Review of Rif & Spa Hotel Tangier, Morocco

This grand old palace has sat on Tangier’s beach strip for an age, welcoming the likes of Sir Winston Churchill and Elizabeth Taylor. Nowadays, with a full makeover in the fall of 2006, it is back in business pandering for tour groups and independent travellers.

The rooms at the Rif & Spa are large and comfortable, with marble floors and Berber carpets mixing well with the accent walls and prints of 18th century Tangier. Amenities are adequate, with air-conditioning, satellite television, internet access and room service on offer.

The central hallway on the first floor lends access to a choice of restaurants serving Moroccan and international cuisine, bars and a good-sized pool tucked into a grotto. The property amenities and services are also numerous, especially the original spa offering hammam, massage and a variety of aesthetic treatments.