We booked this Riad on the strength of other visitors' (English and French) reviews, and were not disappointed. The house has been beautifully restored and furnished with a mix of authentic Moroccan and other interesting and unusual items collected from around the world. It's a lovely safe haven from the chaos of the nearby soukhs in the Medina! The rooftop terrace is a peaceful and relaxing place for breakfast and drinks, with only the sounds of birdsong and water fountains, and the occasional calls-to-prayer from nearby mosques. The luxurious breakfasts and dinners were beautifully served, varied and full of little surprises. We were extremely well looked-after by Bruno and Guy throughout our 5 days, we felt as though they could not do enough to help, from the warm welcome on our arrival and Guy's lively tour of the Medina on our first day, through to arranging all the details for a truly memorable day excursion to the Ouzoud Cascades: stunning 150m waterfalls in the Middle Atlas mountains.
As other reviewers mentioned, we were provided with an efficient taxi service to and from the airport, and equipped with a mobile phone in case we got lost while out and about, as well as a very clever set of photos to help us find our way back to the Riad from the Jeema El Fna. The location is great - 10-15 minutes' walk to the main square (when you know your way!), but peaceful and away from the hustle and bustle. Totally recommend it, and would definitely come again.
- 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