Review of Dar Sultan Tangier, Morocco

French couple Jean-Pierre and Maité Durand have opened the doors to their Dar Sultan, high in Tangier’s historic walled Kasbah quarter. Full of history and mystique, a stay in this small and very refined guesthouse is a real journey into the atmosphere and feel of French Morocco.

The converted riad is some 300 years old, the former home (Dar) of the Sultan of Morocco exiled by the French to Tangier. It has been lovingly restored by a team of craftsmen called Maâlems in the pure Moroccan tradition and craftsmanship, zellij and bejmat to preserve its soul. The décor includes some superb artefacts and traditional objects from Tetouan, the Rif and the world over.

Dar Sultan’s three flours give on the inside columned courtyard anchored by an Andalusian fountain. This is the perfect spot to read, sip a glass of mint tea or simply while away a relaxing afternoon. The Dar’s six spacious guest rooms are furnished with French Moroccan touches – lanterns and Berber rugs – and Arab and Ottoman antiques. All come with a shower and refined living room. A suite with a private terrace is also available.

From the plant-filled terraces, you can enjoy panoramic views over the whole of Tangier and on a clear day, the strait of Gibraltar. House chef Fatiha serves Moroccan and Mediterranean cuisine and will eagerly accommodate any menu suggestions.