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“Tranquil spot” 5 of 5 stars
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Dar Charkia
50 Derb El Halfaoui | Bab Doukkala, Marrakech 40 030, Morocco   |  
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Toronto, Canada
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“Tranquil spot”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2012 via mobile

After a bus day in the souk, the Dar Charkia is a wonderful oasis to return to. The host Michael was very friendly and gave us an overview of the medina and highlights nearby which was very helpful. We loved our room, very spacious, and the breakfast was very good, including the French press coffee. Great location, walking distance to the souks and new town, and the main tourist attractions.

Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
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  • Sleep Quality
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  • Rooms
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2012

We stayed at Dar Charkia for the first part of our honeymoon and it exceeded all of our expectations. Well, that's not exactly true since the riad was recommended by our good friends, so we had a pretty good idea that it would be a great experience. And it didn't disappoint. The owners, Lisa and Michael, were over the top helpful, which is important in a city as confusing as Marrakech, where just finding your way to dinner can be an epic adventure. The rooms were beautiful and clean, and the courtyard was magnificent. Not to mention breakfast (Got to eat breakfast, Marge!), which was delicious and nutritious. More than anything, we felt safe and cared for at Dar Charkia. Beautiful setting, friendly service, good food - what more could you want in a riad in Marrakech?

Room Tip: Loved the suite on the first floor
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2012

Dar Charkia is in a great spot within the medina, is beautifully decorated and appointed and spotlessly clean, but its single greatest asset is the care and attention lavished on guests by Lisa, Michael and their team. Samira and Rashid ensure that every return from the madness of Marrakech is a gentle, warm homecoming. Tours into the high Atlas, restaurant recommendations and bookings, advice on what to see, what to pay, and where, nothing was too much trouble. We heartily recommend Dar Charkia and will certainly return.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2012

We had a fantastic few days at this beautiful riad. It is an oasis of calm in a very busy city. The staff was very helpful and the owners were lovely. We had a lot of help both planning our trip and whilst we were there. I would highly recommend it to anyone!

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2012

Three days was a good introduction to Marrakech, but we wouldn't have made the most of it without Michael's detailed advice on the first morning...he was generous with his time and experience. From the fantastic dinner at the riad on our arrival evening, through to the lunch there before departure, we found the quality of the cooking, presentation, and service to be unbeatable...and the same went for the breakfasts. The location of Dar Charkia, and its stunning interior spaces, suited us very well, with easy walking to all the places we expected to see, (including the outstanding Majorelle garden and museum). For a vista over the town and to the mountains beyond, the Kosybar roof terrace (south of the main square) fully lived up to its recommendation, as did the other cafes and restaurants we tried. And by the third day, we were even able to trawl the souks with confidence, and buy the things we liked (without the hassle of the first day). Those with an aversion to haggling might enjoy a visit to the Artesanale (fixed price) centre, another short walk from the riad. So by the end of the short trip, we knew that Dar Charkia had been the right choice, based on the long list of Tripadvisor's many happy reviewers. It more or less guarantees you a terrific holiday.

Room Tip: Our suite was partly located against the outside wall and entrance alley of the riad, with the risk...
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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St. Albans, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2012

An excellent stay and I would certainly recommend to other travellers. Peaceful, great welcome, friendly staff and a very pleasant breakfast.

An excellent stay and I would certainly recommend to other travellers. Peaceful, great welcome, friendly staff and a very pleasant breakfast.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2012

Khmissa Suite is spacious and wonderfully decorated. It has a lovely fireplace in the winter and you have your own staircase to your room so you are never disturbed by other guests.

The breakfasts were plentiful, freshly cooked and something slightly different every day. We never had room for lunch! The evening meal they provided the day we arrived was fantastic - we had the lamb and lemon chicken tangines which were made with simple ingredients but done to perfection.

You are literally a few minutes to the souks, ten minutes to the main square and the riad can recommend good places, whatever you want to do, within walking distances. They are happy to book restaurants, spas etc. They cannot do enough to help.

We had a really lovely stay and i hope you do too!

Room Tip: Khmissa Suite is spacious and wonderfully decorated. It has a lovely fireplace in the winter and you...
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Dar Charkia

Address: 50 Derb El Halfaoui | Bab Doukkala, Marrakech 40 030, Morocco
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Location: 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:
#4 Romantic Hotel in Marrakech
#6 Family Hotel in Marrakech
#32 Business Hotel in Marrakech
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
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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