When staying at Dar Charkia its pretty much like you have found a long lost relative and they have invited you to stay at their house. Lisa and Michael are great hosts. Behind the doors that lead to the mayhem that makes up Marrakech you have the tranquillity of Dar Charkia. The in-house food was wonderful, lamb and almond tagine was scrum! Breakfast was perfect in the courtyard, with the birds chirping away. All the staff are very helpful and cannot do enough for you. Love the fact that at anytime you can request tea, coffee, mint tea, all served with nice local biscuits, very refreshing and welcome after battling the souks. Lisa sat down with us first morning and gave us an overview, told us where to go, where to avoid and by and large all was spot on. Great restaurant tips from Lisa, La Fondouk,Pepe Nero, Lotus club (don't arrive before 9pm), Cafe Aribe, and one that a friend recommended Jardine De La Medina (you must have the baked lamb for two) , great food at all venues. The Riad is wonderfully located, close to souks and restaurants and just 2 mins walk from a great place for a traditional Hamman, the name escapes me, but Lisa or Michael will know.The Riad itself was clean and well run, room (sahara suit) very comfortable, but next time i'll go for the big suite, for a few extra pounds its well worth it. ......no complaints....pretty much as they say "did everything and more than its says on the tin" Marrakech is a crazy place but a lot of fun, the souks can be hard work but a firm no without being rude does the trick. These have to be the best salesman in the world, i bought stuff i don't even remember buying! Would we go back....Yup! and look forward to it!
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