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This is the most expensive hotel in Tafraoute for acccommodation - its very popular with tour groups as can provide a good number of rooms - also popular on the lunch circuit for more upmarket groups....though for me I would recommend places to eat and stay that are more real people Morocco and better on the budget!
But it could be a nice place to hang out if you are looking for some peace and quiet on a summers day - use the pool, have lunch, have a few drinks and enjoy your day up here....especially if you are female and feeling you need some time out from being the centre of attention at the local cafes or restaurants...though that doesnt really happen at the establishments.....restaurants and cafes i recommend for Tafraoute!
but this place is also up high on a prominent hill in the centre of Tafraoute and has great views which gives it great atmosphere and is particularly nice at sunset and early evening....and it has a bar which makes it very popular with local Moroccans who want to come and have a drink with their mates after work and particularly when theres a football match to watch on the big screen.
There is a seating in the small bar area and also a large lounge area with large comfortable chairs around tables in tasteful decor.
Free access to good speed wifi also and the toilets are always clean.
Being a 4 star hotel for tourist groups there is a small shop selling locally made babouche and a good selection of postcards...in case you are on the look out and need to grab your chance.
Dress Code: Tidy casual or as formal as youd like
Updated Oct 10, 2012
This hotel has been advertised in the Lonely Planet for a number of years now as a bargain priced budget hotel - I need to write to them too
- but my friends here in Tafraoute who are locals and regularly meet travellers to Tafraoute, being restauranteurs and carpet shop owners and guides, continue to tell me of frequent complaints from tourists who have stayed at Hotel Tanger of dirty bedrooms and waking up to cockroaches everywhere and enduring serious cases of bed bugs...
One man recently was apparently hospitalised for treatment of his bed bugs.
These locals also regard this place as the dirtiest place in Tafraoute for food so dont eat here for lunch or dinner. Breakfast is fine and have been taken here to eat here for breakfast too.
so be warned dont risk staying or eating here!! - there are plenty of other good value choices around Tafraoute!
Written Jul 8, 2012
Luggage and bags: Ive not travelled with a rucksack for a number of years - always found my wheelie suitcase is fine for travelling around Morocco - even for the times Ive caught the ferry over from Spain and caught buses from here to there
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: sturdy walking shoes are a good idea for enjoying some hiking around the lovely scenery and rocky terrain here in the Anti-Atlas but it can be fairly warm from late spring so a good pair of sandals is also a good idea and a pair of flip flops/easy slip ons for getting around your hotel, to the bathroom etc especially if you are staying in a budget hotel with communal showers.
Always a good idea to bring layers for potential cold weather - you can put more on when its cooler and take them if its warmer and a light thermal outer is a good idea for any time of the year as even in summer the weather can turn and bring on a cold moment - a light raincoat can be a good idea if you are plaining to be out in the outdoors quite a bit
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Sunscreen - it gets pretty hot here in the summer months but the sun is pretty strong all year round - to protect your skin you should wear a high factor sunscreen which can be very expensive in pharmacies here in Morocco and unless you are going to be able to get to a supermarket such as Marjane at Agadir before coming to Tafraoute the pharmacies here are pretty much the only places to be able to buy it - so bring it with you is best idea
Photo Equipment: memory cards can be pretty cheap here in Morocco but to save time having to look for them if you run out and also I have been told that some of the memory cards Ive bought here labelled and packaged as San Disk are fakes and have had viruses in them....good idea to take opportunity of faster cards available elsewhere too for lower prices and bring them with you
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Hats are pretty cheap to buy here - ive had them bought for me by locals for 20-50 dirham ie £1.50-£4.00 but if you have a favourite and especially if it travels well it can be a good idea to have one at the ready on arrival
Miscellaneous: a torch or some candles can always be a good back plan. washing powder is cheap to buy in small packets from small stores around Tafraoute. moisturiser cream if youre a daily user but there are a number of shops selling good quality Argane products here that you can pick up a nice pot of argane face cream for 100 dirham and body moisturising cream for 50 dirham. 2 in one shampoo-conditioners are easy to buy in small stores here ior in the argane shops - but the environment here can be rather drying so it can be a good idea to bring your own for better quality. Pharmacies are great here - unless you take a really specialised medication most medications can be bought over the counter after a chat with the pharmacist - they are very knowledgeable and as handy as doctors in times of trouble.
Written Oct 5, 2012