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.
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