On arrival at the Riad, we were immediately welcomed by owners Lisa and Michael with a pot of mint tea and biscuits. The Riad itself is peace and tranquility,and very romantic, especially at night when the courtyard lighting is complemented with lots of candles. It is also very centrally situated within the Medina. Lisa gave us a map and proceeded to explain all the additions she had made to it, including where to shop, cafes/restaurants and even good WCs!
Our room (the Sahara) was lovely, and naturally decorated in typically Moroccan style, with a large basin separate from the shower room/toilet, which was extremely useful.
We had an excellent dinner at the Riad on the first night, where we were seated in a beautiful alcove in the courtyard - an amazing atmosphere! Lisa and Michael also recommended many restaurants, and every one we visited was very good. We would especially recommend Pepe Nero, set in a beautiful courtyard, and with lovely food and various complimentary "extras". The service was also very good, especially for dar Charkia guests! We also really loved Al Fassia, which it is said has the best tagines in Marrakech - again the food was really good and the portions are very large - a lovely restaurant, plush and with a good atmosphere, and obviously very popular, judging by the number of people going in an out all evening!
The breakfasts at the Riad each morning - served in the courtyard or on the roof terrace (or anywhere you wanted!) - were delicious, with a different "treat" each day, and could be taken at any time of the day - the staff were all so helpful and couldn't do enough for us. Tea, etc., was always available and on the house, and could be taken at any time - it was lovely coming back in the evening to a warming cup of mint tea!
On our first morning we were given a tour of the Medina by Najib, who gave us some very interesting information and history, and orientated us with the Medina. We also went on a wonderful tour of the Atlas Mountains, our driver and guide being Abdu, who was an excellent driver and made us feel quite safe on the steep mountain roads.
We had a great time, and thanks to Lisa and Michael and all their staff for making it even more enjoyable.
- 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