I and my business partner had landed in Marrakech on a business trip. Our company had goofed up big time in booking a hotel for our stay. They apologized and suggested us the Riad Dar Oulhoum. This was our first visit to Marrakech and hence we had absolutely no idea about the localities and cultures. The building looks absolutely delightful with the quaint Moroccan style of architecture, vibrant colors and typical African artifacts all around. And it was located at a very convenient distance from our office and the central market too. Just what we wanted. The breakfast at the roof top terrace was fantastic and so were the meals. Amazing Moroccan cuisine served to the best of abilities. The staffs were so gentle and understanding. They guided us on the tourist spots around the city, booked us a car and even gave us some currency change for our convenience.
- 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