This is written with very mixed emotions, no doubt had the visit been at any other time of the year it would have been acceptable. The price asked is more than fair, the house is clean and the food provided by Hajiba is excellent, she is a very talented cook and an extremely kind person.
I had not taken on board that the owner would not be present and that it is all left to the young and inexperienced Hajiba to attend to the guests. No doubt in her effort not to waste money no heating was put on in the rooms before arrival, nor had the other basic facilities in the room been checked, electricity and hot water. January 2012 was one of the coldest if sunniest winters. It is extremely difficult to concentrate on the pros of Dar Zerhoune when one has only miserable memories of being frozen rigid in sub freezing temperatures, with not even hot water to alleviate the suffering.
There is no shower tray or edging on the brick base and therefore the hot water, which is promised in a minute or less splashes and floods the bathroom floor, in my case hot water never arrived. To add to this misery there was no window in the entire room so once the door was closed, there was no light in the bathroom at all.
The doors to the rooms although decorative, leave a large gap, almost a hands width all around, so that when one pulls the door to at night, noise from outside and light shines in as well as the cold draught from the unheated central well of the house rushes in, it does however permit some air into the windowless rooms.
Other than the Hotel Volubilis there is little accommodation in the area and Moulay Idriss is a charming and very typical Moroccan village. Dar Zerhoune provides clean accommodation at knockdown prices but perhaps some travellers would prefer to pay that little extra to be sure of having at least one hangar to hang ones clothes, two towels rather than just one small hand towel
and have at least one room that was not stuffed with beds, dormitory style.
Dar Zerhoune needs very little to change it from what I would describe as more Backpacker Hostel than Guest House.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Dar Zerhoune is a restored traditional house in the whitewashed hill top town of Moulay Idriss Zerhoune. You are welcomed with mint tea and local nougat as you relax on the roof terrace with views of the Roman ruins of Volubilis (5km away) and the Zerhoune mountain range. The rooms have en-suite, and there is a dorm/family room with a separate bathroom. We have bicycle rental, or you wander into the local fruit and vegetable market, see the Muslim pilgrimage to the Mausoleum, experience the local Saturday market, swim in the thermal springs of the roman baths, explore Volubilis or just relax. We can arrange tours of Moulay Idriss, Volubilis as well as tours in the surrounding area. If you are on a day trip to Volubilis or Moulay Idriss then we can offer a 3 course home cooked lunch on the roof terrace. Please book this in advance.For the cooler months we have duvets, electric blankets and hot water bottles! ... more less
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