Dar Seven, Marrakech, Morocco

A small, serene and elegant hideaway at the heart of Marrakech’s medina, which is literally fit for royalty

Bless the day Princess Letizia Ruspoli opened her Marrakech retreat to paying guests. She fell under the city’s spell several years back, and after chancing upon an old house close to the Sidi Benslimane mosque, gave top Marrakchi designer Gérome Vermelin free rein to renovate and decorate.

His soothing choice of colours, textures and furnishings provides a perfect counterbalance to the sensual onslaught of the surrounding medina.

Staying here you feel like a privileged guest of the Ruspoli family, even though they’re more likely to be in Rome or at their Chianti wine estate.

The coolly elegant ground-floor reception rooms and high-ceilinged bedrooms turn around an inner covered patio. All are exquisite.

Vermelin made inspired use of striped walls in subtle shades of cream and beige as the backdrop for oriental prints, intricately carved desks, tables, mirrors and lanterns. Dar Seven numbers amongst the most photographed retreats in Marrakech and a stay here will be a treat you’ll neither forget nor regret.

Dar Seven in the Marrakech Medina is an elegant riad with 4 rooms, with doubles costing from €100 for bed and breakfast.

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