Review of Dar Jameel Tangier, Morocco

Dar Jameel is an enchanting riad in the Medina of Tangier, only a short walk from the port entrance. Beautifully restored by its owners -Stefan, Talib and Driss -, this 150-years old house is a small jewel-box of a riad and is easily Tangier’s funkiest maison d’hôte.

Dar Jameel is built on five levels with eight large bedrooms leading from a central courtyard. The lower floors are all immaculate and subtly decorated to show off the painstaking restoration process that brought the building into life. The riad still maintains its quirky features, not least the exquisitely carved stucco and small glass windows. The bedrooms are in pastel colours with furnishings deliberately kept simple to enhance the beauty of the spaces. The newer section of the house blends Moroccan style with elements from further East and has a plethora of communal chill-out spaces.

The piece de resistance is without doubt the penthouse located upstairs from the riad. The bottom-half of the split level roof terrace offers resting and sunbathing space, while the watch-tower like top-level is the place to watch the sunset. You will have a stunning 360-degrees view, taking in the Medina, the Bay of Tangier, Gibraltar and Spain.

The in-house kitchen can arrange dinner for groups of six people or more.