10 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
PERFECT choice for a stay in Tangier
"I was recently in Tangier for one night on a trip with 3 buddies of mine. Tangier can be an overwhelming city...esp. for those not familiar with the Arab world (and those used to the chill/relaxed mentality in Southern Spain). Staying at Dar Jameel was a perfect choice -- giving us the opportunity to go out an explore Tangier by foot (the guest house is close enough to all the action), while giving us a haven away from the intensity of it all. Dar Jameel's manager, Idriss, was VERY hospitable and friendly, and cooks up an awesome breakfast (fresh fruit, crepes, fresh OJ, etc.) We stayed in the Malabata room (2 king beds) and had plenty of space and our own bathroom...not to mention we pretty much had the entire place to ourselves so could use any bathroom throughout the place, in addition to access to the rooftop enclosed room, which has great views of the city and is a cool place to hang out. We spent a lot of time in this room after escaping the chaos of Tangier -- drinking Mint Tea and smoking hookah (both provided free of charge by Idriss). Great time, great place, great manager, great views! I wouldn't stay anywhere else in Tangier. Thanks!"
- Travel date: 7th April 2009
Very nice Hotel
"Myself, my wife and my 2 sisters stayed here for 1 night recently. Dar Jameel is utterly charming, in a great location, about a 10 minute walk to the port, and is spotless. The rooms are very large and most have pretty good views of the city. Idriss, the manager, is a fine man and did a wonderful job. The breakfast was delicious. Would stay here again without question."
- Travel date: 1st February 2009
"At the risk of sound redundant, this place was awesome! For the price, I can't think of a cooler place i've stayed at in Africa or Europe. It was fairly easy to find from the port (keep to the right up the hill, into the medina and right next to the Hotel Continental). We didn't even take a cab. We were greeted by the soft spoken, but very friendly care taker. He showed us to our room, gave us bottled water, and then sweet mint tea on the rooftop terrace (the coolest part of the place). The interior is a work of art, with beautiful mosaics and traditional arches. The roof gives you panoramic views of the entire medina (old Muslim quarters). Then a floor above the terrace is another room with big windows, couches, and heaps of old tapes for the stereo. All of it was a wonderful place to relax after spending an overwhelming day wandering the Medinaâs streets. It was quiet when we stayed there (1 of 3 groups of guests), but when packed this place must really rock the Kasbah (god help me, I had to squeeze that in there). Only complaint was the Miles Davis cassette case was empty. It darn near ruined our stay. But, seriously canât recommend this place highly enough. Go to Tangier for the hashish and stay for the Dar Jameel!"
- Travel date: 23rd September 2008
Has to be seen to be believed.
"I visited this exceptional Riad in August, for an overnight stay, with my son and two grandsons. We booked 2 rooms via Costasur.com through the internet, which was a last minute booking. The Riad is within walking distance of the Port, although we took a taxi, and is very near to the Continental Hotel which boasts the original grand piano from the movie Casablanca, along with wonderful photographs. The Riad is very special, and we were made to feel very welcome by the Manager Idriss, who makes wonderful mint tea. Although on the edge of the medina itself, we felt very safe as there is a very thick entry door which is locked at all times. We had a family room with 2 double beds, and another room with one double bed. Both were of good size, but one criticism was there was no mirror and no air conditioning - I only had a small fan. This however was quite sufficient for a short stay. The bathroom on my floor was shared and had no complimentary toiletries, so bring your own. There are no hairdryers, but on asking I was able to borrow one from Mr. Idriss. The interior tiles and design of this Riad are just stunning, and from the roof terrace there are views to die for. There has obviously been great care and love put into the renovation of this building. I cannot speak too highly about the quality and quantity of the breakfast provided - fresh local fruit, bread and croissants and pancakes with preserves, olives, cheese and butter and the most wonderful coffee and fresh orange juice. The beach area has a wealth of restaurants and is within walking distance of the Riad. I shall definitely recommend this unusual Bed & Breakfast to my friends, and advise them to book early to avoid disappointment. We booked a very good guide through "abdelhamid idrissi kaitouni" [--], - Mustapha (with yellow shoes), collected us from the Riad and was with us until we departed for the Ferry on our last day. We could have been pestered all day had we not got him with us and he had a wealth of knowledge about the area. If you want a change from the usual standard hotel room - this Riad is for you, and is a taste of the real Tangier spiced with friendliness and luxury. Portugaltraveller 18.08.08"
- Travel date: 22nd August 2008
"As this was my first time to Morocco, it was a bit intimidating getting into those taxis from the port and heading into the Medina. But Once we got to the Dar Jameel it was well worth the wait. The staff are very helpful and all speak english. The owner, Stephen, is a very nice guy who actually hung out with our group on the roof top sky lounge and ate some watermelon and listened to some music with us for a while. The lounge has the most incredible views the city has to offer. We sat up there all night, drink some wine, listened to music, and smoked hookahs! It was just a fantastic experience. If you actually want to go sight-seeing this is not the place to stay because you'll never want to leave the hotel :D"
- Travel date: 19th August 2008
excellent medina house
"Just returned from a trip to Tangier, too much to see and do for one day. Dar Jameel proved to be an excellent base, well placed on the edge of the Medina, just across from the port. A quiet haven of tranquility, beautifully restored old town house. Our room (family of 4) was magnificent, complete with 4 post bed. All around the house there were oasis of quiet, sunny areas, topped off by an amazing roof terrace with a penthouse conseravatory area. Idriss (the house manager) could not do enough to help with any requests, his mint tea is perfection. He made our evening meal for us which was superb, enough for the four of us and more and breakfast the next day was second to none. We fully recommend a guided walking tour of the city, arranged by Idriss (we think the guide was called Mustapha- he wears yellow shoes anyway)"
- Travel date: 23rd April 2008
"stayed for one night on the way to fez. i cannot recommend this place enough. beautiful old riad very carefully restored, lovely breakfast, fantastically clean rooms with comfy beds and bedding. right in the medina. they honoured our stay with just an email. i'm surprised this place hasn't featured more in the guidebooks, but that was good for us since we could get in. best place we stayed in morocco."
- Travel date: 18th March 2008
Incredible Place - made a trip to Tangier worthwhile
"I cant praise this place highly enough. It's a morroccan riad re-imagined as a top class guest house - cum- hotel with facilities beyond the dreams of most budget travellers. Imagine a place where you take more photos of your hotel than you do of the destintion. It's that impressive. Extraordinary rooms, tiled with mosaics and centred around a covered courtyard, are only the beginning of what is offered. Theres a terrace with amazing views of the medina, a dining area, a chill out area on top of the building and a location which will turn the expectations of most visitors to Tangiers upside down. As a previous visitor to Tangier many years ago my view of the medina was of a place where Westerners should fear to tread. My experience at this place helped me to see through the non-sensical fears many tourists have of this part of the city. Add to that the extraordinary hospitality of Stefan and Idris and you're getting about the best there is for the money. I'd go back to Tangier just to stay here and I can't say that about any hotel, guesthouse, B&B, hostel or henhouse anywhere else in the world. Well done Stefan on a fabulous conversion and your great company and thank you Idris for your help and remarkable breakfasts. We hope to come back some day."
- Travel date: 31st October 2007
What a gem
"A former palace this Riad is situated in a perfect spot close to the Port (you can walk to the Riad) in the Medina for shopping sightseeing and walking to the Kasbah and restaurants and within walking distance to the beaches. But the riad itself is gorgeous. The rooms surround a large interior courtyard decorated with original ceramic tiles and beautifully decorated plaster ceilings and moroccan lights. it is an oasis in the center of the Medina. The rooms are large with king size beds, light and airy with windows opening to the street and the interior courtyard. Breakfast was served on the second floor in another beautiful room and there is a roof terrace and a penhouse type sitting room where you can see the lights of the city and relax. There is also a lounge and other typical Moroccan sitting areas throughout the hotel. Breakfast was wonderful, freshly squeezed orange juice, buns and rolls and fresh crepes type pancakes from the lady next door, fresh fruit of various types, good coffee and all you could eat. Our room was also supplied with a bottle of water and fresh pastries when we arrived and mint tea and coffee is available for the asking. Idriss the manager went out of his way to be helpful and the owner arrived when we were there, went with us to a wonderful typical Moroccan restaurant and answered all our questions. Disadvantages: If you are fearful of the Medina and we felt perfectly safe this is not for you. There are shared bathrooms for two rooms on each floor. No problem at all and very clean. Because of the interior courtyard things may not be as soundproof as a big hotel. If you are on the third floor there are lots of steps to climb. The two rooms on the main floor are in the process of getting private baths and there are no steps so ask for those rooms . Go fast as by next year they will be booked solid and you won't get a room at all."
- Travel date: 19th May 2007
"This beautiful Riad is located in the Medina and is close to coast, souks and Kasbah. Typical traditional Moroccan Riad but as it was only converted to a Riad a couple of years ago it is very modern. Although the bathrooms are shared there is no worry as they were extremly clean at all times and modern facilities. The rooms are beautiful. Roof terrace has stunning views over the city and the africa and Europe coast. The staff were very helpful and the guy who owns it was always there to assist, he also speaks very good English. Breakfast was delicious and was served in the top floor dining area which has beautiful views. We only stayed here one night but wished it could have been longer! A definate must if youare staying in tangier!"
- Travel date: 8th May 2007
Dar Jameel is also called
- dar jameel tanger
- dar jameel tangier