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El Muniria

1 Rue Magellan, Tangier 90000 Morocco
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#34 of 60 hotels in Tangier
The Villa Muniria is a hotel in Tangier, Morocco. It was the place where the American author William S. Burroughs wrote his famous novel Naked Lunch. Many other members of the Beat Generation also visited the hotel at the time, including Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg and Peter Orlovsky. The hotel still operates today under the name Hotel el Muniria.
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Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Bar / lounge
Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Airport transportation
Baggage storage
24-hour front desk
Non-smoking hotel
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Private balcony
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Non-smoking rooms
Family rooms
Smoking rooms available
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Centrally Located
Languages Spoken
English, French, Spanish, Arabic
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Explore238599 wrote a review Jan. 2020
London, United Kingdom2 contributions1 helpful vote
If you're into William Burroughs and the Beats you've got to stay here. They don't do food but there are plenty of places nearby including The Gran Cafe de Paris 10 mins walk where Paul Bowles would entertain literary greats such as Jean Genet. I had breakfast there everyday and it cost under £4 with complimentary bread and olives. Burroughs wrote The Naked Lunch in here during the mid 50's with Ginsberg and Kerouac popping over to join him. It's cheap has all the facilities you need. The current staff are very friendly and helpful too. Just don't expect it too look like the Hilton on a grand street. Rue Magellan is a steep hill with some demolished buildings and as for all of Morocco loads of feral cats. But it's great. I'd recommend to any solo of couple travelling wanting to explore the cultural history of Tangier.
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Date of stay: October 2019
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TheStudentExplorer wrote a review Oct. 2019
Rabat, Morocco19 contributions12 helpful votes
I arrived at the hotel quite late and received a warm welcome. The staff were very helpful and kind when I arrived and throughout my stay, the receptionist spoke perfect English. After I checked in I was shown to my room given the WiFi password and my key. The room was lovely, the sheets on the bed were really nice! I was shocked at how comfortable the bed was in a hotel at this price and there were extra blankets in the wardrobe as well. The WiFi was perfect. My room had a private shower and sink, with a shared toilet a few steps down the hall. The Hotel is situated right beside the Tangerinn, I stayed on a Saturday and could hear the muffled music from my room. I really liked how helpful the staff were and I liked the location, if you are coming because of the hotels literary history, they have photos of Burroughs and the beatnik generation of Tangier and you'll enjoy the neighboring Tangierinn. The bed and linen were great, I've been in Morocco two months now and it was the best sleep I had in ages. Amazing value for the price and great location in the city.
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Date of stay: October 2019
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Frédéric S wrote a review Jul. 2019
Montreal, Canada28 contributions11 helpful votes
Stayed there one night. Great location close to pretty much everything. We had a nice clean room on the second floor with a nice shower and a clean shared bathroom. Personnel was polite and nice, would recommend.
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Date of stay: July 2019Trip type: Travelled as a couple
SuttonTravelNut wrote a review Apr. 2019
Reigate, United Kingdom663 contributions109 helpful votes
I have to caveat this by saying that I didn't actually stay here in the end, but I had booked and paid for my room online. I arrived as planned and was given room 7, one of two rooms on the top floor that overlook the roof terrace, which has wonderful views down to the beach and across the bay. However, when I arrived at the room, I realised that whilst it had a private shower, the toilet was separate, and down the hall. I do like my creature comforts, even when I've paid for budget accommodation, so I went back to the reception desk to see if there were any other rooms available. There were none, and I had the last available room. So I asked if I could cancel my reservation as I wanted to stay elsewhere instead. The guy on reception said he would call the owner to come and sort things out. A while later, the lady owner arrived, a lovely lady who was keen to resolve the issue. She pointed out that the room I had chosen on booking.com was specified as having a "private shower", although I said that I hadn't realised that meant that it didn't also have a private toilet (I had assumed, rightly or wrongly, that having a private shower meant that it would also come with everything else you'd expect of a private bathroom). She understood, and agreed to refund what I had already paid for my stay. Having by now made a quick online booking at an alternative hotel for the night, the guy on reception said he would call a taxi to get me there, so I went outside to wait for it. But minutes later, he came out to tell me that the owner wanted to drive me there herself!! What amazing service - not only had she lost the cost of that room for the night (I do hope she got another last minute reservation...), but she was also kind enough to drive me to another hotel! I was stunned, but delighted! As for the hotel itself, here are some impressions from my brief stay. The building was obviously at one time a private home, and is the reason it seems that many people choose to stay there (as did I), due to its literary connections. I arrived to find the front door locked - I knocked, but got no response. Fortunately a couple who were also staying there arrived back just as I was trying to figure out how to get in. They pointed out the doorbell that is quite high up on the wall, to the right of the door. But as they had a key, they let me in. The hotel is basic, and has no facilities to offer breakfast. There is of course no lift/elevator, so be careful on the marble stairs if you struggle to lift your luggage. From what I saw of my room, it was bright, airy and clean. The blue painted furniture added a splash of brightness to what would otherwise be quite a stark environment. As I said, the views down to the sea from the top floor are great. The area around the hotel isn't the most visually appealing - there was obviously another building opposite at one time that has since been demolished, but not yet replaced. But don't let that put you off, it didn't feel dangerous, and is convenient for the beach, Medina and the new part of town.
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Date of stay: April 2019
Trip type: Travelled solo
Athina M wrote a review Apr. 2016
Athens, Greece7 contributions4 helpful votes
looks like writers know how to choose hotels. we took room 8 with private shower and shared WC. the room was at the terrace with nice views; really peaceful and clean. did not feel that the neighboorhood was unsafe... would aboslutely come here again
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Date of stay: April 2016
Trip type: Travelled with friends
Room Tip: room 8 is not noisy and has nice views
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Frequently Asked Questions about El Muniria
Which popular attractions are close to El Muniria?
Nearby attractions include American Legation (0.4 km), Terrasse des Paresseux (0.3 km), and Gran Teatro Cervantes (0.3 km).
What are some of the property amenities at El Muniria?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, a lounge, and airport transportation.
What food & drink options are available at El Muniria?
Guests can enjoy a lounge during their stay.
What are some restaurants close to El Muniria?
Conveniently located restaurants include Le Saveur du Poisson, al Achab, and Caravaggio.
Does El Muniria have an airport shuttle?
Yes, El Muniria offers an airport shuttle for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Is El Muniria located near the city centre?
Yes, it is 0.4 km away from the centre of Tangier.
Are pets allowed at El Muniria?
Yes, pets are typically allowed, but it's always best to call ahead to confirm.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at El Muniria?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English, Spanish, French, and Arabic.
Are there any historical sites close to El Muniria?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Tangier Casbah (3.9 km), Petit Socco (0.6 km), and Place du Grand 9 Avril 1947 (0.6 km).