“Tangier’s most intimate kasbah hideaway, with a distinct flavour of the town’s Belle Epoque plus an amazing roof terrace looking across the sea to Spain”
Jürgen oversaw restoration with a craftsman’s eye for detail and a brief of "top spec everything". They then trawled the antique shops of the town for memorabilia from the town’s Belle Epoque, a time when the international glitterati made Tangier their own, searching out old suitcases and trunks, mirrors and dressers, lamps and radios. The house now evokes the times of Bowles and Waugh, and remains true to the spirit of that cosmopolitan past: you eat at one table with your hosts and with guests from the world over. Relaxed, intimate and comfortable, La Tangerina scores high on all counts.
- Bedrooms get the mix just right between solid comfort and local flavour, with a predominance of tangerine in colour schemes
- Jürgen and Farida greet guests in an unaffected, easy manner. They really make you feel chez toi
- La Tangerina’s position couldn’t be better. There’s no passing traffic, the views are heart-stopping and you’re at the heart of the kasbah
- The communal spaces - sitting room, dining room, basement hammam - all share the same intimate, cared-for vibe that permeates the rest of the house
- You can't park right outside the house, but you can drive there and drop off your suitcases, then park 75m away
- Expect some hassle in the Tangier souks. But armed with patience, a sense of humour and a few euros, you should dig out some great ethno-bargains
- This is the sort of place where you are obliged to be sociable
- Some rooms look a little spartan at first, but the subtle detail will win you over
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Our top tips
- Riad Hotel
- Breakfast (+ dinner on request)
- All ages welcome
- Open all year
- Steam Room
- Pet Friendly
- Disabled Access
- Beach Nearby
- Off-street Parking
- Restaurants Nearby
- Air Conditioning
- Guest Lounge
La Tangerina’s bedrooms are amongst the nicest we came across in northern Morocco. They are clean, uncluttered and quiet, with antique furniture adding a distinctly retro veneer: old trunks, ornate 20s mirrors, leather armchairs, prints of Tangier and old radio sets cleverly doubling as speakers for the in-house music system. Even the hinges and latches on doors are antique, grabbed when the town’s most famous hotel was refitted.
The bedroom’s more cosmopolitan elements have been seamlessly combined with traditional, Moroccan decorative finishes: wafer-bricked arches, beige zellig floor tiles, handsome tadlakt in the shower rooms and colourful use of sabra for cushions and curtains.
As you’d expect from rooms which follow the twists and turns of an old house, some are large, others much smaller. The jewel in La Tangerina’s crown is the rooftop Senior Suite with Terrace which has soaring views across the town and out to sea. The Mezzanine Senior Suite also grabs an impressive ocean view. Most rooms have sitting rooms, none are far from the stunning roof terrace and all have beautiful embroidered linen, top-of-the range mattresses and plenty of hanging space in their louvre-doored wardrobes. See our Rates page for full details.
- Central heating
- Cots Available
- Extra beds
Jürgen and Farida tend to be around in the morning and often join guests at the breakfast table and help them plan their days. We liked the ‘one table’ philosophy and felt it reflected the owners' easy, inclusive natures. One of their Moroccan staff, Benissa, Miriam or Nadia, will be on hand to prepare breakfast, helped in their task by the dumb waiter that drops your meal down from the second-floor kitchen or hoists it up to the roof terrace when it's warm enough for al fresco dining.
Breakfasts are of the simple, Moroccan variety: freshly baked semi-leavened bread accompanied by jam, peanut butter or argan oil. Orange juice is freshly squeezed and the freshly ground coffee excellent.
No lunch is on offer - hardly a disadvantage with so many restaurants so close - but you could, and should, have dinner at La Tangerina. Evening meals kick off with a soup - harira (spicy meat and chickpeas), pea with mint or perhaps cream of courgette - followed by a lamb, chicken or fish tagine or perhaps Farida’s mother’s homemade pastilla (squab or chicken pie). As at breakfast, you may be joined by Jürgen and Farida and have the chance to quiz them about Tangier and its history
- Children meals
- Dinner by arrangement
- Restaurants nearby
- Room service
- Spend the day on one of Tangier’s sandy beaches (the best ones are 16km away) and perhaps head round the coast to visit the Cave of Hercules, with its map-of-Africa shaped opening
- Laze on a lounger on Tangerina’s roof terrace then treat yourself to a full savon noir ‘gommage’ treatment in its hammam
- Explore the city’s labyrinthine souk where you'll find a wealth of leather, ceramics and glass to buy. Just be prepared for the more-aggressive-than-most sales pitch!
- Visit a carpet shop. Whether you buy one or not (and the temptation will be strong!) the whole experience is fascinating. You'll haggle over mint tea as you're shown hundreds of beautiful designs, and end up feeling that you'll always regret it if you don't hand over your Mastercard...
- Visit the Grand Mosque, with its unique square minaret towers. This is thought to be a former Roman temple and although small, is stunning inside
- Take a day trip south down the coast to Asilah, less than an hour’s drive away, and explore its remarkable oceanside medina - great for people watching
Activities on site or nearby include:
- Historical sites
- Museums / galleries
- Shopping / markets
With 2 children of their own, Farida and Jürgen are easy and accommodating when it comes to families with kids. They are flexible when it comes to meals and have their own suggestions for activities that would be good for little’uns.
Children are charged an additional 20% on the room rate. The hotel can provide some childrens' equipment to make things easier- please enquire at the time of booking.
Children (4-12 years), Teens (over 12)
Family friendly accommodation:
Families with 1 child should book either the Junior Suite (Number 1) or the Junior Suite with Terrace (Number 1), which both have a single sofabed suitable for little ones. The Senior Suite with Balcony (Number 6) and the Senior Suite with Terrace (Number 10) are best if you have 2 kids as they have 2 single sofabeds; the Senior Suite with Balcony also has a bathtub. Other rooms have showers.
- Baby cots (on request only)
- Baby bedding
- Bottle warming
Remember baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking
Food isn't served here all day long (they only serve breakfast and dinner) but you're in the middle of the Medina and there are plenty of options for eating out and snacking. Fussy eaters might find it difficult if they won't eat Moroccan food, however, but you can find Coke, bottled water, snacks like crisps and sweet honey pastries, and fresh fruit and veg easily.
Kids Activities nearby:
- Daytrip to beaches
- Browse the souks and brave the hasslers - older children may enjoy the assault on their senses
- Take a camel ride
Families Should Know:
There are steps up to the guesthouse and no lift - problematic if you're bringing a lot of kit with you (as is the fact that you can't park right outside). You will need to bring all baby gear with you (food, nappies, toys etc) as there's no supermarket nearby. A doctor can be called to the guesthouse if needed.
- Airport: 25 minutes
- Hospital: 15 minutes