Review of Dar Nour Tangier, Morocco

Opened in 1999, Dar Nour is a genuinely beautiful, old Kasbah house at the heart of Tangier Medina. Nestled in the end of one of the narrow streets of the 14th century Kasbah, this is a riad restored with a true feeling for beauty and simplicity and filled with nooks and crannies that just beg exploration.

Dar Nour means “the House of Light” and the aim was to accent the sunlight playing on the whitewashed walls. The lovely exterior décor, with white walls and blue-chimney stacks, invites you to explore the different levels while the interior is equally captivating with a bare decoration that is luminous and exciting. Throughout the interior, extensive works of art, fascinating pieces of sculpture, wall hangings and items from the old Tangier add a touch of finesse and charm to the place.

Dar Nour offers individually furnished, en suite rooms and suites that show off the best of traditional décor. The whitewashed Nour Suite is lavishly decorated and comes with its own private balcony that overlooks the Mendoubia Gardens, while the smaller Faris room has an oriental theme, all quite sophisticated but still retaining the simplicity of Dar Nour. There is also a small adjoining house, The Little House, extending over three floors with a kitchen, a bedroom, two bathrooms, a lounge and two terraces. Guests who opt to stay here can still take advantage of all Dar Nour services.

The whitewashed roof at Dar Nour is split into three terraces, all with their own sitting areas and stunning views overlooking the old Kasbah and the Bay of Tangier. Breakfast is served here or at the communal table. Dinner is usually traditional home-cooked Moroccan food, but the Moroccan house cook is always on hand to cater for evening meals or any special dietary needs.