I chose this riad simply because of the excellent reviews I had read on Trip Advisor and I am thrilled to say I was not disappointed.
I planned a four night break as a surprise for my husband's fortieth birthday and with the help of Lisa and Michael it came to fruition without a glitch.
On our arrival at the riad, Michael and Lisa greeted us and introduced us to a few of the staff, all were so friendly and couldn't do enough for you.
In our lovely room there was a 'happy birthday' banner on the fireplace mantle and some twinkling confetti sprinkled around. The decor in our bedroom was tastfully done and the bathroom had luxury finishing touches such as really fluffy white towels and dressing gowns, scented filled hanging hearts, delicious smelling soaps, shower gel and body lotion. There were even some pink rose petals scattered in the shower.... all very romantic.
On our first evening we had a log fire made for us in our bedroom with was really cosy and added oodles to the atmosphere.
The bed was wonderful, a decent king size with a very comfortable mattress which meant we both slept brilliantly for four nights.
On the morning of my husband's birthday we got up at the crack of dawn to take a flight in a hot air balloon which was all organised for me by Lisa and Michael - they really do take the stress out of the little mundane jobs that need doing when you're planning a trip.
On our return to the riad later in the morning we sat down to eat a late breakfast. We were touched to see that the staff had decorated our table with another birthday banner, sparkles sprinkled on the table and balloons hanging from the wall!
The food is delicious at Dar Charkia and we ate a lot during our stay there! We had umpteen cups of tea and coffee made for us throughout the day upon request.....nothing was ever too much trouble for anyone.
After long days exploring Marrakech we often came back to the riad and enjoyed a beer on the roof terrace. On our last eveing, Lisa and Michael spoilt us with a bottle of delicious Moroccon Rose 'on the house', which was a kind gesture.
The restaurants we ate at were all those which had been recommended by our hosts and I could not fault any of them, we thoroughly enjoyed eating out and we know we wouldn't have been able to find such good eateries without their advice.
I would highly recommend this riad to anyone looking for somewhere beautiful, clean and charming to stay in this bustling and mysterious city. Huge thanks to Lisa, Michael and all of the staff for making my husband's birthday surprise so wonderful.
- 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
- Also Known As:
- Dar Charkia Marrakech
- Dar Charkia Hotel Marrakech