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“As great as the reviews make it sound” 5 of 5 stars
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50 Derb El Halfaoui | Bab Doukkala, Marrakech 40 030, Morocco   |  
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“As great as the reviews make it sound”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2013

My wife and I stayed for four days during the October half term. The Riad is beautiful, quiet and charming. The staff could not be more friendly and helpful (I'll also add a mention for Sahid the night porter - lovely guy, studying English Lit and great fun to talk to).

Lisa and Michael, our hosts, made us feel very welcome and Lisa's annotated map proved to be worth its weight in gold.

The location is perfect - it's a 10 minute walk to the main square and about the same to get up to the New Town. We ate out every night at a selection of restaurants and really enjoyed ourselves. As has been said before - this place is booked solid - but really worth it.

  • Stayed October 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2013

There's really no reason to look to stay anywhere other than Dar Charkia in Marrekech! While there are many choices for nice lodging in town, I still can't imagine a better place to be - especially when i found myself in a jam! What started out as a very troubling situation for me in Morocco (a lost passport and visa) that forced me (a woman, now left alone by trip-mates) to be stuck in Marrakech for an extra week turned out to be a blessing in disguise. I have to credit Dar Charkia for this - my trip got even better! Amazing owners Lisa and Michael and their incredible staff went the extra mile for me on all fronts! Calls were made to embassies on my behalf, excellent transportation was arranged, and as always, all advice is delivered with great warmth, a smile, and even a few jokes to lighten any dark mood. I thoroughly enjoyed my extra days. The place itself, decorated by Lisa, is absolutely beautiful and inviting. It's super clean with gorgeous appointments everywhere the eye can see. The location is superb, right in the Medina, very close to the great shopping at Mustafa Blaoui and very easy walking distance to all the wonderful craziness of the souks, Jmaa el Fna and other great neighborhoods that border. And let's not forget the FOOD! No joke, the home cooked dinners prepared by Zahira for the riad were far better than my fancy dining experiences at El Fassia and La Mamounia! Every single member of the staff is exceptional! Perfect English, French, Arabic, German, Hebrew and probably more are spoken and their attentiveness and guidance can not be underestimated. I've never felt more cared for, safe, and comfortable - I didn't want to leave, and for sure will be back!!!

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled solo
    • 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 November 15, 2013

WOW!!
As you enter this hotel from the bustling streets and alleyways in the Medina of Marrakech, tranquility and beauty hits you right in the face...
Then hospitality from the owners and staff flows over you as you sit down in the courtyard and take it all in.
The rooms are few and individually designed. This is interior design on a very high level indeed...
Location is perfect in the Medina giving you the possibility to explore the old town and the new town on foot if that's what you want.
We had a fantastic and informative talk through with Michael going over the map of Marrakech... What a service.
The staff at Dar Charkia is impeccable... ever so friendly and helpful.. You really feel at home here.
This was our first time here, it will not be our last!!
This place is highly recommended.

Stayed November 2013
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2013

1st class treatment all the way round! Riad and staff are amazing. Owners Michael and Lisa have sorted every detail and it shows. Staff were so helpful as are all there. Location is excellent. Wouldn't dream of staying anywhere else. Only issue is they are selling out quickly so book up.

Cheers and thanks Grant

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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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2013

As we found out in Morocco, "roads" or hotels are generally not conspicuous from the outside. In fact most opulent homes in Morocco do not give any hint at all from the outside. As we were in Morocco for the first time, we were just amazed at the elegance of Riad Dar Charkia as we went in from the street.

A small pool, an impressive patio will not make an excellent hotel. Throw in great hospitality, however, even the humblest of abodes become a great place to stay. Now this is where Lisa and Michael and Sahid, their man Friday, excel. Lisa patiently sat down with us to explain the intricacies of Morocco and Marrakech, in particular. I was especially delighted to hear from her that in Morocco street names have no real significance - landmarks do!

Sahid was especially helpful and with his perfect English served us good Moroccan wine while we were enjoying the moonlit evening on the rooftop.Breakfast too was great with local delicacies to wake up one's taste buds before trekking through the souks of the medina.

The rooms here are very spacious. I would probably complain about the internet access being weak in the room, but this is a place for vacation. So internet access should be limited! So instead of that being a black mark, I am giving it a check for Riad Dar Charkia.

It's conveniently located, a short walk to the Jamaâ El Fna Square and if you are a regular runner, there's a good route to the gates of the medina.

If you go to Marrakech, don't fail to meet Lisa and Michael at Dar Charkia.

Room Tip: If you need internet access, stay in one of the rooms on the ground floor.
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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2013

I have just returned from a long weekend spent at Dar Charkia, and would recommend this Riad to anyone travelling to Marrakech without hesitation. It has a very special feel about it, a real oasis in the chaos of Medina.

I rented the Riad over the weekend for a birthday party for my wife and a group of close friends. The trip was nearly 9 months in planning, with friends travelling from as far afield as Canada. Lisa and Michael, the owners, were superb in helping organise everything from restaurant bookings to belly dancers and traditional Moroccan musicians, whilst managing to keep the whole thing secret from my wife until we all arrived. Lisa's knowledge of Marrakech is fantastic, and her annotated map a goldmine of information.

The food for our party was of the highest standard with delicious Moroccan tapas and tangines on offer. The staff made an extra special effort to decorate the courtyard for the evening, making it feel really special for what turned out to be a truly memorable party.

The rooms are spacious and comfortable, with a really individual feel to each one. Imagine a glossy magazine feature on a Moroccan Riad and you get the picture. Breakfasts are fantastic, a real mixture of Morrocan and French with amazing freshly squeezed orange juice.

Lastly but not least, the staff are absolutely superb, friendly helpful and always available.

As a group, we had a truly memorable weekend. A large part of that is down to Dar Chakia. Lisa and Michael, thank you - really - thank you!

If you are looking for somewhere to stay in Marrakech - come here you won't regret it.

Room Tip: They are all good, but I would go for a balcony room if available.
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  • Stayed November 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 November 9, 2013 via mobile

Wow what a find.!! We were met at the airport by our transfer without a hitch. Arriving at the drop off point we were guided to our Riad down a few dark alleyways and we both wondered where we were being taken.On arrival at the front door we were warmly greeted and walked from the chaotic street into paradise.
It was stunning and much more than and photograph could say!
We had decided to have a meal in the Riad on arrival and it was beautiful .We both had tapas and chicken and lemon tagine gorgeous and recommended we washed this down with a bottle of red wine Bonaister(I think it's called) yum yum.
We had booked the Douria suite and this exceeded all our expectations large airy beautifully decorated air con and kingsized bed. Bathroom fully equipped with every detail cotton wool pads tissues you name it it had it! The room looked like something from a magazine !!
After a good night sleep we went down to a breakfast of breads croissant yoghurt and fresh fruit jams English tea freshly squeezed orange juice and
a savoury dish different each day.
Shortly after breakfast we were delighted to meet Lisa and Michael the owners. Lisa gave us the low down on Marrakech with a hand scribed map. Wow she knows her stuff.
We ventured out and got lost along with all the other map holders but eventually followed our nose and found the main square.
I couldn't fault dar charkia in any way. The staff are excellent nothing too much trouble and the place world class. We shall definitely return

Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
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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 ( Wi-Fi ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#4 Romantic Hotel in Marrakech
#6 Family Hotel in Marrakech
#39 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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