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“Marrakech oasis” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Riad Dar Oulhoum

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8 Db Kori Sidi Ben Slimane, Marrakech, Morocco   |  
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Ranked #8 of 469 Hotels in Marrakech
Darley Dale, United Kingdom
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8 reviews 8 reviews
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“Marrakech oasis”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My husband and I have just returned from spending a week in this fantastic guesthouse with Guy and Bruno. We were celebrating our 30th wedding anniversary in the city where we were going to honeymoon but at the time could not afford to book.
It was our first time in Marrakech and we had been a little apprehensive about how we would find our way around and manage to barter for goods. Guy and Bruno helped with both, taking us to the bank to get cash, guidance on how best to barter and provided a picture book to assist us to find our way from Jemaa El Fna to Dar Oulhoum. They booked a table for us at Maison Arabe for our anniversary meal and walked us to the restaurant. Nothing seemed too much trouble.
It takes a few days to get used to the city and the culture, but Dar Oulhoum provides the perfect surroundings in which to refresh, ready for your next wander into the 'madness.' Our room was as good as it looks on the website, the breakfast was exquisite and the evening meal we ate was just as good.
The house is very comfortable and completely relaxed. We felt at home, as if we were visiting relatives. Probably the best place we have ever stayed and hope to return one day. Inshallah.

  • Stayed January 2015, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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BRUNO D, Propriétaire at Riad Dar Oulhoum, responded to this review, 3 weeks ago
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Thank.... Merci... Choukran !!!!!!!

Rires, Discussions, et beaucoup d'Amitié.......

Pour le départ... juste un au revoir... pas d'adieu..;;Les yeux plein de larmes.!!!!!

A très bientôt pour un autre anniversaire ou évènement
B.D.
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  • Sleep Quality
    5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
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Perth, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2015

My husband and I stayed at Dar Oulhoum for a week. It was our first visit to Morocco and we couldn't have found a better place to stay nor more helpful hosts.

We had just spent three weeks in the UK with my family for Christmas and New Year and were looking for a relaxing week away before returning to Australia. We had done very little planning about what to do in Marrakech except book our Riad, luckily Bruno and Guy were full of excellent recommendations and tips.

This Riad is lovely, full of antiques and pieces they have accumulated from their travels. It is hidden away and really does feel like a little oasis in the middle of busy and bustling Marrakech. The breakfast was delicious (I don't think we ever ate the same thing twice!) and the room was beautiful with a lovely bathroom with a huge bath.

But the real benefit of staying here is the hospitality of Bruno and Guy. On arriving Bruno met us at the nearby carpark and walked with us to the Riad, after showing us our beautiful room Bruno and Guy had a drink with us in front of the fire. Bruno then recommended a restaurant and walked us there so we didn't get lost. Over the week their kindness extended to helping to organise a day trip to Essouira, recommending restaurants and a helping us to book a wonderful Hammam. On our last day Guy came with us into the souks and helped haggle in French when we wanted to buy a leather bag.

This place feels like you are staying with friends rather than staying in a hotel. We enjoyed being able to soak up the sun on the terrace and have lazy days in between experiencing Marrakech.

Highly recommended

  • Stayed January 2015, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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BRUNO D, Propriétaire at Riad Dar Oulhoum, responded to this review, January 16, 2015
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Thank.... Choukran......Merci.

Vous nous avez PROMIS, un avis, et tenu votre promesse !!!!!

Dar Oulhoum est heureux d'avoir contribué à recharger vos batteries.

Perth ....... devient notre ambassade !!!!!

B.D.
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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015

I spent two nights here, the best of my two weeks in morocco.
Bruno and Guy are the most welcoming hosts who have thought of every little detail. Breakfast is exquisite; they are very caring about your arrival - meeting me in the nearby parking area to help with my bags; providing a pictorial booklet to help you find your way through the medina; Guy taking me around on a shopping tour to find last minute purchases; arranging a visit to a fabulous hammam then walking me there....the list goes on and on!
I cannot recommend this riad enough. It feels like a home away from home, is filled with beautiful antiques, curios and other pieces. The terrace is an oasis to soak up the sun and relax. The chandelier in the bathroom made me feel like a princess!

These gentlemen have thought of everything that one could possibly want. I highly recommend this riad and hope some day to come back!

Stayed January 2015
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BRUNO D, Propriétaire at Riad Dar Oulhoum, responded to this review, January 7, 2015
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THANK !!!!!!!

Voilà un très bel avis, écris par une grande voyageuse.
Vous êtes en Turquie, en ce moment.
Nous vous souhaitons d'aussi belles rencontres que la notre.
B.D.
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Zurich, Switzerland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015

We found the Riad Dar Oulhoum to be the perfect place to relax after spending a busy day in Marrakesh. Whether it's sitting in the sun on the rooftop terrace, looking at the beautiful view, having excellent breakfast or reading a book in front of the fireplace, we really enjoyed our stay. Our room was comfortable, everything is beautifully built and decorated (and well heated, important in the cold winter nights), and Bruno and Guy were the most welcoming and friendly hosts we could have imagined. Since it's a bit hard to find the place for first-time visitors, be sure to contact them beforehand and let them organize a taxi for you.

  • Stayed December 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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BRUNO D, Propriétaire at Riad Dar Oulhoum, responded to this review, January 6, 2015
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Choukran..... Thank...Merci.

Dar Oulhoum est heureux de votre avis.
Vous soulignez, le forfait taxi, mis à la disposition des hôtes.
En effet, c'est un plus, que nous mettons à votre disposition.

Une très Bonne Année...à vous.
B.D.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014

This was the best hotel I have ever stayed in. Beautiful attention to detail and the MOST friendly and approachable staff. The 2 managers of the hotel even gave us a local mobile phone in case we got lost AND took us shopping in the souks so we got good deals! Unbelievably excellent riad. A bit of a mission trying to find for the first time but once we found it the staff gave us a picture book/game to find our way to/from the main medina (10-15 mins walk) and walked us there for the first few times. Really enjoyed my stay. Breakfast was lovely and the rooms were beautiful - there was even a chandelier in the toilet! A must-visit.

Stayed December 2014, traveled with friends
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BRUNO D, Propriétaire at Riad Dar Oulhoum, responded to this review, January 1, 2015
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Thank you.... Choukran... Merci

Vous avez apprécié Dar Oulhoum.... Vous êtes des pros pour la restauration !!!!

Votre contribution est très flatteuse.

Bonne Année

See you

B.D
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Brighton and Hove, United Kingdom
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2014

Guy and Bruno have created a magical oasis in Marrakech. On arriving with my son we were offered a drink and on realising it was my birthday brought out a bottle of champagne that we drank together in the dinning room in front of a open fire before eating a beautifully prepared supper. Dar Oulhoum is a beautiful and lovingly restored Riad. It is immaculately clean and their attention to detail is second to none. I like the other reviewers would like to keep this a well kept secret but that would not be fair to two such perfect hosts. I will certainly book again and have been looking at dates to see when this will be possible. It is a gem and l would urge anyone looking for a place to stay in the Medina not look any further than Riad Dar Oulhoum you could not find more considerate and brilliant hosts. Perfect in everyway. Thank you Guy and Bruno for making my birthday weekend away so special.

Room Tip: The India room is unbelievable with the largest bath l have ever seen.
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  • Stayed November 2014, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service

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BRUNO D, Propriétaire at Riad Dar Oulhoum, responded to this review, December 14, 2014
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Choukran ...

Rencontre inattendue ... Rencontre inespérée !!!!
De très bons moments passés ensemble.
Evidemment à renouveler.
B.D.
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Romanshorn, Switzerland
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

Very friendly hosts and staff. Very nice designed hotel. Very good housekeeping. Bruno and Guy are very supportive. The riad is a good place to start or to finish a tour and to get an impression about the Medina. When you close the door and leave the Medina behind you, you are in heaven.

  • Stayed December 2014, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Service

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BRUNO D, Propriétaire at Riad Dar Oulhoum, responded to this review, December 10, 2014
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Merci ... Choukran

Après un long périple au Maroc... Dar Oulhoum vous a conquis.
Votre avis nous est parvenu.... ce qui nous rend heureux... Beaucoup d'autres sont bloqués !!!

Nous restons en contact... Et au plaisir de vous revoir.

Dar Oulhoum vous souhaite de Bonnes Fêtes de fin d' Année,
Ainsi qu'à tous nos Hôtes qui vous ont précédé.
B.D.
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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 #8 of 469 Hotels in Marrakech
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 4
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 

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