I'd like to have enjoyed Dar Zerhoune more than I did, as obviously the owner has put a lot of effort into it with good details like plenty of power points, wifi, freshly painted, nice looking furniture, English language books. Bedding was fine. Mattresses and seating were very hard but that is common in Morocco. it is spotless, well located and could be a good option under different circumstances than mine.
It's interesting to read the comments from people staying in winter and the efforts made to warm the place. However, I came in a hot summer and could not stay more than one night. mainly because of the heat. The roof of the central atrium has been glassed in, and if you look at the room pics you'll notice the lack of outside windows or ventilation. One 'dorm' bedroom has a window to the outside, others have doors that open into the central atrium, so no air flow. I had the impression the place had been closed up for a while, as there was also an odd acrid smell throughout. I opened the 2 upstairs doors and windows to the outside world and the odour dissipated a bit, but it was not enough ventilation to combat the intense 'greenhouse' effect of the enclosed central space. The pretty top floor salon, where I'd hoped to write, play guitar etc was too hot to sit in after about 2pm. I moved bedrooms at 1 am to a small one on the lowest floor, which was cool though still stuffy..it's below street level.
The roof terrace was too hot to use in the day. Pleasant at night, though the lights mysteriously went off after about 30 mins and wouldn't switch on again. Overall I just never found a comfortable place to 'be'.
Apart from the air situation, it's worth taking on board comments other people have made about being on their own. The teenage girl who let me in was friendly but didn't really explain anything about the town or the house except the wifi password (we had no common language). Hadjiba came unexpectedly for a few minutes at night, and in the morning to give me a basic breakfast and get paid.
I live alone at home, and there is a note in the room about it being an 'unhosted guest house' but to be honest it's a bit odd to be a guest without a host; alone in a 3 story space in a strange town with unfamiliar noises, doors banging (next door) not knowing if someone was going to suddenly arrive or not, or be there when I got back after a walk. However, if you had friends/partner with you or , or at a different time of year when you;d want to be out a lot in the day, it could be a good option.
It is not a 'cheap' option though.. I paid 400 Dirhams, bed and breakfast, which was more than twice what I ended up paying 'walk in' for a much more comfortable, hospitable and airy space elsewhere in the town. I liked Moulay Idriss and ended up staying 4 nights.
- 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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