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“Fabulous oasis of calm in a bustling city”
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Dar Charkia
Ranked #34 of 499 Hotels in Marrakech
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 27 February 2011

My husband surprised me with a birthday long weekend trip to Marrakech - I won't disclose my age here!
I thoroughly enjoyed the hustle & bustle of Marrakech but this riad proved to be a calm haven tucked away in the quiet backstreets, only about a five minute walk from the souks.
Our room (Khmissa Suite) was clean, comfortable and spacious although we spent little time in it whilst at the hotel, making ourselves at home in the various communal areas within the hotel. We ate breakfast on the roof terrace, played games in the lounge, read books in the courtyard and ate a fantastic evening meal in the cosy dining area.
The food was fantastic. Breakfast filled us up, ready for our days wandering around the medina (I agree with LLClondon's review that, "the yummy fig jam is to die for"). We pre-ordered our evening meal for our first night (tapas; lamb, prune and almond tagine; baked fruits with mascapone) and, although we had some fantastic food in Marrakech, this was by far our favourite meal.
Lisa, Michael and all their staff were very welcoming. Lisa's helpful map and advise on our first day made us feel at ease within the city. It was no trouble for Rashid (forgive me if the spelling is incorrect) to take my husband to get a pizza when we realised the restaurants in the city had shut unusually early one evening. The staff were also on hand to book and rearrange reservations to a selection of recommended good quality restaurants.
We were sad to leave Dar Charkia as we felt like we were leaving close friends, even family. We're definitely planning to return.

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Reviewed 26 February 2011

First, don't let the conflicts occurring in other countries in North Africa deter you from visiting Morocco. We felt , and were, perfectly safe during our recent trip to this wonderful country.

Second, we can't speak highly enough of riad Dar Charkia: it truly is an oasis in the heart of Marrakech.

Even before we set off on our trip, owner Lisa promptly answered the various questions we fired off to her via email. For example, because we were unsure about train and bus connections between Casablanca (the main point of entry by air to Morocco) and Marrakech, Lisa offered to organize a driver to pick us up in Casablanca and take us by car to Marrakech. This three hour trip cost us about US$120 and was well worth the money.

We arrived in Marrakech just after night fall, and our driver dropped us off in the neighbourhood in which riad Dar Charkia is located. He couldn't take us directly to the door because -- as with most riads -- Dar Charkia is located down a series of quite narrow, high-walled alley ways.

However, our driver had phoned ahead to the riad to announce our arrival. Consequently, a staff member (Rachid) was there at the drop-off point to welcome us, to help with our baggage, and to lead us to Dar Charkia approximately five minutes away.

After 30 hours of travelling (don't ask!) and feeling utterly exhausted, we were guided by Rachid through a few short alleys, ushered through a sturdy wooden door into the riad, and welcomed into a serene and beautiful courtyard.

The tribulations of the journey and the hubbub of the city evaporated in a few seconds. All we could hear was the peaceful tinkling of a small fountain. The orange tree in the riad's courtyard was festooned with candle light. It was magic.

We slept well our first and every night thereafter Our room was wonderfully decorated; it was comfortable; it was clean; and it was well-appointed with bathroom supplies (including hair drier and bathrobes). It even was supplied with bottled water, a small container of sweets/candies, and a tagine containing dates and nuts.

The morning after we arrived, owner Lisa met with us and provided a detailed map of Marrakech. She pointed out the best cultural spots, the best eating places, where one could find a free/clean loo , and the best kinds of handiccrafts Marrakech has to offer. She also offered advice on how best to barter for items being sold in Marrakech's famous souks.

If you end up staying at riad Dar Charkia -- and if you consider eating lunch or dinner there -- we highly recommend the meals produced by cook Zahira: she is a marvel.

More generally, staff members " small" Samira, "big" Samira, Nadia, and Rachid are exceptionally attentive yet without being intrusive. Indeed, they stole our hearts.

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Reviewed 25 February 2011

Just back from a wonderful 5 days in Marrakech staying in the Dar Charkia....

The Riad is tucked away down a few narrow alleys in the maze of Marrakech (like they all seem to be) and approaching the unassuming entrance it is just impossible to imagine the beautiful and tranquil haven behind it, quite simply stunning....

Add to that the warm and genuine welcome from Lisa, Michael and the team and you have a perfect location... I rarely relax at first on holiday, but from the moment you step inside, it's pretty much impossible not to (and that's saying something bearing in mind the chaos of Marrakech outside)....

Great recommendations for trips and restaurants (as well as inside track advice on the guys in the souks..... thanks Lisa for the guidance on 'that road is closed, let me show you another route....' Happened a couple of times and I would have fallen for it without your guidance.... (oh and right price for a taxi - twice got quoted 100 Dirhams for a 20 Dirham trip :)) tks Lisa )

Definitely would recommend the Lotus Privilege for dinner, though not if you are on a budget - ok we had cocktails and a decent wine, but it was more expensive than a good restaurant in central London, but hard to beat for service and ambience.... El Fassia was fantastic for food and a little more reasonable, though all food and wine is pricy in Marrakech.

Don't miss eating at the Riad itself, obviously breakfast on the roof in hot sun was a fantastic treat (having left the rain and 6 degrees in London) despite the bees... But dinner was fantastic. There isn't a restaurant as such, but in a way it's better for it.... The food was wonderful and the casual style suits the Dar Charkia perfectly...

This was our first trip to Marrakech and it was an eye opener... The local people offer the warmest of welcomes, but then ask for a tip for helping.... Our guide round the Ouzoud waterfalls summed it up nicely "you can get really close to the monkeys and take photos and they don't even ask for 20 dirhams...."

But it is a very special city. Will we go back ? Absolutely without a shadow of doubt.....

  • Stayed: February 2011, travelled with family
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Reviewed 23 February 2011

We chose Dar Charkia because of the great reviews on TripAdvisor and also because it seemed to be well located - within the medina, but with good access. It did not disappoint. Michael and Lisa prepared everything for us ahead of our arrival and removed any anxiety we might of felt in visiting a new and exotic place. Staff couldn't have been more welcoming, rooms stylish and comfortable, breakfast to die for. Our valentines dinner candle lit in the courtyard of Dar Charkia was perfect and when we did feel the need to venture out Lisa prepared us thoroughly to get the most out of our shopping/dining experience. If you are going to Marrakech you MUST stay here.....

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Reviewed 23 February 2011

Highly recommended! I stayed in Dar Charkia for 4nights with my parents in the Douiria suite (which btw, is beautifully and eclectically furnished). Our stay couldn't have been any better - the breakfast (the yummy Fig jam is to die for - I wish I had bought some while I was there!) and dinners (I would recommend the tapas or sweetcorn pancakes for starters, lamb tagine with prunes for mains and the tiramisu for dessert) are delicious; the staff are v friendly, hospitable and incredibly well trained; the riad itself is beautiful and peaceful (a nice retreat from the hustle and bustle of the square and souks). We met Lisa and Michael briefly and they ensured that we were well taken care of. Plenty of recommendations were sent to us in advance so that we could plan our itinerary - we forwarded our requests (restaurants, day excursions, guides etc) to Dar Charkia and it was all sorted out for us. This was incredible - it made planning very easy and saved me a lot of time and effort! Dar Charkia is a wealth of information - we were very well advised/informed throughout the process (from the day of booking, right until the very end) about everything, incl. where to change money, where to find clean toilets, how much to pay for taxis, where to shop! I cannot recommend Dar Charkia enough - if you are visiting Marrakech and want the perfect holiday (well located in a very safe area too!), then Dar Charkia is for you. Thank you so much to everyone at Dar Charkia for making our holiday very enjoyable!

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Reviewed 22 February 2011

Dar Charkia Riad in Marrakech is a special place. Every detail has been thought out and the staff has been trained to deal with every need of their clients. The owners, Michael and Lisa , meet with guests and answer questions and make cogent suggestions. This attention to detail helps ensure a special experience. It is a great place!

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Reviewed 21 February 2011

My wife and I recently stayed for a long weekend at Dar Charkia. We have stayed at a number of fantastic hotels but Dar Charkia made for the best weekend we have had for a number of years. The overall experience is exactly how you would expect things to be for a weekend in Marrakesch. The staff are always there for you and nothing is a problem. The rooms are wonderful, stylish and the attention to detail is incredible.

Most importantly we were made to feel welcome, and were at complete ease, from the time we arrived until the time we left. We couldn't imagine a better hotel in Marrakesch....

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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: £69 - £122 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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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