Just spent 11 nights at the hotel. We arrived to a welcome drink, the check in was very efficient and as we were not keen on the room we were given, we had no problem changing. We had top floor in block 5 which looked right out on the beach and as we had the end room we had a little side window that looked up towards the town.
When we first arrived we were a little disappointed as we had stayed at the Riu Palmerie in Marrakesh and did not feel this hotel was on a par with it. We also had a few issues where we had asked for the mattress toppers, extra coathangers and reported the toilet seat wasn't properly fitted. We were promised on two separate days that everything would be done that day but it wasn't. In the end my friend spoke to the manager and within half an hour it was all sorted.
The food was very nice, there was something for everyone, we particularly liked the steaks they often cooked on the bbq at lunch. Desserts were all sorts of small assorted pastries and mini cakes which were absolutely delicious, they must have a really good pastry chef at the hotel.
The gardens were lovely and kept in excellent condition. All the staff seemed to work very hard and nothing seemed to be too much trouble.
Just a note for sun-worshippers - we had looked at the long range forecast and believed temperatures would be in the 30's - this was not the case - the area seems to have its own little micro-climate...some days it starts very overcast and the sun does not break through until 11 or 12.00 and other days it gets very windy about 1.30pm so as the sun starts to lose power it gets very cool. I could have done with some warmer clothes for early morning, late afternoon / evening.
We found it a bit disappointing that the band played in the smoking area of the bar and surprised to see people smoking inside the building anyway however there are designated non-smoking areas. The wifi was a bit hit and miss particularly and weekends and evenings, I used it after breakfast when it was a bit better.
As for Agagir, I really it was great. There is a little train that stops outside the hotel that takes you on a round trip into town so you can get on and off. Taxis are very cheap 20 dirhams for an 'orange taxi' which takes up to 3 people within the town (about £1.60). The souk is worth a visit - be brave - we had a great couple of hours and picked up a few bargains.
Anyone looking to buy the argan products - don't buy them from the factories they take you to on the excursions, they are much cheaper in the souk or the supermarkets I got a small pot for 25 dirhams (£2.00), they wanted 150 dirhams at the factory shop!!
In conclusion I would definitely go back to Agadir and to the hotel.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- * Located in Agadir * Separated from beach only by the beach front promenade * Complimentary sun loungers and parasols on the hotel's private beach * Main building and 2-story annexes * 50,000 m2 gardens * 1 km from downtown Agadir * 500 m to a supermarket and shops * 25 km from the airport * Credit cards accepted: MasterCard, Visa ... more less
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