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“A warm welcome in a great city” 5 of 5 stars
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Dar Charkia
3.5 of 5 Hotel   |   50 Derb El Halfaoui | Bab Doukkala, Marrakech 40 030, Morocco   |  
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Ranked #5 of 481 Hotels in Marrakech
London, United Kingdom
1 review
“A warm welcome in a great city”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2013

I just joined Tripadvisor so I could write this review! This was probably the best winter holiday I've ever had. We stayed over Christmas, to get some winter warmth, and we certainly did. Lisa and Michael are an ideal bridge for European travellers into a city which is truly great, but can require a bit of guidance. They are well-connected with the town, and they made very good recommendations for us. We were looking for a pampering kind of break, but with good food, too. We had several superb Hamman and massage experiences in nearby hotels suggested by them, and wonderful food at restaurants in the city, and from the superb kitchen of Dar Charkia itself. I'd go back tomorrow, if I could.

Their staff are absolutely excellent, helpful and genuinely friendly, without the obsequious, and often insincere "have a nice day" style of the chain hotels. I believe they are happy working there, and it really helps to create the "home from home" experience everyone is writing about in the reviews. So big thanks to Little Samira, who ran things so perfectly when Lisa and Michael were away, and to Zahira, Nedya, Fati and Big Samira for preparing and serving great food, for helping to look for the phone we lost ( and found in our room), thanks too, to Rashid, who looks after the night duties, for lighting candles in the room, when we asked, and for being a cheerful presence when we decided to stay in, and enjoy the comfortable courtyard, or the roof.

Some highlights for me were: breakfast (which can be ordered anytime) on the roof, with the Atlas Mountains in the distance. Evening meals in the riad I've already mentioned. They don't brag about their own food as much as they could. It's a really good, simple menu, the quality of which challenges some much posher places we visited. Also good: guided walk through the Medina from Najib, who told us stories of the '60s in Marrakech, and took us to a good place for buying teas and spices. An outstanding drive into the mountains to the village followed, with driver/guide Abdu, a really nice bloke who seemed to enjoy showing us the absolutely STUNNING scenery around the High Atlas. Highly recommended. Conversations with Abdu, who is of Berber descent, and the sights of this trip, made the Berber museum in the Majorelle Gardens make more sense too. (Also recommended).

We also had some great spa/Hamman treatments, notably at Jardins de Koutoubia, Emira Hotel, and Riad Idra which I'll review elsewhere on Tripadvisor, as well as the places where we dined out.

Morocco has a big gap between rich and poor, which is a shock for affluent Europeans, unless you have a heart of stone. Marrakech needs tourism, and people like Lisa and Michael are bringing business into the city, and reliably employing good local people, who reward them by generously and warmly helping their guests to have a comfortable and relaxed holiday.

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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 January 3, 2013

We are currently staying in this riad and wanted to write a review before we left to return to the UK. We have stayed in many 5 star hotels and resorts around the world and this riad definetly comes upto the mark. Service and hospitality is amazing and the tranquil setting is intoxicating. What distinguishes the very best riads? Consistency, attention to details and a commitment to ensuring each guest feels unique and is 100% satisfied....Dar Chakria do this and then some!! Special thanks to Samira and Rashid for their warm hospitality!

  • Stayed January 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2013

What a beautiful place, an oasis in the middle of the hussel and bussel of marrakech. Stunning rooms and bathrooms. A place to make you think of romantic adventures. Had lovely food and were well looked after by Lisa, Michael and of course all the staff. had a wonderful stay and would happily use Dar Charkia again.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
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    • 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 January 1, 2013

My friend and I spent four delightful days and nights at Dar Charkia. The space and rooms are lovely and comfortable and the people could not have been nicer. The owner's wife sat down with us and gave us a simply wonderful explanation of what there is to see and do in Marrakech, including a terrific annotated map of the city. She is English and all of the staff seemed to be reasonably fluent. Breakfasts were yummy. Really just a perfect home base for seeing Marrakech.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
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London, UK
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2013

We stayed at Dar Charkia in May 2012 and it was the most delightful experience. The owners were very welcoming and gave us amazing tips on restaurants and shopping. The weather was very hot but the lovely little plunge pool and lychee lemonade gave us a great respite from the heat in the afternoons.

I would highly recommend staying here if you travel to Marrakech!

  • Stayed May 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 January 1, 2013

I decided to spend this Christmas with my family in Marrakesh. We chose the Dar Charkai because of the great reviews on Trip Advisor and we were not disappointed. Dar Charkia is located in the west part of the Medina and is a great location for a base in Marrakesh as everything is within walking distance. The owners Lisa and Michael along with all their staff go out of their way to make you feel comfortable and at home. Pickup was arranged from the airport and you are dropped in the Medina near the hotel. You need to go the last 100 Meters on foot through the traditional Medina alleyways which can be unnerving at first ( especially if you are arriving at night ) but you later realize that the beauty of the Medina area is it's Tardus effect. The whole town is made of alleys with small doors behind which you will be amazed to find incredibly beautiful places. Dar Charkia is no exception. When you arrive Dar Charkia you enter an Oasis of clam and Hospitality. The Riad is beautifully renovated and decorated with a wonderful traditional Arabian feel. There Riad has six beautiful ensuite bedrooms rooms and has a home from home feeling where you can also get to know the other guests. We particularly like to have a late breakfast on the roof Terrace overlooking Marrakesh before setting out to explore the the Medina and New town. Service was excellent with attention paid to the smallest details. Overall a very enjoyable stay and great value for money.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
    • 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 30, 2012

Lovely Riad with nice spacious rooms. A map is provided on arrival with explanations of good places to go and what you should expect to pay - great for avoiding faux guides and getting ripped-off. Riad provides a good breakfast and you can have drinks including alcohol at any time. Staff are great and will help sorting pretty much anything out, they booked restaurants and day trips for me. Would highly recommend, particularly for first timers in Marrakech.

  • Stayed December 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
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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:
#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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