About Us

For the owners of La Maison Blanche, Moroccan Aziz Begdouri and Spanish Pilar Rodriguez, restoring their riad hotel was a six-year labour of love.

Aziz and Pilar oversaw the painstakingly reconstruction, with exquisite plasterwork and handmade ceramic tiles providing an authentic feel for this riad (traditional Moroccan house built around patio) in the Kasbah, the fortified area at the highest point of Tangiers’ medina (old town).

Pilar, who is originally from Malaga, keeps a close eye on the hotel’s day-to-day activity, and is usually on hand to help guests. Pilar ensures there are fresh flowers in guest rooms and the patio each morning, with pretty petals floating in the patio’s fountain – she believes the scent of the blooms, combined with the sound of the trickling water, represents the perfect welcome for guests to a Tangiers riad.

Aziz is a native Tangerino and speaks fluent Arabic, English, French and Spanish. He has worked as a guide to the city, and others parts of his native Morocco, for many years. Aziz, who is an entertaining and highly professional tourist guide, offers a fascinating insight into Tangier’s history and culture. Respected American travel guru Rick Steves recommends Aziz’s services.

Together this charming couple offer a huge amount of knowledge and experience which will enable you to be completely comfortable and at home in their beautiful hotel, as well as to experience this fascinating African city from a local’s perspective.

Pilar and Aziz live in their own house with their two sons nearby in the Kasbah.

House and restoration

Pilar and Aziz started the restoration work on their XIVth-century riad in 2005. The internal part of the building was completely reconstructed, with only the external wall remaining intact. The traditional Moroccan layout, focused around a central covered patio with a beautiful star-shaped fountain, includes nine bedrooms, two reading areas, and a two-storey roof terrace. Fabrics are by renowned Parisian fabric house Pierre Frey, and most furniture and decorative pieces are handmade by Moroccan artisans.

The riad has eight double guest rooms and one twin. Guest rooms have an authentic, luxurious, European-Moorish feel: carved cedarwood entrances, antique wooden doors, white plasterwork horseshoe-shaped arches, and fitted or freestanding wooden wardrobes with carved wood doors, containing hanging space and shelves. Bathrooms feature marble from the nearby Rif Mountains; each bathroom has a tub. Modern facilities include flat-screen TVs with satellite channels, telephones and free WIFI.

All furniture is either antique or custom-made for the hotel in Morocco, from the bedside tables to the wardrobes. Every last detail has been carefully considered to make each guest’s experience as authentic and comfortable as possible, from handmade tiles and beautiful glass bottles containing custom-made toiletries, to stunning Moroccan ceiling lamps and hand-beaten brass wall sconces designed for the hotel, painted ceramic jars, and key fob covered with fabric swatches from their room. Floors are of parquet-patterned brick inlaid with traditional handmade mosaic tiles.

Original prints and paintings throughout the hotel show scenes of Tangiers and the Kasbah down the ages.

Handmade tiles feature throughout the riad, from the intricately tiled green fountain in the entrance patio, to the staircases, where every step is edged in tiles, and the bathrooms, each of which has a colour theme to complement the décor of the bedroom. Mirrors and sinks are edged with tiles in the corresponding shade, providing a burst of Moroccan vibrancy.

The décor offers a harmonious blend of French sophistication and Moroccan artesanry.

The riad is always full of fragrant fresh flowers: cala lilies, roses and agapanthus, while on the terrace there are brilliant vermillion-coloured bougainvillea, geraniums and jasmine, as well as hydrangea and sweet-scented lady of the night. Stems in vases, in bedrooms and bathrooms, bring a thoughtful touch and a delicious floral waft.