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Travel Blogs from Agadir
... before we leave tomorrow. It was fine washing them in the sink, however trying to find places to hang wet clothes where they would dry relatively quickly was challenging! Drying my socks with a hairdryer was a first!
Mel unfortunately chose the window which when it decided to pour down during our evening yoga class proved to be a fatal decision...clothes were soaked, ...
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! ...
As per my previous blogs it was up and early for yoga this morning followed by breakfast and then down to the beach for surfing.
Red the instructor has now taken to referring to me simply as 'Guernsey' now much to everyone's amusement.
Decided to have a day off from surfing due to sunburn and various other aches and pains so chilled on the beach for the day.
Yoga in ...
A restful day by the beach today! Travelling through more orange groves and to the modern city of agadir. The city was rebuilt after an earthquake in 1960. The beach was windy but it is nice and sunny ( sorry). We're going back for a game of football later. Funny as there are 7 girls and only ...
... if we choose in the future to live or work anywhere in the EU we can. Not something we will take advantage of immediately, but I would not be surprised if we decided to live in Spain or France in 5 or 10 years time.
The Ceremony was pretty dry, the Mayor of Tower Hamlets giving us a rundown of what it means to be British and how we can become involved in the community. There were about 25 people becoming British along with me from all over the globe, ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Oasis Hotel Agadir
Fue mi primera vez en Marruecos y me decepcionó que el hotel no tenía aire acondicionado que funcionara, mientras que el folleto decía que tenía. Reservamos media pensión, pero cenamos fuera casi todas las noches, ya que la comida era muy mala, con poca variedad. La zona del hotel no era la mejor, con gente durmiendo en callejones y rebuscando comida entre la basura. Varias mujeres se quejaron de acoso si se atrevían a salir solas. Las cajas fuertes de las habitaciones no funcionaban, en ninguna. Dicho esto, el hotel estaba limpio y el personal era amable.
Clean but does not live up to its brochure description
After reading the previous reviews, we were expecting the worst, but our stay was much nicer than expected.
My main gripe was the fact that the described in-room amenities were not working - e.g. fridge, air-con, safety deposit box, TV (no English channels). This is slightly annoying and presumably they have these amenities to gain a 4-star rating. The fact that they don't work is an entirely different kettle of fish!
That said, the rooms were very pleasant - clean, tidy and nice bathrooms. The maids were very helpful and friendly. I would rather have a room that was clean with a fridge that doesn't work than the other way around!
As for the communal areas, the bars/lounge areas lacked any real atmosphere, hence why we ate/drank out every night. The poolside area is green and lush and although the pool doesn't look the cleanest I have ever seen, I think this is more to do with stained tiling rather than the water actually being dirty. I swam in it almost every day and I am fine!
However, the trashy dance music is somewhat loud and distracting considering the clientele - most were couples (some young, some old) -none of which appeared to appreciate it whilst attempting to relax in the gardens! I think this is probably more suited to high season when there are a lot more families to enjoy the energetic dance tunes!
As for the food, this could be of much better quality - whilst I cannot comment on the dinner, we had breakfast in the hotel two days (we went room-only) and paid 48 dirhams each. This is not much in sterling terms but in comparison to what you can get elswhere, it is extremely over-priced. We had much better quality breakfasts in several different cafes - they ranged from 16-30 dirhams depending on the choice of venue and of course you have waiter service (as opposed to buffet-style in the hotel). A word of warning: my partner had the omelette for breakfast at the hotel and was subsquently quite ill afterwards (he thought it tasted odd at the time)! The snack bar is also over-priced and lacked quality.
I cannot say I ever encountered problems with sewage stenches that were identifiable to this hotel. This is a problems that occurs throughout most of Morocco and not necessarily a fault of any hotel - you could be walking past a 5-star deluxe and the smell may still get you!
All in all, this was a pleasant stay, but I am glad we went room-only rather than having to endure half-board meals etc.
A lovely stay...
We really enjoyed our holiday at the Oasis. The staff are friendly and cannot do enough for you and the hotel itself is top notch. We couldn't fault it.
The location is great for the beach, literally just across the road, a short walk. Restaurants and shops are just as close too.
Premier séjour au Maroc. Déçu que l'hôtel n'ait pas la clim comme l'annonçait la brochure. Nous avions réservé en demi pension mais avons dîné a l'extérieur presque tous les soirs tellement la nourriture était mauvaise et peu variée. L'hôtel n'est pas des mieux situés: il y a des gens qui dorment dans les ruelles et qui fouillent les poubelles à la recherche de nourriture. Plusieurs femmes se sont plaintes d'être accostées si elles sortaient seules la nuit. Les coffres forts des chambres ne fonctionnaient dans aucune des chambres. Cela dit, l'hôtel était propre et le personnel sympathique.
I booked my holiday before visiting Trip Advisor so when i read these reviews I was shocked and dreading what the hotel would be like as these reviews hardly rate it well. All i can say is I don't know whether these reviewees are used to 5* luxury or something but the hotel is lovely and the good things about it far out weigh the bad.
As mentioned by a previous reviewer there is a stench of sewage as you enter (or this could be fish I don't know). Anyway, the smell gets you on your arrival but believe me the smell does go as our room was directly above the entrance and after a few hours I barely noticed it again for the next fortnight. The rep was great and they were prepared to move us but the alternative was a room overlooking the main road which is very busy and best avoided.
The recpetion area is large with loads of sofas perfect for sinking into after breakfast. Interior design is very good, beautiful furnishings, lighting and carved wood doors. Little gift shop in reception is cute but as with all hotels you can find better prices. There is also a silverware shop in the hotel. There is also a cinema, but films are all in french, they offer to put subtitles on for you, but we didn't bother as we took our own lap top and bought DVDs from a shop on the beachfront for £1 each. The bar is nice, they do cocktails but they all taste the same and seem to have child size shots of alcohol in and still cost £3ish. Bottle of beer costs just over £1. There are more sofas in the lounge area which has a musician playing every night and a pool table.
The hotel has its own spa with reasonable prices and set out beautifully. For just over £4 you can use the sauna and steam room. These were both very clean and for the 3 times we used the facility we had it all to ourselves, They provide you with towels, dressing gown and flip flops. The changing rooms are very pretty with lovely doors and mirrors, it really makes you feel special. After you've had you're treatments they have a relaxation room which is very beautiful and pleasant. I had a french manicure which was excellent quality, I paid around £5. She shaped and painted my nails meticulously.
The rooms were decent size; not big, not small but enough room for two. Nicely decorated again with pretty wooden carvings round the bed and mirror and nice Moroccon style lighting. Unfortunately it was two single beds rather than a double. The air conditioning was rather ineffective but there was always a nice breeze so we kept the door open most of time and during the night. Our room was not over the main road but over a narrow side street where you enter so the wind may have channelled up the road from the beach. Anyway, it was a comfortable tempoerature. A fan was provided but wasn't very effective either unless you stood right in front of it.
Bathrooms were nice, tiled to a good standard from floor to ceiling. Shower was great! Strong flow of hot water. Bath water was a bit murky so my baths we all run from the shower.
There was a good selection at breakfast. Orange juice was freshly squeezed and yes watered down but not too much. There was a jug of a yoghurt type drink, which unfortunately I didn't discover until my last few days as it was lovely. I'd not been able to work out why all these french people were drinking double cream by the glass!! There always fresh fruit - oranges with their stalks still on, water melon, and yellow melon. There were neatly presented salad selections, - green peppers, olives, tomatoes, red onions, cucumber. There was a plate of cheese - tasted french. The ham plate was nice, it has red pepper in the ham which was interesting. There was plenty of choice for bread. French bread if you were up early, brioch, pain-au-chocolat, home made tasting bread and whit crunchy rolls. There were 4 jam flavours all which came in really nice big bowls. Boiled eggs were in a metal cylinder to keep warm. There was also coffee, tea and hot chocolate. Just outside is a woman who makes pancakes with syrup. You can also get omelettes if you ask the waiters nicely. The breakfast room is spacious, staff are very helpful, friendly and eager to help. They work incredibly long hours and get £2 a day wage yet they always have a smile on their faces. Unlike one of the previous complainers the chairs are not plastic they are wood with a cushion on and they are comfortable. You can eat outside if you want but it's a bit chilly in the mornings and your napkins blow away easily.
Then outdoor terrace is lovely, you can get drinks and lunches throughout the day. Prices are good but better still out of the hotel. They do simple things like fries, burgers (which are ok but not like any burger I've ever had before!!).
The pool is nice, clean and pleasant. There is a young moroccon who I guess is the pool DJ, a little too much dance music for the mornings but generally ok. The gardens are very nice, colourful, well kept and clean. Sun loungers are available if you get down there at 8am (this was the busiest month as all the moroccons and french are on holiday!). The grass is more comfortable anyway.
The evening meal is buffet style and costs equivelent of £10 not inlcuding drinks. You all cue up to get in when the buffet opens and this is quite a fight if you've never had the joy of queing with french people. The food was not worth fighting over as it was all quite disgusting. It started off with the most tasteless soup ever, however much salt I added I could not get it any better. There was lentil salad and fresh fish which must have been the worst fish in Agadir, and it was ugly. I didn't even know what the main course was - some kind of meat, tasted like a combination of liver and beef. They told me it was "roti de dande" which when I get home and asked my mum who has a french degree she told me it was turkey.........! Right....... The dessert was wholesaler style cake. It is served by a big fat chef who gives really small portions, I think he must eat hal himelf. It wasn't even nice. All in all the evening meals are a complete an utter dissapointment and big waste of money. There are some fanstastic restaurants in Agadir and they serve excellent food and great prices with equally good service, even giving you a rose as you leave.
In general, I would say if you have already booked Oasis hotel don't worry about the other reviews as it really is a very nice hotel. I was happy all the time, there was nothing dissapointing about it, I give it thumbs up and I'm sure that anyone who's going there will have a great holiday. The location is perfect, you're less than 10 mins walk from the beach and all the restaurnants along the promendade. There are also plenty of shops and restaurants if you head left out of he hotel and keep going right at the top of the road. I woulod give it 3* plus defintiely. If you are wanting 4* or 5* then you can go to Iberostar Founty Beach where my sister in law went but you pay 5* prices.......
This the end of my "essay", hope it's helped. I loved Agadir, I'm not the type of person who goes to the same place twice but if I was then I would come back here!!
A disappointing weeks stay
I've just arrived back from a week in Agadir ( or should I say Skegness?) Having spent a week in Marrakech before heading back to Agadir for the final week of my holiday I was looking forward to a relaxing break by the sea. I was disappointed on arrival and by the third day just wanted to go home. The hotel has no working air conditioning, on the 2nd night we were finally provided with a fan, only to find out to plug it in we had to unplug the tv or fridge (only 3 plugs in the room) The 3rd was exposed and in the bathroom of all places! We found ourselves in a room at the front of the hotel looking out on to the beach - great we thought - soon changed our minds when we realised the road was the main one through Agadir and we were kept awake until 5 in the morning by the music being played on the beach and the road traffic of cars beeping and police whistles, the music finally stopped the night before we left for home. The rooms to the back of the hotel - with the pool view (away from the road) we noticed on the 4th day have double glazing - we weren't that lucky. The pool is smaller than it looks in the brochure and there are not many sunbeds so be prepared to get up early - we found 730 was the latest you could leave it, before they were covered in towles and taken for the day! The pool its self was somewhere i decided not to venture - it looked dirty! Oh and don't be fooled by the no diving, no football sign - the pool staff are very good at providing entertainment doing just these things to the sounds of crazy frog playing from the poolside stereo! On Day 4 we awoke to banging, one of the lounges was being transformed.
The breakfast was very basic, although fresh pancakes were a bonus and the orange juice is still very heavily watered down with tap water - I'm still paying the costs from sampling it! We looked at the basic looking evening menu and decided to head into Agadir its self for food - there are some lovely places to eat my favourite being La Scala about a 20 min walk (get a petit taxi though they are very cheap) The food available from teh poolside during the day is nice though!
The Oasis is definately not a four star hotel and I wouldn't even give it the 3rd in its current state. As for Agadir, if you want to visit Morocco don't go there, if you want a british seaside town at the height of the season then Agadir is the Moroccan Skegness/Blackpool.
On reading that back it sounds like i complain a lot - i don't normally and my first week spent in Marrakech was fantastic and I have written a very good review for that hotel but the Oasis really doesn't deserve anymore.
First time in Morocco, dissapointed that the hotel had no working air conditioning as the brochure said it had. We booked half board, but ate out most evenings as the food was very poor with little variety. The area of the hotel was not the best with people sleeping rough in the alleyways and rooting in the local bins for food. Several women complained of harrasment if they ventured out alone. Room safes were not working in any rooms. Having said all that, the hotel was clean and the staff friendly.
Nice Hotel, shame about the location
We arrived at the Hotel out of season so it was very quiet.
The Hotel is 4 star but I would knock one of these off due to the food being very poor. Breakfast consisted of a buffet of orange salad, peppers salad, tomatoe salad, croissants, bread, french bread, cheese and luncheon meat. Eggs were made upon request. We had dinner in the hotel 1 evening which was also big disappointment especially as Adagir does not have the best selection of restaurants if you are looking for Moroccan cuisine.
The Hotel itself is very clean with great facilities which they do not actually inform you about. There is a great Spa, good sized pool and large lounge areas. There is also a small cinema underneath the Hotel.
The Hotel is situated about 10 minutes away from the main area in Agadir although we liked this as it is very close to the main Coach stop if you are planning a trip to Marrakech. The hotel staff are very friendly and our room was very nice, which is just as well as Adagir is quite disappointing.
I stayed at the Oasis last week and was more than happy with the
service provided. The hotel was spotless and the staff very anxious to please. The bedrooms are pleasant and very well kept. Meals were of good quality . The swimming pool area was well maintained despite the many cats and the evening visit of the seagulls. I travelled with Sunway
Holidays Ireland and they provided an excellent service.
Not the worst given Moroccan standards.........
Stayed here in January 2005 having booked through an English holiday firm based in Ireland (Sunway Travel) and found a lot of their info way off the mark.
Hotel is listed with them as being a 4 * (Moroccan grading, one presumes) but is way off this grading.In Ireland it would warrant a 2 * star ,at best!
When we were let off Bus on arrival, the 1st thing to greet us was a stench of sewage which thankfully stays at front of Hotel and does not pervade other parts of Hotel but once you leave entrance hold your nose!!. Fine big lobby but with basic furnishings,staff very affable .
Our rooms were at 3rd floor and with balcony (small) and lovely views towards beach.Sunway have it that beach is a 10 min walk but it only takes less that 5 min!! These rooms are however, alongside road known as Avenue Mahommed and as this is the main thoroughfare from North to South of Town ,very very busy and noisy (lots of mopeds!). Ear plugs are a necessity and as we are seasoned travellers we are always prepared, so be warned!
Beds are of the Spanish holiday variety -2 single beds shoved together- and even though we asked for a "matramonial bed" it turns out ,all rooms have the single beds. You can get by alright but the biggest problem is these beds are only 75cm wide so if you are a big person you will have a tough time!!
Bedrooms are too small with no extras whatsover (bring own kettle,tea/coffee etc as well as hair-dryer,clocks books) and you must buy bottled drinking water, as "Moroccan Trots" are not a nice thing!! They do pre-warn you of this so do not ignore seasoned advice! Bathroom was as big as bedroom with bath-tub and good water pressure for shower.
We had a look at Swimming Pool before breakfast next morning and were surprised at how small it is in reality.Trick photograhy was in play with our Travel crowd as in their brochure it looks like an Olympic size pool whereas in truth is is a basic sized pool.Also extremely cold!! Even at mid-day and temps of 25oC in shade everyone we met could barely dip toes into it!! Plenty of sun-beds and good pool sevice re: food/drinks.
Breakfast in this " 4 * " Hotel is very,very basic. A very mediocre Buffet with same offerings every morning for duration of our stay consisted of very heavily watered down Orange Juice ( best avoided as watered from tap supply), salad seletions of dubious quality and a platter of salami type meat and one of cheese triangles.3 different types of bread rolls made up best part of "breakfast" Tables are bare, bar cups/saucers and side plates with a gang of quite likeable staff serving tea/coffees.Much better option is to eat in Cafes up town for variety.
Dinner is quite expensive when compared to uptown so better to eat out.They now have a small cinema for those too lazy to venture out.Internet access is free and is in Lobby.
Agadir itself has not changed very much since I visited in 1982. The town has changed little, bar more Pizzerias than you would find in Italy.Very hard to find genuine Moroccan restaurants that do not try to rip you off with'Tagines' consisting of a tiny bit of meat and a few Dates that should in fact include potatoes and veg.Prices are low but in truth value is very,very poor and the McDonalds (yes! and a Pizza Hut! ) will be a definite port of call.Sad but true.
Most of the restaurants are on the beach front with the more expensive ones further South.The 'best' restaurant we found for eating, with better potions, was "Le Vendrome". However variety and standard of food is mediocre overall, with same menus everywhere.Pizzas are served everwhere.There is a very good Ice-Cream parlour just down from here ( beside Mcdonalds).
The Souk is well worth a visit for a trip back to the past.However be prepared to haggle ,and best to visit a 'Prix-Fix shop' before you go, to get correct prices of what you want to buy.Never look directly at shop owners or converse with any locals here as they will badger you to death to buy off them!Be warned.
Overall, the Hotel Oasis is about average on Moroccan terms but not European levels.We went for the Sun and got the best as far as this went.However for nightlife and a more pleasurable quality of overall standards, the Canaries would be a far better option.It will be another 20 yrs before Agadir would draw us back, if ever.