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“Didn't live up to expectations”
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Riad Villa Blanche
Ranked #17 of 78 Hotels in Agadir
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Reviewed 29 December 2011

We stayed at this hotel in mid June and arrived in the afternoon to a warm welcome by the manager. The hotel itself has a very beautiful decor, but smelled a bit like a zoo/ bird droppings. This can possibly be attributed to the (open-roofed) atrium, which allows for birds to fly in.
All the rooms are grouped around this open courtyard, so the smell isn't isolated. Although this was a nice touch, it really should have been thought out more.

We were shown to our suite, which was very spacious and nicely furnished. There are no tea/coffee making facilities in the room, which was too bad. But the room is very clean and the bathroom has a nice marble bath and seperate shower.

In the afternoon we decided to explore to area and head to the beach. On the website it says that the beach is very close to the beach.
This is most certainly not the case! We were very disappointed to find out that the 15 min. walk to the beach was past a building site and a filthy area with a lot of garbage bags thrown outside (see photos).
And although the staff is friendly, they speak very little English and weren't able to explain how to get to the beach.

We finally got to the beach at around 3pm and it was almost totally deserted. This might have been due to the fog.
Apparently the sea fog is a huge problem near the beach area of Agadir during the summer months (June, July, August), which is something we weren't aware of when we booked. And unfortunately it turned out to be overcast/foggy for almost the entire week, which was very disappointing since we were mainly just looking for a short nice holiday away in the sun. The beach itself was clean enough, although there are a lot of people on the promenade harrasing you to buy their weird products (such as small bottles of shampoo and massage oil). There are some restaurants on the promenade, but these are poor with little choice other than tagine and cous cous.

Another downside is also that the hotel is in a residential area, which is
extremely quiet and doesn't offer any entertainment.
Luckily we had already booked some excursions before we arrived.
As there wasn't very much to do, we decided to ask the management for information about other excursions, but again the language barrier proved to be a huge problem. Although they were friendly, they were unable to provide any information on other possible excursions or entertainment in the area.

The hotel does have a lovely small spa, however. There's a two person Finnish sauna, indoor pool and jacuzzi. So we decided to spend a day there.

The staff are mostly very friendly, but can be over friendly in order to get tips. Sadly Agadir and this hotel in particular did not live up to the expectations we had.

  • Stayed: June 2011, travelled as a couple
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6  Thank MLR84
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Reviewed 6 December 2011

With the opening of Riad La Villa Blanche there is at last a top class hotel on a human scale in Agadir. It is quiet and peaceful because,to its advantage, it is a few minutes walk from the busy and, at times, noisy promenade along Agadir's beach with its very large hotels and bars one after another. I have now stayed at La Villa Blanche 3 times in the last 9 months and each time I have been struck by the quality of the welcome, the accomodation provided, and the bar and restaurant.

All the rooms are decorated with taste and are grouped around a central courtyard. On the side of the hotel nearest the sea there is a garden with a swimming pool. Between the garden and the courtyard is a beautiful bar and restaurant. Underneath the hotel is spa area with indoor swimming pool, massage parlours and hairdressing salon.

The excellent and beautiful restaurant serves French and Moroccan dishes at reasonable prices. The service is professional but, at the same time, charming, relaxed and friendly. English speakers should not have a problem here as many of the staff speak English as well as other languages. In the mornings an excellent breakfast is served offering bread, pastries, fruit, yoghurt, eggs to your taste, cooked meats and cheese.

I would highly recommend La Villa Blanche as it offers the possibility of a relaxed, very comfortable and peaceful stay in Agadir as an alternative to the large hotels along the promenade.

  • Stayed: November 2011, travelled with friends
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6  Thank peterkEngland
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Reviewed 8 November 2011

All in all a very pleasant hotel situated a bit far from the beach. If you seek a tranquil and relaxing atmosphere, this is it. The beach is within walking distance and taxis are cheap. The rooms are great, the pool area really nice and the hotel has one of the best restaurants in Agadir.

  • Stayed: November 2011
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2  Thank Balutas
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Reviewed 2 November 2011

Arrived late evening at Riad Villa Blanche to a warm welcome from Khalil, a pleasant English speaking young man.My suite was excellent,nicely furnished ,spacious with large balcony.Come the morning I discovered that the hotel was nowhere near any beach,yes you could view the sea in the distance but getting to the beach involved either a very long walk or ten minute taxi ride.The hotel is in a residental area and there are no other restaurants,bars within walking distance.I have a walking disability and my choice of hotel was taken on the information shown on various web sites,so you imagine my annoyance.It is totally unaceptable for any site to give such misleading information regarding a hotels location.Riad Villa Blanche own web site says the hotel is situated a few metres from Agadirs magnificent sandy beach.This is just a shameful lie.When I mentioned this to the managers,it was suggested that this 'error' was a French thing,and that they didn't seem to mind.There was no apology or suggestion of room rate reduction.Surely the cost of accomodation is partly reflected in the location?The Villa Blanche is expensive and I consider this 'error' is just a cover up for a good old fashioned con.So back to the hotel.It is certainly very nice and has good facilities,the staff are friendly and helpful,but be warned there is very little English spoken and that can be a real barrier.Ordering a breakfast can be a challenge and at just about £12.00 for whatever you have,you need to get it right.It was just not possible to get English breakfast tea or hot toast.Obviously no proper cooked breakfast! They just did not understand.The restaurant is very French,a limited menu and again very expensive.In the evenings the hotel is lit by hundreds of small candles,which is all very romantic and pretty,however not very practical as in the bar and restaurant it was almost impossible to read menus or see what you were eating.Combined with allowing smoking almost everywhere I might suggest a bit of a fire risk!So to sum up,a nice hotel,friendy helpful staff,dreadful location and expensive,and very French.Agadir is ok and when you do find the beach,thats not bad either.Will not go back there and would not reccommend.Thats all folks,Shaun Blake.

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  • Stayed: October 2011, travelled solo
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9  Thank Kunastravel
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Reviewed 22 October 2011

My wife and I stayed here for 4 nights after trekking in the Atlas mountains.
We found it to be a great hotel with beautiful rooms, nice pool area and good bar / restaurant. The spa was also lovely.
Great service throughout with welcome drinks, and beds turned down every night.
Only downside was location and a good 40 minute walk from centre of town.
Would recommend and would stay again.

  • Stayed: October 2011, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank Luke B
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Reviewed 6 October 2011

My wife and I checked in to the Riad Villa Blanche 30th September after spending four days at the dismal Riu Tikida Dunas. What a contrast!! The hotel is stunningly beautiful, immaculately clean, with levels of comfort and service you’d expect from a 4* plus establishment.

On arrival, we were shown to the bar for a complimentary champagne cocktail whilst our check-in was processed before being shown to our room – our luggage was already there.

Our large room was well appointed with an eclectic mix quality furniture and a large comfortable double bed dressed with Egyptian cotton bedding. The bathroom was a spacious stone and marble clad affair with separate WC and walk-in shower, and a nice selection of complimentary grooming products. We had a huge balcony with wicker chairs and table and a pair of sun beds laid out with fresh beach towels and straw sun hats. Plenty of candles in the room for those romantics amongst us.

Dining was a lovely experience – great dinner menu, beautifully prepared, presented and served. Nice selection of not-too-expensive wines. Breakfast was not included and was £14 per person, but what a breakfast! Lots of small courses served by the very attentive staff. Lunch menu was a bit limited, but we did enjoy Panini’s by the pool.

The bar is well supplied and drinks were reasonably priced. All cocktails are made to order (unlike the RTD!) There’s a nice selection of seating areas inside, outside and within the courtyard, so nowhere ever feels cramped.

The Spa too is a must. One overcast morning, my wife and I made good use of the facilities – I had the Hamman Scrub and she opted for a massage, both of which were first class.

If your looking for comfort, attention to detail, good food and great service, this is the place to come!

I’ll be back.

  • Stayed: October 2011, travelled as a couple
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7  Thank Des_Munn
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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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2  Thank Lorraine G
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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: £111 - £199 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Riad Villa Blanche 4*
Number of rooms: 28
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