We made a 30-hour trip to Tangiers from our holiday base in Spain and chose La Tangerina on the basis of reviews and location. The hotel is close to the highest point in the casbah, with jaw dropping views from the terrace over the rooftops of the medina, out on to the whole of the bay of Tangiers, and the choppy blue waters of the Straights of Gibraltar.
We were two adults and two children, aged 7 and 3, and were very comfortably accommodated in the room six suite. We arrived early, but were graciously offered mint tea and fresh biscuits on the terrace before getting in to our spacious and elegant room. The hotel is formed from a fairly grand old house close to the outer walls of the casbah. Each of the rooms is off a central atrium - a lily-laden table in the entrance hall at the bottom, a metal-latticed skylight atop. The traditional architecture – Moorish arches, high ceilings, well-shaded windows – combine with a vintage French cool. The result is characterful and homely, without being fussy. Don't forget though that it's an old house in a densely populated citadel. You may well hear fellow guests coming and going and something of your neighbours. Nevertheless, our night was very peaceful.
Each of the rooms is individually furnished and there seems to be a wide range of prices, according to squre-footage and view. All share rights to aforementioned terrace, which has several discrete areas for relaxing in sun or shade, plus tables to have the first-class Moroccan breakfast or, as we found out too late, meals by arrangement. The rooms don't have TVs or other mod cons, but the essentials – good beds, fine bedding, proper thick curtains, quality toiletries – are certainly in place.
Owner/manager Farida and her team offer a warm and considerate welcome and are plainly committed to a running a special business. I happened to be in the hotel at the time of an incident reported most unfavorably here by Dohaga. Alas, not everything in the hotel trade works out exactly as hotel owners or guests would hope, even with the best intentions. On the basis of our experience I would urge you to weight this bad report lightly in your own consideration. I'm afraid the customer is not always right, and my impression is that La Tangerina richly deserves the praise it has otherwise received.
For a trip to La Tangerina, our top tips would be to take a taxi up from the port with bags or already-tired legs, but otherwise consider the fun challenge of picking your way up through the Medina. Walking down, for those steady on their feet at least, is a whole lot easier - keep going down and you will end up somewhere near the port eventually.
The other advice, is to travel in Morocco - a country that respects parenting and families very highly - with young children. Having travelled as a single man in Morocco, this time with two kids was remarkable for the almost complete absence of hassle. Smiling, friendly and considerate treatment was all we experienced in extensive wanderings, sans guide, in the Medina and Nouvelle Ville (albeit no later than dusk). That's not to say Tangiers is without challenges: the sense, at least for northern Europeans, of barely controlled chaos; some visible poverty; the crazy traffic; the occasional hustler for 'spices'...But having an oasis-like respite at La Tangerina made it overall a worthwhile and enjoyable experience.
- Also Known As:
- La Tangerina Tangier
- La Tangerina Hotel Tangier