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El Minzah Hotel
5.0 of 5 Hotel   |   85 rue de la Liberte, Tangier 90000 , Morocco   |  
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Ranked #10 of 40 Hotels in Tangier
Ridgewood, New Jersey
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“I felt safe in the hotel”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2014

We just wanted to step foot into Morocco and shop around a little then go back to Spain. We had our round trip tickets but unfortunately, the ferry service shut down without notice. There was no one to help us. They closed the ticket office and that was it. We found this hotel on Tripadvisor and booked a room. Getting to the hotel was hairy with all the people coming up to us trying to get us to buy things and we were sucked in by one man which turned into two men who were "protecting" us. They took us to places where their friends had goods to buy and they all pressured us heavily! It was NOT a good experience. Finally we got to our hotel where after we got into the doors of the hotel, we were safe. We were shown our room but it was not what we needed so they changed it to a bigger room that sort of fit the bill. Room was big but the view was bad and no balcony. Food was very good, especially the dinner. There was belly dancing and nice entertainment. The bar was lively and had many nice people in there. At least we could unwind from the stress of the day. The beds were comfortable, the vibe was OK. We just wanted to go back to Spain. As soon as we woke up and had breakfast, we left in a dash for the first Ferry back. Getting to the Ferry was not pleasant and getting past the passport desk was even more unpleasant. They were not nice to us. So....... well, guess we won't be going back there but would if we could get there without the harassment.

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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Cadiz, Andalucia, Spain
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38 reviews 38 reviews
8 hotel reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2014

We have been to the hotel just to have a dinner in its magic terrace inside. The atmosphere was very nice. We ordered few typical Moroccan plates, such Cous-Cous, Tallins, The service was in line with 5 stars of this hotel. A bit pricy but if you are moderate on ordering the bill would be affordable.

  • Stayed May 2014, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Sydney, Australia
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53 hotel reviews
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169 helpful votes 169 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2014

We stayed at the El Minzah hotel for a night as part of our Globus guided tour, which spent a night in Tangier. Overall we found the hotel to be of a good standard and met our requirements.

The hotel is located in a fairly nice, rather old section of Tangier. Just up the street from the hotel is the French consulate. The hotel itself is one of the oldest, grandest and best known hotels in Morocco. A number of celebrities have stayed there over the decades, and they have pictures with their famous guests around the lobby to prove it!

We had two rooms for the four of us and they were located next to one another. The hotel is quite large with lots of different corridors and wings but it's quite easy to understand after you've done it once, and the staff are happy to help. We had requested both rooms to have twin beds but we received one room with twin beds and the other with one double. It wasn't worth the trouble to get switched so we stuck with what we received.

The rooms themselves were nice and fairly modern, with large bathrooms, comfortable beds, in room safes, desks and large flat screen TVs. The TVs were equipped with satellite boxes which delivered TV channels from around the world, although with a focus on Europe, America, the Middle East and North Africa. Our rooms overlooked the busy street the hotel faces and we saw a lot of activity below, but noise wasn't a problem.

The biggest problem I had with the rooms was that there was a bit of a lack of power points, at least in my room. If I remember correctly there was one outlet in the bathroom, a few that were used by the lights and couldn't really be accessed, then the one that the TV satellite box used. We ended up having to unplug the TV satellite box in the night to charge our devices. Not sure if this is the same across all the rooms but it's something to consider.

In terms of sightseeing everything was organised for us as part of our Globus tour, with local Moroccan guides being hired to show us around. Even if you are on your own it might be a good idea to look into getting a local guide. Some of the highlights were the walk through the old town, a visit to Cap Spartel and a trip down the coast to the picturesque town of Asilah.

We didn't get much time to do any exploring around the hotel itself, but it seemed a busy area with lots of small shops, cafes etc. There are places around the hotel where you would be able to purchase some bottled drinks if you need it. Pretty much all shops will take Euros or US Dollars, probably Sterling too but I'm not sure.

We were told that it was best to walk left from the hotel and not to the right, as that area was a little less developed and possibly more dangerous. Lots of people are around offering to sell you things or help you out. If you aren't buying it's best to ignore, as if you show even the slightest of interest, or even just say no, they will follow you for the rest of the journey. Just have your street smarts about you, as you would in any large European city.

The hotel had Wi-Fi available in both rooms and public areas. There was a fee I believe but as Globus customers we got it for free so I'm not sure what the fee was. The service was fast and reliable. There is also a business centre with a desktop PC for those who don't have access to a laptop or smartphone.

The hotel also has a pool and spa. We never made use of it but we did walk over and have a look, it looked very nice.

We had two meals at the hotel, dinner on our arrival night and breakfast the next morning. Dinner included soup, bread and a main course of chicken and cous cous, followed by oranges with cinnamon for dessert. We were served as a group and the main course was to be shared amongst the table, which was a table of about ten. While the main course was nice, we probably would have preferred them to serve it individually. However this is the way things are done in Morocco, and the food itself was nice enough. They had a large wine list from which you could purchase either small or large bottles.

The breakfast was served in a buffet style and included a few hot items (eggs, sausages etc), breads, pastries and sweets as well as water, juice, and hot drinks. Our breakfast was on the first morning of Ramadan and the sun had already risen but we were able to dine without any problems. The breakfast was nice and the staff were friendly and helpful, as they had been at dinner.

Service overall at the hotel was good. We had no problems conversing with staff in English, French or Spanish whenever required. They were all friendly and helpful.

All in all we enjoyed our stay at the Minzah and found that it was fine for our needs. Yes there were some small problems, and sometimes things didn't go the way we had planned, but it's important to remember that this isn’t a top quality hotel in New York or London, it’s in Morocco. They tried their best, they delivered a pretty decent experience, we recognised that and that's more than enough. I'm not sure what the other hotels in Tangier are like, perhaps if there are some international chain hotels they might be worth a look, but if you are in Tangier for a short stay we had no problems with the Minzah and would recommend it.

I hope this review has been helpful. If you have further questions please feel free to message me.

Room Tip: We had a view of the street, which was nice, but I'm sure a room with a view of the Strait of Gi...
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Seal Beach, California
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138 reviews 138 reviews
43 hotel reviews
Reviews in 74 cities Reviews in 74 cities
129 helpful votes 129 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014

Because of the vibes in this city, and because we were only here for a day, it's hard to evaluate. We did feel safe within the hotel, which we didn't outside. Staff were ok. Tour dinner of chicken on rice was ok also. Lots of memorabilia here of who stayed in the hotel, with many pics of historical figures or celebrities. Frankly, I don't know where else you would stay.

  • Stayed April 2014, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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California
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89 hotel reviews
Reviews in 84 cities Reviews in 84 cities
105 helpful votes 105 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2014

I loved the ambience of this older Moroccan hotel. I can just picture it before the commercialization of the area. One can't tell from the street how beautiful this hotel really is. Although probably considered small rooms, the quality is evident. The staff was very accommodating and tried hard to please. A plus was the gallery of famous celebrity photos.

  • Stayed April 2014, traveled solo
    • 5 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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Cartagena, Spain
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13 reviews 13 reviews
9 hotel reviews
Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2014

For my 5th stay in Tangiers in the last ten years and my girlfriend's 1st I thought we'd try something a little special. NOT disappointed at all! I booked a sea view with balcony and it was perfect with couple of chairs and a table to enjoy a fabulous panorama of Tangier bay with an aperitif and beautiful at night, twinkling stars and lights.
Located on the edge of the Medina and near the French Embassy you are centrally placed for everything. The 2 restaurants are good, the Moroccan one has a great feel and we enjoyed tagine and sweets all served by friendly and attentive staff.
The hotel is beautifully decorated and there are some discreet pictures of well known guests around the central courtyard.
There was nothing we did not like.

  • Stayed April 2014, 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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LINCOLNSHIRE
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108 reviews 108 reviews
28 hotel reviews
Reviews in 54 cities Reviews in 54 cities
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2014

We stayed only one night on our train journey to Marrakech. It is a very authentic and atmospheric hotel and I can see that a lot of people really like it. For me, and maybe it was because I was not feeling too well, I was not comfortable here. It is really dark and old fashioned and all the staff are men wearing Moroccan dress.In the dining room, also really dark, musicians are playing Moroccan music all the time. I'm sure it was all really good but sorry, I just didn't like the place at all. Too oppressive and the staff overly fawning.

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 85 rue de la Liberte, Tangier 90000 , Morocco
Location: Morocco > Tangier-Tetouan Region > Tangier
Amenities:
Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Restaurant Room Service Spa Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#2 On the Beach Hotel in Tangier
#3 Spa Hotel in Tangier
#5 Luxury Hotel in Tangier
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:5 star — El Minzah Hotel 5*
Number of rooms: 140
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Traditional Moorish Hotel situated in heart of town, overlooking the Strait of Gibraltar. ... more   less 
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