Travel Blogs from Agadir
... sent a text message to Marlene from Casa (blanca) to announce my imminent arrival. 1h later, we were finally reunited after more than 50 years without any contact, except for a few Skype calls and emails since October 2011.
Quite unbelievable, but bar the odd wrinkle or two, and a few silver locks, we hadn't changed much: two girls of yesteryear sharing tears and laughter and ever so ...
... 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 ...
Woke up and decided to have a morning off from yoga to let my body have a rest and recover - feeling a tad achy to say the least.
Breakfast was the usual cereal, yoghurt and a smoothie made with banana meaning I couldn't have any.... they seem to be ignoring my request for a berry based one! Then it was down to the beach for a morning of surfing! Actually managing to get up and stay up on the board now woo...there's a surfer chick in me somewhere! ...
Today we have experienced different aspects of Agadir life following the devastating earthquake that flattened most of the city back in 1960. Almost all of the original city was destroyed and the new city of Agadir built a few kilometres from the epicentre of the quake. The original site is now a memorial to the thousands who perished in that quake.Our port is in the container depot, so not quite such an exotic vision as we woke ...
... incorporating a nod instead of a shake, meaning "yes, you're right, it was me who gave you gonorrhea".
Last night for all the Yorkies and our token German so we celebrated by drinking copious amounts of contraband booze that was never travelling to the UK anyway, and waking up shocked and vomitous with what appeared to be the worst hangover I'd had since the now infamous "four days of debauchery" ball tournament of 2011. All right, maybe that ...
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TravelPod Member ReviewsArgana Hotel Agadir
So far so good! Staff are great, lovely pool outside - havent used it yet, buffet breakfast was spot on! Bed is comfortable, showers are hot (if you need!) and fantastic views from the fourth floor! I've a room overlooking the pool and ocean, gorgous! There was a slight mixup in my booking at the start, i ended up getting a key for "Robert Murphy's" room, but soon rectified and have my own pad to lounge in. Cant complain! Would recommend no doubt. A 5 minute walk to the beach at most. Fridge in room to keep your water (or wine if you drink white) nice and cold. Happy days!!
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Historical Traveler Reviews Argana Hotel Agadir
We loved Argana Hotel!
My husband and I have travelled around the world a few times and this is our take of Agadir and the Argana Hotel: We stayed a week at the Argana Hotel. First, lets say that Agadir with a few day trips planned ahead, had everything we needed for a nice fun and romantic vacation. The hotel is extremely clean, the pool staff work very hard to keep the entire area sparkling clean. The buffet they offer is fine, but the local cuisine is cheap and exceptionally good, so give it a try. Breakfast is awesome, try those square crepes, those are so delicious!
Ladies, you don't want to miss a manicure, pedicure and haircut for a total price of $35.00 Cdn (32.00 US), very well done and sooo relaxing. Make sure you keep a lot of change with you to tip (baksheesh) anyone who goes out of their way to help you. They will truly appreciate every dirham you give them. The hotel offer internet access for real cheap ($1.50 per hour!) The hotel is nicely located, a small stroll to the beach and everything was close enough for everything we needed.
We booked tours through Expedia and the hotel agents and we were extremely happy with both tours: Night with the Berbers in Massa and day trip in Tiout and Taroudant (tree climbing goats were pretty cool, great shopping in Taroudant) Go ahead and take the donkey ride up the Kasbah in Tiout, lots of fun!!! Don't forget to tip, these guys don't have much else to make their earnings!!! Remember, 100 Dirhams is about $10.00 canadian only! PS They make about 3 dirhams/hour, if they have work! Go ahead, book this hotel, you won't be disapointed!
Friendly staff....very bad food
Agadir is a touristic location, tranquil, safe and has a pleasant beach area. There are many hotels in this area and we choose to stay at Argana 4* hotel in our 4 day stay in Agadir. Argana hotel is located about 500m from the beach and realistically it takes 15-20 minutes to get to the actual beach. The staff are nice and friendly but there is a general feeling that they are underpaid and you need to tip....everybody will kindly hint to you!
The greatest dissappointment is the food! It is generally bad compared to any normal 3 star hotel. In the morning you are offered very few choices that remain the same the rest of your stay. The most exciting thing is scrambled eggs and pancakes which look and taste like bread rather than pancakes. We went with two children and on one of the "Italien nights" my daughter who is generally not picky did not want to eat anything except melon. The only evening with good food was the Morrocan night which included musicians. However, that will be your only night of palitable food. Dont expect anything extra special. We would like to recomment to the hotel that it would be a worthy investment to train one of the chefs to learn to cook continental food because all the evenings we ate there was a tasteless bland experience!
The rooms are clean, however, the bed for two adults is really good for two children!
The pool area is clean and people are helpful bringing towels. The little cafe restaurant near the pool we used during one lunch period was also not impressive!
The beach at Agadir is nice and sandy and we went on an excursion with camels which cost us 350dirhams (35 Euros) for two camels (2 adults and 2 children). It lasted 2.5 hours. It was a nice experience and the children enjoyed it!
Generally prices and tips expected are the same as anywhere in Europe so to eat you would need minimum 10 Euros per head not including drinks!
One restaurant we felt was good was Le Jardin which is 100m from the hotel. They have very good fish plates!
We have returned recently and three of the members of the family have a serious stomach pain and diarrhoea. However, we still dont know what may have been the culprit....the food or the water?
Loved the Hotel Argana
Agadir:Hotel Argana"Loved the Hotel Argana"
Reviewer:TripAdvisor Member Derbyshire
My husband and I have just returned from our first holiday in Morocco staying at the Hotel Argana. We absolutely loved it and would definitely return both to Morocco and this hotel. Originally we had booked another hotel - Al Moggar Beach, but on reading reviews we decided to change - definitely the right choice and no regrets at the extra cost. The hotel is centrally situated with easy access to shops, restaurants, beach etc. The staff are extremely helpful and friendly with smiles to brighten the darkest day. Not that there were any the weather was hot and sunny all week. Evenings were a little cool, needing a light jacket but this did make it better for sleeping. Tipping is the norm as wages are very low but we never felt pressurised to do this. The hotel is quiet and more suited to adults wanting a week in the sun as there is not much entertainment and little to do for children. This is the nature of the resort in general. The food was good, selection maybe not as great as some places but more than adequately compensated for by the quality and we did have the opportunity to try local cuisine at the hotel. It is worth trying a lovely mix of French and fragrant spice. Everywhere was very clean, maid service excellent and there is a lovely pool which is spotlessly clean. Reasonably cheap snacks and drinks available at the poolside bar with a reasonable choice. A holiday in Morocco is cheap as the cost of living is low. All in all a wonderful remedy for those winter blues!
The staff make this place..
We had not been to Morocco before and booked our holiday, 19th to 26th March 2006 on the strength of support for this hotel we'd found on tripadvisor. We were'nt quite sure what to expect but need not have worried as this hotel is perfectly adequate for most people's needs. It's spotlessly clean, centraly placed and 'the staff make it worth while'. They are very attentive and pleasant particularly in the restaurant. They've given themselves a 4* rating - Thomson are nearer the mark with their 3+. We liked the food, the pool area (a bit of a sun trap) and the general ambience of the place. It really is good value for money. As usual there were gripes but they're minor and amount to no more than nit picking - the fridge didn't work properly (if you had one at all), the hot/cold water mixing for the shower became an art form and there were some slight language problems with some reception/bar staff. There's no entertainment to speak of. However, for £500+ for 7 nights H/B for the two of us it was a nice relaxing break. Recommended? No problem. March is somewhat unpredictable though - 23 degrees became 41 degrees in double quick time, with the odd nightime shower thrown in!
Loved it and want to go back
We stayed at the Argana Hotel having been moved from an awful hotel elsewhere in Agadir. What a good move. The staff were friendly and welcoming, and the service was excellent. The food, especially on Moroccan nights, was lovely and did mostly cater for vegetarians too. The breakfasts were particularly good, with freshly cooked stuff like pancakes and doughnuts and eggs to order. The hotel looked slightly worn, but the staff cleaned often and the public areas were particularly good. When we did encounter a small problem, such as a light gone, it was dealt with promptly. There was some sporadic daytime animation which was quite fun, and shows on 2 evenings only - so not exactly full of fun, but you could easily go out on the town if inclined. The massage parlour was lovely and we would recommend this. Maybe not quite a 4 star, but a very good three star and we thought value for money.
Good value winter sun
Had a good week here helped by the fact that the sun shone everyday (25 degrees)contrary to the forecast!Rooms are fine with nice balconies.Breakfast buffet is excellent with vast selection including freshly made to order omelettes, eggs, pancakes. Evening meals are ok with a different theme each evening..Spanish, Italian etc. We found variety and quality were fine but sadly let down by being lukewarm. The exception is the Morrocan evenings with excellent tagines all piping hot..perhaps they should stick to their own cuisine every evening!Restaurant staff are the stars going out of their way to pander to you. They appear to have a system where they adopt you for your stay, ushering you to a regular table, remembering how you have your coffee and what wine you like all of which is pleasantly attentive.
Do not be misled by the comment that the beach is ten minutes walk through the garden. You certainly do walk through the garden.. then out onto the road down the hill, cross two more roads before you reach the coast and 10 mins is for speed walkers, more like 15mins.But it is a pleasant walk past shops and restaurants.
If you are looking for a well run hotel,bit above 3* standards quiet and clean with goodish food at reasonable rates then the Argana is recommended.
We have returned from the Argana hotel and I cannot give it enough praise. The hotel is unbelievably clean, the staff very helpful, nothing is too much trouble. I was initially reserved about the concept of buffet style half board meals but the variety and quality of food was fantastic.
About Argana Hotel
I have been in marroco for the first time and was a very amazing surprise!
i just love it! I also advice argana hotel for the best reasons! the best food , receptionist are very nice, everithing very cleaned, congratulations to the pool team. every days you have entertainment!
the hotel is very well situated, you just have to walk 10 minutes till the beach!
i really advice you!
but do not saty just at agadir. you must go to marrakech or essaouira.
and buy excursions outside the hotel. they are twice cheaper!!!look for agencyes. you will find a lot!
My partner and I have just returned from a 2 week holiday at the Argana Hotel in Agadir - a great location for a chilled, relaxing break.
We weighed up the horror stories vs the fantastic reviews before we went, but limited on good weather at that time of year and a budget, we decided to take out chances.
The hotel is great, although certainly a 3* , not a 4*. Staff are exceptionally friendly, the hotel is incredibly clean, the pool area is fantastic with its own pool side restaurant and short walk to the beach. There is a bar upstairs, overlooking the pool and beach and the restuarant downstairs serves food in the evening. The menu catered for the masses and was hit and miss - some nights were great, other times it was a bit 'school dinner-ish', but the service was always first class.
Advice for hotel: try and ask for a beach view if possible - the sunsets are worth it, bear in mind the additional charges for the safe, use of gym/sauna, note the lack of hairdryer in room and be careful of the strict rules of not bringing other food or drink from outside in - can be expensive. Also, they dont always supply towels for pool-side so you are better off bringing your own.
Agadir is a bit disappointing - its certainly a developing town with nothing to see. Its not at all pretty, and parts of it are still being rebuilt. There are a number of good restaurants - SCAMPI is great, although sitting on the pavement on the side of a busy road isnt the best location. The shops sell the same stuff, no matter how far you walk to find something different and like the other reviews of the town, shop owners are awkward and you're better off walking quickly past them without stopping to chat. Often they are trying to get you to go into their first floor shops where you will be offered tea and expected to make a purchase. However, we didnt want to buy anything and explained so to them, and pretty much got left alone after that. Warning: dont tell them you will come back later, they really do remember you!!
Advice for Agadir: You're not going to see much, or buy much in Agadir, although its a great base to see other areas further afield. It may be worth combining a trip to Marrakhesh with a break in Agadir. Talk to the locals (although avoid shop keepers touting for a sale). They will tell you more about their way of life than any tour guide will and we learned a lot about their culture and religion. Its safe to wander the streets watching people go about their business, to and from work etc.
We had a great time not because of the class of hotel, weather or location, but because of the local people we talked to and the great friends we made. It's def not going to be a traditional tour operator holiday, but if you accept that it is a developing country that is working hard to get there, then you will see through the horror stories and hopefully relax and enjoy the different lifestyle!
My 7 day holiday was booked with Sunway Holidays in November 2004. The flight over the Atlas Mountains on the approach to Agadir was very exciting as they seemed to roll on for ever.
We landed at Agadir airport where a taxi was waiting as arranged by Sunway to transfer myself and two other passengers to our hotel. I tried to exchange my travellers cheques at the airport but they were not accepted, only cash of which I had very little. I was offered 100.00GBP by John, my fellow traveller, to change into Dirhams which was extremely kind of him. The rate of exchange is around 15 Dirhams to the British Pound or 10 to the Euro. The Dirham is a closed currency meaning it cannot be bought outside Morocco; if you are offered these be wary as they may be forgeries. Only buy them when you enter Morocco, hotels, banks, cash machines etc all offer the same exchange rate as set by the Government on a Friday.
We arrived at the 4 star Hotel Argana after a 20 minute drive, the hotel and the surrounding area looked very presentable and clean. The staff were very friendly and helpful at all times. My baggage was taken up by a pleasant porter who was happy to take what small change I had in tip, you can of course give 1GBP which I think is very generous. The room had TV, bathroom, double bed and balcony overlooking the pool area. The hotel has a large swimming pool, a small one for kids, lots of loungers, secluded garden area and staff who are always on hand to help.
For the record, no tip is too small and Moroccans in general will not complain.
Located about a mile from the hotel is the beach which takes 10 minutes to reach. On the beach you can take camel rides or go horse riding or just relax on the wide and very long beach.
Breakfast is served from 6am until 10am and consists of cake, cereal, pancakes and fried egg freshly made in front of you, coffee or tea by the jug full, croissant, pan du chocolade and lots more, the breakfast area is uncrowded. Lunch can be got in the snack bar where you can have Tagine - steamed veg with or without meat; pastilla - a parcel of light pastry filed with chicken, nuts, couscous and other unidentifiable ingredients, it's very tasty and also very filing.
Rooms are cleaned daily and staff will fall over themselves to get everything right.
Next to the hotel is the Argana Restaurant, very clean with very friendly head waiter. The restaurant is attached to the hotel and not accessible from within but is only a short walk from the outside of the hotel. Prices on the menu were unimportant as this was out of the peak season and so a lot cheaper; you will also get a 20% discount if a guest of the hotel.
In the surrounding area are various restaurants, about 22 in total; the Asiatic Kim Hoa (run by Moroccans) serving awful imitation Chinese food with Irish patriotic music in the background ("Patrick was killed while fighting the British in the struggle for freedom" etc); McDonalds if you are desperate, but probably better than the Kim Hoa; Mauresque Lounge near the casino; La Scala etc.
Agadir is very much a new city built up after the devastating earthquake of 1960. Much of what you see has been built with touism in mind, there isn't much of "real Morocco" here but it is a safe, clean place where you can walk out at night and not feel threatened, ladies as well.
Sunway can arrange a trip of the city which takes about 3 hours and covers old Agadir built atop a hill with a steep climb and where lots of hawkers will be waiting for you, just politely say "no thank you". Also a visit into the Souk el Had where you can buy gifts, fruit, clothing etc at reasonable prices provided you go into the section where Arabs would shop, if you buy in the tourist part you will pay a lot more; just imagine what you would be willing to pay at home. A drive around the Swiss quarter and various stops to take photographs. It was all very well arranged and only 6.00GBP, 95D or €9.5.
Water should only be drunk from bottles which will cost around 3D for 1.5L and is available from street sellers or shops. Do not drink tap water, only use it to wash with or clean your teeth.
In the surrounding area is a park, bird sanctuary, museum, gift shops, backstreet bakeries selling handmade biscuits very cheaply, the Souk el Had is a must; you can buy some really smart things, wooden boxes made of aromatic Thuja wood from about 35D in the fixed price shops right at the back of the Souk, next to this is a traditional musical instrument shop with tabla (hand drum), nay (reed flute), mirwas (double-sided drum) and lots of others, some small enough to fit in your luggage. You will also find hat dealers but make sure they don't have "made in Bangladesh" labels in them, it's a bit disappointing.
A taxi will only cost about 10D to get across town, the cheapest ones are the orange Peugot types which are metered. The cream coloured Mercedes taxi's are privately run, unmetered and may cost 70D at the very least for a short distance. If you wish to go further, as I did, you could get a taxi to Essaouira, which is a very picturesque town on the coast with lots of shops and places to eat. This round trip cost 1000D for three passengers. On the way you can stop in Argana where Argan oil is produced, you will also see the famous Argan tree goats which actually climb trees to eat the nuts. The backstreet diners are great and nowhere near as expensive as one particular restaurant on the sea front which charged about 20.00GBP per head for soup, dinner and drinks. You could get far more in an Arab cafe/restaurant for about 2.50GBP. If eating outside of your hotel, eat only cooked food and avoid salads.
I would recommend the Argana to any traveller as it is clean, relatively quiet, a rasonable distance from the next hotel, has friendly staff who speak a multitude of languages and are not in your face or aggressive.