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“A very fine oasis in an exciting city”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of La Tangerina

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La Tangerina
Ranked #2 of 43 Hotels in Tangier
Certificate of Excellence
London, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“A very fine oasis in an exciting city”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 13, 2012

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.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with family
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 11, 2012 via mobile

After traveling from fes to tanger, we were told they had given away our reservation and that they had rebooked us at a comparable hotel. The comparable hotel was not remotely comparable, did not meet our expectations and was priced €15 higher.

When asked to compensate for the difference, La Tangerina management refused, never apologized for forgoing our room and insisted they could do nothing more to help us. To top it off, the owner didn't offer to help transfer our bags from one side of the medina to the other.

Very disappointing end to an otherwise fantastic visit to morocco. La Tangerina should be ashamed of the impression they have left us with. The owner should learn the basics in hospitality, show some compassion for the customers they failed to uphold a commitment with and learn to have an adult conversation without aggressively interrupting.

  • Stayed June 2012
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 8, 2012

My husband and I booked this hotel for 2 nights based on the trip advisor reviews. We were not disappointed. We took a taxi from the ferry where we crossed from Tarifa using the FRS ferry. It only took an hour to cross the water. We then took a 10 Euro taxi from the port to the hotel which took about 10 minutes. (on the return trip the taxi was only 5 Euros so please be careful you are not taken advantage of 5 Euros should be the rate). Anyway on arriving at the hotel we were shown our room its no 8. I would ask for this room as it was superb. There is only 10 rooms in the hotel and this room was on the 2nd floor but with 2 large windows stretching across the front of the hotel we had great views. We had a sitting area in the room and then a step ladder to a mezzo floor above which felt like being on a ship with another window to look out. You could not stand on the bedroom area but it is only designed to sleep in being about 5 foot high and therefore very romantic.

The hotel provided us with complementary water, juice and mint tea which came with locally cooked moroccan biscuits. All meals are eaten on the terrace while we were there probably because of the great weather. The waiters was very professional giving you a full restaurant service. We dined on the terrace both nights they serve a 4 course meal. We had the chicken tagine which was very tasty. I am always a little funny visiting a new country with different food cultures but I really enjoy the food and really don't know what I was worried about. We asked the hotel to book us a half day private tour as we wanted to explore Tangier and being so busy and a bit overwhelming we thought it best to have a guide. We were not disappointed. Our Moroccan guide Sharif spoke perfect English as he was trained by a guy from Sittingbourne many years ago. He took us to a museum, the local market, the lighthouse up in the hills with a driver to see the Kings residence and governors house as well as the Hercules caves. This cost us 60 Euros which we thought was good value for 6 hours. We would return to this hotel as will no doubt again visit Morroco. Hearing the pray call when having dinner at the top of the terrace was a really interesting experience, the Moroccan people were all lovely, friendly and very smiley.

Room Tip: Room 8 was lovely, blue room at the front of the hotel. The ones with the private terraces looked n...
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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 31, 2012 via mobile

I stayed here with a friend. We enjoyed the decor and panoramic views from the terrace. The breakfast in the morning was standard continental breakfast eaten on the terrace which was lovely. I would stay here again.

Stayed May 2012, traveled with friends
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 31, 2012 via mobile

We continue to return to La Tangerina not only because we love to be surrounded by an incredibly beautiful house, impeccably clean, warm and elegant, european down duvets, rooftop
Dinners and breakfasts high above the Kasbah overlooking the Straits of Gibraltar, but we genuinely feel so taken care of each time we go. When a couple like Farida and Jurgen run such a complex operation as a labor of love and passion inspiring their staff to do the same it sets La Tangerina apart not as a hotel but a as a place where one can go on a retreat from the outide world and within 24 hours all cares and worries seem to drift out into the Atlantic! In Tanger we wouldn't consider staying anywhere else.

Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
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Zurich, Switzerland
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 31, 2012

First of all, if you want that riad feeling, I don't think this is the place. (I think Fez or Marrakesh would be more appropriate places anyway.) I think it's still a nice place though. The rooms are nicely decorated, and it gives nice feeling of a rich past.

The staff was also helpful and polite. The view from the roofop is impressive, and the food (breakfast and dinner) is also very nice.

One funny thing - I did reserve a pickup from the CTM station with them. Unbeknownst to me, the CTM station had been demolished, at least a couple months prior. I arrived at the main station instead, and there was no pickup, so I don't know what happened. I was hoping to avoid the distress of arrival, but I got it anyway.

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled solo
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Atlanta, Georgia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 18, 2012

Staying at this incredible hotel was like taking a time machine back to an earlier era, perhaps 1930s or 1940s colonial Tangier. The decor and furniture in the rooms and lobby are perfectly matched to the era, down to the old-fashioned radios that only play jazz music. We met one of the owners, and she described the 4+year process of acquiring all the pieces that make this hotel a transformative experience. It's hard not to feel like a writer or poet when you stay here. My girlfriend wanted to live here permanently.

The view over the strait of Gibraltar is also breathtaking. You will have mint tea upon arrival here, as well as an excellent breakfast.

I know Tangier can be a bit of a crazy place, but I'm seriously considering coming back just to stay at this hotel again.

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
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Property: La Tangerina
Address: 19 Riad Sultan, Tangier, Morocco
Location: Morocco > Tangier-Tetouan Region > Tangier
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Ranked #2 of 43 Hotels in Tangier
Hotel Class:3 star — La Tangerina 3*
Number of rooms: 10
Also Known As:
La Tangerina Tangier
La Tangerina Hotel Tangier

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