Have just returned from our week's holiday in Morocco where we stayed at Dar Charkia - a special place and the worthy recommendation of an American friend. We have stayed in a variety of accommodation from first class hotels to 5* bed & breakfasts all over the world and Dar Charkia sits very nicely with the best of them.
Our transfer to the riad was efficient with our luggage being transported for us. As we walked into the riad a magical first impression awaited us with the riad being lit with tealights and atmospheric lighting giving a warm welcome and very Moroccan feeling. The riad is presented in a tasteful and stylish Morrocan design and showcases the owners, Lisa and Michael's, many talents - I really loved the artwork and Morrocan artefacts that had obviously been chosen and placed with such care.
After having a complimentary drink we were shown to our room which was the Khmissa Suite. It is accessed by its own staircase at the back of the riad making it very private and quiet. The suite itself was spacious, comfortable and dressed in Morrocan fabrics and accessories, there was everything you could want in the bathroom, a generous range of quality toiletries, robes, hairdryer etc. even rose petals in the shower!! All the suites had their own charm as we were able to take a peek at some of the others during our stay. The master suite was extra special and worth treating yourself to.
Breakfasts were ample and consisted of juice,fruit, yoghurt, croissants, crepes, French bread and maybe eggs, meat or tomatoes with as much tea and coffee as you wanted. We just had to buy some of the baby tagines that the preserves were served in !!
After breakfast on the first day we were given a very comprehensive and invaluable talk by LIsa based around an anotated map of Marrakesh which gave us advice on restaurants, shopping, places of interest and useful tips, all of which gave us more confidence to explore Marrakesh on our own. All Lisa and Michael's recommendations could be relied upon although the Lotus Privilege restaurant was not to our taste.
The staff at Dar Charkia do all they can to make your stay as comfortable and enjoyable as possible and we are very grateful to them. It is the commitment and attention to detail that really makes Dar Charkia a special place Lisa and Michael and their staff care about the wellbeing of their guests and we had first hand experience of this when we had a problem with our flight back home. Lisa and Michael did all they could to resolve our problem going beyond what could be expected of them. Their personalities and vision are helping to make Dar Charkia the success it is.
We hope to make a return visit and can't recommend Dar Charkia too highly.
- 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