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“Our stay at the Dar Fakir was a joy”
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Dar Fakir
Ranked #315 of 496 Hotels in Marrakech
Cape Town Central, South Africa
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“Our stay at the Dar Fakir was a joy”
Reviewed November 22, 2013

We loved everything about the Dar Fakir! It's immensely stylish, with the sort of seemingly simple décor that has entailed a great deal of thought and attention to detail, resulting in a calm and quietly luxurious atmosphere which is a striking contrast to the narrow streets of the medina outside. The staff were delightful and looked after us with the greatest care and consideration, and the breakfast was the best we had in Morocco.
It was fortunate though that we were the only guests, as our party included children of five and six who might have disturbed any other guests since the rooms all opened onto the central courtyard.
This hotel is so special that it would be worth going back to Morocco just to stay there again: and it would be a wonderful place to take a party of friends for a weekend in Marrakech.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with family
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed October 21, 2013

Just returned from Marrakech and a fantastic stay at Dar Fakir - a little oasis of calm amidst the hustle and bustle of the city! Marrakech is a place of extremes - extreme hustle and bustle and then extreme calm and this is certainly the latter - it made for a fantastic stay.

After taking a trip down a winding alleyway you emerge into the most beautiful courtyard of the Riad - Very calm, very friendly staff and a good relaxing area after a wild day in the Medina.

Kerstin the manager was fantastic at offering advice on things to do and helped make booking for any excursions we made. The trip went without hitch.

The rooms themselves are spotless and full of character - facilities you'd expect in a hotel charging far in excess of the room rates of Dar Fakir - it is fantastic value.

The breakfasts that are prepared are also very tasty and filling and set you up for the day ahead.

I would certainly recommend this Riad to everyone - my folks will no doubt be following in my footsteps on an upcoming trip.

Room Tip: Ask for an upgrade to one of the larger rooms if possible.
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 21, 2013

Stayed at Dar Fakir with my boyfriend for 5 nights end of Sept/early October. It was the perfect place to stay for a romantic few days - I couldn't recommend it enough for the beautiful settings/decor/general gorgeous ambiance, it really is so luxurious and a real treat. We arrived in the evening, when the riad looks its best, and the courtyard was filled with candles. Really, really beautiful. Because we were there for a few nights (I think most people stay for less) we were upgraded to a suite and it was beautiful - huge with gorgeous furnishings. So impressed with the riad's appearance, honestly you won't find a better riad in Marrakech. The location is perfect too, right in the center of Old Town Marrakech but absolutely silent when you get in the riad.

Just a couple of tips for if you visit.....
- Definitely get the transfer to the riad from the aiport that they offer. It would be absolutely impossible to find by yourself, especially if you're arriving at night.
- Riad is at the end of a long, narrow alley, but it's completely safe - don't get freaked out (like I did a bit when we arrived)
- Apart from the transfer from the airport which is completely worth it, just get your own taxis everywhere else. We got a private car to Nikki Beach which was 350DH return, but just walk to the square and you can get a taxi there for 100DH and one back for the same price (basically, the Riad does overcharge for using private cars, and it's so easy to just grab a taxi).
- Breakfast is not wonderful. It's convenient, and served upstairs until midday, but cost quite a bit extra and was a little plain.
- The dinner we had on our first night was gorgeous - I would really recommend eating in the riad one night, and like I said the place is out of this world in the evening.
- Go to Nikki Beach! It's expensive and definitely a treat, but worth it for a full day of luxury by the pool, and the food is really good too. We ended up going twice.
- Very quiet and private - wouldn't recommend it for children at all, but perfect for couples.

We had such a wonderful time, and would definitely recommend.

Room Tip: Suites are beautiful, but I'm sure you won't be disappointed with any room.
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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
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DarFakir1, General Manager at Dar Fakir, responded to this review, November 17, 2013
Thank you very much for your wonderful review and summary of your stay in Marrakech and at Dar Fakir. We'd just like to clarify to other review readers that our breakfast does not cost extra it is included in our standard price. In this instance the guests had booked a special, reduced offer with other T&C, part of which excluded breakfast. The reduction given did not reflect the cost of our breakfast. Additionally private transfers are always more expensive than a regular taxi but our rates are extremely competitive compared to other private transport services. Many guests do not enjoy the trouble of having to negotiate fees with regular drivers and appreciate the value (reliability, standard of vehicle, careful driving) of the extra cost in return for private transfers.
We are happy that you really appreciated your stay with us and hope you have wonderful memories of Marrakech.
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Reviewed October 20, 2013

We had an absolute excellent and relaxing stay at that Riad. We never expected such a wonderful Hotel after a short walk through all those small alleys. When you open the main door you seem to be in another world - a mix of "very aesthetic" but always original. The management was very friendly and care taking. We advice to make use of the opportunity to be picked up from the airport.

Room Tip: To be honest the rooms are all very nice the only difference is the size - so you can´t really choos...
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed August 30, 2013

Very calm, very friendly stuff and a good relaxing area after a wild day in the Medina.
Kerstin, the manager, always had the best tips for trip or restaurants and her organisation skills are amazing! Even in ramadan times with 45 celsius it was fresh and quiet during the day...

We`d rocommend this place to everyone. We just hope, that its not gonna be overcrowded soon. It has to stay as an insider/secret spot..

Thanx for a great time

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
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Douglas, United Kingdom
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Reviewed August 8, 2013

The Riad was lovely, it was quiet when we were there with only one other guest. Very close to Medina but once you are inside you feel away from it. The staff were friendly and very helpful to us.
I have rated the sleep quality as average as I think we had our aircon on the wrong setting, as I just couldn't get cool and it was too late to see someone. I don't think it was broken as it was fine the next day. We only stayed one night so we did not get a chance to have a second night, if we had I am sure it would have been much better.

Room Tip: As far as I could tell, all the rooms are equally beautiful.
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
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Atlanta, Georgia
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Reviewed August 7, 2013

One on the best things in Marrakesh was our stay at Dar Fakir, the staff is very friendly, the chef is the best one in town! Very clean, and they will do whatever it takes to make sure you leave with a smile. Very romantic!
Depending on the time you arrive the area could be intimidating but don't worry, the people are very helpful, they will walk you to we're you need to go if you are lost (very easy to get lost)
Go out and enjoy the plaza after 7pm.
No worries about getting robbed, just don't walk in to the shops unless you are ready to buy.

Room Tip: Stay on the first floor! That way you can walk downstairs and the terrace.... Best at night!
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
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Property: Dar Fakir
Address: 16 Derb Abou El Fadail, Kennaria | Kennaria Medina, Marrakech 40000, Morocco
Location: Morocco > Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region > Marrakech
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#102 Family Hotel in Marrakech
#155 Romantic Hotel in Marrakech
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Dar Fakir 3.5*
Number of rooms: 7
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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