Hotel Club Almoggar
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Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel Club Almoggar Agadir
Very enjoyable Stay
The hotel is a 3 star hotel consisting of a number of 3 storey blocks each withabout 30 rooms giving a toal of must be over 400 rooms. Some of the rooms are fairly newly refurbished others older. We were in one of the older rooms which was basic but certainly adequate seeing as we did not go on holiday to spend much time in the room. The room was clean and kept clean by the maid with towels changed every day. In the two weeks we were there i saw one cockroach in the room and a couple of small spiders which for a country with this climate is excellent. The hotel complex is built on the side of a hill with reception being at the top there a lots of stairs but due to the layout of the hotel a lift would be impractical. therefore it is not suitable really for anyone with mobility problems. However for a small tip the proter will carry your luggage to your room- and is happy to accept a tip in english or euro if you do not have any small dirhem. The hotel bar is reasonable with soft drinks being 10 Dirhem (about 60p) but bigger than a UK can. A small beer is just over a pound (18 dirhem). The hotel is either half board or all inclusive (though it was all French and german that werre all-in). The pool area is not as big as it could be for a hotel fo this size but it was adequate a big square divided into 2 very shallow pools a third shallow pool leading into the deep pool which was about 25 m by 10m. You had to be up early to reserve a sunbed as by 8 they were all gone. The restaurant was good but you needed to avoid it after 9 in the morning for breakfast as it was too busy- the evening meal was held in two sittings we always went to the first one and had no problems getting a table. The food was generally good with a lot iof fish being served at the evening meal though it was a buffet with other food as well. I tended to stick to the moroccan food served up and never had a bad meal, they also had some food that catered for my daughters (fussy eaters). Half board entitles you to one evening meal per week either in the morccan restaurant in the hotel or the italian on the seafront. You had to book these in the morning. We did not eat in either as the moroccan one didn't cater for my fussy children and the italian one had a very limited choice.
The location of the hotal is not great it is right on the edge of the tourist area though it is certainly within walking distance (my daughter doesn't walk far and she managed it easily) if you go out of the back entrance on to the seafront there are a number of good restaurants including our favourite a lebanese one within a couple of minutes walk lunch for a family of four with drinks worked out at a maximum of £15 in the lebanese restaurant slightly further away (10-15 mins) is macdonalds and pizza hut if you feel the need with another half dozen restaurants in between. the main touristy area is just a bit further on. There are two markets a very small municipal market within walking distance - a few souvenir shops in there and a few more around it including uniprix a fixed price souvenir shop. the second market is souq alhad which is about 5k away from the hotel this is a bigger motre traditional souq with everything for sale for locals and tourists a petit taxi costs 15 dirhem each way but only takes three people the grand taxi is a bit more expensive but you need to agree a price with the driver before you set off. yes everyone will try and rip you off but this is their way of life and they will try the same with their own. You can get things very cheap if you haggle. If you go out of the tourist areas things are even cheaper four soft drinks will be about £1.20 throw a beer in and it is just iover 2 quid. Not all restaurants outside the tourist area will sell beer though. The only downside for me to this hotel was the entertainment i found them very difficult to understand when speaking english - there were probably less than a quarter of the people staying there from UK. The main language after arabic being french this was to be expected. there is also a third language Berber which is spoken by a lot of the hotel staff and local people. We encounterde no problems at all on holiday in the hotel or outside and had a very enjoyable time.
Well we arrived at our hotel on the 21st June it was around eleven in the evening and it took forever for the receptionists to acknowlege we were there to get our keys.
In the morning we were awoken by loud bangs from the doors as people we getting up to go to breakfast at half six in the morning, the maids then kept coming into our room to clean. So after a long journey to our holiday resort from England we had to then get up at seven as we had no chance of sleeping. We then went to breakfast only to find cats lurking around the restaurant, flies everywhere, the food was basic. We were told not to eat salads or vegetables we hadn't peeled ourselves and this was all the buffet consisted of. Eggs were cooked raw and if you didn't want a drink from the waiter then don't expect a pleasant response.
This was suppose to be a relaxing holiday but as the rooms all have doors onto a corridor you can hear absolutely everything from 6am-2am so the best chance of some sleep is on the plane on the way home.
The water from the bathroom was brown sometimes so do not drink it many people had bad stomachs.
i would never go back to this very aged hotel and the travel agents can expect a complaint along with many others from what i can gather from other holiday makers who were also there.
Well after reading the comments on this hotel, I did not expect a lot but was pleasantly surprised. First impressions of the hotel were that is was large and very clean, the rooms were spacious and we had a lovely sea view as requested, however we had to climb 52 steps from the road to the room to get the sea view, the lower rooms had pool view with fewer steps, worth bearing in mind if you stay at this hotel. The rooms were clean and the maids did an excellent job even providing us with fresh flowers one day which was a pleasant surprise. There was entertainment nightly but this was late for those staying with young children, the childrens club is active but you may need to check with the animation staff what is on when as our son only used the mini golf each afternoon. There was a currency exchange facility which was useful but no signs to say no currency exchange on Sundays at all, also you cannot change travellers cheques on Sundays at the western union in the resort, so take some cash just in case of emergencies. There is a cash machine in the hotel which takes english cards to that was a bonus. The waiters are all very friendly and attentive. Breakfast was excellent but the hotel has a strict policy on not taking food out so if you have an early start, make it even earlier for breakfast. The meal at night was fine, a tangine of various meats, a cold cut or hot joint and a variety of fish on the barbeque (changed nightly). All the food is beautifully presented and the chefs even did butter sculptures which were amazing, the food was always hot and tasty if sometimes a little odd combinations. I have never tasted cous cous like it, this was served at least 3 times per week, the food is on a buffet basis with fresh fruit served at both breakfast and dinner. We made use of the snack bar by the pool and this was also of good quality and reasonable value. The pizzeria is worth a visit, there is a free meal included with the half board but this is a fixed menu, 4 seasons pizza, chicken escalope and icecream but still very nice. The hotel is literally accross the road from the beach and a lovely view of the Kasbah can be seen from most of the rooms, it is within walking distance of the main strip and a short taxi ride from the town centre. The noddy train or orient express is very pricy but worth it for the children, would recommend one ride on it but not worth a daily ride, use the taxis. Beware shop keepers inviting you in to "look around" this is a lure to get you in and then trying to get you to buy something you really do not want. Well worth a visit is the city zoo or bird garden, dirt cheap and lots to see. Well worth a visit and only 15 minutes walk from the hotel. The pool was clean and attended from 9am to 6pm with huge shallow section for the kids and a section just as big for the swimmers. All in all a very nice hotel in a good location.
Laid back holiday
rooms were spotless and the hotel staff all very friendly.
The rooms were big. They seemed basic but you didn't need anything else. take your own hairdrier irons etc. No telly for those who would want to watch it.
The pool and grounds were great. The pool is safe for younger ones. Lots and lots of steps which could be a problem for infirm or push chairs.
The restraunt was very poor and I'd recommend going b&b. breakfast is ok. There are loads of places to eat nearby which are very cheap.
Lots to see nearby. Watch out for the taxis. quick to rip you off1 Check they understand where you want them to take you otherwise you'll be taken all over the place.
All in all a lovely holiday. Temp in 30s all week. often started off overcast so do stuff in the morning while its cool
Enjoy the experience
We have just returned from a weeks stay at the Al-Moggar.Two adults - children aged 8 and 12.
We booked Morroco as we wanted some sunshine and a bit of culture.
The hotel was OK.We booked a family room which was bigger than others used in the past and was comfortable and cleaned daily by a maid who even made us a washing line from string whilst we were out.
The pool was nice - cold but nice and there was an animation team based in the hotel who came round asking for volunteers for crazy golf/water polo/football etc (but no pressure for those of us who just wanted to sit and relax)
The hotel restaurant was poor - shabby and not much choice - no chiller cabinet - sometimes cats in there walking around.It was also chaotic as other nationalities do not queue as we Brits do !
There is a swap available once a week to a Pizzeria which is spotless and wortn a visit.We also chose to eat out on the last night which was cheap and the restauarnt overlooked the sea.
The entertainment in the hotel was directed at the french and I did not hear English spoken once so that was a let down too.
The 2 day trip to Marrakech was absolutely brilliant - real must - well worth the money.
The locals did not pester like I thought they would - they took no for an answer and moved on.
We enjoyed the experience and the sunshine and may go back but probably not to Al-Moggar.
Great family holiday!
We went from feb 10th to feb 17th, weather great, 25-30 degrees all week. brilliant welcome and organisation by the Sunset rep.
kids are 11, 14 adults 23, 34, 48, 48. trip to the camel ranch brilliant!Top of the Kasbah- breathtaking!
we all enjoyed practicing our french and getting used to the different cultures who live and holiday there.
The staff were exellent in making us all feel welcome, expecially
when they realised we were open to a bit of a laugh!
(hubby ended up on stage as part of the entertainment!) The rooms were big and cleaned every day, loved the walled partition between the lads and us, they could watch their dvd's later in the evening without disturbing two old fogies! O.k.the pool was cold, but the lads didnt notice, well, we enjoyed every minute anyway!
Hotel fine, restaurant and food bad
We have just returned from a weeks holiday at the AL Moggar. Overall the holiday was fine. The staff are friendly, rooms clean enough however the buffet restaurant is appauling. Dirty table cloths which resemble old fashioned blankets, grey napkins which should be white. The food is not apetising salad not kept in chiller etc and the general decor, chairs etc very poor. We chose to eat out most nights. Food outside very nice and reasonably priced. The hotel is in a nice position on the beach however a fair walk if you want to lay on sunbeds.
The Moroccan people are very friendly and do not hassle you as i thought they might.
Must do trip is overnight in Marakecch no place like that on earth !
Weather for february brilliant sunshine every day!
Good hotel and location
We have just come back from 2weeks at the Al Moggar the rooms were spotless and well looked after, with aircon/heaters (no charge). The food was good but not hot enough (cold plates) and catered for all tastes. The staff were all frendly and most spoke some english. Entertainment most evenings. The hotel is at the far end of the resort but withing walking distance of the center,a good position for the promonade, with good eating places either side of the hotel entrance, we enjoyed our stay here and would go back, a good value for money hotel.
Have just booked a holiday for 2006 and twas my first time at using the tripadvisor facility. Being curious I looked at where we honeymooned last year to see what other people thought of the Al Moggar. Wow. Cannot believe the poor review given by the last guy. Perfect reception and concierge were on hand to carry your luggage wherever you needed to go - all we did was tip them 10 dirham now n again (70p) - what's wrong with that?
Room was superb - huge and clean with 3 single beds - don't know who the 3rd bed was for - this was our honeymoon! Yep, we had to push 2 beds together but had great fun finding out who's turn it was to fall down the middle. Pool area fantastic and crazy golf brill. French were annoying.
Yes, steps all over the Al Moggar so not good for people with mobility difficulties.
Room cleaned spotless every day including towels and linen.
Great place for cat lovers and they do sell Friskies in the Uniprix supermarket - just a short walk away.
Yep Macdonalds is 10 minute walk away but hey, who goes abroad to eat at Macci D's??? Sad.
Water is on sale in the hotel and at shops just out of the beach exit of the hotel!
Food acceptable but not brill. We chose to eat out a few times in our second week.
Go to the Chinese up the hill.
All the staff in the hotel were fantastic - service, polite, helpful and welcoming. Entertainment only acceptable but we just enjoyed wandering up and down the sea front in the evenings as the atmosphere was beautiful. The locals seem to come alive at nite and meet up for their social gatherings - a wonderful community.
To sum the hotel up - and bearing in mind this was important as it was our honeymoon and my husbands first time abroad. We will be going back again. We loved it.
All I would say is accept the country and culture for how it is.
The gardens are great too - topiary all over the place - couches and cars and allsorts made out of the trees!!
Don't be put off by the other reviews.
Give it a miss
We moved out before our first night to the Anezi.
We had asked for a hotel in the centre of the resort but the Al Moggar is anything but. We found one shop to buy water and a lot of restaurants which were closed during the day. It's about a 15/20 minute walk to McDonalds which is right on the edge of the tourist area, and about another 10 minutes from there to the decent restaurants.
The hotel itself was ok, very big balconies but an awful lot of steps, and we're fairly fit, so definately not advisable if you have young children or mobility problems. The reception area is above all of the rooms (thehotel is built into the hillside) so you have to carry your suitcase up and down a large winding flight of stairs, with no conceiege (or lift) to help.
The room itself was awful. Run down and dirty (the maid hadn't been when we arrived at 1.30pm). Only one light in the bathroom worked and although the maintenance man had a fiddle with it, he couldn't fix it, which made the bath and shower very dark as they was half concealed by a tiled wall. Many of the bathroom tiles were broken and would have been dangerous for small children. The drawers in the room were broken and wouldn't open so we would have had nowhere to put our underwear either, without stacking it in the wardrobe.
If you have read the forums you'll realise there is refurbishment work going on. This is still happening although we weren't advised by the tour operator and assumed this had been completed. Many of the rooms by the pool were taped off with building work going on (looked like new patio doors and bathrooms), and there was also a fountain being built by the pool.
Although the Al Moggar is cheap you can get a world of difference for about another £50 each.
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