Marrakech, Morocco

Dar Seven

Rates per night from$151.48

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 60 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (EUR133.64), via, using today’s exchange rate.


Elegant holiday home


Mid medina

Surprisingly understated for a Moroccan riad, Dar Seven hotel stands out from its peers in Marrakech with impeccably chosen details and a peaceful open-air courtyard. Cream-coloured sofas pop against dark wood furnishings, while potted olive trees and inlaid antique doors round out the accents, creating a Wallpaper*-worthy hideaway in the midst of the city's hustle and bustle.

This classic riad is included in our range of Moroccan adventures.

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Photos Dar Seven facilities

Need to know




Noon, but flexible.


Double rooms from $151.52 (€134), excluding tax at 10 per cent.

More details

Rates include breakfast. A two-night minimum stay is required from February to June and September to December, inclusive.


Marrakech's labyrinthine medina can be confusing; thankfully, a member of the Dar Seven staff greets guests at Sidi Ben Slimane (the closest medina entrance to Dar Seven) and escorts them to the riad. You'll just need to let the hotel know what time you expect to arrive.

At the hotel

TV, WiFi, air-con. A laptop is available. Beauty treatments, airport transfers and guided tours of the souk can all be arranged.

Our favourite rooms

The Loggia Suite is larger than the other rooms, with its own private outside space. All rooms are similarly decorated in a soft and relaxing colour scheme.

Packing tips

Bring your haggling skills for the souk.


Musicians can be arranged for private entertainment. The whole property can be booked for a minimum three-night stay.


Welcome. Extra beds are available for a charge of €30. Babysitting can be arranged at a cost of €50 a day.


Welcome. Extra beds are available for a charge of €30. Babysitting can be arranged at a cost of €50 a day.

Best for

Children of all ages are welcome.

Recommended rooms

Loggia Suite and Brown Room are connected by a loggia-style walkway; the Patio Suite is larger than other rooms, with private outside space. Extra beds can be added to all rooms except the Brown Room. Or rent the entire property for a family getaway.


If you rent this child-friendly hotel as a family and book the entire property, you and your little ones will have the run of all its lovely courtyards and terraces, as well as have the services of a cook, assistant and house help. All guests have access to the shared courtyard, lounge and reading room, as well as the rooftop terrace. The hotel can arrange all sorts of activities, from a day lounging round a nearby swimming pool to horse riding or excursions into the medina and beyond.


The hotel has no restaurant but will happily heat up baby food and milk at any time; lunch and dinner can be arranged on request.


Babysitting can be arranged; rates vary depending on the sitter and the timings.


A cot can be provided at a cost of €30 a night.

Food and Drink

Photos Dar Seven food and drink

Top Table

In the shade around the courtyard.

Dress Code

As you like.

Hotel restaurant

Moroccan and international dishes available all day until 10.30pm; if you want to have dinner, let the team know in the morning. Everything on the menu is home-made – we're particularly fond of the beef and prune tagine, or the chicken version with olives and preserved lemon. 

Hotel bar

Drinks are served on the terrace, in the courtyard or in the living room.

Room service

Restaurant menu available until 10.30pm; snacks and drinks available at other times.


Photos Dar Seven location
Dar Seven
Derb ibn Moussa Kaa Sour 7


From the UK and elsewhere in Europe, British Airways (, Royal Air Maroc (, EasyJet ( and Ryanair ( fly into Marrakech’s Menara Airport. The hotel can collect you from the airport for €15 for up to three guests (free if you choose this as your Smith member extra).


The Moroccan state railway, ONCF (, runs inexpensive (but limited) services to Marrakech from Casablanca, Fez and Tangier. Look for TCR (Train Climatisé Rapide) trains to guarantee an air-conditioned journey in summer. You’ll find plenty of taxis waiting at the city’s charming, if slightly run-down, station on Avenue Hassan II.


Driving in Marrakech can be horn-filled and hectic, but if you insist, hire a car from the Avis ( desk at the airport. To reach the hotel, follow Avenue de la Menara to the city centre.

Local restaurants

Read on for our guide to Marrakech and a list of great recommendations for eating and drinking, as well as tips on what to get up to while you're away.


Photos Dar Seven reviews

Anonymous review

Finding a needle in a haystack is as easy as finding a Starbucks in Manhattan compared to locating Dar Seven as we weave our way through the rabbit warren of streets in Marrakech's medina. This Moroccan hotel hideaway makes the lost city of Atlantis seem as tricky to track down as Piccadilly Circus. It’s funny, because we're only a few hours from any major European city, but we're in another world.

After parking up the taxi we follow our enthusiastic child guides (these self-appointed navigators appear out of thin air to help you find your target in return for a few coins), zig-zagging through bustling alleyways. We pass mothers in bright djellabas gathering their brood; we duck through a hole in the wall where a craftsman is weaving rainbow-coloured silk rugs; we dodge donkey-drawn carts; and we pause to admire stalls laden with oranges and dates. Finally, we reach a big wooden door at the end of a dusty derb (quite how the kids we’ve followed know this is the right one is beyond this disoriented pair). And here we are ushered into yet another world.

Dar Seven is an all-white oasis; a soothing contrast to its frenetic neighbourhood just beyond those thick, thick walls. Pots of olive trees, huge blonde antique doors, and a dining table in the open-air central courtyard which appears to be set for a glamorous interiors shoot. Crystal glasses and silverware all laid out fit for a royal sitting. Cream-coloured linen abounds, cubbies of elegant cream-upholstered sofas, and dark-brown wooden furniture create a colour palette more Ralph Lauren than Moroccan riad. Utterly tranquil, magnificently chic.

We drop our bags, still not entirely sure that we haven’t barged into someone’s private residence. My room on the ground floor is dark and cosy, with a majestic black and white bed. My companion finds another to drop anchor in. Entirely different, hers is a celestial all-white confection with snowy muslin drapes around the bed, a mother-of-pearl mosaic headboard and, in the bathroom, a vast tadelakt creation. She chirrups through the wrought-iron grill down to me and we whisperingly exchange delight. (That's the thing about a dar; it's like a small riad and the acoustics often mean it's utterly preserved from the hurly burly outside, but drop a pin in that courtyard and your fellow guests know about it. Best keep the iPod speakers and penchant for Kylie classics hidden, then.)

Up another flight and we find the roof terrace, which is completely private – clearly the overriding theme of this retreat. Wheat-hued canopies and a corner of cushion-laden sofas calling out to these two lazybones. We of course opt for the loungers in the full glare of the midday Moroccan sun. My Mrs Smith is so eager to soak up those rays that she momentarily ditches any bashfulness when it comes to sporting a bikini top – which means rather a hasty transition from snoozing to a mad scramble for her Moroccan muumuu when we hear footsteps. It's the handsome houseboy with a silver tray laden with freshly squeezed orange juice and a silver teaset. A few cups of mint tea later, and resplendent in djellaba, lady-like modesty is restored.

We didn't expect R&R to be such a feature of a stay in a bustling ancient town, but a day of relaxation followed by an enormous set dinner at Dar Moha, one of Marrakech's culinary institutions, meant we sleep like bricks. We’re roused bright and early by an enthusiastic chorus of birdsong – this is a place where the audiovisual enhancements come from nature. There is no need for any hi-tech trimmings, as most sensory requirements are likely to be sated by Dar Seven and Marrakech itself.

We're lucky enough to be visiting when the owner is here herself. Principessa Letizia Ruspoli is the aristocratic owner of the fantastic three-roomed Residenza Napoleone in Rome. She took it upon herself to convert what was a frayed-around-the-edges family home in Marrakech and created from scratch this magnificent Moroccan residence, fittingly fit for royalty. In a departure from her more-is-more opulent palazzo in Italy, Dar Seven has a pared-down elegance that makes a refreshing alternative to the new wave of 'riad fabulous' retreats. Tacky tiles were ripped down, linens were shipped in especially, and even Fatima, the housekeeper, was given a beige uniform so that she blended in harmoniously.

So it is that Dar Seven isn't a hotel, it's the private holiday home of a warm, welcoming, regal Italian princess with impeccable taste. We're just lucky she's deigned to open her doors to the hoi polloi. And as this boutique 'hometel' is available for group bookings, we are definitely coming back en famille.

The Guestbook

Whenever you book a stay at a Smith hotel or villa, we’ll invite you to review it when you get back. Read what other Smith members had to say in Dar Seven’s Guestbook below.

We loved

The excellent manager and all the few staff in this small and really quite private hotel are wonderfully welcoming and friendly and nothing is too much trouble. The hotel is reached on foot by a wiggly four minute walk through a maze of alleys from the nearest place a car can get, escorted by one of the staff (suitcases are taken on a trolley); so it's quiet, and when you walk through a door at the end of a dark alley, your jaw drops in admiration of the restored riad. The rooms are spacious, beautifully done up and comfortable. We (two couples) were the only guests for our three nights, so we had undivided attention. The food was so good we did not hesitate to decide to eat 'in' each night. We were sorry to leave the hotel having felt we made friends with the staff. The usual Marrakesh attractions are all there. The well-known Hammam de la Rose is a 'must' and is in walking distance (10 minutes or less).

Don’t expect

A door between bedroom and bathroom! There's only a curtain. Don't expect luxury but do expect exquisite taste and style.


Stayed on 19 Jan 2018

We loved

Everything about this riad hotel is amazing: the interior decor, the silence, the live candles every at night time, the blissful music, and most of all the staff, who are so very attentive and helpful and genuinely interested in making things comfortable for the guest.


Stayed on 11 Oct 2017