it was a lot of fun, beginning with the hustling at the port as soon as we arrived, literally two steps past the passport-stamp control. then the taxi ride to the 'hotel', the unexpected location at the top of the kasbah, the round-shaped beds, the toilet with windows onto one of the bedrooms (better than the toilet closed only by a saloon-type door in another apt), the climb up to the terrace and the view of the city and the port. the overall experience was worth the money and the quirkiness of it all made up for the rough edges.
It was our first time in Tangier and we were picked up at the train station by their driver, Mohammed Ali. Yes, the boxer. We welcomed by Najat and Daniel upon arriving at their home. It's a beautiful place near the Kasbah and right in front of the famous Cafe Baba. They apologized for the first night because they placed us in a smaller room, which was okay with us. The next day, they gave me and my mom two separate rooms at no extra charge. Breakfast is a normally Moroccan pancakes, some bread, and their delicious homemade jams. The view from the terrace is wonderful while you sip your morning coffee at around 830-9 am. You can also request Najat to cook for you since she does delicious Moroccan cuisine.
They only speak French and Arabic though, but that's fine. Just go on google translate and you'll enjoy a few laughs along the way.
I'll definitely come back and stay with them again. Best way to enjoy Tangier!
My husband and I with two kids, ages 7 and 12, stayed for 7 days at Maison Hassani. Daniel and Najat were very gracious and welcoming. We stayed in the bottom floor apartment with two bedrooms that are connected by a bathroom and a hallway. It had a door for more privacy. The location of the riad is in the ancient medina so it is extremely easy to walk around to the kasbah and medina for sights and shopping. The view of the port from the balcony where you eat breakfast every morning was a delightful way to start each day. Najat and Daniel cooked for dinner or lunch for us a couple of times which was an respite from having to get to a restaurant for meals each day. Najat arranged a guide for us to go to Chefchoun as well as drivers to go to the beach and other sights outside of the medina area. The only negative is that it is their home as well and we would hear them talking to each other. And if you don't know French or Moroccan, you may have difficulty communicating. There was a double booking of a couple while we were there and that caused some problems for one couple who had to go elsewhere late in the day.
We only stayed in Tangier for 1 night as a starting base for a 2 week trip around Morocco and were so pleased we stayed at the Maison Hassini. Daniel is a true gentleman, and although he doesn't speak English we had fun trying to communicate with him on the roof terrace looking over the rooftops of Tangier with a cool beer he had presented to us on arrival.
He's a great character and his house reflects that... warm, welcoming and interesting. The room available to us was perfect, beautifully decorated with a funky circular bed in the corner. We had a shared bathroom which is very big, there weren't any other people staying at the time so we had the bathroom to ourselves but I wouldn't see this as a problem even if other guests were staying.
Daniel even dropped us off to the train station the next morning as he was en-route to the airport to pick up his family... what a truly nice chap he is!
Thanks so much for this brief visit, we wish it could have been for longer!
Daniel and Najat are a lovely couple, and made us feel very welcome in their house during our stay. They were very happy to provide us with any help we required.
However, there are some things that are not made clear from their website.
Although they have an English translated website, neither of them speak any English. We were prepared to speak French based on another trip advisor review we had read, but had assumed that if they have an English website they must want to attract some English speakers. They do not speak any English at all, if you don't speak French it will be difficult to get by.
Also, we booked the room Florilege for 2 people. The website specifies it has a "private bathroom with large sink and shower". Take this literally - there may be a sink and shower in the bathroom but there is no toilet! You need to go out of your room to use the main house toilet. If it had been specified that there was no toilet in our bathroom we wouldn't have paid 50 euro per night to stay there.
Breakfast on the terrace each morning was excellent, with great coffee. The location is convenient inside the medina. As I said, they are a very friendly and warm couple, and if you speak French then you will have a great time with them.
If you stay here be sure to check out restaurant Le Nabab for dinner - it is just around the corner and delicious.