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“A Peaceful Haven in A Very Busy Medina!” 5 of 5 stars
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Rue Naciria 73 | Medina, Place Sakaya (Place de lo Fuente), Tangier 9000, Morocco   |  
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Ranked #11 of 44 Tangier B&B and Inns
Gypsum, Colorado
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“A Peaceful Haven in A Very Busy Medina!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2011

My partner and I visited Peter and his lovely Maison Arabesque for two nights this week. The Maison is located inside the busy and crowded medina, but Peter will meet you in the easy-to-find Grand Socco, and escort you to his place. Once you are inside this beautifully renovated and restored house, it is calm and peaceful, and quite spacious. We stayed at the top of the stairs, at the rooftop level, in the Sheltering Sky room, which is airy, very comfortable, and quite romantic! Breakfasts, provided by Peter, are delicious, and can be served on the rooftop terrace or in your room. He is a friendly and very helpful host, and he can arrange for all manner of tourist services, if you have a need. This is a wonderful place to stay while you are visiting Tangier, and I highly recommend it!

Room Tip: The Sheltering Sky Room is upstairs at the rooftop level - it is airy, private, and very romantic!
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  • Stayed October 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 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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Bergen, Norway
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2011

We put in a trip to Tangier on our Spain/Portugal holiday and expected a noisy hot and stressful stay. When we arrived at Maison Arabesque in the heart of the medina, and found it such a beautiful place we were truly amazed, and decided to extend our stay. . The owner was a really nice host, the great breakfast was served on the most wonderful terrace. we would like to come back, and heartily recommend both Maison Arabesque, and Tangier with its winding streets and friendly people - and a hundred times less touristy than Spain.

Stayed July 2011, traveled with family
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2011

My husband and I recently spent three nights at the charming Maison Arabesque, and it met all our expectations. Peter, the wonderful host, kept us well informed about all the necessary details well before our arrival in Tangier. He has transformed his riad into a lovely small hotel, paying great attention to detail and guest comfort. We stayed in the Sheltering Sky room on the top of the riad, and had the rooftop to ourselves. The night sky was gorgeous and we were even treated to a thunderstorm during our visit. Peter arranged a day tour for us with his friend, Ells, who is a professional guide. It was the highlight of our visit. Peter's charming puppy Coucou was an added treat. We highly recommend Maison Arabesque...you will not be disappointed.

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2010

Maison Arabesque is a perfect place to stay a few days if you want to taste the local atmosphere of Tangiers and don’t mind the noise of the souk. It is in the center of the medina and as Peter will be very helpful to meet you when you arrive, and bring you to his place, you will be part of the medina the day you arrive.
The rooms are all different, but beautifully decorated and designed. The delicious breakfast at te roof terrace is superb! His friend and guide Els gave us a very nice halfday tour and we had some other great excursions on our own . Peter gave us excellent service, hartelijk dank!

  • Stayed July 2010, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2010

Our stay with Peter at Maison Arabesque was easy and pleasurable in every respect. His beautifully restored dar or mini-riad is close to the edge of the medina for easy access, and yet far enough into the maze of souks and restaurants to be fascinating. He booked a tour guide for us for half-day, suggested restaurants, looked up the hours of a museum, and was generally available and eager to answer our questions and discuss Tangier. Breakfast tasty and fresh, with good, strong coffee made with a French press. Clean, well-appointed room with a comfortable bed and fine hot shower. Do not hesitate to book with Peter.

  • Stayed November 2010
    • 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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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2010

We had an amazing stay at this riad in the center of the medina. From the moment I emailed Peter (the owner/host) he was extremely helpful and agreed to meet us at the Grand Succo and walk with us to his place. He was always available to help us and provide information for anything we asked. The breakfast on the roof terrace was awesome. Simply a wonderful stay for the price! We also inquired about a tour and he arranged one for us with a friend/colleague of his (named Els). It was a walking tour of the city with some background and history as well as just wonderful scenery, which we would never have discovered otherwise. I would definitely recommend this place.

  • Stayed September 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2010

The Maison Arabesque is a brilliant place to stay. It is in an easily accessible location in the Medina and has a wonderful atmosphere. The rooms and the entire house are beautifully decorated and designed. It has an amazing roof terrace where you are served the most delicious and extensive breakfast every morning. Peter, the owner couldn't be more helpful and will organise train/aiport transfers for you.
I couldn't recommend the Maison Arabesque more highly, for business or pleasure. While we were staying here we were in fact working but staying at the Arabesque made it feel more like a holiday. It was by far the best hotel we stayed in in Morocco.

  • Stayed August 2010, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 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: Rue Naciria 73 | Medina, Place Sakaya (Place de lo Fuente), Tangier 9000, Morocco
Location: Morocco > Tangier-Tetouan Region > Tangier
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Ranked #11 of 44 B&Bs / Inns in Tangier
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Maison Arabesque lies in the heart of Tangier´s beautiful old medina. The former merchant house dating from 1898 was built in the Spanish-Moorish style. In 2007-08 the building has been completely refurbished combining modern comfort with the typically old style characteristics. Arabesque offers an oasis of rest, light and space for its guests. All 5 rooms have been decorated with a mix of Moroccan traditional and modern design. ... more   less 

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