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“An Amazing Experience” 5 of 5 stars
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Riad Dar Oulhoum
8 Db Kori Sidi Ben Slimane, Marrakech, Morocco   |  
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Ranked #13 of 460 hotels in Marrakech
Chelmsford, United Kingdom
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4 hotel reviews
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“An Amazing Experience”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2013

We stumbled across this riad when looking for somewhere to book for a 4 night stay in Marrakech. The reviews that have gone before are 100% accurate and gave me a few smiles when looking at them again before posting this.

Both I and my wife had not been abroad (on our own) since our first child was born 12 years ago and so wanted to go somewhere different, but at the same time have some time to relax. Staying at this riad certainly gave us the tranquillity and relaxation during the night and morning, as wandering around the medina during the day is just ‘mad’, but very interesting.

Guy and Bruno had arranged a car to meet us at the airport and the cost is added to your bill at the end, which is great if you arrive with only a few coins in your pocket. They meet you at the drop-off point and take your bags through various alley ways into their riad, where we were presented with a choice of aperitifs.

We had ordered dinner for that night and all I can say is that the food is superb, locally sourced, fresh and perfectly cooked, especially when washed down with a cool bottle of local wine, all very reasonably priced. Although we always had lunch out, we ate at the riad for a further 2 nights and at a local restaurant on the last night, which was a Bruno recommendation and beyond excellent, although nothing too different from the excellent food from the riad.

Bruno and Guy seriously go out of their way to make your stay perfect and the riad cannot be faulted (we are very fussy when paying for accommodation), as it is clean, tidy and has been restored amazingly. Guy knows everyone, as he guided us through the souks on the first morning and delivered us to have a massage, which everyone should experience during their stay!

On the way back we got lost (every day), but if things did ever get really bad Bruno provides you with a mobile phone, although we never used it, instead we just paid the local children a few pence to help us finish the maze and get back to the riad (our sense of direction is hopeless).

In summary, we left after our stay with lots of great memories, as we were looked after by Guy and Bruno in such a professional and friendly way that we felt honoured to have stayed at their place. They do everything in their power to make you have a enjoyable stay, from start to finish, a good example being on the last day when our flight was in the evening, but there was no problem in us keeping the room, coming back at 4pm for a shower, change and final drinks on the roof terrace, before getting the car.

If we were every to go back to Marrakech, we would have no hesitation booking-up to stay with these special and genuine hosts, as they made a significant difference to our break and we cannot thank them enough…

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Bristol, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2013

We had a brilliant time here. It was delightful and friendly. The house was beautiful and the hosts were so kind and enjoyable. I would return tomorrow if I could and I plan to in the future. Many thanks indeed and see you again soon.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2013

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!

Room Tip: Impossible to chose the best room! But I got the biggest with the only bath as opposed to shower...
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2013 via mobile

This is a lovely riad, the courtyard and each of the rooms have been beautifully decorated. Guy and Bruno are perfect hosts and went out of their way to look after every part of our visit. We enjoyed the breakfasts on the rooftop terrace and the evening meal was great. This was simply the best place we stayed in Morocco.

  • Stayed April 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2013

We have just returned from a 3-night trip to Marrakech - in planning our trip we looked through endless lists of all very attractive looking Riads, many with very good reviews. We settled on Riad Dar Oulhoum and I can honestly say that if I was returning to Marrakech I would book it again without hesitation - I wouldn't even consider an alternative! Everything about our stay at this Riad was perfect - Guy had arranged to meet us on our way from the airport, and on our arrival at the Riad we had drinks with our hosts on the beautiful rooftop terrace. On our first night at the Riad we dined in a cosy living room by an open fire, and the tagine was just divine! After dinner Guy and Bruno took us on a walk through the medina and the souks of Marrakech, introducing us to various points of interest. These hosts sure pay attention to every detail, and this Riad which they have renovated is well and truly a work of art. Our room was just beautiful and so comfortable, and everywhere in the house are interesting artefacts. Breakfast was a highlight - every morning we were spoilt with a variety of homemade yoghurts, pancakes, and freshly squeezed juices. In fact if you do book to stay at Riad Dar Oulhoum I strongly recommend that you dine here - you will find it hard to beat the cuisine they offer (we ate here on our third evening also - couldn't resist!). Everything about our stay here was truly perfect, and very reasonably priced considering the exceptionally high standards - I cannot recommend it highly enough. Thank you Bruno, Guy & Driss for a most memorable stay.

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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2013

We wanted a luxurious getaway in a traditional Riad and we hit the jackpot with Dar OulHoum. Hosts Guy and Bruno have perfected their service. Attention to detail is evident in everything that they have created.
Before we arrived our hosts made sure that we had directions to our meeting point. Guy met us on arrival and guided us to our very convenient car park space. For just a few euros per day we could park the car within the medina and just a short 2 minute walk to the Riad. The car park was easy to find with gps when we returned from trips outside the medina.
The main square is approx 10 minutes walk from the Riad - near enough for a stroll in the evening but far enough away from the noise and hustle.
My wife particularly looked forward to breakfast on the roof terrace. Blue skys, view to the mountains, birds singing - freshly brewed coffee, pancakes, spreads, fresh fruit, homemade yogurt, pastries etc. The standard of food at the Riad is top class - way better than you can get in the medina restaurants and excellently served by the Riad staff. We really enjoyed the delicate flavours of the tajines, fresh breads and colourful salads.

This is really a top notch place to stay. For a traditional luxury Riad in the medina don't look any further. You will not be disappointed.

Room Tip: We stayed in the"India" room. Highly recommended. This is a really spacious airy room with...
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2013

true luxury is in the quality of service and attention to detail.

having worked in a hotel myself, my attention is naturally drawn to two main things: one is the quality of service and the other is comfort. as a tourist, what i consider foremost are location and above all, value-for-money.

dar oulhoum excelled in all the above aspects.

from our arrival, owners guy and bruno not only offered everything expected of a reputable hotel but they even surpassed our expectations by anticipating our needs ! they seemed to be always one step ahead of us, always available and flexible to facilitate our requests. this gave us a real feeling of security and rest. actually we didn't feel like we were staying in a hotel, we felt like private guests in a beautiful private home. such hospitality is rare indeed.

dar oulhoum is tucked away from the noise, but only 15 minutes of a leisurely walk to the main square. the rooms are tastefully decorated, very cozy, clean and comfortable. in order to preserve a quiet atmosphere, a separate room with a fireplace is available to all guests for televiewing. wifi is available.

i recommend arranging to have your meals at dar oulhoum according to your schedule & activities... try it and you'll see why :-)

we did have our apprehensions coming to marrakech for the first time but our stay in dar oulhoum with guy and bruno made our holiday a very memorable one.

we highly recommend this hotel !!!

ariel silva
bern, switzerland
length of stay: 7 nights in suite marrakchi

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 8 Db Kori Sidi Ben Slimane, Marrakech, Morocco
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Location: Morocco > Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region > Marrakech
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Suites
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Ranked #13 of 460 hotels in Marrakech
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