The rooms are nice, decorated traditionally in blues and greens, although the bathrooms are a little the worse for wear. Our friend stayed in room 4, which has a fantastic view from two windows. The hotel is family run, and while they are all friendly people, it did cause the only real problem we had with the place - we weren't given a key for the front door, we had to ring the bell and wait for someone to open the door, and this usually took quite a long time. They also didn't unlock the door in the morning til nearly 9am, well after we wanted to go out for breakfast!
The price as of May 2010 was 200DH (roughly £15) per double room.
Unique Quality: The main reason we stayed here was because of the Beat Generation connections - both Alan Ginsberg and Jack Kerouac stayed for a while in 1957, and William Borroughs lived here for several months, while writing 'Naked Lunch'.
There is a club below the hotel (you need to use a seperate door) called the Tanger Inn. When our friend had last visited Tangier about 15 years ago, it was a gay club; it now seems to be the place to be seen for Tangier's wealthy trendy young things.
We picked this place purely on the recommendation of Lonely Planet, whilst killing time on the slow ferry to Tangier. It's in the Ville Nouvelle,(less intimidating, more westernised than the Medina) but still only 10 mins walk from the Medina, a 20 minute walk from the port (If you knew were you were going), and 2 mins off Blvd Mohammed V, (the main road cutting throught the Ville Nouvelle and a good navigational reference).
The hotel is down a road called Rue Magellan, which little more than a wide path between buildings, with steps preventing vehicular access all the way, and not that easy to find for the newcomer.
If it's your first time there you'd probably best get a Petit taxi from inside the port, which should take 5 mins and cost little more than 10Dh on the meter. We walked just outside the port to get a taxi on the main road, but the taxi driver said we were half way there, and better off walking the rest and keeping our money. With that he pointed us in a rough direction an away we went. We found it with a little help from a local man.
The place is family run and they were very friendly. We got 2 rooms without reservations on a monday afternoon in June with no problems. Check out time was 12, and you can leave bags in the office no problems.
Twin room price was Dh150 (£9). Single with onsuite and shower was Dh130 (although
the bed was big enough for two).
Unique Quality: Our double room was a bit tatty, but clean and full of character, with old furniture, toilet behind curtain, and washhand basin. No breakfast included in price, but we found plenty of nearby restaurants that did cracking local dishes from 12Dh (£0.70, with free mint tea and fresh orange juice).
The rooftop terrace, overlooking the beach, port and nearby rooftops is cool. We sat and watched the sun go down with a few beers, and watched the bats come out to play.
We weren't that impressed with the Tanger Inn, downstairs on the street. Small, dull, it was a monday night, but we found better pubs/clubs just off Blvd Mohammed V, that had local people and awesome Moroccan live music.
Directions: Ville Nouvelle, South of the port, uphill from the mainroad at the waterside.
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