Great Place to Stay in Tangier Medina (Kids OK)
We stayed at the Riad Tanja which is a four story renovated home inside of Tangier's Medina (or walled city). Staying in the Medina gives you a unique opportunity to live amongst the locals whose lives go on right before your eyes. The Medina is free of cars and other vehicles and consists of narrow walkways where you can look into the local's homes, shop for all sorts of things you might (or might not need), get food, and generally do some really great people watching. Part of the Medina is geared towards tourists, but most of it is just the normal day to day lives of the locals. The Riad itself was beautifully restored and the rooms were incredible. They accepted our family of four without hesitation and did not seem to be the slightest bit annoyed by our kids. Just to test their patience to enhance this review, we prompted our two year old to shriek a few times and spill a small pot of flowers onto a Berber carpet! We stayed in the Menzah suite which was a huge room on the top floor with a King sized bed, sitting area and an incredible view into the Medina. The room was expensive by local standards at about 1500DH a night (or $180 US). However, it was the largest room in the Riad and included mint tea on arrival, a huge basket of fruit, great service, and an incredible breakfast. They brought us milk for the kid's cereal, let our daughter do her math homework while sitting at a table on a very soft carpet on the terrace and even made our son cup of noodles and delivered it in a very fancy ceramic dish with a top! They also rolled an extra bed in for us. They have several folks on location to take care of anything you need and they were there around the clock. They were very trustoworthy, referred us to a great guide, and made our visit a pleasure. I know they definitely have cheaper rooms so don't let the price scare you away.