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Dar Seven
Kaa Sour 7 | Medina, Marrakech, Morocco   |  
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Ranked #47 of 461 Hotels in Marrakech
Paris, France
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“Stylish”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2013

We spent our last night in Morocco at Dar Seven. It was right after new years, when most folks had left Marrakech and so we had the place to ourselves. The 'hotel' is done up very tastefully. It had hints of Moroccan elements but also felt very Italian in its decor.
We were given a room on the ground floor and both the room and bathroom were spacious. Unlike some of the other Riads in Morocco, this one was well heated.
The housekeeper was very friendly and graciously walked us to and back from our dinner within the medina!
It's a lovely smaller place that I would highly recommend.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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London, United Kingdom
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2013

Dar Seven is an oasis of peace in a convenient part of the Medina. We were met at the airport, escorted on foot by Rachid when the taxi could go no further, and then served delicious tea, biscuits and fruit. Khadija is an excellent cook and we had huge breakfasts which always featured a local bread or pancake, and they set us up for the day. Both Khadija and Rachid speak very good English and French too, and they were always ready to help us in any way, including giving us much useful local information. Rachid escorted us to a couple of restaurants and met us at the end of our meal, just while we were finding our way around the labyrinthine streets. The roof terrace was lovely, and we read up there in the evening, sipping mint tea brought to us by Rachid (just ask him!), with the sun setting and the call to prayer beginning to go up across the city. Very atmospheric. I would recommend it to anyone going to Marrakech, as you really need somewhere to recover after the hurly-burly of a day out. It's very small, with only 4 rooms, but beautifully designed, and no one is on top of anyone else because of its layout around the central courtyard. Thank you for a lovely stay!

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2013

We recently spent two nights at Dar Seven and had a fantastic experience. We had a transfer arranged from the airport and then were met locally by Rashid and walked through many interesting passages to the Riad. Our room was filled with character and good quality linens and bathroom products.
The lighting and style of the public space is very authentic, with plenty of candles and charm. Breakfast is well worth waking up for and no request is too big for Khadija or Rachid to facilitate. We felt very welcome. Highly recomended for anyone to stay.

Room Tip: Guest room on ground floor was very unique, easy access and quiet
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2013

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.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2013

We had a truly wonderful stay at Dar Seven. The riad was stunningly beautiful with service to match. Khadija and Rachid made us feel so welcome as if we were part of the family. They really went above and beyond to ensure the long weekend was special as though nothing was too much to ask for.

We stayed in the white room which looks just as the pictures do. Our first night we were treated to a special dinner prepared by Khadija and was the best meal we had had in Marrakesh (including some of the best restaurants in Marrakesh)! We were made to feel like kings and queens dining in the riad's courtyard with nothing being too much trouble.

Khadija and Rashid would escort us to our destinations (even shops and restaurants that were a 30 minute walk away which was great as it is easy to get lost in the market) and give us useful tips as to what to see and do so we never felt lost when exploring. All of the best restaurants and sights we visited were recommended by Khadija - proving that local knowledge is much better than travel guides which we had.

All in all we would highly recommend this riad. It was a fantastic trip and we cannot wait to go back very soon. While there is a lot of choice for hotels and riads in Marrakesh, we would definitely go back to Dar Seven rather than going elsewhere simply because of the beauty of the place and the outstanding service. Having been to various hotels in destinations where they pride themselves on hospitality (Maldives, Mauritius, India, Thailand etc.), the hospitality in this riad was unrivalled. Very, very highly recommended - no need to look elsewhere!

Room Tip: We stayed in the white room which was amazing but our understanding from other guests is that all ro...
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2013

My cousin and I arrived at the Dar a few days before New Years Eve. Our Taxi was met by Rashid and he carried our cases through the winding lanes of the Medina. Rashid and Khadija look after the Dar and brilliantly looked after us during our stay. The Dar is simple, tastefully decorated and peaceful. It is nice to come back to after the bustle of the souks. However, don't expect a minibar, television or any other amenities in your room. The towels were slightly thread bear, the lighting a little too minimal and in the winter the room did get quite cold. We did have a heater but it was a little temperamental. This is a perfect place to stay if you want to be in the Medina for a few days and if you are a couple. We were two women in our thirties and we had to call Rashid to come and get us from the taxi drop off every evening after 9ish as it was a little daunting walking back on our own. The best thing about the hotel is the personal and undivided service. Khadija and Rashid could not do enough to ensure we had a great time. They booked restaurants and walked us to the main square on the first day and made me a wheat free breakfast (as I am allergic to wheat). Nothing was impossible. They were lovely. You don't get this service in 4/5 Star standard hotel.

Room Tip: The White room is the biggest, but they are all nice rooms and all have a view of the courtyard.
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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28 hotel reviews
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55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2012

My first impression is that it looks exactly as it does in the photos of their website. Our room was on the ground floor, and was very spacious and well-designed. The only small gripe is the low lighting in the room that made getting ready a little challenging, but everything about the Riad is so peaceful.

The location is right in the heart of the Medina, and it is possible to get a bit lost navigating the narrow streets. But Rashid came and met us from the taxi drop-off point, along with 2 men who took our cases in a trolley. The walk to the Riad allowed us to familiarise ourselves with the route to the main streets, which was easy to retrace later on.

On Rashid's recommendation, we booked a table at the restaurant next door, which was great, although the portions were huge. Good local wine and unrushed service, plus a short walk home afterwards.

Breakfast the next morning was a mix of traditional Moroccan, with some French bits, and was very enjoyable. Rashid was on hand throughout and made us feel like nothing was too much trouble.

Very pleased to have found, and stayed here.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Kaa Sour 7 | Medina, Marrakech, Morocco
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Location: Morocco > Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region > Marrakech
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#59 Romantic Hotel in Marrakech
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