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The hotel scene in Tangier has been changing over the past couple of years. It's true that a lot of the seafront hotels were built in the 60s and 70s (and a few even earlier) when tourism in Tangier was booming, but many of them had deteriorated over the past 25 years. The good news is that a number of them have been refurbished recently (Hotel Rif & Spa, Hotel Oumnia Puerto) and yet another - the Hotel Solazur - is currently undergoing a major facelift and is due to reopen under Spanish management in the summer of 2011. In addition to this, there are some new hotels, such as the Hotel Andalucia Golf and the Hotel Caesar, both recently opened, with more being built towards the Malabata end of the bay where the Hotel Movenpick is also situated. These are all a minimum of four stars and therefore at the pricey end of the lodgings spectrum (but it's always worth checking for promotional and out of season deals on the internet)
Whereas the Medina area of Tangier used to be perceived as a kind of ghetto or no-go area, as far as accommodation was concerned, in recent months boutique hotels and maison d'hotes have been springing up all over town, mostly with extremely favourable feedback (see TA ratings and reviews) and are generally excellent value for money.
Tangier has had a lot of bad press in the past three decades, as the whole town was neglected for many a long year. But with the accession of King Mohammed VI and Plan Azur to increase tourism in Morocco, plus his appointment of Mohammed Hassad as Governor of Tangier (the same man who was responsible for overseeing the metamorphosis of Marrakech into the tourist capital of Morocco) one can only hope that Tangier will succeed in finally shaking off its old, less than flattering image and become an attractive destination for tourists from all over the world.