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Dar Charkia
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Reviewed 5 August 2013

Even before arriving, Dar Charkia was the right riad to have chosen in Marrakech. The owner Lisa sent extensive information to acclimate us the city before we even arrived. Once at the riad, the service was so personal. There was even a happy birthday sign in our room because I mentioned my friend and I were celebrating our birthdays. Breakfast was delicious. The location was great; not too far off the main road if we wanted a cab and close enough to the souks to walk there but not to stay in the madness. We loved Dar Charkia so much that we chose to spend our last three days there after traveling around the rest of Morocco. Can't wait to go back!

  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 30 July 2013

My husband and I stayed at Dar Charkia earlier this month and were absolutely blown away with the accommodations and service. Lisa and Michael were so helpful during the booking process, providing a wealth of information and recommendations via email. Then upon arrival, Michael spent over an hour with us, mapping out an excellent itinerary to see Marrakech to the fullest. They provide guests with a hand-annotated map with great recommendations for the best places to eat, shop and even to find clean bathrooms. Their knowledge of Marrakech and their passion for guest service is evident in everything that they do.

The riad itself is pristine - beautifully decorated with friendly staff that takes its upkeep very seriously. Our room, the Khmissa Suite, offered very comfortable accommodations and great privacy. There is no wifi access in the rooms however the connection in the common area is excellent. The location of the riad is great, just a short 5-7 minute walk to the souks and about 15 minutes to the square.

Dar Charkia is truly an oasis in the bustling Marrakech medina and I think you would be hard-pressed to find a better riad with operators as committed to the guest experience as Michael, Lisa, and their staff.

Room Tip: The Khmissa Suite offered very comfortable accommodations and great privacy.
  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 28 July 2013

A really enjoyable week spent in a first class "home from home".

We booked quite late and Lisa was very helpful throughout the process, much more so than other options we looked at. We had used Tripadvisor to narrow our search and were very glad we had included Dar Charkia. We won't bother looking at other options next time.

Lisa and Michael, the owners, were extremely helpful and responsive throughout; from the initial contact to the farewell. Great hosts.

Once we confirmed, we received lots of helpful info on arriving at the airport, changing money, transfers, getting to the Riad, and suggestions for dining options, day trips, tours and spa treatments. They even pre-booked a couple of restaurant reservations which we could easily have cancelled had we wanted to - but happily did not. With the info provided by Lisa, it wasn't necessary to do much more research and we took on board many of her recommendations.

The Riad is superb, a beautiful example of maintaining the integrity of the building and its traditional elements whilst introducing modern facilities and a mix of modern and traditional furnishings, decorations and art work. The small pool was great for cooling off in the summer heat and the terrace was a great place to spend time in the sun or after dinner simply chilling out under the stars and moon with a bottle of wine. The lounge was equipped with a selection of books to read and tour guides to browse through.

We stayed in the Douiria Suite, which was lovely. We saw some of the other rooms and they were all nice. Because the rooms face into the courtyard and the Riad is not very near a mosque you do not get woken up by the call to prayer. Our room had a slightly Chinese character, having been furnished with some of the items collected on Lisa's travels.

Service throughout was always with a smile. On our first morning, Lisa gave us a great orientation as well as a map on which she has noted places to eat, shop and do some of the practicalities(e.g best exchange rates). Lisa and Michael are obviously well known at many places and mentioning them/Dar Charkia immediately received benefit, be it a welcoming complimentary cocktail or a better price.

The location of the Riad is superb. It is close enough to all the main sites and a short walk from the souks, but just far enough from the craziness to enable you to get away from it all. We walked to most places, even the new town, for dinner. On the occasions we wanted a taxi the nearest taxi point was a 2 min walk away.

The staff were all very friendly and happy to book restaurants, arrange trips, sort out queries, etc. They obviously enjoy working at the Dar Charkia, which gave it very much a feeling of a home rather than a hotel.

Room Tip: We stayed in the Douiria Suite, which was lovely. We saw some of the other rooms and they were all nice. Because the rooms face into the courtyard and the Riad is not very near a mosque you do not get woken up by the call to prayer.
  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank RogerB2000
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Reviewed 24 July 2013

We visited Dar Charkia for 4 nights this summer. Lisa and Michael ( the owners of the riad) were the most wonderful hosts tending to our every needs. All itinerary was pre arranged before we arrived, such as: restaurant bookings, day trips, spas and outings so we were totally relaxed not having to run around the city looking for places to go. You feel totally pampered!

On arrival Lisa gave us a run through of the insiders tips to Marrakech so we had a really clear understanding of what to pay whilst in the souks, taxi fares, places to each lunch and other sites to see whilst visiting the city.

Our room was wonderful. I highly recommend Saada, which when you look through the glass doors you have a view of the entire courtyard and you can literally step out into the cool plunge pool. Every part of the riad is unique. There is so much attention to detail that you want to explore the entire riad. (Great inspiration for design!)

We loved sitting up on the terrace enjoying a relaxing late breakfast overlooking the rugged roof tops of the city. It is so peaceful you would never know you are in the heart of the bustling medina! ( FYI - breakfast was amazing! Every day a different melange of fresh food, juice, tea and coffee!)

If you want a totally relaxing and 1st rate service this is the place to go. It is a must visit When in Marrakech!

Room Tip: Saada is a beautiful room. Overlooks the courtyard and plunge pool.
  • Stayed: June 2013, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank Lauren B
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Reviewed 17 July 2013 via mobile

One of the best place to stay with perfect hosts .very homely place and amazing services.location is good close to medina .hosts give you a medina map with all touristic places marked all restaurants identified as well as shopping made easy . Map is of great help .overall a great experience

  • Stayed: March 2013
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Thank Shubha B
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