Booked for a 1 week stay (15-22 July) before I read the rather mixed bag of reviews to be found here.
The Igoudar proved to be a perfectly fine base for our family of 3: cheap & cheerful
We had a 2-room apartment on the ground floor; it had comfortable 'single' beds (which you can push together); a clean & adequate bathroom with shower & hot water & fresh towels every day; good & friendly service from cleaning staff (especially Fatima).
The kitchen is very simple with a 2-ring cooker, kettle, pans, basic crockery/cutlery; we cooked breakfasts & made lunches easily enough.
There was a large fridge.
The room has a safe but the key costs (I think) 2 dirhams a day. We felt safe enough & didn't use it.
Note there is no TV!
Room location didn't seem to make any difference, the place was not busy and so not noisy, didn't notice any road noise either. There are a lot of steps everywhere though as the site is on split-levels.
Reception was helpful enough for my simple requests (where is any supermarket; can we have some laundry done, can we have a map of the town, etc). Try to speak a little French if you can.
On arrival you have to pay a local tax (11 dirhams per person per each day's stay so, for example 231 dirhams for 3 people for 1 week);
I wasn't offered a receipt for this tax & had to ask the next day to get one.
The wifi in the lobby area worked well enough & is free.
Pool area seemed popular but we didn't really spend any time swimming or sunbathing.
Tips: bring your own shampoo, soap, toilet tissue; (travelling outside Europe you would anyway, wouldn't you).
We arrived late evening so had packed some teabags/coffee, snacks & noodles in our suitcase.
Shop at 'Marjane' supermarket. Just a short taxi ride away; 20 dirhams each way in the orange 'Petit' taxi. Always confirm price before you get in taxi. Schoolboy French will do & some drivers do speak English.
There is a mini mart for basic supplies just up the hill but we didn't try it.
Plenty of restaurants to be found in the beach area, the Jardin de l'Eau was very pleasant.
If on a budget (as we were) there is also 'Le Savannah' Restaurant around the block; (go out of hotel to the right, up hill 50m and turn first right, walk a further 50m or so): 3-courses for 55 dirhams each. The snackbar next door to Savannah was ok too.
Trips: A representative will contact you and offer a variety of day trips; we found our own agency outside and managed 4 or 5 trips by ourselves, at better prices. Don't just pay the printed prices, ask for a discount.
To see the city go on the 'Petit road train', just 18 dirhams each for a round trip of about 45minutes. Reception can tell you how to find it.
Checkout is at 12 midday. If you have a late flight you can leave suitcases in the hotel's luggage room for a few hours; (it seemed to be free to do this).
Transfers - from the airport to Agadir: you can find 'Grand' taxis (the white Mercedes) in the airport car park just outside the entrance. Its a fixed price 220 dirhams; (again check before you get in).
To the airport from hotel: you can usually find Grand taxis on the big main road just below front of the hotel; I didn't pre-book, just went outside & grabbed one; (fixed price: 220 dirhams)
In conclusion, the Igoudar was a simple & down to earth base we used for touring & day trips - better than expected!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Unsuitable for people with walking disabilities. ... more less
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