A private room for rent in Merchanthouse built in 1898. The house is located in Tangier´s old medina. The Magic Lantern offers you twin beds and a bathroom (hamamstyle) en suite. Very quite and private with a view on a little patio.
Who doesn´t want to stay in a beautiful old house with great atmosphere and charm?? Your room The Magic Lantern is on the first floor of this totally refurbished Merchanthouse built in 1898. The original marble staircase brings you up to the room.
The Magic Lantern offers you twinbeds, a bathroom en suite in grey with touches of white , handmade wardrobe, a reading chair and a view on a green patio.
The house offers quests free wifi in their room, a readingcorner on the ground floor, a Moroccan salon on the first floor with some workingspace just across. Not to forget is the outsidearea you can enjoy. There are 4 different terraces and even a sundeck with kasbah and seaview!!! You will see the ferries going up and down le Detroit to Tarifa. On a clear day you can almost touch Spain.
Interaction with Guests
As your host I am here to make your stay as comfortable as possible. So If you need any advise where to go for lunch or dinner, where to go for a daytrip as well, you just ask me. Where to shop for special gifts?? Pop the question. Do you want to visit a hamam and get a massage?? Peter knows.........
My neighborhood in the medina is just great! It ´s safe and very social. Always people around shopping, going to a Mosque or having a coffee on place Sakaya. It´s close to the Grand Scco ( 2 minutes) where you find a taxi ATM-machines, cafe´s and restaurants. And not to forget one of the hotspots in town the cinema Rif!!
In the medina there is only one way to get around. Walking walking and walking......suia suia....step by step. There is so much to see you know. Don´t rush!!
Outside the medina you grab a taxi if you want, but I would say again just walk. Unless you wanna go to the beach near Achakar or have lunch at Le MIrage or L´Ocean. Anyway a taxipick-up is easy to arrange.
We respect our neighbours and housequests!! Smoking please not in the rooms but with so much outsidespace...no worries if you just need to light a cigarette!!
Peter's home is lovely and spacious, comfortable and clean, a beautiful renovation of an elegant Morrocan house within the Tangier medina. The accomodations are as described, and the location is very convenient for exploring both the medina and places outside the city. Peter was a warm and gracious host and generously offered tips and excellent advice for getting around, shopping and eating. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay and highly recommend Peter's place.
I could use up the full 500 words to describe my stay at Peter's beautiful Riad but put simply Peter is the perfect host who naturally understands exactly how to interact with you as a guest. He is both easy to hold conversation with and full of local knowledge.
The Riad truly is an oasis in the fascinating heart of the Medina and Peter's sense and understanding of aesthetic is clear from the moment you enter the light filled reception area.
The suite is a sanctuary of calm above the rooftops and has great terrace views.
We truly enjoyed staying at Peter's on our visit to Tangier. Peter was very accommodating as we booked last minute, and even added an extra night, and he was happy to make us feel right at home. Peter is a wonderful wealth of knowledge, and was happy to give us plenty of privacy and advice. His home is BEAUTIFUL, and we especially enjoyed plenty of sun or shade on his rooftop terraces. The location was perfect, close to cafes and restaurants, and not too hard to find. Thanks for a wonderful stay!
This is unique opportunity to stay in a beautiful home in the medina. Peter is a helpful host and guests will want to stay longer than their schedule allows.
Peter is the reason that people do, or should travel. Not being familiar with Tanger, my boyfriend and I decided to rent a room in a house with a host vs. a private home to ourselves, and we are so glad that we did. Our evening arrival into Tanger was challenging. We were conned by our taxi, paying more than we should have, and were later aggressively pursued by a young man over the course of several hours, which culminated in his shouting at us in the street, and threatening us, because he could not understand that we did not have money to give him. I have traveled all over the world, mostly alone, and have never encountered anything like this. We were going to leave, but in the morning, Peter took us to breakfast, calmed and reassured us, and connected us with a friend that spent the day with us, helping us to navigate the neighborhood (the old Medina), which can be confusing at first. We quickly came to find that our first impressions were not typical. Our subsequent days were wonderful and our experiences with the citizens of Tanger very positive. It also helped that Peter's home is absolutely exquisite. It is exactly what you would want for spending time in Morocco; it is right out of a Paul Bowles novel. It is an old, romantic and beautiful home, with the most gorgeous roof top oasis. The rooms are spacious and elegantly decorated. Peter has impeccable style, and his home is truly a respite to step into after the intensity of the city streets. The pictures shown on the profile are lovely, but the house in reality is even more so. Peter himself, is an absolute treasure. He is a warm, funny, deeply intelligent man. He made himself very available to us, though was respectful of giving us time alone, and offered the necessary push that we needed to go it alone. He has the keen sense of exactly how much hand-holding was necessary, and I suspect he is this way with all of his guests. We are grateful to him for his encouragement, the knowledge that he shared, and mostly for the kindness he offered to us. He is the embodiment of exemplary hospitality.
What can I say to all those nice words and compliments.......Thank you so much!! I will pass the compliment also to Valery of course for her help walking you around and with the shopping!! Take all your Moroccan treasures to your beautiful home in Portland and lot's of good memories of the Tangier experience. Really my pleasure to have met you.
Cheers to you and Mike!! Best, Peter
PS Thanks for your soap-advise ;-)
Wandering through the buzzing streets of the medina, you can barely believe your eyes once you arrive in this oasis which takes you straight back in time. Like Tangier itself, the place is beautifully decadent, which makes you feel like taking languorous poses in a negligee in front of the window and spending all your afternoons reading Bowles on a couch, sipping mint tea, lost in space and time... The great thing is that you can actually do that in Peter's place, and you will feel like you've missed out on nothing! It is a magical refuge from the world, a peaceful paradise, a well-worth-your-money getaway. The host himself is extremely kind, tactful, generous and funny in a very refined way. Peter is the guardian angel of your feel-good vacation, nourishing you with tips, inquiring about your day, introducing you to the waiter of the café from the Petit Socco, open to late evening talks about life, lust and love... Peter's "Merchanthouse" is one of those legendary places that will stick to my memory for the rest of my life like an inspiring movie or a melancholic dream.
Peter was in contact with us regularly and waiting for us on arrival. Peter's place was not only a great riad but real home away from home. Peter has a great personality and is very welcoming. The place made Tangiers for us.
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I am Peter Van der Drift living in Tangier , Morocco, since 2006. Have a questhouse called maison Arabesque.....Before making this major change in my life I was working as a manager/consultant in the Netherlands based in Amsterdam.
Now I split my time between those two cities but I love to travel around the world as well.
Interested in art, architecture, (interior) design, literature , movies etc etc.
As a people-person meeting new quests in the Merchanthouse from different cultures with different backgrounds is for me always truly interesting My motto is to enjoy life NOW!