New AlUla hotel offers old world charm


A unique hotel that celebrates the cultural legacy of Saudi Arabia’s AlUla region has started welcoming guests.

Kerten Hospitality’s Dar Tantora The House Hotel is located in AlUla’s Old Town and is a gateway to the region’s historical and artistic wonders.

Crafted from the same ancient materials and architectural techniques as the restored mud brick buildings of the area, Dar Tantora The House Hotel will provide an immersion into the fascinating heritage of AlUla.

The hotel draws its name from the traditional sundial, “tantora”, which has historically served as a timekeeper for the local community.

“Dar Tantora The House Hotel is more than just a place to stay; it’s an invitation to experience AlUla’s vibrant history and embrace its timeless culture and heritage,” states Marloes Knippenberg, CEO of Kerten Hospitality.

Dar Tantora The House Hotel aspires to be AlUla’s premier low-impact hotel, offering an immersive experience that forges deep connections between guests, locals, without disturbing the rich cultural tapestry and natural heritage of the area.

The hotel’s earthen architecture, inspired by AlUla’s Old Town, preserves the ancient aesthetic and building techniques that are of deep historical significance to the families that originally built and lived in Old Town. Additionally, the property is advancing Kerten’s sustainability mission through energy saving, automated food waste and water management solutions.

Guests of the 30-room hotel will be treated to daily cultural activities such as fresh bread making, Saudi coffee making sessions, and weekly and monthly local traditions like ancient games and artisanal craft making. Each session and activity will be led by local artisans, craftsmen. Additionally, the hotel’s teams can create bespoke tours and curated experiences led by local guides called ‘Rawis’.