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“Fabulous luxury” 5 of 5 stars
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Dar Charkia
50 Derb El Halfaoui | Bab Doukkala, Marrakech 40 030, Morocco   |  
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Sydney, Australia
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“Fabulous luxury”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2013

What more can I say that hasn't already been said?? I'll give it a try to help you decide:

I found it very interesting seeing the enormous and extremely luxurious hotels that are all around the fringes of Marrakech and thought to myself that while six star hotels are amazing, the friendliness and service that we had in Dar Charkia was the best I've had out of all the places I've ever stayed.

Which is not to say that the service is only the good aspect, staying at Dar Charkia is like staying in the luxurious home of a VERY rich friend, but with peace and privacy as well.

Another major bonus of Dar Charkia over the hotels that are out of town, is that you are just a couple of minutes walk from the souks and everything else that amazing Marrakech has to offer.

However, if you are after the sort of holiday where you don't leave the 'compound', those big hotels might be right for you. Though you certainly wouldn't have a problem spending a lot of time within the walls of Dar Charkia!

Our room was enormous, richly decorated and had plenty of room and furniture for lounging around.

The downstairs courtyard is a magical place, during the day for its tranquility, cool and relaxing atmosphere; at night it is like a sultan's palace courtyard with the lanterns in the orange tree lit and the glow from the alcoves around the courtyard.

The lounge area off the courtyard is extremely comfortable and has no shortage of books, games and CDs.

The rooftop terrace is a great place to sit and watch the sun come up while hearing the stirring morning call to prayer, or once the sun is up, to relax on a sun lounger, read a book or just chill out on the lounges in shade of the arabic styled open-sided tent.

The food is second to none (literally some of the best in town) and I highly recommend having lunch and/or dinner in. Everything we had was fantastic - I don't think you can go wrong with a menu choice.

Marrakeck itself can be a little overwhelming and it was fantastic to have a personal tour with Najib of the souks, the museum and the old university. It was one of the highlights of the trip.

I also highly recommend the Lalla Takarkouste Lake and Imlil Valley day trip, Abdul was a fantastic and safe driver and guide and we must have taken hundreds of photos!

Lastly I'd like to add a warm 'thank you' to Lisa, Samir and Sayeed who all made our stay a life-time memory.

  • Stayed October 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 October 26, 2013

We spent our last two nights in Morocco in Dar Charkia. Lisa, Michael, Samira and their staff made our stay in their gorgeous riad such an amazing experience. A little heaven right in the middle of bustling Marrakech, it offers everything you can ask for in a riad: perfect and central location, beautifully and authentically decorated, spotless clean, upscale, with an amazing eye for detail, tasty breakfast and excellent advice re: the city. Ultimate professionalism!! We are so happy we ended our trip in Dar Charkia.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2013

LISA & MICHAEL...

I want to AVOID COMMON TERMS when describing Dar Charkia, and I want to be as honest as possible.

Dar Charkia is beautiful, its very comfortable, quiet, and the interior is simply amazing. Don't be surprised if their service is as good, honestly speaking if you decide to spend a lot of time in Dar Charkia, or explore Marrakech, it wouldn't make any difference it is equally rewarding.

THE BEST PART?
Lisa as a host is excellent, and her extension; Said, the night watchman, is equally enchanting. Said is charming, respectful, and attentive; treat him nicely. Lisa as a host is as charming, funny, and brutally honest. Dry wit and sharp sensibility, this dragon lady is to be trusted with her experience with Marrakech. She will provide you with a MAP with all her notes, listen closely and intently and you WILL find good deals in the souks around Marrakech.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 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
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2013

We had a fabulous few days with friends in this beautiful riad. The owners, Lisa and Michael and their wonderful staff make you feel very welcome, nothing is too much trouble. We were very impressed by the information and tips given by Lisa, together with a map which certainly makes it easier to find your way around. The riad is a lovely, peaceful place to come back to after a busy day in the souks! Said was a pleasure to talk to and gave us an insight into life in Morrocco. The city was fascinating and the Morrocan people are very friendly. We will hopefully go back one day!

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  • Stayed October 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
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2013

Just returned from two nights at Dar Charkia for the second time this year, and I am pleased to say that it was just as perfect as the first time.

Lisa, Michael, Samira, Said and the rest of the team are amazing, kind and most helpful. They are full of character, fountains of knowledge and look after you ever so well. Nothing is too much to ask and it is a haven of calm and peace in a very busy city.

I will revisit next year and cannot wait.

Go!

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2013

A beautiful hidden gem in the midst of Marrakech's hustle and bustle, very close to the major sights and attractions, but once inside a haven of peace and tranquility. Lisa, Michael and their wonderful team make one feel very welcome from the minute you step inside the unpreposessing wooden door and the interior of the riad is revealed in all it's beauty - the website really does not do it justice. The whole of our stay was made so pleasant and relaxing by the unobtrusive attention to our every need by dedicated staff, nothing was too much trouble. Lisa and Michael are fountains of knowledge and their recommendations of what to do and where to eat were invaluable and helped us to appreciate all that Marrakech and the surrounding area has to offer. They made arrangements for everything, from trips to the Atlas mountains and luxury spas to reservations at local restaurants and walking tours with our own personal guides. We visited and looked inside other lovely riads but none that we would rather have stayed at. alAll in all, just wonderful!!

  • Stayed October 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
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2013

just got back from a four night stay in Dar Chakia and I must say myself and all of my travelling companions were overwhelmed with the quality of all aspects of this riad. it surpasses all others, for location, quality of the interior and décor, staff helpfulness and friendliness. We looked at several other more expensive Riads and non came close. on top of a great location, the level of help from Lisa in choosing places to go and see/eat was amazing, she could make a business out of this alone. I would say our experience at the hands of Lisa and her staff, whilst staying in Dar Chakia is unsurpassed for an all round wonderful experience. well done Lisa and Michael, you will certainly see us again, and I think the same is true for my 8 traveling companions.
the peace and tranquillity of the riad has to be experienced to be appreciated. Well done it was fab fab fab

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    • 5 of 5 stars Location
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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 Romantic Hotel in Marrakech
#6 Family Hotel in Marrakech
#32 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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