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... wash - not so yum and the pastries were actually more like shortbread biscuits.
Next came the issue of packing the rucksack again in preparation for our departure. We have to be out of the room before breakfast and yet we have a morning to catch our final few waves before we head to the airport so what to keep out? Hopefully I've not put anything needed to the bottom of the ...
... to going home and being able to hold my own amongst the surfers down at Vazon haha!
Back the villa a little earlier than usual so I could sit by the pool for an hour or two and catch up with what's going on at home, then it was upstairs to shower and get ready for an hour of yoga before the evening festivities.
Upstairs I was still speaking in a cockney accent as Red out surf instructor truly believes that's how we all talk! I joked to ...
... then the fish itself but I did and I am proud! :p
On route we stopped at a place which made argan oil which was quite interesting! Especially since I have been using the stuff on my hair for years! Can't say I was too fond of it as a tea tho - yuk!
After a few hours at the valley we headed into Agadir on a booze run in order to purchase beer for ...
... a yoghurt, juice and coffee. I got to the beach around 9ish am. I walked all the way to the end, battling a constant breeze that carried sand down the track, thirsty work! Chilled out with a coffee and later made the return walk. I had thought I would walk the other way on the beach, but the breeze was off putting. I returned to the hotel, and with that decided to give the pool a chance. Great call in the end as I spent the whole day ...
... me up / putting up with me while I was back in the UK. Even better they beered me and fed my some great home cooked cannelloni.
Ceremony tomorrow so today spent doing a few chores like picking up some fuses and light globes for Scooby and buying porridge which can't be bought in Morocco.
Few beers in the Narrow with Hayden and Gill, then cooked them dinner... it was OK but not the taste sensation I had imagined I was ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Al Madina Palace Hotel Agadir
i feel i must warn other travellers this hotel and morocco may not be what you expect. We arrived late at night to be given a room in block 1, this overlooked the busy road outside which was extremely noisey,with locals in cars on motorbikes hooting horns and racing up and down. Plus the noise from nearby nightclubs which was a constant thumping in the room until 5am in the morning. I rang reception and complained, they said yes, we know it is noisey,next morning we eventually managed to change our room to block 5. The staff were not helpful at all, it took all day to sort it out, I did ask to speak to the manager who was never available. The rooms at the hotel were awful, the bathrooms disgusting, mouldy and worn. I was not the only one complaining it seemed most of the guests had a complaint about noise, blocks 1,2,3, all face the main road, block 4 partially sheltered, block 5 was behind block 4 so was quieter. Opposite the hotel are two new hotels being built, fortunately these were not being worked on while we were there or that would have been even worse, The maids only seemed to do the bare minimum required, there was dust on the t.v. and cabinets and drink rings on the furniture. The food was poor quality, the worst we have ever had, the dining room tatty. However the waiters were very pleasant and polite, almost as if they were apologizing for the food. This hotel should not be sold as a 4/5 star because it is not. We will not return to Morocco ever again. I could not wait to fly home.
We were nearly put off the hotel by the October reviews and were delighted to find a beautiful, older-style hotel which is like a little oasis in the midst of Agadir. The lobby area had lovely tiles and beautiful flower arrangements and big brass lamps as did our room. We were fortunate in that we had a high room with a largish balcony and heard no noise from the road although I believe some of the lower rooms are just above the street and could be quite noisy. The hotel grounds are on different levels with beautiful gardens and even a little Monet Bridge with a pool with turtles in. Food is fab, magnificant choice at all meals and if you're not happy with that you can have vouchers to go to the Italian, Moroccan, Mexican or Lebanese Restuarants just outside which I have to say don't compare to the hotel either for atmosphere or food - great singer and musician on an evening. When the sun went down we had booked in for a couple of massage sessions at the Beauty Salon which was very professional and at about £7 for a full body massage seemed a good deal!!
When we first got to the hotel we thought what are all these complaints about! the pool, restaurant & the bedroom looked at a first glance wonderful.The staff very kindly gave us a balcony room, as I requested one at the time of booking.This for us was a terrible mistake,on our first night we started to receive visitors from the unguarded drain outlet on the balcony, it wasn't the fact that we had them as the problem exists all round the world,but they laid dead where we killed them for 8 DAYS, our room was not swept or washed for the same amount of time, to counteract this problem I put a beermat & a ashtray over the drain, we knew that there should have been a guard over it as our next door neighbours had one, in the meantime we both got ill along with many others with the very expected travellers tummy upset, we struggled with this with visits to the local pharmacy got more pills & eventually we were advised by our rep that we needed a Dr who diagnosed a parasite, our prescription between us consisted of 9 medicines 5 of them being antibiotics.
was how we found the Al Madina Palace and how we felt on our return home. Our room unfortunately overlooked the sea (!) and led directly onto a very busy road and building site. The saving grace was that no work was carried out on the building site during our stay. The road was busy all day and all night. We thought that a sensible solution would be to keep the windows closed and use the air conditioning, but were told by reception that the air conditioning gets turned off for their winter (the average day temperature during our stay was 30+ degrees!). This made the nights very uncomfortable and we did find it difficult to sleep. We asked to change our room (we had booked a junior suite) but were told there were none available and we did not force the issue (which we regretted).
We arrived in this hotel after a four hour transfer from Marrakesh where we had four wonderful nights in a brillant hotel (Le Jardin de la Madina).
The LTI AL Madina Palace hotel was a disappointment as when
reading the brochure I expected to find a bit of the luxury only to get faded and tired surroundings. Everything in the hotel was worn including bedding etc. In its time it was probably lovely but it has not been maintained to the standard mentioned in the brochure.
Also we could see and hear building works which continued during the day, then noise of the surrouding area, clubs road etc went on to the early hours, we chose this hotel as it was written up as a quiet and relaxing holiday I cannot believe that the brochures I have checked have given it a 4 star plus. Never again!
Spent a week here for our honeymoon this August.
On the whole a very nice hotel with excellent standards of service demonstrated by the pool team. restaurant staff and hotel receptionists.
Al Madina Palace
This hotel is amazing. Will definately go back. The staff are so friendly and the food is good. Drink prices in the hotel are a bit steep, but all in all, it is brilliant. Highly recommended!!!!