This is an absolutely beautiful house, decorated with exquisite taste in the Morrocan style with interesting African artifacts as well. It is a literal oasis in the bustling lanes of central old Marrakech. This city is daunting for the first time visitor and Guy and Bruno could not have been more hospitable and helpful. They even furnished us with a local mobile telephone and a series of laminated, numbered photos so we could find our way back through the souks! Having personally guided us there in the first place and pointed out some particularly good stalls.
We ate out once but soon worked out that the best Moroccan food was served right there on the roof terrace at Dar Oulhoum and cooked by the in-house chef and served with good local wines. We shall definitely be returning..... never have I stayed anywhere with 3 dozen fresh white roses in the BATHROOM!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Dar Oulhoum tells me a story ... The mid-nineteenth century, under the reign of Sultan Hassan 1st (born Hassan ben Mohammed in 1836 in Fez and died on 7 June 1894 in Tadla), a vizier (high-ranking official, with an adviser or minister from Muslim leaders), chooses a prime location to build this beautiful Riad, near the mausoleum of Sidi Ben Slimane (one of the seven saints of Marrakech latter being the founder of Sufism in Morocco), a sign of power. The proximity of the holy mausoleum, gave him a high respect. In the late nineteenth century, before the French protectorate, this place was that of a Spanish bank and a British legation. During the restoration of the Riad, existing telephone line upon arrival in 2000 of the weapons found at the bottom of the well and an enamelled plaque written in Arabic and Spanish testament to the power of the family that gave its name to the Derb. Subsequently we will tell to the DAR Oulhoum ... ... more less