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.
- 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