Dar Charkia Hotel

, Marrakech, Morocco
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Dar Charkia Hotel

, Marrakech

Rooms: 6

Derb El Halfoui 49 - 50 - Marrakech - 40 000 - Morocco Hotel Website | | 212524 376477
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5*++ Service at an island of tranquility in Marrakech

from Make_It_A_Large_One
It is not often that a hotel, be it small or large, vastly exceeds your expectations on every level. Dar Charkia is one of those places.

Dar Charkia can rightly be described as a “boutique” hotel, unlike some we have stayed at which make this claim. Lisa and Michael have established a tranquil island of sophistication in the middle of Marrakech which offers hospitality and service at the very highest level (better than 5* hotels we have stayed at).

From the efficient arrival of the transfer at the airport, no matter is too small or large for Lisa and Michael to deal with and their overwhelming dedication to ensuring that each person gets the very best from their stay at Dar Charkia is obvious from the start.

Lisa’s advice about getting around is invaluable; advice about shopping (and haggling), where to eat and a multitude of other useful titbits of information make the difference between a “stay” in Marrakech and “experiencing” Marrakech to the full.

Must do recommendations would include the Medersa Ben Youssef, the main square (Jemaa-el-Fna) both during the day and at night, the Jardin Marjorelle and the Palais El Badi.

Lisa can advise of the current best places to eat, but we particularly enjoyed Café Arabe and eating in the main square – which is fast food with a twist.

Dar Charkia has been added (very high up the list) of our preferred ‘bolt holes’ where we can go and relax in the very finest surroundings.

loved the atmosphere!

from julesMorroco
Have just come back from my 2nd visit to Dar Charkia in as many months and was so glad I returned! Dar Charkia is a luxurious riad where the owners Lisa and Michael May along with their wonderful staff pamper you in an unobtrusive but very distinct way. All the rooms are individually and stylishly decorated and the attention to detail is apparant throughout. Lisa was always on hand to provide helpful "insider" tips on what to visit, where to shop and eat and how to generally experience Marrakech at its very best - a truly personal service. In-house cuisine was fabulous with the right mix of Moroccan and European dishes being served. After a long day experiencing the medina on my doorstep it was great to relax on the amazing roof terrace with stunning views of the Atlas mountains. In all, Dar Charkia is a fabulously sleek, chick and very boutique riad. Incredibly easy to find but very hard to leave. I will definitely be back!!

simply the best

from Graham16
We have both travelled extensively worldwide and we simply want to say if your goings to Marrakech, especially if it is your first time, stay here! Lisa and Michael and their lovely team will give you a wonderful and memorable stay.
Graham and Jane

fantastic stay

from pfivedukes
this really is the best place we have stayed in all our travels.The owners Lisa and Michael could not have done more for us to make our stay so enjoyable giving us local information on shopping .restaurants and local life, it helped us enjoy our short break to the full.The raid is truly beautiful with Lisa's knowledge as interior designer the rooms are a great retreat from the hussle of the medina which is a short walk away. Ideal location to enjoy Marrakech life but have the tranquility of the raid.the recommended restaurants were superb but our meals at the raid matched all the meals we had out.We have already booked for next year taking our grown up family with us as we feel it was not to be missed.

A really fine riad.

from DavidoffHorsham
Before we travelled to Marrakech I looked at many riads before deciding on Dar Charkia. It certainly exceeded my expectations. Ideally positioned for the souks and not far to walk to the main square, once you know the way! Lisa, her husband and the other staff could not do enough for us. They gave us invaluable information on restaurants and the best places to visit in Marrakech. We would have missed a lot of things without their advice. Great roof terrace for relaxing with a pot of mint tea or a bottle of wine. If I travel to Marrakech again, which I am sure I will, I won't look any further than Dar Charkia.

Well worth staying at this gorgeous Riad!

from Annuszka
I came here with 22 people to celebrate a friends 30th birthday, half of us stayed at Dar Charkia and the rest were at the Riad next door called Riad Chergui.

I am incredibly fussy and when I go on holiday I really expect the place to look as good as the pictures and the Riad is totally stunning, if you are planning a honeymoon you wouldn't be disappointed the place is like something out of a magazine or brochure. We had the run of the place but if you were there with other people you didn’t know there are plenty of spots that you could relax in during the day and evening so you wouldn’t feel at all like you were on top of each.

The food was really good and Lisa is a very thoughtful cook, everything is hand prepared and delicate with a flavour of Morocco running through which pleased even our fussy guests and our more adventurous ones. I actually ate so much of their yummy food that I couldn’t do my trousers up on the last day! Breakfasts were great and the lunches were better then any other riad I had eaten at by a mile.

The hospitality was fantastic and Lisa and Michael can't help you enough, if you want to know how they decorated the place they will happily take you to the wholesalers where they bought everything, the restaurants they recommended were spot on and the advice on prices was also a massive help.

I think that if I came again the location is really good, after a hectic afternoon in the souks you need a calm relaxing place to unwind and its walking distance and all the cabbies know it.

The only thing I might add is that if you want to you can take some CD’s along with you and listen to some music while you are there. They have some CD’s but it’s always nice to bring a few of your own if the guests don’t mind.

I NEVER write reviews but when you come across a lovely little place like this its worth letting people know about it.

What a place!

from FennerOrnbo
This Riad was fantastic, and really made our stay in Morocco. It is in a great location, just a short walk from the Souks and the centre of the medina.

The owners were great at giving advice on where to go and when, and recommended 2 of the best restaurants in Marrakech.

The Riad itself was beautiful, so much so that my girlfriend has now styled our front room on the Riad.

I would definately go back!

Stunning Riad

from HinaLondon
Dar Charkia, is stunning..... I would definitely recommend it as the perfect place to stay whilst in Marrakech. The Riad offers tranquillity, and stunning accommodation and a home away from home atmosphere (I just wish my flat was this nice!!!). Lisa and her family were soooo welcoming, as were all of the staff.

Wonderful stay at Dar Charkia

from Steve237
After days of researching and scouring tripadvisor and Time Out for somewhere special to stay in Marrakech, we settled on Dar Charkia. After calling the riad direct and speaking to Cyrus who manages this and a number of other riads - I knew this was the one place for us, and I was not wrong. Firstly, the service...

Cyrus (see photo!) made this trip unforgettable thanks all the help, advice and organising he provided from the moment we arrived in Marrakech - including booking tables in little known restaurants, organising a trip up the mountains and lunch by the lake. If you need
ANYTHING - then Cyrus is the man to sort it, speaking fluent French and knowing his way round this crazy city like the back of his hand - he truly is your fixer.

Mohammed, who manages the day to day running at the riad was also invaluable, providing us with drinks and snacks at virtually any time of the night. One night I sat up late chatting with Mohammed about life in Morocco, religion and politics. We asked each other many questions and it is a night I'll always remember

The riad itself was a home away from home, managing to be modern and cosmopolitan yet traditional at the same time. Perfectly situated within the medina walls and close to the souks, square and everywhere
else you'll want to be visiting during your stay. Once through the wooden door, you'll find yourself in a tranquil oasis that is the courtyard, leading to the individually themed rooms set around it, and to the roof terrace with sunbeds and plunge pool. See darcharkia.com for further info and photo's of the riad.

We stayed in the Khmissa Suite which was lovely and airy with a superb shower.

I cannot recommend Dar Charkia highly enough. Perfect for everyone, I cannot think of anyone who would not appreciate this outstanding riad.

Fabulous. Just the ticket

from nothingworks
If like me you spent hours trawling the internet to find the perfect retreat in Marrakech this is one of them. Within the city walls, North of the square it is in a good spot. The shopping area is North of the Souks so you can either get to the square that way or walk around them on a busier more main road (be very careful crossing). I'd say it was a good ten minute walk to the square on the busier road.

If it is your first time in Marrakech I strongly advise buying a guide book like Time Out, but if you haven't not to worry because Cyrus is on hand. Cyrus is the riad manager and will help you with everything you need. He's not on site but always a phone call away and is at the Riad everyday to meet the new guests arriving.

The riad will organise a taxi for you from the airport. This is the easiest and best way to do it (price wise as well). Easyjet lost our baggage and so we were over an hour late and yet the taxi waited for us and was not bothered in the slightest. He was very friendly. We found this true of so may morocans. They are very freindly and trustworthy. One cab driver was happy for us to pay him when we called him back to talk us back to the riad.

At the riad, we were lucky to be the only one's there and so Cyrus let us have one of the best rooms which was lovely. We stayed in the Khmissa Suite which was lovely and private on the first floor with their own steps down to the courtyard and small pool.

On the second day Cyrus kindly took us to the airport in his cab to help us find our luggage (it wasn't there but that is a whole different review of easyjet!). Cyrus then dropped us off at a shopping mall. He was so helpful and any riad would be lucky to have him as their manager.

If the weather is nice - ask to have breakfast on the roof terrace. They won't mind as everyone asks. We had one lunch in the riad which was good (even though they did put a massive slab of meat in what was called a cheese and tomato sandwich on the menu).

The pool is small and more of a big roman bath, but it does the job for a dip. The riad itself is beautifully decorated with a good balance between hip and modern and authentic morrocan. It is very peaceful, apart from the call to pray (but you cannot escape that anywhere within the medina).

There are lots of restaurants to cater for all. We went to Foundouk one night and massively recommend it. Being led through the streets by men wearing fez' and holding candles is an experience in itself. You have to book restaurants in advance but the Riad will be able to do this for you. When you go to the reservation it is usually under the name of the riad and not yours! You can of course eat in the square but i wasn't adventurous enough. When the guide book said to ask to eat of paper and not plates that kind of put me off.

You have to try the mint tea out there. It is amazing. Wish they did it back home.

The shopping is great and you will come home with something. haggling is not as bad as we thought. The best advice was think of how much you are willing to pay and just take it from there. everyone in the souks are good natured but if you are really not interested avoid eye contact and don't stay around otherwise it just snowball.

hope you have a great time and enjoy this special riad.
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  • Address: Derb El Halfoui 49 - 50 - Marrakech - 40 000 - Morocco
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