We stayed at Dar Charkia for a week in April 2011 and had a great time. Lisa and Michael, the owners, were helpful and informative. Their team of local staff were on hand to advise and sort out problems, which was really useful. We stayed in the Khmissa room, accessed via your own private stairs, which was a large private double with air con, a fireplace, a sofa, double doors looking down over the small plunge pool, and a private bathroom with double sinks, loo and walk in shower. It was all was kept very clean, as was the riad. We had breakfast every day in the riad's courtyard, with things like yogurt and fruit, pancakes, bread and pastries, jam, freshly squeezed orange juice, local or English tea, etc. When we arrived they gave us a very helpful map, and pointed out places to visit (and not to visit), good restaurants and cafes, etc. They helped arrange a trip to the Atlas mountains for us, which was a very interesting day out, as well as a trip to a hammam (Les Bains de Marrakech, very good, other good cheaper options local to the riad), a shopping guide called Catherine for a full on day in the souks haggling (great fun), and lots of restaurant bookings. We liked the local staff, who helped when my husband was unwell for a day, as well as finding someone to make up a new belt for me to go with an old buckle I had, and helping to find suitable packaging for getting some of our purchases home in one piece – that’s the sort of help you are so grateful for! The location of the riad was good – it’s in a quiet, well to do part of Marrakech, but only about 8-10 minutes walk from the Jemaa El Fna square.
My only small niggle with Dar Charkia was that a couple of times on returning to the riad, we knocked on their front door (they don’t give you a key) and no one answered. On one of these occasions a fellow guest kindly came down from the roof terrace to let us in! The other time we were admitted finally by a member of staff, but with a couple of local guys standing literally at the end of the passageway that leads to the front door, with no reply, we were a liitle unnerved.
My top tips of things to do would be a hammam (Les Bains was good but there are plenty of other options), visit the Ben Youssef Medersa (a local Koranic school, get the combined ticket with the Marrakech museum and Qoubba Almoravide, a washing pool), the Bahia Palace and Saadian Tombs, and after about 8pm, the Jemaa El Fna square. We ate at the Argana restaurant that is on one side of the square, the food’s ok but the view from the side of the roof terrace is what you really go for – try and get a seat nearest the square, even if you have to move tables mid eat. Don’t bother with the Café de France near the square. We went for a 45 minute caleche ride for 120 dirhams for 2 people – haggle to get it at this price or cheaper as they will try it on. Kosybar near the Badi Palace is nice for food and late night drinks – if you come in the day, you have the benefit of seeing the storks nesting on the top of the next door palace. If you love haggling, you’ll love the souks – for general buying, start at 15-30% of the original price and leave yourself negotiating room. You generally don’t want to end up paying more than 50% of the original asking price maximum. The other must do as far as we were concerned was the Majorelle Gardens, towards the Gueliz area of Marrakech. It really is beautiful, but try and go earlier or later in the day, as at other times it can be full of tour groups. The rest of Gueliz isn’t worth exploring in my opinion – it does have modern shopping if that’s what you want.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- We are a six-bedroom, exquisite boutique oasis of tranquility managed hands-on by the owners and located in the safe vicinity of the Dar El Bacha royal palace. Rooms are stylishly individually decorated, 3 with working fire places and all with en-suite bathrooms. Superb eclectic cuisine combining Moroccan and international dishes. Comprehensive free concierge service and 24h front desk presence. Free wi-fi. Fantastic roof terrace with view on Atlas mountains. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Dar Charkia Marrakech
- Dar Charkia Hotel Marrakech