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“what a beautiful place, great decor and first class service.”
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Dar Charkia
Ranked #37 of 500 Hotels in Marrakech
Certificate of Excellence
Nottingham, UK
1 review
“what a beautiful place, great decor and first class service.”
Reviewed 15 October 2009

We thoroughly enjoyed our 3 night stay at the Dar Charkia. We recieved first class hospitality from the proprietors of the Riad and their staff who were more than happy to arrange our restaurant and travel bookings, etc. The riad is well located and it is only a 10 minute walk to the Souks and all the fancy restaurants and clubs are only 5 mins taxi ride away. The neighbourhood is safe and there was a lot of security guards in the area on account of the King's sister staying around the corner. I would happily recommend this place to any of my friends or family.

  • Stayed October 2009, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 15 October 2009

As a return visitor to this fabulous Riad I knew to expect service that was efficient and riendly, rooms that were spotless and charming, however I was still so excited to return to the most amazing place I have ever stayed. The courtyard is perfect for pre dinner drinks (Abdul does a great Gin and Tonic!) or for a relaxed breakfast well past when you should be having it (breakfast is served at any time of the day). The roof terrace is just the most romantic place for a glass of champagne, even my lovely boyfriend must have noticed as he proposed whilst we were there!
Beyond the Riad, Lisa is able to arrange great nights out, romantic dinners, spa visits and even arranged for us to learn how to make traditional Moroccan food at the Villa Lotus Savinio which was great fun. For the most romantic night out, the Riad Lotus Privilege is amazing. A 6 course meal in the most exclusive setting was just the perfect way to celebrate our special occasion.
If you are looking for a romantic getaway or a place to relax, you cannot go wrong with Dar Charkia. I have been twice now and would not hesitate to return.
Thanks to Lisa, Michael, Abdul and all the ladies for making our stay that extra bit special.

  • Stayed October 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 12 October 2009

what a find! mike & lisa have really done wonders with this riad, they & their staff do everything to make your stay as wonderful as it can be. the shopping trip with lisa is real fun, with great savings to be had. terrific value for money with a 1st. class breakfast inc. if you want to visit marrakech & stay in a riad this is the place.

  • Stayed October 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 11 October 2009

Stayed at the Dar Charkia for a few days to celebrate my birthday - what a fantastic place! Lisa and Michael have created a beautiful riad - clean, spacious, comfortable - a real haven of peace and tranquility in the midst of the heat and bustle of Marrakech. From the second we stepped through the door we were made to feel welcome and encouraged to treat the place like a (glamourous) home from home.

The hotel is charmingly designed with spacious, beautifully decorated rooms - every comfort has been thought about. It has a small pool and lots of little nooks and crannies to relax in after a hard day's shopping. There's a roof terrace which you are encouraged to use day or night - the staff will serve you breakfast or evening drinks up there or you can just laze on the sunloungers and soak up the sun (or the moonlight as we did one evening).

The food was great - lovely breakfasts (always more than you can eat) and a great cup of tea!!! There was also no "time-slot" when breakfast was served so if (like us) you decide to have a lazy day and lie-in one morning, it doesn't matter, the staff are still ready to serve breakfast whatever time you want it and wherever you want to eat in the riad. We also ate dinner there on our first night which was lovely.

Living in Marrakech, Lisa and Michael knew all the places to go. On our first morning, Lisa provided us with a detailed map and then added all the best places to eat, shop, stop for a drink, etc, which was great for me as a first time visitor to Marrakech. She also has one of the staff walk you out the riad when you first go out, so you don't get lost! Her hints and tips and local knowledge was fantastic and really helped us get the most from our stay. The team helped us book restaurants and a cookery course and Lisa's own personal shopping tips really helped us get a few bargains in the souks.

It was my birthday on the first full day there and although Lisa and Michael didn't know it was my birthday until that morning, they and the rest of the team went out of their way to make it a really special day. On returning from a day of wandering the souks, our room had been decorated, we were treated to drinks on the roof terrace and Lisa recommended and booked the most fabulous restaurant for dinner. She had also obviously had a word with the staff there as at the end of the meal, four waiters brought me a birthday cake and sang happy birthday to me!!!

All in all I had the most fantastic five days in Marrakech and a big part of that was down to Lisa, Michael and the rest of the team at Dar Charkia. Thank you!!!

I will definitely be recommending this riad to friends and family as THE place to stay in Marrakeck ... along with Abdu's Gin and Tonics which were fantastic too!!!

  • Stayed October 2009, travelled as a couple
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London
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Reviewed 10 October 2009

A great riad which offers serenity in a chaotic but fascinating city. Rooms (saw a couple as well as my own - Khmissa) are - like the rest of the old merchant villa - lovely, designed with a mix of the Moroccan with the modern. There's communal lounging areas, games, the terrace for some sun, and a small pool.

The meals (breakfast, and we had a Morrocan meal one evening) were great. Drinks are on tap should you want... just settle up at the end of your stay!

I have stayed in one other riad, which was nice, but Dar Charkia sets itself apart with fantastic service, advice and guidance. Owners Lisa and Michael give you a low down on the places to go (and what to expect!), tips on getting the best out of the souks, and recommend some great restaurants. Beyond that, the staff are great - will make bookings for you, and will even arrange a chaparone for the nervous through the narrow streets to any restaurant.

I would highly recommend Dar Charkia, and it would be my first choice if I get chance for another trip to Marrakech.

  • Stayed September 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 10 October 2009

We have just returned from a fabulous trip to Marrakech, Our Riad, the Dar Charkia, was really beautifully decorated and had a wonderful atmosphere. Our hosts, Lisa and Michael, made sure everything was done to make us as comfortable as possible and nothing was too much trouble. We shall definitely be returning to Marrakech and would only want to stay at the same place - nothing else could better it.

  • Stayed October 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 6 October 2009

I enjoyed a long weekend here with my sisters and my mother. Dar Charkia ticks all the right boxes if you are looking for the perfect get away. The Riad has been beautifully decorated and all the rooms are all fabulous - spacious and clean. Breakfasts on the roof terrace were memorable and the food always delicious and fresh. Staff here are very welcoming and the owners, Lisa and Micheal give fantastic tips and advice both before you leave and all the way through your holiday. A real haven of peace and tranquility and always great to come through the huge wooden door at the end of a hot days haggling at the souks - the courtyard area is lovely to relax in with a drink. A fantastic find and would love to return.

  • Stayed October 2009, travelled with friends
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Property: Dar Charkia
Address: 50 Derb El Halfaoui | Bab Doukkala, Marrakech 40030, Morocco
Region: Morocco > Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region > Marrakech
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#9 Family Hotel in Marrakech
#10 Romantic Hotel in Marrakech
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Dar Charkia 3.5*
Number of rooms: 6
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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