This was my second trip to Marrakech and my second experience of a riad. The location of the Dar Fakir is excellent, just a few minutes walk to the main square, but beware the menace of 40 mile per hour scooters through very narrow bustling streets and alleyways! There was no welcome when we arrived, and the non English speaking kitchen staff took some time to answer the door. They provided us with mint tea while we waited and eventually took us to our room. About an hour later Kerstin arrived to greet us. She was extremely welcoming and helpful, providing us with a map and suggested activites and restaurants and was available in the riad at some point every day. We stayed in the Zouhoure 'suite' which I would not stay in again. The door between the bedroom and bathroom was a bizarre saloon style half swinging door, affording no privacy whatsoever. There was no storage space for suitcases and the lighting was totally inadequate. I reported the main light and one lamp not working (no bulb!) but no action was taken so eventually I had to take a bulb from a lamp in another room myself! The bed, however, was huge and extremely comfortable and we both slept soundly every night. The room also had great air conditioning, a blessing after the unseasonal 41 degree heat outside. Our room seemed to be mid range in the riad, with some being much smaller, especially the bathrooms, and a couple being very large and spacious. We had dinner on our first night which was of very poor quality and most definitely not worth 30 euros each. Breakfast, however, was lovely and served beautifully on the terrace by the night duty staff. Airport transfers also went smoothly. All in all, I would stay at Dar Fakir again, but would definitely choose a larger room and decline dinner!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Dar Fakir is a Riad de Charme located just 3 mins walk from Djema el Fnaa square. It reopened at the beginning of 2011 to visitors after a complete refurbishment. We differ from other riads in the sence that we offer an extensive service over other riads including not only the normal cooking courses but yoga, artisanal workshops and a very intimate service bordering onto concierge at very affordable rates. We provide extras such as meet and greet throughout your stay if required by our security guard during the evenings and at night. Mobile phones are provided to guests on request and are free of charge during their stay. We spend a lot of time with the guests making them feel welcome in the riad but also at home in the hectic maze of the Marrakech Medina. In total 5 languages are spoken in the riad - English, German, Swedish, French and the local Arabic, Darija. The rooms all have individually embroided bed linen made from Egyptian Cotton. The toiletries provided by Sence de Marrakech are Shower gel, Body lotion, shampoo and hand soap. For the Suite we can provide black soap and a gommage flannel.All rooms and Suites are decorated in elegant beige tadelakt on the walls as well as in the bathrooms. The floors have terracotta zellige. Rooms and Suites are furnished with traditional dark wood furniture in traditional berber style. The suites in addition have beautiful leather clad writing desks that tastefully match the decor. You will experience the ambience of arabian night in the evening when the handcrafted lamps and lanterns cast magical shadows on the walls. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Dar Fakir Marrakech