Review of La Tangerina Tangier, Morocco

At the highest point of Tangier’s hilltop Kasbah is one of the most stylish places to stay in the white city: La Tangerina.

Owners Farida and husband Jürgen couldn’t have found a better spot on which to create the guesthouse of their dreams after returning to the town of her birth. The roof terrace, its crowning glory, has spectacular views across the straits to Spain: a good place to chill out and watch the sun set after a session in the hammam.

The couple took three years to complete this meticulously crafted conversion, using materials salvaged from other period buildings and memorabilia from the town’s Belle Époque. The result is a house that evokes the times of Waugh and Bowles and remains true to the spirit of cosmopolitan Tangier.

The 10 rooms are laid out over 4 floors around a central enclosed courtyard with a truly inspirational roof terrace offering views of the old Medina and the straights of Gibraltar that should make everyone’s photo album. Rooms are done out in soft colours and a style that is colonial, a reminder of Tangier’s history, with an Arab, French or English theme.

At the heart of the guesthouse is the fabulous tadelakt cellar hammam – each afternoon the wood fire Hammam is brought up to temperature and a thorough scrub down will invigorate even the most tired of legs.

La Tangerina has a real feeling of inner sanctum, with a host of sensitive, decorative features throughout the house – cut flowers, original artwork, family photos and portraits – that help create a really intimate mood. This is a place that scores high on all accounts.