The Start Of An African Adventure
Snaking my way through the narrow back streets and alleyways of Tangiers, I felt like a character ’Our Man in Morocco’ in an old black and white spy movie. I eventually arrived at the hotel, after a twenty minute walk from the port.
At first sight the exterior holds little promise, with an apparently make-shift sign, giving the only visible clue that I had arrived at my destination.
However, once I opened the old, heavy metal door, I was surrounded by the beautiful, sweet aromas of burning incense. I had walked into the hotel’s charming inner courtyard, the centre piece being a fountain that dripped water on a variety of rose petals, floating on a pond.
The Riad Tanja is a fantastic hotel. I was given a huge room with en suite bathroom. The décor was minimal, painted walls and a few pictures. On a sofa was a complimentary fruit bowl, some pastries and a couple of bottles of water. Always a nice touch in hotels as it saves one from ransacking the usual over-priced mini-bars for late night sustenance.
There was a terrace outside my room, which offered a lovely view of Tangiers. As pleasing as it was to the eye, my nose was having less fun, as the wind carried the smell of rotting meat and fish, from the end of the day’s trading at the street market below.
The members of staff were extremely friendly and gave me lots of tips on where to go and how best to get there.
I can’t wait for my next visit. [more]
Further Ratings (Average 3.8 of 5):
- Booking.com: 7.50 of 10
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