasty local honey and jams. They even provided us a small breakfast when we had to leave at 6:45am. We hated to inconvenience the staff but it was so nice to head out for our long trip with coffee and food in our bellies. The main danger in this riad is to over exploit the generosity of our hosts!
We were happy to follow the advice of other reviewers in accepting the transport to and from the airport. This place is hard to find and, after 20 hours of travel, we appreciated not having to deal with taxi drivers. We thought we would get lost in the medina, with its winding narrow lanes but after the first day, we realized it wasn't difficult at all. We also ordered the delicious dinner in the riad on the night we arrived. Air Maroc was delayed 3-4 hours so our arrival was quite late--still the driver was waiting for us and so was our excellent dinner.
We would recommend this riad to anyone who wants a special experience in Marrakech!
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- Also Known As:
- Dar Silsila Marrakech
- Dar Silsila Hotel Marrakech