Tangier hotels are found across the city. There is a wide range of accommodation options available to suit all budgets.
Tangier Hotels – Budget
When I first started to visit, it was all about staying in one of the budget pensions in the medina. A high cluster of pensions can be found in the petit socco, just off the side alleys.
These are basic but very atmospheric, with authentic moroccan decor – right in in the middle of all the medina action. These cost in the region of circa 100 MAD (10 dollars / Euros).
Always ask to see the room before you lay down your money. Don’t expect luxury – cold showers and ‘squat’ toilets are fairly common. However, there are exceptions so speak with the front desk. They may not be fluent in English but are usually very helpful.
Be particularly cautious and aware of your surroundings in the evening around the medina,(especially after the cafes close down and there are fewer people on the streets).
I experienced the front doors shutting around midnight so if you do decide to stay out late, mention this to the front and hope the night watchmen is awake when you arrive back!
The Corniche, in front of the beach along Avenue Mohamed VI has a number of hotels in the budget and mid-end range. These are immediately on the main road and also the roads/alleys going up the hill.
The advantage of these places is that they are within a few minutes walk of the beach night clubs which are particularly busy in summer (there’s activity year around). You are still only 10 minutes walk from the Ville Nouvelle and the Medina. The beach is not somewhere you would want to really swim or sunbathe, but it’s still a nice view and a pleasant place to stroll.
A fairly new development in Tangier for those looking for a place to stay is the introductions of Hostels. Further information to follow.
Tangier Hotels – mid range recommendations
I recommend the Hotel Continental which is at the edge of the Medina, overlooking the Port area. Tip: if getting a taxi to the hotel, make sure you are specific about this hotel to the driver. There is another similar sounding hotel in a different part of town that they may mistake this for. The prices are competitive and it has an understated yet classic atmosphere that epitomises Tangier. The manager is very charismatic and when I spoke to him, he mentioned all the famous people he knew. The hotel gates do shut late at night but there is a hotel watchmen who can let you in. Prices per room are about 40 euros / 420 MAD
I also recommend Hotel Rembrandt.
In fact, this is where I always stay now. It is on Avenue Pasteur, in the new part of town but 10 minutes to grand socco/casbah (just turn right out of hotel) and the corniche / port area (walk down the hill). The staff are excellent (they’ve been there since i’ve been visiting), they offer a free breakfast, a 24 hour reception, well-equipped rooms and lovely pool / hotel gardens.
I last stayed there for 3 nights in November 2015 and the price was just over 1000 MAD / 100 euros for my stay. There’s some excellent Tapas a few minutes walk away.
Of course, let’s not also forget the Hotel El-Muniria if you are a fan of William Burroughs (he stayed in room 9) and the beat generation. People like Ginsberg and Jack Kerouac also spent time here.
I have not personally slept in the hotel but I have visited the infamous Tanger Inn. You can reach it by locating Hotel Rembrandt (on your right) and then walking 2 minutes along this road…Turn right down the alley just after the case Espana sign. Tip: be careful after dark, the top part of the alley can sometimes attract some unsavoury characters.
The Tanger Inn has had a lot written about it and is one of Tangier’s oldest bars allegedly. It opens around 10pm and gets going later on. The walls still have betnik memorabila but it has recently been refurbished which probably has lost some if its character. These days, it attracts a young and trendy crowd and women wouldn’t feel out of place. Frankly, there are better places to soak up the atmosphere but it’s still worth a visit.
Tangier Hotels – high end
For those of you who want to splash out or fancy a treat, you can’t bear the El Minzah Hotel. This hotel if full of class – it’s been around since the 1930’s.
It’s one of the few places I would make an exception to my rule that a hotel is just a bed to sleep in – as this hotel is an experience in itself. It’s just a few minutes north of the grande socco and every taxi driver will know it. Tip: if you can’t afford staying here, do check out the hotel ‘caids’ bar in the evening. More information can be found on my nightlife page hear, but it’s a great opportunity to soak up the opulent surroundings over a cold beer or whiskey.