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Dar Fakir
Ranked #306 of 508 Hotels in Marrakech
Aarhus, Denmark
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6 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Pure luxury!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 July 2010

Beautiful place. Newly renovated. Very good taste. The most beatiful riad we have seen. The food is very delicious, the best food we had in Marrakech. A place to relax neer the marketplace. Lovely rooms.

  • Stayed July 2010, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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london
2 reviews
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 March 2008

DO NOT STAY HERE!
To start,the hotel driver was an hour late picking us up.
We had been promised 2 beds but there was only a double.Eventually got a cot in for me.
We had been promised a large sunbathing area on the sundeck on the roof but it was all covered in & there was not even chairs.
The Riad was absolutely filthy.
We paid for a suite but it was just a slightly larger room.
There was nowhere to put your belongings-no wardrobe ,no shelves,no ledges--nothing!
Moved room to one with 2 nails in the wall & that had to do us (2 women)
Bath did not work.
Shower was only a hand shower.
No safe in the rooms.
We checked out after 1 night.
We were promised a refund,which of course,we never got.
The manager lied to us about the facilities before we booked,so do not believe anything you are told.
Actually,just save yourseves a lot of grief & DON'T STAY THERE!!
Also--don't book thru Maroc Emotions--they were the ones who would not give us our promised refund.

  • Liked — nothing
  • Disliked — everything
  • Stayed November 2007, travelled with friends
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
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DarFakir1, General Manager at Dar Fakir, responded to this review, 4 March 2011
We are very happy to point out that the riad is now under completely new management and has undergone a wonderful refurbishment sind the review was written. The rooms are now bright and clean with wardrobes, hangers etc. Since the re-opening we have only had satisfied guests.
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 March 2008

What ever you see or hear - DON'T BELIEVE IT!!! This place probably was nice once, but let me tell you, those days are over!! I would rather spend my 130€ on a good dinner and then sleep in the streets. What a let down, the pics you see on the web must have been taken ages ago, what a horrific rip-off.

  • Liked — getting out of there
  • Disliked — checking in
  • Stayed March 2008, travelled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Thank roedgroedmedfloede
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DarFakir1, General Manager at Dar Fakir, responded to this review, 4 March 2011
Since re-opening in mid 2010 under new management. Dar Fakir has only received good reviews. Unsatisfied customers no longer is an issue. Despite a complete renovation, we have still kept our very reasonable rates and now offer an excellent service to our guests who feel it is excellent value for such a wonderful riad in a location that could not be any nearer to Djema el Fnaa.
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london
1 review
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 May 2007

so what this place may not be authentic but i loved it the staff were very firendly and helpful. If you can speak french it helps but you'll get by with english.

I reckon this place is run by young people for young people. Mr Armand has great contacts in local clubs and restaurants so ask the staff to hook you up some bookings and you'll have fun and get looked after.

Riads are open hotels so you can often hear all the other guests coming, going and partying. If you don't like the idea of this there are other quiter places, otherwise join in you might enjoy yourself

Stayed May 2007
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Hereford, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 April 2007

My wife and I have just returned from a week in Marrakech (too long in one place really!). I was glad that we had arranged a transfer from the airport since the Riad would be difficult to find initially. Having been lead down a maze of typically narrow medina streets, I was apprehensive as to what lay ahead but when the door of the riad was opened, a lush oasis beckoned within.
Our room was on the ground floor (next to the reception area - a bit noisy) but it was large and intially appealing, strewn as it was with strongly scented rose petals, huge Morrocan lamp and dark carved furniture. The darkness of the rooms can be quite a soothing contrast to the harsh light outside.
The weather was changeable during our stay so I cannot say what it is like to stay here during the sweltering summer months but there was an airconditioning unit in the room.
The nights were chilly and the staff lit a fire for us in the communal sitting room. This along with the candle light certainly produces a magical effect. As a previous reviewer had pointed out, the aesthetic is not typically Morroccan, rather a hybrid fantasy with Indian and Persian influences though never having stayed in a Riad I had nothing to compare it to.
Therein lies a lesson. A riad is not the same thing as a hotel, it is a shared house around a central courtyard and as such a successful stay (here or at any other riad) is dependant on the incumbents. Unfortunatley for us, we had to endure the pack mentality of a gang of Brits who had no repsect for anyone else staying at the riad, but kept us awake in the early hours after their clubbing with noise and foul language. We moved to another hotel - (les Jardins de la Koutoubia). Our riad hosts were genuinely upset by this but powerless to do anything about it since it was a group booking and the riad's owner was believed to live in France. I wonder if there is anyway of checking a riad's policy on bad behaviour before booking or whether it's simply a cross to bear.
As for the staff at this riad, they couldn't have been better. They extended every courtesy to us. The manager (Abdel) actually speaks good English as well as French and Arabic and will happily arrange anything for you (he has studied tourism at University level). We were waited on like kings. I am surprised that others have not shared this experience.
It's true that breakfast is a rather bland affair but after the spicy excesses of the previous evening that's maybe not a bad thing. They do make their own yoghurt on the premises which was delicious but if you wanted anything different for breakfast, you only had to ask and it would be provided.
We too ate at the Marrakchi but found it unmemorable and overpriced. Better by far is the Dar es Salam - geared up for tourism sure, but fantastic surroundings - good enough for James Stewart and Doris Day - good enough for me! Reasonable prices too.
I would also recommend eating in the square for around £5 for an evening meal for two people, all freshly cooked in front of you and we didn't experience any tummy troubles. (Sorry, I hate that expression but can't think how else to put it).
There is also an extensive terrace at the riad which is great for relaxing under the Morroccan night sky whilst listening to the muffled rythms of drums and shaums in the Square. The riad is ideally located for the souks, the square and the museums.
I was genuinely saddened to have to say goodbye to our hosts, their hospitality was a credit to their country.
My experience of this riad was marred by my countrymen more than any shortcomings of the riad itself. Certainly I would recommend the use of earplugs wherever you decide to stay and also to accept the nature of the beast - a characterful place to rest you head and not some bland uniform rooms in a hotel belonging to an international chain.

Stayed March 2007
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Fairfax, VA
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15 reviews
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 March 2007

This is not a true definition of a Dar or Riad if you want to experience that while in Morocco. One of the biggest attractions (at least for us) when we visited Morocco was experiencing the Riads and we were extremely disappointed with what we experienced at Dar Fakir. The true experience was at Dar Anebar in Fez, Morocco (I have reviewed that as well).

Anyway, this place is owned by someone who probably hasn't visited the place in months. The people who manage the reservations all live outside Morocco, the person we booked through (Mr. Armand) lived on the Ivory Coast and wasn't reachable by phone when we needed to talk to him from Dar Fakir.

You will find 2 care-takers at the Dar who speak very little english but fluent in Arabic and French. They will try their best to make your stay comfortable but the place doesn't have much to offer - at least not what a Dar/Riad should offer.

This place is located in the streets of the Medina (Jama-el-Fina) and if you have to find it on your own, you will never succeed - not humanly possible. Call them and ask them to meet you around Jama-el-Fina at Cafe France.

The Riad had a lot of fancy decor which was mostly Indian and not Moroccan and at night they only leave candles on so that you don't see any fine details - the darker it is the more nicer it looks. Their website is extremely nice and it fooled us - don't let it fool you.

The sink clogged in all the bathrooms we checked and so did the shower tub - though the bathroom looked extremely exotic but tiny enough for only standing.

We checked out the next day and went to Riad Zarka which was much original than Dar Fakir as a representation of a Riad and the owner lived there as well. Though, I would not say that Riaz Zarka was the best of what I experienced in Moroccan Riads - the best was by far Dar Anebar.

Have fun in Marrakech and if possible, make a day trip to Essauoira (asaweera) using Supra Tours bus - it is just beautiful!

All the best!

Stayed February 2007
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DarFakir1, General Manager at Dar Fakir, responded to this review, 4 March 2011
Re-opened under new management in mid 2010. Dar Fakir as the name mentions is a Dar, meaning House. It of course has all the wonderful aspects that tourists connect with a Riad, a courtyard/ patio, the terrace, and salons. Anyone expecting to stay in a riad will not be diasappointed. As for location, Dar Fakir is actually one of the easiest riads to find. It is understandable that for new comers to Marrakech and an enviroment like the medina, the winding streets can at first be a little bit daunting, but you will soon come to realise that the location is straight forward and couldn't be better or easier. (Less than 5 mins from the main square Djema el Fnaa.) But we certainly are happy to meet any of our guests that normally are collected straight from the airport. At Dar Fakir we can now welcome guests speaking English, German, Swedish and of course Frenc and Arabic. You will certainly have a pleasant stay at Dar Fakir.
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Property: Dar Fakir
Address: 16 Derb Abou El Fadail, Kennaria | Kennaria Medina, Marrakech 40000, Morocco
Region: Morocco > Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region > Marrakech
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#103 Family Hotel in Marrakech
#156 Romantic Hotel in Marrakech
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Dar Fakir 3.5*
Number of rooms: 7
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Dar Fakir is a Riad de Charme located just 3 mins walk from Djema el Fnaa square. It reopened at the beginning of 2011 to visitors after a complete refurbishment. We differ from other riads in the sence that we offer an extensive service over other riads including not only the normal cooking courses but yoga, artisanal workshops and a very intimate service bordering onto concierge at very affordable rates. We provide extras such as meet and greet throughout your stay if required by our security guard during the evenings and at night. Mobile phones are provided to guests on request and are free of charge during their stay. We spend a lot of time with the guests making them feel welcome in the riad but also at home in the hectic maze of the Marrakech Medina. In total 5 languages are spoken in the riad - English, German, Swedish, French and the local Arabic, Darija. The rooms all have individually embroided bed linen made from Egyptian Cotton. The toiletries provided by Sence de Marrakech are Shower gel, Body lotion, shampoo and hand soap. For the Suite we can provide black soap and a gommage flannel.All rooms and Suites are decorated in elegant beige tadelakt on the walls as well as in the bathrooms. The floors have terracotta zellige. Rooms and Suites are furnished with traditional dark wood furniture in traditional berber style. The suites in addition have beautiful leather clad writing desks that tastefully match the decor. You will experience the ambience of arabian night in the evening when the handcrafted lamps and lanterns cast magical shadows on the walls. ... more   less 
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