“A small, serene and elegant hideaway at the heart of Marrakech’s medina, which is literally fit for royalty”
Dar Seven has just 4 rooms, one next to the dining room on the ground floor (the Guest Room) and 3 more on the galleried first floor. Our top choice would be the large White Room, reached by way of a private staircase, with a 5m-high ceiling and linen-draped four-poster bed.
Vermelin's understated East-meets-West style comes as a breath of fresh air compared with the excessively ornate decoration of so many Marrakech hotel bedrooms. He opted for a palette of beige, black and cream for the 3 doubles with an extra dash of earthy brown in the small African, colonial-style twin - the Brown Room. Add to this a touch of decorative zing thanks to his choice of furniture and fabrics: floor-to-ceiling linen curtains, inlaid cedar wood tables and chests, monogrammed sheets of the best Italian linen, cushion-strewn divans, porcelain vases from China, framed antique prints from Egypt and Iran, calico bed covers with banks of silk cushions - and all of it colour-coordinated to a T.
Bathrooms are in a similar elegant-yet-subdued vein with spectacular use of dark grey and natural-coloured tadlakt, ‘R’ (for Rupoli) monogramming on towels and bathrobes, and a full range of decadent Roger Gallet soaps, creams and shampoos.
With just 4 guest rooms, and the house often rented as a group venue, Dar Seven’s in-house chef, Fátima, is flexible on ingredients and timings. All meals are moveable feasts, served in the elegant dining room at a petal-strewn table, on the roof terrace or, if you prefer, in your room.
We enjoyed our rooftop breakfast of homemade pancakes, scones and breads - and both the coffee and fresh orange juice were excellent. If you want, Fátima also prepares light lunches: perhaps stuffed vegetables with rice, an omelette and salad followed by dessert.
Dinners might begin with a selection of Moroccan salads or petits farcis of vegetables, followed by a tagine, couscous, or maybe a gratin d’artichaut. The fruit and veg souk is just around the corner so expect the freshest of ingredients.
If you prefer to dine out you're only yards from one of Marra’s top eateries, Dar Zellig, but be aware that you are obliged to choose a set-course menu. There are also food stalls in the medina, offering wonderful barbecued meats. Eating here at night is an experience and an adventure - not least for people watching value.
Children will be fussed over by the resident staff. Although there are no facilities for kids they would enjoy getting back to the quiet embrace of Dar Seven after the anarchy of the souks.
Children are free of charge when sharing parents' room.
Children (4-12 years), Teens (over 12)
The Loggia Suite and Brown Room are connected by a loggia-style sitting area making them a good choice for families with older children. Additional beds can be added for a small extra charge in all rooms except the Brown Room. Larger families may wish to book the whole house to ensure the free run of the communal areas.
Babysitting is available by arrangement
Baby cots are available on request
Remember baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking