After a hectic week of sightseeing in Barcelona, The relaxed, visually beautiful, and delicious Dar Charkia Riad was just the tonic needed to recharge the soul. From the late night greeting by the staff to the daily morning conferences and question-answer sessions with Lisa and Michael, and all the little details all day long made our stay just perfect. Lisa made arrangements for everything we wanted to do after offering a ton of suggestions even before we arrived. We spent a gorgeous spa day at a hotel out of the old city, had a tangine cooking lesson, and of course shopped in the souks. But my favorite thing was coming back to the riad and relaxing in the courtyard with its 2 water features and tree, the sitting nooks with sumptious cushions where we dined in the morning, the library with computer, and the colorful sparkling decor all over. Our group decided to dine in our final night and we were treated to a wonderful meal served by the gracious and attentive staff. the rooms are colorful and comfortable. When booking, we were too late to get rooms with 2 beds each so Lisa put brand new single beds in rooms with doubles to accommodate us. The bathroom has an open shower area with shampoo etc in vials! I forgot to mention the roof deck. There is a canopied area with couches as well as lounge chairs for relaxing and sunning. We ate breakfast up top one morning. But it is open for evening star gazing as well. You do have to take the stairs to most of the rooms but thankfully the luggage is hauled up and down by the staff. You feel like you are in another world that's exotic yet so comfortable you want to stay forever. Even the early morning (!) minaret call to prayer seemed charming and appropriate. About the only thing I can think of that might be a problem was our air conditioner - it wasn't cold enough for my roommate but then I thought we didn't need it at all so I wasn't distressed. Also we had a rather noisy toilet which we were learning to silence after a night or 2.
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