We've just returned from a 4 night stay at Dar Charkia and it was everything we could have wished for. It really is an oasis of calm and tranquillity amid the hustle and bustle of the Medina.
Dar Charkia is a beautifully decorated riad situated to the northwest of the Souks and Jemaa El Fna (main square) and both are around a 10 minute leisurely walk away. We were upgraded to the suite on the first floor of the riad which is tastefully decorated with all things Morocco - beautiful carpets, artwork, ornaments and furniture. Lisa and Michael have done a superb job in blending Moroccan tradition with modern convenience. The room was spotlessly clean and very quiet which was welcome after the non stop action of Marrakech.
We arranged a transfer to and from the airport which was totally hassle free and costs 150dh each way. The driver was waiting for us in the airport when we arrived and took us straight to the district where the riad is situated and from there it's a 2 minute walk. Rashid, one of the staff, was waiting for us and took our bags for us. Rashid was particularly helpful in grabbing some food for us as we arrived quite late. All the staff for that matter were superb.
On the first morning Michael gave us an annotated map of the best places to see during our brief visit. He recommended some truly superb restaurants and bars for lunch and dinner, the standout venue for us being Lotus Privelege which is another riad some 5 minutes walk from Dar Charkia. Dinner here is an absolute must. It's amazing.
We also had a 3 course dinner at Dar Charkia and again this was excellent. There is a very tranquil ambience about the place and the service was spot on. Very romantic.
So we have no reservations in giving Dar Charkia yet another 5 star review. You can't go wrong with this place and we will be recommending it to everyone who asks where we think is the best place to stay for an authentic slice of Morroccan life.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Dar Charkia Marrakech
- Dar Charkia Hotel Marrakech