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Dar Charkia
50 Derb El Halfaoui | Bab Doukkala, Marrakech 40 030, Morocco   |  
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Ranked #4 of 460 hotels in Marrakech
Ahmedabad, India
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“Perfect stay”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2013

One of the best place to stay with perfect hosts .very homely place and amazing services.location is good close to medina .hosts give you a medina map with all touristic places marked all restaurants identified as well as shopping made easy . Map is of great help .overall a great experience

  • Stayed March 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2013

A friend and I spent 4 amazing nights at Dar Charkia in late May. (I spent an additional fifth night on my own.) Our stay was part of a larger 16 day trip. With 400 plus riad options in a Marrakesh alone, the task of sorting through the choices was daunting. After much research, we used Tripadvisor to whittle down our top finalists.

Dar Charkia had over 900 reviews, glowing comments and high scores. From our very first contact with the Riad, we could see why.

The owners, Lisa and Michael were incredibly helpful and responsive. Their love for their adopted city is apparent in their enthusiasm. No matter when we wrote and we were writing from our home base in NYC a full month prior as well as throughout our travels from a wide variety of time zones, we always received an incredibly prompt and thoughtful reply. Whether it was to vet a tour we wanted to take, provide an opinion or suggestion on a restaurant, or even help coordinating with my friend's US based bank after she left home without her credit card, Lisa and Michael were enthusiastic and available.

On room confirmation, they sent us a tip-filled note with helpful info on getting to the Riad as well as suggestions for dining options at every price point, day trips, tours, etc. They also encouraged us have them pre-book reservations which we happily took them up on.

The Riad is stunning. They have done a beautiful job of keeping the integrity of the building and its traditional elements but the furnishings, decorations and art have a fun, modern touch and a light airy vibe. Our room was beautiful and the mattress was one of the more comfortable ones we slept on during our travels through Morocco.

The warm and hospitable service we experienced during the booking process only grew on arrival. On our first morning after a delicious breakfast, Lisa gave us a great orientation as well as an incredible map she has made packed with insider spots. (On a side note, it was amazing how many times we would enter a shop or get a cabbie whom upon hearing we were staying at Dar Charkia would rave about its owners and their team.)

We were also very pleased with the location of the Riad. Dar Charkia is close enough to all the main sites and a short walk from the souks but just far enough from the craziness to allow for a restful night. We felt very safe walking to and from the Riad even late at night. Though the staff always helpfully arranged for a staff member to walk us to dinner as we ate at a number of delicious out of the way spots.

My final solo night I opted to eat dinner at the Riad and the meal was delicious.

Room Tip: Both rooms I stayed at on the second level where quiet and had spacious bathrooms.
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with friends
    • 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2013

My friend and I stayed at this cutest Riad end of May, 2013.
Michael and Lisa, the owners, were very friendly and kind. Lisa made a great map of Marrakech where we should go, see, and eat ! This map was REALLY helpful. She wrote all the name of the places where we should try to eat, where to buy souvenirs, what to see in the neighbor by hand-writing one by one. It must be a lot of work...and they do for every customer. I was really impressed.
The Riad was very cute and clean. Everything there - the cushions, tapestries, furniture, artworks, etc etc were a piece of art. You'll be amazed by these collections.
Staff at the Dar Charkia were also kind and friendly as well. They were always there for you so you'll be comfortable and safe all the time.
On the last day of our tripe, Michael made an itinerary for us. AHHHH, this itinerary ! - we'll never come up these ideas. Michael who knows the places very well made just for us. We had a great time and found really nice souvenirs that we never found in the regular souk....
WE want to go back this place for sure !

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with friends
    • 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 July 1, 2013

Lisa,Michael and the staff here in this beautiful Riad are world class. The Rooms are spacious and beautiful and the attention to detail with the decor is something out of a designer magazine.

The personal touches of dinner recommendations, to walking us to our taxi or to trying to find a yoga place has been absolutely brilliant. The breakfasts by the pool were amazing.

We will come back again and will pass along this wonderful place to our friends and family.

Do not bother staying at any other Riad as you will be disapointed!

  • Stayed June 2013, 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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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2013

I too was incredibly surprised to read the negative review below as this couldn't be further from the truth. I suppose there just isn't pleasing some people! My long weekend to Marrakesh for a friends Hen do, was made all that more special by the fabulous stay at Dar Charkia. Unlike this other reviewer, I can honestly say service was second to none - friendly; welcoming; informative; helpful - bend over backwards kind... need I go on. Anything we wanted was made possible. Lisa and Michael couldn't have been better hosts and their staff were just as fabulous and great fun.

Upon our arrival we were greeted with such warmth and made to feel very welcome instantly. We had dinner in the Riad on the first night and the food and wine (try the local vin gris) was exceptional. Not a single one of us went hungry! The next morning we were given an incredibly thorough and in depth 'top tips' chat with Lisa, which set us up perfectly for the days ahead. I had been to Marrakesh only a few months before and didn't receive anything like this from where I stayed previously, and had this been the case I definitely would have had a more enjoyable and better educated stay first time around.

All in all, I just couldn't think of a bad word to say about Lisa, Michael, their staff and generally Dar Charkia. I absolutely loved my stay and will most definitely be coming back. If I could rate 10* I would!!

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with friends
    • 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 June 19, 2013

I was so surprised to have read the comment written below, as my third visit to Dar Charkia was just as fabulous as my last two.

As always, the owners Lisa and Michael were so warm and hospitable. The food, delicious - infact this trip we ate in the Riad two out of the three evenings we were in Marrakech. The decor, so stylish. The atmosphere, as peaceful as always, and Sami as helpful as ever.

If you are wanting a couple of really interesting fun filled days in Marrakech mixed with some relaxation, this is the place to stay.

Thank you Lisa and Michael

  • Stayed June 2013, 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2013

The initial helpful and detailed directions on how to arrive at Dar Charkia right in the Medina are a sure indication for how accommodating and informative the owners Lisa and Michael and their family of staff are.
On arrival we were warmly greeted into the peaceful and wonderfully decorated oasis and served beverages before being shown to our beautiful air conditioned twin room.
The extensive information provided in the room and the detailed handwritten map were backed up by an orientation from Michael after a tasty and filling breakfast and the staff were more than happy to make bookings for us during our stay.
Highly recommended, especially for a first stay in Marrakech or indeed if you want to make some substantial well advised purchases

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with friends
    • 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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Also Known As:
Dar Charkia Hotel
Dar Charkia Marrakech
Dar Charkia Hotel Marrakech
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:
#4 Family Hotel in Marrakech
#22 Romantic Hotel in Marrakech
#24 Business Hotel in Marrakech
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
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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