El Minzah Hotel Tangier
85, Rue de la Liberte, Tangier, 90 000, Morocco
Classic Hotel From Tangier's Golden Years
We enjoyed our overnight stay in this old hotel which was being refurbished. Our room was comfortable, shutters over the windows. When we opened the shutters we were rewarded with an outstanding view to the port. Our room was #211.
The bathroom had been fully refurbished to a high standard.
The gardens and pool area had been fully refurbished and looked outstanding. I walked around the pool area the morning we left and wished we had spent some time poolside the previous evening.
The El Minzah Hotel was an icon in its day and I believe when the refurbishment is complete it will be an outstanding place to stay. We were there September, 2008.
In the centre of the hotel is a large paved Andalusian courtyard. The hotel also has available a beauty/barber shop, gym, laundry service, babysitting service and parking including for RV’s. There is a steam room where you can soak or you can have a tradition ‘soap-up, scrub-down’ for a reasonable fee.
In the movie ‘Casablanca’ the famous scene of Ricks café was modelled on the bar at El Minzah hotel.
At one time the El Minzah had the distinction of being ‘one of the most luxurious in North Africa. The hotel has 3 restaurants which serve both international and Moroccan meals, and a piano bar. The bar seemed male dominated and a bit gloomy by night. Around the pool you can also have lunch served. Not sure which restaurant I ate in but it was good but nothing exceptional. Reception didn’t appear to that friendly but I did find one evening a porter who was only too willing to have his photo taken with a friend and even directed us to a good spot to have it taken.
The hotel now has 3 floors and 140 rooms and suites all with air-conditioning Some have balconies looking out over the bay. There was quite a lot of extras in the room including a safe, mini bar, satellite TV and fridge. The door had good locks on it so it felt safe being there. My room was overlooking the Rue de la Liberte and could be a little noisy – however it was interesting watching the local activity.
El Minzah Hotel
While reported to be a five star hotel, it certainly doesn’t quite measure up to be what you would normally associate a top hotel to be. Having said that, the hotel was centrally located, just up from Gran Socco and quite pleasant with an old world Moroccan arabesque charm. The hotel was built under the order of the 4th Marquis of Bute, John Crichton-Stuart. In 1930. Presidents, Prime Ministers, Kings, Queens and Hollywood elite are reported to have stayed here.
Close to the Medina
This is a famous and great hotel, probably the best in Tangier, but I consider that it's less expensive for its value than I should be.
Apart from the hotel itself and the pool (pic), it offers a good view of the port from the window of the room (if you are lucky to get it) (last pic).
There is also a wellness centre inside the hotel.
- Fax: (+212) 39 93 45 46
Directions: At a few meters from the Medina and the old part of the city.
More about El Minzah Hotel Tangier
Minzah Hotel is one of the best hotels at Morocco. That is what it is said. It is really a beautiful hotel of Arabic and elegant decoration. My room was the number 257 and despite it looked to the street it was quite.
Looking though the window at night is great, you will see walking up and down men with their typical dress looking like monks or something like that … it really looks like you are thousands years in the past …
It is better to take a room with BANCOTEL (hotel bonos) than direct, that way you will get a better price.
Hotel Minzah have a beautiful mirador to the city and the port. The service is wonderful and the restaurant is one of the best at Tanger.
Lounge El Minzah Hotel
Tangier Restaurant + Mad Popeye Chef
Does anybody know the name of or has been to this restaurant. It was a small Moroccan food restaurant (set meals of various courses at set prices) just down the hill from the El Minza Hotel. The chef was a character. He took people into his back room of natural potions and artifacts and people went away with fans and all sorts of rubbish he gave them. He resembled Popeye.
RE: Tangier Restaurant + Mad Popeye Chef
The name of the restaurant is « Saveurs de Poisson » rue de la Liberté (near de l’Hôtel el-Minzah), very nice restaurant i v been there several times, well i m originally from Tangier that s why!!!
RE: RE: Tangier Restaurant + Mad Popeye Chef
My friend calls him "the medicine man", we just been there and gave us some kind of oil that was good for everything, even for boldy heads! LOL and gave us his version of our illness
An incredible experience, aboutr prices.... not sure I think that is sometimes depepnding on the market prices and about menus.... well he alsways decides what you will eat!
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El Minzah Hotel Tangier
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Address: 85, Rue de la Liberte, Tangier, 90 000, Morocco