We stayed at Dar Seven from 18-20 Feb.
Starting with the booking on iescape, we were very impressed with the quick response from one of their staff, Beatrice. For example, we wrote to her asking for help with booking into a cooking course and also arranging the transport to Dar Seven.
When we moved to Dar Seven from another riad, we chose to be escorted in the narrow streets inside the medina. Beatrice organised Rachid to pick us up and a "chariot" (more like a trolley) for our luggage. It was a very short walk, but definitely not something we can attempt ourselves!
When we arrived, the Dar was nearly empty, only one guest was left. We were greeted by Khadija, and a stunning spread of cookies and teas. We were asked what tea we would like (English or Mint), it was our 5th day in Marrakech, so we opted for English tea! The table was set up with the most pretty and unique silverware, there are also cakes and cookies, decorated with beautiful vases of white roses and mint. We were also lucky enough to meet the very warm and gracious owner of Dar Seven, Princess Letizia Ruspoli. She was paying a very rare visit to her Dar. She told us abt her story abt how she ended up here in Marrakech!
The 3 of us were booked to share the White Room + 1 extra bed. Since they will not have any guests for the rest of our stay, Khadija offered for us an extra room, the Brown Room, so we don't have to be all cramped into the White room. She said the next day we can choose another room if we choose to. I stayed in the Brown Room on the first night, the other couple stayed in the white room. The next day I changed to the White Room and the couple moved into the more oriental inspired Blue Room.
The Brown room has 2 single beds, it was clean and of a reasonable size. It has very nice with many personal touches of antique furniture, dotted with ceramics, wooden boxes, etc. There are safes in each room, which was great. But I think this is because there are no locks to the rooms. I guess it was ok with no other guests around, but I will feel safer if there is a pad lock we can use to lock the room up. The mattress was not very comfortable and the sheets and towel was a bit rough. The shower head was a bit hard to control, there don't seem to be enough cold water coming through. Although, there is no minibar in the rooms, the water and soft drink in the main living room was free. And the staff are able to prepare teas and coffees for you for free as well.
The next morning we had breakfast at the terrace, it was again a beautiful spread. We have decided to do our cooking class and come back to make dinner at the Dar that night. Khadija was very nice abt it and showed us where everything is in the kitchen. Rashid actually helped us get some of the grocery we need that night. We had the whole Dar to ourselves that night, had dinner at the main atrium of the Dar, it was filled with candles. A very magical and relaxing evening. The only downside is the TV was very small in the living room, but with a stunning fireplace and many nice art and history books to read, I cannot ask for a better experience.
The couple stayed at Blue Room on their last night. With the bath tub, where one side is a wooden window and the other side is without shower curtains thus in the end the water was split out to the main room and almost wet their luggage.I stayed at the White Room on my last night, it was so beautifully lay out and the toilet has 2 sinks. The air conditioning came in very handy as it was actually chilly at night. Again, I think the mattress and the sheets need to be refreshed. The wooden window with decorative iron work is just stunning. I was not due to fly out until 2pm the next day, I was free to stay in the room until I was due to leave. Rachid kindly escorted me to the taxi and also did a bit of last minute shopping at a nearby tailor! He helped me communicate with the tailor to have my new purchase hemmed at the sleeves.
The experience was very good, it felt like we were staying in a private house! And the fact that it only has 4 rooms, offered a lot of privacy and it was a real oasis when you try and escape the madness of the medina.