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“Fabulous Marrakech hideaway” 5 of 5 bubbles
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Dar Charkia
Ranked #21 of 511 Hotels in Marrakech
Certificate of Excellence
London, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Fabulous Marrakech hideaway”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 30, 2013

Dar Charkia is a truly beautiful and peaceful Riad that absolutely deserves its status at the very top end of the TripAdvisor hotel recommendations for Marrakech. A really great location, just a minute from a main drop off point and very close to the palace. The riad is only 5 minutes from the souks and about 15 minutes from Jemma el Fna and easy walking distance to Gueliz and Hivernage as well, yet once you are inside the hussle and bustle fades quickly and the peace and tranquility of the courtyard or the roof terrace is a great place to re-charge with a mint tea or glass of wine. Lisa and Michael (the owners) and their staff go above and beyond to ensure that every guest feels special and has an amazing visit to Marrakech. Lisa and Michael's love of Marrakech is infectious and is clear in the beautiful riad and the time and attention they spend making sure you have all the information you could need. The personalised map that they prepared for us, restaurant and shop recommendations and tips which they customise to the interests of each guest goes beyond any high end concierge service. The service starts from the moment you contact Lisa and Michael to book your trip, ensuring that by the time you arrive special trips and restaurants are booked to ensure the perfect visit. Each room is individually decorated and very comfortable, feeling both like an exclusive boutique hotel but also like staying with friends. Marrakech is a crazy, chaotic city and having Lisa, Michael and their staff on hand to guide, answer questions and where necessary chaperone us was invaluable. Breakfast is included in the room rate and was always extremely generous with fresh french bread and pastries every day plus fruit, yoghurt and a variety of other delicacies to tempt us each day. The "any time, any place" attitude of the staff was lovely - no need to worry about missing breakfast if you sleep in. We ate dinner at the Riad on our first night and it was one of the best meals we had in Marrakech - delicious food and very generous portions so the only "problem" was that we could not possibly finish! We had a wonderful time at Dar Charkia and highly recommend it!

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with friends
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 30, 2013

We spent four wonderful days in this excellent Riad. The courtyard and facilities are of an excellent standard tastefully decorated and well maintained and the staff cannot do enough to make your stay as comfortable as possible. On arrival we were met by one of the owners Michael sat us down and provided us with 2 maps of the local area and some invaluable information and helpful tips about Marrakesh. One of the best places I have stayed anywhere in the world and would thoroughly recommend ! Indeed, I loved it so much that I proposed to my girlfriend (now fiancée) on the roof terrace under the stars!

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 28, 2013

Dar Charkia is a beautiful Riad. The courtyard and bedrooms are tranquil. The roof terrace is very comfortable. A lot of effort has gone into the tasteful and comfy decoration, which is a blend of modern convenience and simple tradition. As past reviews say, its been done to a high standard. The beds are quite hard, but also massive. There are effectively two duvets on the bed so we just slept on top of one.

The owners and staff of the Riad are incredibly friendly and helpful. There was always someone on hand when we had a question and nothing was too much bother. Almost all of the staff other than the owners speak good English. Every question was answered quickly and solutions found. We were given fantastic advice by the owners, Lisa and Michael, (tailored to us) on where to go and what to do. We were treated like friends not customers. In a chaotic and hard-to-follow city this was reassuring and invaluable in not being overwhelmed.

The food and drink in the Riad is excellent. The breakfast isn't to order, but there was lots of it and all of it fresh and beautifully prepared. We had dinner in the Riad one night, which was superb. And we enjoyed numerous drinks on the roof terrace. Mint tea and coffee are complementry. Alcohol isn't cheap, but is of a good quality.

We can't recommend Dar Charkia highly enough. Its fairly priced - the boutique service is the best we've expeirenced and well worth every penny. We would be happy to go back time and time again.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
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Potomac, Maryland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 17, 2013

Dar Charkia is a beautiful Dar located on the edge of the Marrakesh medina. The owners, Michael and Lisa, developed a spectacular property and were exceptionally helpful in getting us oriented in Marrakesh - great tour guide for half a day, excellent restaurant recommendations, shopping recommendations. We had the largest room (suite with a small living room, large bathroom) in the Dar and it was very comfortable. Staff are friendly and very helpful and responsive.

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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 14, 2013

Believe the hype!

This place is truly magical and staying here is a delight. The riad itself is beautiful and has been furnished to an incredibly high standard . It provides a sense of total relaxation and utter luxury and the Moroccan staff treat you as friends rather than guests. Nothing seemed to be too much trouble. You can have breakfast when and where you like and the riad also serves alcohol. It's a base for not only exploring Marrakech but for falling in love with Marrakech. It is also a very romantic place and the roof terrace provides a great view of the Atlas mountains.

We had a talk with Michael on arrival and he answered all our questions, even the silly ones, and provided invaluable information on what to pay for gifts, taxis and how to haggle etc . He also provided a map showing shops and restaurants etc. All their recommendations were fantastic! The food at Chez Mado was incredible and around £70 for two with wine.

We had some truly memorable meals and also a day trip into the Atlas Mountains which is well worth the drive. Our guide Mustafa was fun, friendly and gave us lots of information.

The location of Dar Charkia is very safe and is two minutes walk from a taxi drop off point. You don't have to go through the middle of the souks to get to the riad but they are a few minutes walk away if you want to explore. The main square is also an easy 5 minute walk away and with the taxi rank being so close you can get to any of the restaurants in the new town with ease.

I cannot find any fault with Dar Charkia. It is a perfect place to explore Marrakech but also provides a haven away from the centre to relax and enjoy your surroundings, It is evident that Lisa and Michael love Marrakech and it shows in all that they do. We will be back!!

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
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Manchester
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 13, 2013

As described by countless other reviewers, Dar Charkia is simply a cut above the rest. On arriving in Marrakech, to the uninitiated, it is at first a wonderfully different place complete with a new culture to understand and explore, and that's not to mention the chaos of the streets. Dar Charkia is simply a haven from the hustle and bustle of Marrakech, with wonderfully kind and thoughtful staff who simply enhance the experience. The owners, Michael and Lisa are also amazingly helpful. They were able to organise a brilliant local guide (Najib) to show us around the city (worth doing early on in your stay to help you get your bearings), as well as book any tours or restaurants and even provided a guide to take you to the more distant (and hidden away) restaurants. The rooms are beautifully decorated and clean. I would also recommend eating in the Dar at least once, as it is a peaceful setting for an evening meal and the food is exceptional. We already miss having breakfast sat in the courtyard. I've been fortunate enough in my life to visit many fine hotels, and the overall ambience and service at Dar Charkia surpasses even the best Four Seasons hotels. It's basically a wonderful hotel with concierge level service!

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
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Cheshire
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 7, 2013 via mobile

All the excellent reviews are true , Dar Charkia is a very special place. We have just returned from a weeks stay and feel so grateful that thanks to the reviews on tripadvisor we were staying in such a perfect place for our first visit to Morocco. The surroundings are peaceful and beautiful. Our room ( sahara) was excellent, lovely furnishings and huge bathroom. Lisa and Michael the owners could not be more charming or helpful. All of the staff are friendly and gracious, nothing is too much trouble. We had dinner at Dar Charkia on our first night and it was so delicious and the surroundings so relaxing that we decided to do the same on our last night. Being able to have breakfast at any time you like is fantastic. The location is unbeatable , near great places to eat, near the souks, only a few minutes walk from the square and an easy spot to get taxis from and to. Lisa and Michael made life so easy for us, arranged all our trips, booked restaurants and gave us great tips and advice. Its like a deluxe concierge service but with inside knowledge that you normally only get if you stay with friends . We went on a balloon trip with ciel afrique and it was unforgettable, totally worth the money. Can also heartily recommend a tour with Najib who is a first class guide, interesting, humorous and gracious. We did this on our first day and it was great as it helped us to get orientated. If you have time try to get to the Atlas mountains, the scenery is breathtaking. Marrakech is a
great city and we would love to return. If we do we would not stay anywhere else but Dar Charkia.

Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
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Property: Dar Charkia
Address: 50 Derb El Halfaoui | Bab Doukkala, Marrakech 40030, 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:
#9 Family Hotel in Marrakech
#10 Romantic Hotel in Marrakech
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Dar Charkia 3.5*
Number of rooms: 6
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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