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.
- 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