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“Amazing suite( room 207)but a few areas for improvement”
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Riad Villa Blanche
Ranked #15 of 77 Hotels in Agadir
Certificate of Excellence
Sutton, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
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“Amazing suite( room 207)but a few areas for improvement”
Reviewed 23 September 2011

Just returned from a week at The Riad Villa Blanche-perfect surroundings for adults to unwind and relax. Would not recommend it for children and teenagers as there isn't much to do in the hotel or neighbouring area- but a real chill out for my husband and I.
The suite was impeccably clean as was the whole hotel and very well maintained. The terrace for room 207 was amazing with a real log fire which was lit at our request most evenings. The only problem was running a bath as it took about an hour to fill as the bath taps did not work and the only way of filling it was by using the shower hose- we did report this on the first night but nothing was done about it.
We only ate dinner once in the restaurant as the food was not to our liking and there was no english translation so we found it difficult to make a wise choice when ordering. At this point I'd highly recommend eating at the Sofitel which is a five minute walk away -it's buffet style with a huge choice of lovely food for approx £30 pp- not including drinks. To eat at the Riad is even more expensive with a fraction of the amount of food and drink prices are very steep too.
I feel I need to mention the very limited room service menu which is only available once the restaurant is shut at 10.30 pm and along with the mini bar, prices are rather expensive( eg £10 for miniature bottle of vodka and £4 can of coke).
My final gripe is the very hard and uncomfortable sun beds -( although it was lovely being supplied with a clean beach towel and straw sun hat every day) a couple of hours laying on them was more than enough.
I would like to finish on a positive note- the standard of the rooms and upkeep of the hotel was second to none and it was the most peaceful and relaxing holiday I've ever had.

  • Stayed September 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 20 September 2011

Just returned from staying 3 nights in Riad Villa Blanche.
I booked this hotel for our business trip because I did not want to stay in a huge beach resort.

This Riad has 28 rooms and is in fact more of a small hotel but it does feel like you're staying in a friend's villa with a lot of butlers to tend to every need.

We had a welcome drink in the bar while the check-in procedure was done for us.
We booked a standard room (tradition) and got a room on the 3rd floor. Nice, big and airy rooms: big double bed with good mattress, hard pillows, bedside table and lamp on each side, cosy sofa, chair, pouffe, enough closet space with electronic safe and minibar, WC and bidet separate. Nice bathroom with bath and separate (rain)shower and double bassin, big towels.
The room is indeed decorated in a combination of traditional and contemporary artwork.
Big balcony with 2 chairs and table, not much view; trees and roadside but there is not much traffic passing and I spent a few relaxing hours there out of view.

Breakfast is served on the table; fresh orange or grapefruit juice, coffee or tea, fresh baked croissants or chocolate rolls, 3 types of pancakes (2 typical Moroccan and 1 European style), eggs the way you like - soft boiled eggs comes with ready cut soldiers, too many different little pieces of cake.
I took a plate with the cake pieces back to the room as it's impossible to eat it all and it's a pity not to eat it...

We didn't try the Spa but should have according to friends who did.

Restaurant: the food is absolutely amazing thanks to the French chef who serves fusion food, French cuisine combined with Moroccan. Reasonably priced too: expect to pay 450 DHS for a Moroccan Menu (amuse bouche, starter, main, dessert). Not big portions but very tasty and even my husband left the table without going hungery.
When I asked for a small change in the menu it was no problem at all to adapt it to my wish.

The beach is a 10-minute walk away and the Riad has a nice swimming pool with lounger chairs and parasols. Towels and even a straw hat are provided!

Towels and bathmats are replaced 2x daily, which is not really eco-friendly. Personally I do not mind reusing a towel twice so maybe putting up a little note as in many hotels is done nowadays to save water and our earth might be appropriate and it still leaves clients the choice of having their bathlinnen changed after each use.

Attentive staff, smiles, loungy music and easy going attitude: it makes this place a perfect hideaway!

Children and pets are allowed but I do not recommend bringing them to this hotel; there are no facilities to really please them.

Our next visit to Agadir will definitely include a stay in Riad Villa Blanche again!

  • Stayed September 2011, travelled on business
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Reviewed 19 September 2011

A simply stunning riad! Fantastic and with staff that look after every little detail to make your stay out of this world. I have never staid in a nicer place with more focus on you. Not even in 5-6 star hotels. I especially loved that they went into ur room at night fall and lit all the candles, so romantic!
Choose this riad if you want a bit of paradise. Trust me you won't feel like leaving the riad while you're there.

  • Stayed June 2011
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Reviewed 16 September 2011

We stayed at the Riad Villa Blanche for 5 nights in September 2011. We had a great stay at this beautiful boutique hotel which surpassed our expectations. The decor throughout the hotel was beautiful and the rooms were equally as impressive and larger than expected.

The staff were excellent and helped in creating a friendly and relaxed ambience. Perhaps the only room for improvement in hospitality would be the staff having a bit more knowledge about day trips in and around Agadir (e.g. to Souss Massa national park etc). However in fairness to them they were more than happy to call local taxi firms and source knowledge elsewhere for us.

The highlight of our stay was dinner at the Riad's restaurant, the food (mainly French cuisine) is excellent and this is evident by the number of external visitors to the hotel coming to dine.

Overall an excellent hotel which appeals to those who prefer a more relaxed, less generic environment to the big hotel chains. Rightfully number 1 on trip advisor!


n.b - for those arriving to the hotel by grand taxi, they may not know the hotel location so direct them to the Robinson resort.

  • Stayed September 2011, travelled as a couple
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Voronezh, Russia
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Reviewed 28 July 2011

We have lived here for the second half of June and it was a fabulous time. In the hotel everything is fine: the interior, service, especially staff - polite, friendly and helpful!
Gourmet French restaurant pleases haute cuisine, beauty supply and skill of personnel.The only negative - there is no English menu. French only.
Incomparable atmosphere of the hotel itself. As soon as you cross the threshold you find yourself in a fairy tale, from which so you do not want to leave.
Incomparable atmosphere of the hotel itself. As soon as you cross the threshold you find yourself in a fairy tale, from which so you do not want to leave. The whole world stays outside and does not bother you, you are surrounded by calm, dozens of candles and unique magical aroma. (We called in at night and it was wonderful!)
Someone may say that the hotel is very far from the city center, this is absolutely not a problem! Small red taxi will take you anywhere in the city maximum 20 dirham, is that expensive? You do not need to look for a taxi, they will find you themselves.
Those who say that's too bad that the hotel is far from the city center - not a very wise people. Have you ever been at the center of the beach in Agadir? It resembles an anthill. Merchants, tourists, local teenagers - it's the crowds! But from the beach, where you will get by going through waste ground (10-15 minutes) from the Riad Villa Blanche people on the beach almost none. And it's wonderful.
For those who doubt in choosing a hotel in Agadir - do not delay, go to the Riad Villa Blanche!

  • Stayed June 2011, travelled as a couple
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1 Thank ArsenevSV
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Los Angeles, California
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Reviewed 6 July 2011

My husband and I traveled to Morocco on our honeymoon in March this year. He is a surfer, and we wanted to explore the coast near Taghazout without actually staying in a surf lodge (it was our honeymoon, after all). We can't stand huge hotel chains and all-inclusive style resorts, and I was searching for Agadir accommodations for several months without luck. All of a sudden, Riad Villa Blanche opened it's doors and we knew it was the perfect choice. The hotel was brand new and there were very few guests. Despite their newness, communication was excellent before we arrived. We were greeted with champagne cocktails on the house and an upgrade to a gorgeous junior suite to celebrate our honeymoon. His was by far our nicest room on the 2.5 week trip, and we stayed at 6 different places in both Morocco and Spain. They delivered cookies, chocolates to the room. They even have turn-down service (which I feel has gone to the wayside with many nice hotels in recent years). The bed was super comfortable and the lotion in the bathroom smells so amazing. Our deck was huge with 2 lounge chairs overlooking the sea. Total privacy. Breakfast was over-the-top delicious and good value. We didnt care much for the rest of Agadir, didn't have any great meals besides breakfast at the hotel, but ad I mentioned, we were there to explore the coastline. For thtose who are interested, Taghazout is much closer to Agadir than we expected. Maybe 15 minutes if I recall. After Agadir we drove to Essaouira along the coast and that was a longer drive than expected, however very beautiful.
All in all, would highly recommend Riad Villa Blanche if you are planning to travel to Agadir. Would not, however, recommend Agadir as a destination as it lacks cultural value and needs updating (other than this hotel). But would highly recommend the Moroccan coast as it is breath-taking!

  • Stayed March 2011
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 28 June 2011

We loved this hotel, and spent most of our time in Agadir lazing by the pool. The spa is gorgeous, with v talented staff - I'd highly recommend a few hours there. The food is good, though the (french) cuisine a bit too rich for us and staff. the rooms are beautiful and spacious. I'd highly recommend a stay here, we'll be going back.

  • Stayed June 2011, travelled as a couple
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Property: Riad Villa Blanche
Address: 50 Baie des Palmiers secteur | Cite Founty, Sonaba, Agadir 80000, Morocco
Region: Morocco > Souss-Massa-Draa Region > Agadir
Amenities:
Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#1 Romantic Hotel in Agadir
#4 Family Hotel in Agadir
#12 Luxury Hotel in Agadir
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:4 star — Riad Villa Blanche 4*
Number of rooms: 28
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