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... family: arial, sans-serif; line-height: 18px;">Friday, May 2nd 5pm: I leave Zurich airport in the rain. My flight with Royal Air Maroc via Casablanca in Economy class (£240 return) was perfectly comfortable, provided generous leg room and the evening meal was excellent. Flight departures and arrivals were on schedule.
... than they had started, and her bed drenched! Luckily we have a spare bed in our room.
The evening meal was not as good as previous but we finally got some cous cous, however I still think the Ainsley Harriet Moroccan medley you buy from waitrose was better!
Desert came in the form of Moroccan tea and pastries. The tea smelt like mint sauce - yum but tasted ...
... I didn't know why I was still talking like this and she replied "I know, top of the morning to you" haha I do believe that is actually Irish!
After yoga we got ready and headed to the BBQ at the Auberge where we sat on a roof and enjoyed some life music. We actually got meat as well which was a pleasant surprise and got to try some local beer (speciale). Really good evening but absolutely shattered now so off to bed I go...last full day in Morocco ...
... fed up of it. The offers Peran received for wife swaps and camel swaps got a bit tedious after a while, I must admit. They are also a culture that like to stare. The people can be super lovely though and very pleasant and are always very welcoming in their approach. Morocco was a great experience, but we have both said that we wouldn't go back. It was a more relaxed holiday than we imagined, and although renowned for surfing, the waves were never right for us to go in!
... been overly optimistic. Positives: elbow holding up, getting better at choosing waves for their size and timing rather than aesthetic value and because I was tired of paddling, no problems getting up. Negatives: definitively confirmed my suspicion that surfing is really hard.
One last hand signal - looking downward, palm to forehead as head is slowly shaken from side to side, meaning "you really don't get it, do you?" Not to be confused with a ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Amadil Beach Hotel Agadir
Un des meilleurs hôtels que j'ai visités. très grand avec du vert partout, son design est très original. L'hôtel dispose d'une plage privée sur laquelle la plupart des chambres donnent. La piscine est grande et presque toujours vide. Le service est excellent, et la nourriture y est bonne. l'animation du soir se passe dans le grand hall. L'hôtel amadil beach en vaut la peine!
Really felt like i was in a foreign country
My cousin and I (2 single females) have just returned from a week at this hotel and thought it very much had its advantages and disadvantages. The advantages were the great location, right on the beach, so you could roll out of bed right onto it!! Be warned though the beds and umbrellas were so close together they blocked out the sun! The locals were really friendly and all our concerns about 2 females on their own were soon dismissed. We felt comfortable walking around the resort and no-one realy bothered us except for the shop keepers who just want you to look in their shop. We didnt mind but they all sold the same thing!!
What we did think was a rip off was the fact that there is someone on the hotel door at all times and you are not allowed to bring in any food or drink. This i can understand but the shop in the hotel is very limited and we werent even allowed to bring in a bottle of coke to have with ourt duty free rum! We sneaked some stuff in but we know of others that got caught! Also they were charging around £2.40 for a bottle of water whereas at the supermarket across the road it was only about 20p!!
Our room was a lovely size and on the whole kept clean but we had to call down to reception on 2 occasions at 5pm after getting off the beach cos it hadnt been cleaned and we had no towels or toilet roll.
We got woke up most mornings about 5am from some thudding moroccon music which was a right pain. I called reception and they said it must be coming from another hotel. We didnt find out until the last day that there was a club underneath the hotel for the locals which started at 12.30 and finished at 5.30 am. Mystery solved!
There was a lovely international feel about the hotel, lots of French, German and locals which really made us feel like we were actually in a foreighn place, and only one McDonalds and English bar in thewhole resort which was great. Unfortunately most information was not in English and as the rep had only been there a week we found it quite frustrating finding anythng out. We got most of our info from other holidya makers but unfortunately as we were only there for a week for some things was a bit too late.
Be prepared to wait about 1/2 hour to get your drink that you have ordered and check your change as often they just keep it.
Entertaiment was awful - where do i start! Last sit down for dinner was 9.30pm adn the so called entertainment started at 9pm!! Sometimes it only lasted 20 minutes and was utter rubbish. The team work hard but they coudl do with some serious advice. The same show was repeated twice in one week! They finished with some music and dancing dead on 11pm evey night and apart from bars there was not a lot on outside. Maybe it was the time of year who knows.
I would recommend the city tour as that gives you a real flavour of Agadir and a good introduction.
Although there were a few areas that could do with improvement we still enjoyed our holiday and met some lovely people whilst there. The hotel was ok but i dont think i would recommend it to my freinds and family.
The rooms were pretty basic and did not provide the normal 4 star facilities like hairdryer, shampoo, etc.
The food was just about acceptable - inspite of a good variety of fresh fruits available at the local market, the hotel just served oranges and satsumas at every meal! Not much variety for vegetarians either. The beach was not kept very clean. However the swimming pool area was better. The kids pool is a small pond! and only suitable for a paddle. The big pool is not suitable to leave kids in even for a moment! The evening entertainment was very basic for adults. The kids enjoyed the entertainers dressed up in different characters and the mini-disco. We would not class this as a 4 star hotel!
Arrivée le jeudi 19 février et depart le jeudi 26 fevrier 2006.
Séjour tres agreable. Accueil tres bien rapide service bagagerie concierge accueillant toujours dispo. Immence hall de l hotel tout en belles pieres. Grand bar resto dp nourriture tres correcte possibilité prendre la dp le midi a la piscine. Un autre resto specialites poissons plus un autre pour les specialtites marocaines. A conseiller pour la fin de soiree le cabaret la Strada avec des orchestres marocains et une clientele exterieure marocaine nombreuse car le cabaret est assez connu dans la ville; tres bonne ambiance conviviale a conseiller. Les chambres tres propres bien decorees, moi gt dans une face mer. un web cafe dispo une grande piscine chauffee derriere l hotel avec kids club petit jardin et 2 tennis. Cote plage c le top les pieds dans l'eau avec plage privee transats serviettes a dispo volleyball matchs de foot avec les locaux sur le sable a maree basse. Le petit centre de thalasso est tres bien personnel accueillant souriants pleins de soins a la carte ou forfaits (shiatsu massages orientaux, soins visages, hammam gomage de la peau, salle de fitness, sauna, coiffeur... Tres bien et tous les prix. Demandez qd meme au concierge une bonne addresse en ville qui propose le VRAI massage en hammam pour pas cher c tres bien.
Les petits hics: le grand hall fait que c est tres bruillant dans la chambre le soir qd il y a la musique du bar jusque 23h. Evitez le premier etage au desus de celui la. Le room service est assez lent; comptez environ 15 20 minutes pour une bouteille d eau ou de biere etre patient :/. Clientele de retraites en majorite. Moi j ai 28 ans et gt tout seul donc j ai trouve mon bonheur le soir dans la ville pour ce qui est des jeunes :// et ainsi qu a la strada a partir de 23h; La piscine avait un probleme pour chauffee donc assez fraiche pour cette saison.
Voila mais a part ces petits rien je vous le conseil pasqe tres bon rappport qualite prix et croyez moi j avais des amis qui ont payé plus cher la meme semaine pour un hotel moins beau et qui plus est en ville sans la plage.
J y reviendrai
Lovely hotel - pity about the food.
This was a lovely hotel set right on the long sandy beach of Agadir. The rooms were large and the air conditioning could be left running even without the key card left in the lighting slot, a bonus on a couple of very hot days. The room was kept clean and towels changed daily and on a couple of days a bowl of fruit and a bottle of water were provided free.Our maid was able to speak a little English and chatted about her work and was generally very friendly.
In fact all the staff were very helpful, especially our waiter Hassan who didn't seem to get a day off the whole time we were there! If you change money in the hotel, however, be sure to check the rate of exchange as on one occasion I found on checking that a small "commission" appeared to have been deducted from the currency I actually received. If you don't want to carry too much cash with you there is an ATM in the hotel lounge area although I didn't actually use it and don't know how much the fees are to do so. Having read about using dollar bills as tips on various web reviews I took a few with me for this purpose but I need not have bothered as they are just as happy to receive Euros or sterling coins which we were asked to exchange for dirhams by a couple of the staff!
The pool was well set out but unheated and was extremely cold and the area round it was well provided with sun loungers. Pool towels and sunshades are provided and while we were there it was never crowded. The disadvantage was that the hotel building surrounds the pool area and it is shaded from the sun after about 4-00 p.m. There is a small private beach area belonging to the hotel with a beach bar and sun beds and this leads down to the beach itself which stretches for miles. This is the Atlantic Ocean and therefore more rough water than the Mediterranean and suitable more for surfing than swimming. There are a number of beach vendors who will try to get you to buy things from them but they are less persistent here than some places and a polite refusal is usually sufficient for them to move off to try their luck elsewhere. This might have something to do also with the beach police who roar up and down on their quad bikes looking as though they are on a call somewhere but never any sign of trouble.
The only disappointment with this hotel was the presentation of the meals in the main restaurant. The choice of menus was presumably to cater for international tastes and they consisted of main courses of three types of pasta and choice of sauce, a fish dish, a chicken dish, and a second meat dish and choice from two or three hot vegetables or salad plates. Normally this would have been more than sufficient to eat a good meal every night but unfortunately none of the hot dishes, the vegetables or pasta ever was more than luke warm. even when they were brought straight from the kitchen! The hottest item on offer was the soup and for those who like their food hot this is unacceptable. Desserts consisted mainly of pastries with a limited selection of fresh fruit or fruit salad on alternate nights - not a great choice. Breakfast was also a very restricted choice of cooked food again only luke warm and the single toaster was set permanently to low heat which required the bread to be passed four of five times through it to become even lightly toasted. If you like a continental breakfast there was a limited choice of meats and cheeses, plenty of bread butter and jams but cereals were limited to cornflakes and a Moroccan version of cocopuffs. Lunch in the pool bar was also a disappointment. We tried the club sandwiches on a couple of days only to find they must have the same toaster as the main restaurant as they came toasted only on one side and were cold in the middle. Their best effort was the omelettes although on occasions the chips again failed the heat test.
Agadir itself is a modern sprawling town with little in the way of interest as it has been rebuilt following destruction of the original town by an earthquake in 1969. Little if anything remains of the old town and the main thing going for this resort is its enormous beach area. On the whole whilst I would return to Morocco at some point in the future I would not choose to return to this hotel or even to this resort again.
What a surprise
We booked this hotel before reading any reviews, and we were very sceptical about what to expect after reading some of them. We were truly surprised. This is an excellent hotel situated right on the beach. There are plenty of sunbeds on the private beach with umbrellas and beach towels provided at no extra cost. There were more sunbeds around the pool again with umbrellas and towels provided.
The bedrooms were clean and spacious with plenty of storage room and a fridge. We had quite a large balcony overlooking the pool. There was no hairdryer though, or toiletries provided, other than soap. Rooms had adjoining doors which tended to let the sound carry, if travelling with friends ask for an adjoining room.
In the main Dining Room the food choice was excellent and well-presented with plenty of it. We had expected a continental breakfast but there was everything except bacon. Eggs were fried fresh and crepes also made to order. There were three other eateries but you had to pay extra for those even if you had taken the half board option.We were treated very well by all the staff and made to feel very welcome, nothing was too much trouble.
The only fault I found was we didn't leave until the evening, but there was no courtesy room available, but we could have kept our room on until 4.00 p.m. for the cost 300 dirhams (£20). I would not hesitate to return to this hotel again and highly recommend it.
Ok, but could do better
we just got back from the Amadil Beach (we were a party of 7, youngest 17 yrs, oldest 52 yrs) and as I was a bit put off by one of the reviews I'd seen, I thought I'd add mine.
I will try not to repeat the same stuff about the atrium, balconies, views, the hotel's location etc, (though several maps show it's location incorrectly - it IS directly on the beach, no road between it and the sand.) It's about 5 mins further away than the beach club hotel.
time to walk to/from agadir centre - about 20 mins (on the beach).
staff - mixed. Some were lovely, speaking moderate english & all seem friendly, (the odd miseryguts, but that's life!). They were slow-ish, but that's the Arab way isn't it?
food - all right. the big half-board restaurant (the littoral) was ok, but more 3 star than 4 star. We all managed to find something to eat on most days. Pity they dont do bacon with all the eggs available though! They were short on vegetable choices, and the Fruit selection was sad - bananas, oranges & dull apples only. We ate out several times, and in their a-la-carte restaurant twice. The Via Veneto (in Agadir) was a nice restaurant (as recomm in Dorling Kindersley) but the other two (non tie-wearing ones) that DK mentioned were pretty dismal looking and we ate elsewhere.
facilities - they had 2 table football tables (downstairs) along with 2 pool tables in the atrium and ping-pong outside. And a tennis court (s?). We played pool, but the cues were rubbish - no tips, no chalk and no interest from reception in getting them fixed. disappointing.
The atrium leads to the room-corridors, and as they are all marble-lined, it was quite noisy. Rooms functional - dull brown overblankets are always such a turn-off though. Toilet seats are cheap plastic & didn't fit properly. Horrid. Though the chambermaid did a sterling job of keeping the place clean.
We saw signs for 'no food & drink to be brought in' but as we often came back with bags of shopping, they weren't interested in stopping us at all. We could easily have brought something in - discretely - I'm sure.
We took the Panorama tours half-day trip to Taroudant (a rubbish trip to what might have been an interesting town if we'd had chance to look round it) but otherwise took the cheap taxi rides to the Souk Al Ahad (BRILLIANT! - 3500 stalls selling everything from fridges to furniture to figs!) and also to the Argan oil co-operative which looks dodgy, but is quite interesting. (Argan oil is apparently the next BIG THING in cosmetics) We also went to the fish market, and more interestingly, looked at the fishing boats in the harbour next door. Now that was fascinating!
Anyway, the Moroccans were nice people, so we might go back one day, but maybe to Marrakesh next time. If anyone wants to ask me a question I'd be happy to answer. my email is
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Friendly, practical hotel
Very much enjoyed our visit to this hotel (2 adults plus 2 teenagers). Enjoyed the choice of restaurants each night and the music in the very attractive, enormous bar/atrium area (which stopped promptly every night at 11pm). Morrocans also visit the hotel bar, which contributes to the relaxed, friendly and foreign special atmosphere. Exceedingly friendly, courteous, caring and efficient hotel staff which made us feel we were in a 5 star hotel!
However, rooms could have been more equipped (but this is only a 3 star hotel). Desperately needed a hair dryer and a kettle, decent balcony furniture and don't expect warm water in the pool in March!! TV channels cater more for the German and French speaking clientele!
Good situation on the beach but only 10 minutes walk downtown. Easy to visit other hotels for a drink or meal.
Finally, in answer to the big question - YES, we will return!
Don't, just don't
The Amadil Beach Hotel in Agadir, perceives itself as an international class hotel - indeed the style of the hotel, and some of the clientelle would make you think this is the case. I've been better treated in a backpackers hostel!
The hotel is very well situated for the beach, but quite a long way out from the centre of Agadir.
The rooms are of a good size and most seem to look out over the (unheated, unsuprvised) pool area. The toilet did not flush properly, and there was a dirty scum around the taps in the washbasin.
You will be charged extra (a lot extra) if you want to hire a control unit for the air conditioning unit, which is essential in a country as hot and as humid as Morrocco.
The room security is poor, with easy access accross the balconies.
The restaurant serves food which is reminiscent of a factory canteen, and the drinks are marked up to an amazing degree. The restaurant opens conveniently early (04:30) for breakfast, but closes ridiculously early for supper. The a-la-carte restuarants are crazy expensive, and we didn't see any evidence of anyone using them.
Be warned that you may be searched when retruning to the hotel - they are looking to see if you have bought food or drink (even water) outside of the hotel - they will confiscate any they find: we saw this happen to a luckless couple.
The front desk staff are next to useless, and will quickly lose their ability to speak anything other than arabic if ther's a problem!
Large hotel, right on the beach
Well, first impressions are that it is a very nice hotel. It has three wings each branching off the main 'atrium'.
There are three restaurants and a lounge bar and something else below ground but it was never open while I was there (late November).
I asked to get a quieter room after two nights(Sun, Mon), I had two single beds in both rooms, which were comfortable. Every evening a two piece band plays until 11pm, and on the Sunday I was there the lounge bar had music going until 2 or 3am - I had to get up for a tour at 7am! The main 'atrium' type area is huge and has a ceiling to floor water feature, this is also where the main bar is and the restaurants surround it, this is where a lot of noise comes from. I ate at two of the restaurants and both had excellent food - the main restaurant was al-a-carte and had a good selection, which varied slightly every time I went.
The rooms were spacious and clean and serviced daily- the towels are cheap though and there is no shower gel, just cheap soap.
the tv's did not have remotes and only had one English channel - CNN.
Well the first room didn't even have that...
The swimming pool area was nice but the pool was freezing, there were towels supplied but when I asked at reception I got given a vague answer of where to get them from - (the hotel spa area, which was wrong).
The spa area was for massages and steam and sauna treatment, and wasn't that expensive(prices varied depending on the type of massage - I paid £12 for half an hour but it was an average massage.)
They also had gym equipment but I didn't go for a workout.
I had a view over the pool area, but there are lots of sea view rooms - although I think all those got all the noise from the atrium area, there was one side of the hotel that had a view of the car park, so if you do book, try not to get one of those rooms!
Oh and each room has it's own balcony - you can access the rooms next door via the balconies and once the cleaner actually left the balcony door ajar(they have locks).
There are plenty of places to go to sunbathe with a large section of private beach and also deck chairs with soft padding.
They have a small shop for books/magazines, sweets etc, but they are expensive(1 ltr bottle of water - £2).
The location is close to shops and a supermarket(which always seemed to be closed!) and is at the far end of the beach away from the port.
Oh and the hotel was full of old French and German couples(50's-60's)
So in conclusion, it was an ok hotel - but too noisy if you want to rest.