We stayed at Dar Ilham for three nights in April 2015, looking for somewhere primarily to read, relax and lie in the sun but also close enough to Marrakech for the odd few hours in the city centre. For this sort of holiday, the hotel was ideal.
Our room was one of the best we have every stayed in. Lovely large bed, a balcony looking over the pool and a beautiful bathroom complete with a separate bath and shower. There is also a television which you can play DVDs through, although the discs are slightly unreliable.
The swimming pool area is fantastic - lots of sunbeds, lots of space and a jacuzi nearby for cloudy days. I'm not sure if the pool was heated but it was warmer than another hotel we stayed in and very comfortable to swim in.
There is a lovely area of tables just between the hotel and pool where you can have dinner and breakfast. We preferred this area to the restaurant inside, which we felt was a bit quiet, small and lacking in atmosphere. The food was excellent. Breakfasts included a selection of breads and pancakes served with various spreads and fresh orange juice or tea. Lunch was less spectacular but fine, with a choice of salads and sandwiches at a resonable price of 80-110 dirhams. Dinner was very nice, we worked our way through the handful of tagines on offer during our stay and all were lovely. Again mains cost around 110 dirhams, which is pretty reasonable.
The service at the hotel was slightly curious. Everyone was extremely polite, friendly and happy to help whenever possible but we couldn't help feeling they were all slightly nervous. There wasn't the same confidence and proactiveness we experienced at our second hotel. That said we certainly couldn't complain, all the staff were very sweet and ready to help.
It is true the hotel is slightly plonked in the middle of nowhere. If you want to walk out the door and be in the city centre every day, it's probably not for you. We only wanted to dip in and out of Marrakech and for this the shuttle bus more than sufficed. It leaves the hotel at 11am and there is a return journey from the medina at 6pm. Although I think the times were flexible, depending on other guests. We booked a second hotel closer to the city for the second part of our week but we probably needn't have worried, Dar Ilham is close enough for occasional visits.
Overall we loved this hotel. The outside area - swimming pool, garden and pateo - was its biggest strength and made for a very relaxing few days in the sun. Would happily return.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- In a stunning natural setting, facing the Atlas Mountains, the Kasbah Dar Ilham welcomes you to an unpretentious luxury that combines Moroccan knowledge with the modern comfort of the services provided. Alain and his devoted team, attentive and discreet, welcome you and will turn your stay into an unforgettable experience. Luxury and simplicity: The utmost luxury resides in life's simple things and happiness is the combination of all small pleasures, like relaxing by our wonderful swimming pool of 72 x 26 ft, heated in winter for your greater comfort, or enjoying your well-being in our Jacuzzi for up to 6 people. Enjoy a delicious breakfast under the arches or in the terrace and discover the wonderful cooking concocted by Aicha and her team. You can also choose between a numerous range of different additional activities available, like golfing (3 courses just 15 minutes away), horse riding, SUV riding, jet skiing, quad, kart racing and many others. Marrakech's well-being: Your stay wouldn't be complete without a special moment for yourself in which Nawal, our beautician/masseuse will make you discover the advantages of a traditional Hammam and the secrets of numerous cares and Oriental massages. Everything here is made for you to have pleasant moments, to discover the traditions and the culture of Morocco, and to make you leave full of charming memories... So that you come back! ... more less
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