Dar Fakir is a calm oasis in a very central position and we have no hesitation in recommending it. We stayed for 4 nights for my birthday at the end of March.
It is a very short walk from the main square. I am renowned for my lack of internal sat nav, but I amazed myself by finding my way back, which goes to prove just how close it is!
Whilst we loved the craziness of Marrakech, it was so good to have a cool, calm, chic retreat to return to at the end of the day. The decor is beautiful, and we particularly loved the style of the inner court yard and the upper terrace where breakfast is served. The downstairs suite we stayed in (Salama) was a nice size and very atmospheric.
The service was warm, helpful and personal from most of the staff. We had the set dinner there twice as the food was definitely the best we experienced in Marrakech - do try the chicken, lemon and olive tagine - it is divine.
The sister restaurant - Le Salama, which is about a 3 minute walk away, is very good too. There's a belly dancing extravaganza every night and a lovely, covered roof top area full of twinkling candles of an evening.
The only reason I haven't given Dar Fakir a 5 star rating is the fact that it was at times a little Basil Fawlty'ish. To give an example, our transport from the airport was late, the driver had no sign, didn't know our names and didn't speak English. We can't speak French, so to say we had difficulty in communicating is an understatement. I ended up escorting him across the airport and presenting him to the staff at the information desk to try to establish his real identity! I tried to call the Riad a couple of times too, but there was no-one available who spoke English at the time. We eventually gave him the benefit of the doubt and got into his van, but he then got back out and proceeded to have a rather heated discussion with 3 other men in the car park. I look back now and find it really funny, but at the time it was a more stressful start to our break than we perhaps would have liked. Admittedly, I have a vivid imagination, but I did wonder whether we would be appearing as missing people on the BBC news when we didn't arrive back home 4 days later. Then, after all that excitement, when we finally arrived at the Riad, we were shown to the wrong room. To be fair there was a power cut at the time, which may have contributed to the confusion.
Whilst we loved our suite it was very noisy at times. The noise was not from the guests, but the staff - we were at times party to some lively debates. This went on way past midnight on one evening. In hindsight, perhaps one of the upstairs rooms may have been preferable, but in a strange, perverse way, I guess it all added to a genuine Moroccan experience that we will never forget.
We really did have a fantastic experience but there's definitely never a dull moment in Marrakech!
- 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