photographs by Brittany Ambridge produced by Michelle Adams
Tangier’s Grand Hotel Nord-Pinus, located on the fashionable
rue Riad Sultan, is within walking distance of the city’s souks.
Tangier’s Grand Hotel Nord-Pinus
rocks the casbah with its worldly
mix of French and Moroccan
At the highest point of Tangier’s casbah, the Grand Hotel Nord-Pinus rests on an ancient Portuguese foundation in what was once the Roman town of Tingis. With breathtaking glimpses of the Mediterranean Sea and the Spanish Coast, the hotel also boasts a rooftop terrace with relaxing views of the Sultan’s Garden and the Strait of Gibraltar. From this vantage point, the hotel transports its guests from the bustling city below to a refuge high in the air, surrounded by soothing blue skies and a sea of lights after dusk.
Geometric patterns are a
Moroccan design staple!
Flanked by lush plant life, a marble fountain helps achieve the peaceful vibe of the hotel’s shaded courtyard.
A tiled staircase is balanced by a vintage black-and-white portrait.
Throughout the hotel, color is used with care, mostly in textiles and rugs. The suites boast hand-carved wooden entryways, classic Moroccan metalwork, and painted leather walls.
Hand-carved Moroccan doors and filigreed light fixtures contribute authentic flair to the hotel’s interiors.
Hotelier Anne Igou spent more than 16 months renovating and restoring the guesthouse and riad (once an 18th-century pasha’s palace). The result is a diverse design that borrows from the building’s history as well as her travels: instead of the traditional Moroccan decor, the Nord-Pinus’s fanciful mixture of North African bedding, Egyptian inlaid chests, and chandeliers from a Syrian mosque forge a blend of regional aesthetic influences unlike any other in Tangier.
Antique iron bed frames and linens made of textiles from the local souks create a soulful pairing; combining Moroccan-inspired fabrics with a variety of textures and patterns is an easy, cost-effective way to translate the look to your home.
A four-post bed makes for a romantic sleeping experience.
Traditional Moroccan arches and geometric tiles receive a modern remix in the hotel’s private baths.
The city of Tangier has long been a boho haven for creatives (both Jack Kérouac and Paul Bowles found solace in the port city). In an homage to this heritage, the interiors of the Nord-Pinus, decorated with original pieces by Moroccan artists, possess a strong sense of history. In the evening, local musicians often serenade guests with mandolins and violas on the rooftop terrace.
In the rooftop lounge, neutral furnishings allow the hotel’s collection of modern art and photography to shine.
The hotel’s four rooftop terraces provide breathtaking glimpses of the glittering Mediterranean.
The rooftop dining area is a breezy retreat under the warm African sun.
Built at the highest point of the casbah, the hotel offers sweeping views of Tangier’s medina.