Travel Blogs from Marrakech
Got 1st class tix. had compartment to ourselves for awhile--laid down & slept. In Meknes 2 others came in.
Nice driver took us to the Cottages. Difficult to find, but he was very nice.
Got in our cottage, Sylvain showed us around. Went to the pool.
Laid down, not feeling well. A/C not working. Sylvain couldn't get it to work, so we moved to another cottage.
Dinner: chicken & couscous--delish.
... sitting. He double checked again, making sure he understood what I wanted: tea in the teapot, ice in the glasses. Oui. I really think he had no idea what we were doing.
Once the black tea had steeped, I slowly poured it over the ice. Voila! Iced tea. So happy. Of course, we only had enough ice for one glass, but by the time we drank that, the rest of the tea in the pot had cooled down considerably (and so had we), so it all worked out very well. The salads were amazing too.
... has air conditioning, so he got the prices for me. Marrakech to Meknes is a nearly 7-hour train ride, so I had to go with 1st Class; I just couldn't see sweltering for seven hours.
He also made an appointment for us at a spa for messages. We both woke up with migraines. Sigh. We both took Imitrex. Our appointment was for 1 pm, so we relaxed until then. Fortunately, Hunter's migraine went away. Mine improved quite a bit after I laid down for awhile.
... El Jadida, a Unesco World Heritage town. We were all packed up and ready to go when we started talking to Pierre, a French guy who has lived on Morocco for 10 years. His opinion was that El Jadida was over rated. Go to Essaouira instead, he said, a much more authentic experience. Take the train to Marrakech then bus to Essaouira. That is how we ended up in Marrakech.
We decided to stay ...
... I migrations are total arseholes. Trying to leave, having filled out the exit form supplied by them it was thrown back at me without explanation. My form was yellow and others were white. Fortunately Cathys form was acceptable so I went to that immigration official who accepted the yellow form. Airport is tiny and packed. Have another 2 hours till our flight leaves. Morocco is ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Dar Silsila Marrakech
Just the best!
We have just spent a week in Marrakech in three different riads, but the three nights at Dar Silsila were definitely the best! Jean Patrick is the ideal host and nothing was too much trouble for him. He recommended trips, arranged taxis and the meal we ate at the riad was excellent - well done Aisha!
The rooms are decorated to a very high quality and I liked Jean Patrick's choice of music. Very much recommended - and very reasonable room rates.
Incredible place to stay!
When we saw the reviews for Dar Silsila on Trip Advisor it really seemed too good to be true. After much deliberation we decided to take a leap of faith and book it. We couldn't have made a better choice!
From the minute we arrived we were made to feel welcome and at home. Jean Patrick and his staff were wonderful and always there to help.
The Riad is beautifully decorated and there is a really relaxed feeling about it as if you are staying at a friends house rather than an anonymous hotel. Everything was immaculate- Aisha (one of the lovely members of staff) even sprinkled our bed with rose petals.
The riad is in a perfect position for exploring the Medina and the other sights of Marrakech and it was so reassuring to have such a peaceful base to return to after the hustle and bustle of the city.
The breakfasts each morning were delicious with home made yogurt and pancakes. We also arranged to have a meal cooked for us on the first night we arrived and it really was delicious!
The roof terrace was a wonderful place to recline and enjoy some mint tea or a glass of wine in the evening and JP has an extensive knowledge of the city after living there for 5 years and is happy to help with restaurant choices or directions to different parts of town.
All in all, we LOVED our stay at Dar Silsila!! There really is nothing bad to say! If you're looking for a place to stay in Marrakech you could do no better than this!
Richard & Marianne (London)
Awesome riad experience
If u want a Riad experience in Marrakech, this is perfect.
JP makes u feel completely at home. Is always there to answer your questions and takes good care of u. The rooms are nice and the staff are extremely friendly. All the other reviews on this site are spot on. You can't go wrong with this if u want a Riad experience. U really feel like ure staying at a friends house.
Keep up the good work JP. The only improvements I can think of that would make it an even more special experience would be
the availability of small snacks when your peckish, a pool, maybe an intercom so u dont have to go downstairs and maybe a cooler in the lobby. But im really just being picky and it was a really special experience for us.
Dont forget to have the dinner. It is an incredbile experience. You have to do it if u stay at the Riad. Fatimah and Aisha are excellent cooks and prepare a beautiful experience for u.
The Perfect Oasis
From both travelling all over the world for my occupation and staying in a great many hotels/guest houses, and, recognizing that where you stay when traveling can "make or break" your trip, I feel overwhelmed to sing the praises of Dar Silsila. This riad is the epitome of peace and tranqility amid the noise and the haste of the Medina. Upon entering, the silently flowing wall fountain, bursting papyrus and orange trees, illuminous paintings, ornate tiled beauty, fantastic architechtural design and comfortable nooks relaxed my mind, body and spirit immediately revealing that I had found the 'perfect spot'. Yet, this was just the beginning!
The rooms, each unique and magical were masterfully decorated to soothe and rejuvenate. I stayed in the African room with it's 5 star bed and massive bathroom, wherein returning "home" there each day was a treat. The roof terrase as well was another favorite resting spot of mine. I chose to open and close each day there surrounded by roses enjoying it's stunning view of the rooftops, in the light of the sun or the moon, glancing out at the mosque and a giant palm. Believe me, when chilling with a bottle of wine or glass of homemade mint tea on the roof... time will seem to stand still.
Yet, I have to say what put this riad on my top 5 list of places in my life was the attention to detail put forth by Jean Patrick Bubolski and his warm and nurturing staff Aisha and Hassan. Aisha cooking her delicious breakfast each morning, and, having opted to have her cook an age-old Morrocan recipe for tangea and dining on the roof...I felt like I died and ended up in heaven. Hassan's warm smile running the night shift would make anyone feel safe and taken care of. And, to top it all off, was the legendary Jean Patrick!!!! Here is a man who loves what he does, and, what he loves to do is...make sure his clients are happy!!! Whatever your needs will be JP will make sure they are taken care of. No need went unfulfilled and his service is above a 10+. He is there when you need him to help facilitate anything, yet, he is wonderfully unobtrusive allowing you the space to do as you wish and not feel overwhelmed at all. It was like having my very own guardian angel in Marrakesh, and that's a gift that money cannot buy.
Therefore, all in all, I give this place an "off the charts" rating and I am very picky. Having stayed at La Villa des Oranges last time I was in Morocco, I must say, for a major price difference, you are getting comparable quality with absolutely genuine and generous service in a magical place filled with giving energy down to every last detail like the rose petals at dinner and complimentary rose water in the bathrooms. Lastly, since every last detail will be remembered for a long time Dar Silsila ("house of rememberance") definitely lives up to it's name!! I am so glad I booked this place and to all at Dar Silsila thank you thank you thank you!!!
When you've lost faith in mankind and/or have tired of despondent stays in so-called elite establishments, get thee to Dar Silsila pronto. Our previous trip to Marrakech saw us at La Sultana, a five star hotel in the medina, which, if being cocooned and treated with kid gloves is what you're after, ticked all the basic boxes.
Adamant such a sterile environment wasn't conducive to getting the most out of our second jaunt to the city, we searched for something with a pulse, warmth and charm.
Enter Jean Patrick Bobulski (and the mankind bit). One of the kindest and most genuinely pleasant first encounters we've ever had, here was a first class individual who tapped into our wavelength, our needs and our energy levels within seconds. Once settled into our Junior suite (spacious, incredibly comfy bed, surpassing a great many hotels) we sat with JP in the courtyard (whose water feature had the soothing effect of a four hand, hour-long massage) and chatted. Bear in mind he appears just when you need him, and his tips and advice are catered to you and you alone (whereas most places dish out lists of sights to see and guide book-recommended restaurants to eat in). He listens. He'll recommend something, you'll go, you'll love it, and you'll want this man as your personal assistant for life.
I came down for breakfast one morning and Aisha, of her own instigation, squeezed the orange juice by hand rather than using the juicer, so as not to wake my other half. The table was laid out in the shade of the yard, next to towering papyrus plants and elegant, local furnishings. Had I not looked up from my delectable breakfast offerings, I wouldn't have noticed J-P gliding past. He smiled and only when I prompted conversation did we talk: perfection. His attentive and considerate manner is unparalleled.
We can't compliment Dar Silsila enough. I've neglected to mention the Dar's fantastic location within the medina, which had us at Jema El Fna in minutes, and the rooftop terrace, bedecked in comfy white rattan sofas and sheltered from the sun with a retractable string awning: a veritable intimate and restful household. I'd say it's a home away from home but then I only wish my home was as well run, and came with as pragmatic host as he. What a place.
A jewel in the Medina
Partly on the basis of Trip Advisor member recommendations, a friend and I booked 2 rooms for 3 nights at Dar Silsila (we wanted a room each). We were looking for a comfortable, reasonably-priced riad in the Medina within easy access of the soukhs, restaurants and the wider city (taxis,etc). Dar Silsila couldn't have been better: the rooms are air conditioned and furnished with restrained elegance; the location is superb and the price - for the quality of accomodation - is extremely good value.
Knowing someone who lives in a place you haven't visited before can make a huge difference to the quality of the time you spend there. Jean Patrick's attention to detail and to your enjoyment is rather like having that "someone" even though you may not have met him before. As well as making sure your stay in the riad is as comfortable as possible, he will, if you wish, make other arrangements to ensure you get what you want out of your visit to Marrakesh. He took us on a relaxing days' drive in his car to the foothills of the Atlas Mountains, first to the Ourika valley, then on to lunch overlooking a lake and finishing with a visit to a privately owned kasbah (fort). In his French accent he will ask you, on arrival, if you want some "ment teh". It may take you a moment or two to realize he means mint tea... and very refreshing it is too after a long flight.
A fantastic place to stay. It is centrally located - about a 5 minute walk east from the Koutubia Mosque just off of Rue El Koutubia in the medina. After a hectic outing in to the medina, there was nothing quite like getting back to the tranquil atmosphere at Dar Silsila. Jean-Patrick was an incredible host. Each morning after our rooftop terrace breakfast, he would help us plan our agenda for the day. This was invaluable, as the medina can become quite the labyrinth. On our last evening, the staff prepared us a wonderful dinner that we enjoyed in the open-air internal courtyard. On top of the great hospitality, the place itself was gorgeous - impeccably detailed. I would highly recommend Dar Silsila to anyone spending time in Marrakech.
Really lovely introduction to Marrakech!
The Dar Silsila was a lovely place to stay on our first visit to Marrakech. Not only is it conveniently located to square of Jemaa l-Fna (five minutes walk) and main hot spots, but the staff were all really great. Don't mind the narrow streets arriving to the Riad - as it all adds to the charm of being in the Medina
The water feature in the central courtyard was lovely, so was the terrace. We got the African Room which was big, super comfortable and nicely decorated. Dar Silsila mixes old and new. With four rooms in total you could really relax and have peace and quiet, especially after a day out and chaos.
The owner Jean Patrick was really helpful - not only arranging picking us up from the airport but also telling us about Marrakech and arranging day trips (sadly due to time contraints we weren't able to take up that offer). The overall service of the Riad was excellent.
I would highly recommend this place and i would definely visit again. A must if you want easy access to the sites.
Dar Silsila is a beautiful, calm oasis in the madness of Marrakech. Lovely European conveniences combined with Moroccan charm...you have a wonderful host, a gorgeous rooftop terrace and tranquil surroundings -- what more could you ask for?
We stayed five nights at the Dar Silsila and just could not fault the place. Jean-Patrick is the most gracious of hosts and made us feel welcome from the instant he met us at the airport for our transfer to the riad. We stayed in the Menzhe room which was beautiful, quiet and there were even scattered rose petals on our pillows left by the wonderful Ayesha. Its location is fantastic and the perfect sanctuary after a long day spent amid the hustle and bustle of Marrakech. Our visit to this amazing city was made all the more memorable for having stayed here and we would certainly do so again.