El Pueblo Tamlelt
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... a beaucoup apprecie, pas mal meme. Ca ne sert a rien de vous dire qu on a pris ca molo!
Depuis le debut du voyage, on nous a dit: " Agadir, rien a dire; Essaouira, ca ira; Marrakesh, Arnakech!"
Apres avoir vecu le desert et les villages de caravaniers, nous voila sur la route touristique de la cote Atlantique et nous seront en mesure de confirmer ou non ces dires.
Pour le moment nous pouvons affirmer qu Agadir, il n y a rien a dire, mis a part son souk, sa ...
... i was swimming the i lost my 50 dirham in the sea
me: ignoring the hint and asking him: do you know michael Schumacher?
he does and we continue. After a while he comes back to his topic.
If i could give him some money for the bus back to agadir.
I just waited for this.
me: but i have no money
Punchline is, when he asks me why i lost it swimming in the sea. Unfortunately he never asks that...
me: but u could hitchhike; i came here by ...
... can't wait to phone his mate Smiley, an equally big man with a skin head and long "Osama" style beard and traditional dress. He rushes over to meet the rider of the broken ktm. Immediately we're whisked into Alis office so he can show us pictures of their biker weekends in the desert, including Smiley slaughtering a goat, nicknamed killer now! Haha how we laughed! Ali tells us to come back in the morning and we will go look for the ...
... to Agadir to try and source the oil while I wait for parts. Ho hum they never really put this bit in the motorcycle travel books! Met another a Dutchman working as part of a dredging team, speaks French so has helped organise a truck, great guy! As for the driver, he only speaks Arabic so conversation isn't flowing but we did share a prickly ...
... turning the Souss region into my 5th Superhike. I’ll admit, quite a bit less interesting than Greater Paris, Greater Cairo or even Casablanca, but quite significant, since this is a region where I spent some of the most important years of my life.
I grab a collective taxi back to Agadir, where I’ve still got some time to kill. I head to the main market where I knew a couple of people. There’s Mussa, the ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews El Pueblo Tamlelt Agadir
Want to go back!!
Just come back from a two week stay here and want to go back asap!!
Already stayed there March and June and its still the best place ive been to!
This hotel shares the facilities with the caribbean village and theres so much to do, youl never get bored!
The rooms are very basic but spacious, have big balconys and are very clean as the maids come in daily with fresh towels and leave the room spotless.
The only downfall is that theres lots and lots of steps to keep you fit!!
There are two main buffett restaurants that have so much selection of food youl never get bored for choice and the waiters really do look after you.
There is also a chinese, pizzeria, fish, sushi, moroccan and steak restaurant too that you can eat at once a week during your stay.
We tried all of these and would recommend the moroccan and steak one especially!!
During the stay we did speak to people who experienced stomach upsets but ive been back three times now and not experienced it!!
Theres four pools, three of them are relaxing and the main one which is massive has most of the entertainment around it.
You can hire beach/pool towels for 100 dirhams (£6.00) and you can change them every two days and at the end of your stay you get your money back. Also you can hire hairdryers too for 15 dirhams a day.
The best part tho is the animation team, they all work so hard and really make your holiday!!
During the day you can play ping pong, darts, volley ball, football, basketball, french bowls, tennis and if your brave enough, join in with the midday games, ha, wont give too much away!!
The shows are on every night at 9.30 and these are fantastic, there put on by the animation team and are definetly worth seeing, especially the lion king and moroccan night.
Am planning to go back early next year as cant keep away!!
Basique mais agréable
Nous venons de revenir d'un séjour dans cet hôtel, qui a été une bonne surprise. Mes premières impressions n'étaient pas très bonnes (à notre arrivée il faisait noir et je n'étais pas de très bonne humeur), mais le matin à notre réveil le soleil brillait et j'ai vite changé d'opinion. Nous avions un léger problème dans la chambre (elle était un peu bruyante), mais dès que j'ai pu parler à Jess, notre sympathique représentante, on nous a donné une chambre plus tranquille et le problème a été résolu. Les chambres étaient basiques mais très propres, et les femmes de chambre étaient elles aussi très sympathiques. Nous avions une chambre double de bonnes dimensions, avec baignoire et douche et beaucoup de place pour ranger nos affaires. La nourriture était également très bonne (c'est bien la première fois que nous n'avons pas de problèmes d'estomac en vacances !) Au déjeuner et au dîner il y avait beaucoup de légumes, de la salade, plusieurs types de viande, de pain et de poisson, c'était bien agréable à regarder. Le petit déjeuner en revanche était un peu moins riche. Je suis un anglais pur jus, et de ce point de vue je suis resté un peu sur ma faim. Entendons-nous bien, il y avait du choix : fruits, yaourts, pain et charcuterie et on pouvait toujours choisir l'omelette. Mais j'aurais vraiment apprécié ma chère saucisse et mon bacon !
Durant la journée la piscine était toujours propre et les boissons coulaient à flots, mais il n'existe pas de liste des boissons disponibles, alors mieux vaut choisir avant ! Mais comme elles sont comprises dans le forfait tout compris, on peut se les faire servir toute la journée au bar. On peut aussi commander son déjeuner à la réception le matin.
Les animateurs étaient intéressants aussi : chaque matin et chaque après-midi ils pratiquaient la danse du club (j'ai été surpris de voir que tant de monde y participait !) Toutefois, si on voulait passer une journée plus relaxante, on pouvait choisir entre trois autres piscines (beaucoup plus calmes). La plage se trouve à peu de distance de l'hôtel. Mais méfiez -vous des vendeurs ambulants, ils sont peu nombreux mais quand ils vous tiennent ils ne vous lâchent plus. Dans l'ensemble j'ai été impressionné par cet hôtel et c'est bien dommage que les vacances soient déjà finies.
Mes pires vacances
Je suis allée toute seule dans cet hôtel durant les vacances de Noël. J'ai dû changer de chambre deux fois. Dans la première, la porte du balcon ne fermait pas. La seconde ressemblait à une chambre d'hôpital, la déco était horrible et il y avait du moisi dans la salle de bains... Quand j'ai décidé de mettre un terme à mon séjour, un des directeurs a voulu me montrer une autre chambre, qui me plairait cette fois. En cas d'urgence, pas de liste où figurerait au moins le numéro de la réception. La nourriture : pas si mal, variée, mais les restaurants ne peuvent pas recevoir beaucoup de monde, il n'y a pas assez de tables ou de chaises. A chaque repas je me retrouvais avec un convive différent, c'était une situation très embarrassante ! Je suis bien contente d'être rentrée chez moi !
Basic but very nice..
We have just arrived back from this hotel, & i was pleasently surprised. My first impressions of the place weren't to good (it was dark when we arrived & i was a little grumpy from the flight) but we woke up on the first morning with the sun beaming & i was soon to change my mind..
We had a slight problem with our room when we arrived (it was a little loud) but as soon as i spoke to our friendly rep Jess my worries & earache were soon removed & we put into another (more quieter) room. The rooms were basic, but very clean & the maids were friendly too. A nice sized room for two, with a bath/shower & plenty of storage space.
The food was lovely too (i have to say its the first holiday that we haven't had a dodgey belly!!!) Lunch & Dinner was full of veg, salad, meats, bread & fish, which was always nicely to see. The breakfast on the other hand was a little less pleasing. I'm a full english kinda girl, but there wasn't much in that respect. Don't get me wrong it was a nice selection of fruits, yoghurts, breads & hams, & there was always the option of omlette. But the odd sausage & bacon would have been appreicated!!!
During the day time the pool was always clean & the drinks were flowing too. There wasn't a drinks list though so its best to decide before you go up! The animation team were good to watch too. Every morning & afternoon they would get up & do the club dance ( i was amazed how many people got involved with it!)
If you wanted a more relaxing day however there was another 3 pools to choose from (all alot quieter)
The beach was a little walk from the Hotel. It was included in the All Inclusive though, & you could order lunch from reception in the morning & get your drinks served all day from the bar. Be careful of the beach sellers though, although there weren't many of them, once they latched on they were hard to get rid of.
all in all i was impressed with the place & im gutted that my holiday for this year is over.
Five go to Agadir....
My wife, three kids (two under nines and a fourteen year old girl) travelled to Morocco for the first time for an all inclusive fortnight stay at the Agador/Tamlelt/Occidental Hotel Agadir.
We were very specifically after a pool holiday to recharge the batteries and therfore i can only comment on the areas very local to the hotel complex.
Whilst the resort of agadir is not pretty, (if you are looking for a pictuesque location this is not for you), the hotel complex is watered and colourful without being spectacular, it is something of a mish mash of two or three formerly individual hotels,
There are four decent pool areas with the usual sunbed problems - not enough sunbeds - however a well placed 100 dirham (about £6) will work wonders....
The pool bars opened on a seemingly random schedule usually 10.30 till 5pm but this was subject to change with little or no notice.... and the erratically enforced policy of one drink per person can generally be overcome around the pool area with another well placed 100 dirham....
Food was buffet fayre varied and generally pretty good at the two buffet restaraunts available. We certainly favoured the "Cloitre" which we found to be less hectic and cooler than the frantic "Oasis" There is an option of three or four a la carte meals per stay (not per week - which was unfortunate) since after ten days even the most varied buffet two or three times a day can seem repetitive. We ventured out for a meal or two - directly outside the entrace to the Tamlelt Hotel are a number of small bars Maxwells was our favourite.
Getting drinks in the evening became something of a chore initially, there were simply not enough bars or staff on the bars to serve the thirsty masses - however a well placed 100 worked wonders.... T
The shows were, from a distance, ok but we found it too busy with no where to sit and impossible to get to the bar most evenings so we tended to stay away.
I cannot however compliment the kids club highly enough - my little ones loved it - (three hours in the moring and three in the afternoon - i loved ot too!!) with its own small pool and dedicated staff.
Overall the place was pretty good. basic and inexpensive. But be warned if you try it with expectations of exoctic meals every day and luxury rooms and you will be dissappointed.
Tamlett Agadir - good value
Could possibly be 5* for value. This was a cheap, last minute deal for us. We read the reviews here and did not arrive with high expectations. Rooms are very basic, however the site is made up of 3 hotels and size and standard does apparently vary. Big plus for us was the attitude of staff. I don't like making generalisations about characteristics of nationalities but Morroccans are very friendly and courteous. If you are pleasant in return and use Sallam a lekkum (Hello, peace be with you) and Shokran (thank you) the staff appreciate your respect you.
The hotel is centrally situated so Agadir centre is only 5 minutes away. Agadir is a purpose built holiday resort. However it is no where near as commercial as I expected. As an Islamic nation, Morrocco does not make a big thing about night life. The food in the hotel is really quite good. We tried 3 A la Cartes in hotel - they are OK but choice is limited. But if you do tire of the buffet, there s plenty to choose from in town. The menus we saw all indicated eating out is cheap.
One thing we did not expect was cloud. Agadir attracts a lot of it as the Atlantic air meets the Sahara. As a result, it was often warm but overcast for much of the morning, until the sun burned off the cloud. But the sun can still burn skin through the cloud.
Our three teenagers had a ball and found plenty to do. One thing to note - like all other All Inclusive hotels, you get issued with a wrist band. At the Tamlett, under 18s get a yellow one while adults get green. Yellow bands do not get served any alcohol and are prohibited from accessing the nightclub. It was not hard to spot the 13-17 year olds - they all turned their wrist bands inside out to make them white. This makes no difference to getting served.
The guests are predominently French, German then British. There are 4 pools and a private section of beach. Like many resorts, there are less sunloungers than guests. As a result, the politics of reserving beds kicks in and does cause friction. The hotel has a no reservation policy but does not police it. You want a tip? Get to know the pool maintenance staff.
We felt the hotel attempted to restrict alcohol consumption. they never opened all the bars at once, closed them at 11, and were strict about serving only one drink per person at a time. If I ordered 4 beers, I had to point out my family. In the 2 weeks we were there, we hardly saw any groups binge drinking or loutish behaviour.
Tips for going out and about -
- If you have a young attractive teenage girl in your party (like we had) expect lots of attention from locals. I thought I was minder to Madonna at times.
- Haggling. Accept it as a cultural norm and buy into it. General rule, start at about a third of the initial price. Be confident, its your money they are after but if you don't want something, just walk away. The offence shopkeepers claim you are causing is all part of the patter.
- Marrakesh. It was as exiting as we had hoped and worth the long trip. Its 270km away so don't copy us and try and do it as a day trip. go for an overnight. The Djemma al Fna (main square) only comes alive early morning or dusk. sit in one of the rooftop cafes, buy a Coke and enjoy the floor show.
- Driving. I actually like driving abroad and am not afraid of some adventure. Driving in Morrocco is an experience though. I found out the hard way you must give way to traffic entering roundabouts. Everyone uses their horn constantly. But the biggest hassle are lorries. The country has very little railway so all freight goes by road. There are hundreds of them. As a result it is hard to cover any great distance in a few hours. Marrakesh takes 4 hours. It doesn't matter how fast you can drive - yu will be stuck behind one truck after another. As a result, we did not see all the places we wanted to because they would just take too long to get to.
- Don't hire a car before leaving. You can get great deals in Agadir. there are loads of offices in town and they all try to out price one another. Like everything else, haggle.
- Tarroudant. Nice place. Has a more authentic arabic charm that Agadir lacks. Its surrounded by a red wall.Good place for shopping as the souk there is less crowded.
- Immoser/Paradise Valley. This is worth a days car hire. After 70km up the Marrakesh road, turn off and drive up into mountains. There are loads of hairpins but the road is actually quite good and there is little problem with on coming traffic. The scenery is spectacular and just gets better as the journey continues.
we booked a last minute holiday for a blast in the sun with my partner and two children. We checked the weather and just wanted to relax on a beach for a week, we got more than we bargained for.
We stayed all inclusive, the hotel complex was huge with lots to do. The entertainment was fabulous(check out the nightly shows in the ampitheatre), all the staff were very friendly (especially with the women) and made you feel very welcome. Make sure you join in the water gymnastic each day in the pool, work off those big breakfasts.
The bedrooms were comfortable (remember to take a hair-dryer ladies as I forgot, however I think you can hire them from reception).
The food was fabulous, choices galore and as much as you could eat, the restaurants were lovely and the drink was free-flowing.
We went on a camel ride which was a great experience, we saved it until last as we knew we would ache, and we did! We also did 'Discover Agadir' with the Reps which was good to see a little of how the Moroccons lived and the surrounding areas to the hotel as there was no other real need to leave the hotel as it had everything you needed and wanted, so we thought.
Our only dissapointment was that if you didnt get up before 7am to secure a sunbed you didnt get one, we went to the beach most days - which was excellent too as it was a private section for the hotel with free drinks and you can order food for 12.30 from the reception and they bring it to you on the beach. Take up the free water sports on the beach, the catamaran was excellent especially on a windy day.
Overall we had a brill time and would definetly return to this resort, I believe it is an all year round resort especially for the weather.
Cheap break for us but would not be good value at full price
A bit late posting this but as there aren't many reviews thought I should. This complex forms the bed and breakfast part of the carribean village- all part of the ocidental oasis chain. We had wanted to go to Marrakech but failed to find a cheap package, so got a week here for £199 each with First Choice. The weather was good, in the 70's and we just used the hotel as a base to go to Essaouria and Marrakech (stay in a riad here if you can- if not book lunch in one for the experience.
We thought the facilities were quite good for a 3 star,particularly the good pools and pretty grounds. We found the bedrooms very basic and a bit/grubby/shabby-though our room maid was a bit overzealous with the bleach. We paid to eat in the hotel (all meals are taken in the caribbean village part)on our first night,never gain ! the majority of guests were on all inclusive and our meal was foul and luke warm. We were glad we were not on all inclusive with those in the carribean village - even the breakfast became monotonous after a week. Just outside the hotel there are some decent really eateries opposite the ramada almohades , a pizza place, the great "Jazz" and one on the end that serves fantastic chicken tajine- please try as it's great. you do get a bit of hassle but a firm no thanks, no eye contact and a determined step works a treat.
As we went so cheaply we wouldn't complain we got what we paid for and a bit more ! and had a good time but if we had paid the all inclusive price £350 ish a week we would have been disgruntled at the food and state of the accomodation. In conclusion if you get it cheap and use as a base and don't eat there its ok. Go out of the front and eat elsewhere is our advice and don't be scared to do so. We were surprised at the range of things to do for a 3* minigolf and tennis good- but the food and rooms would only just justify a 2* by North african standards in our book. You may want to read Carribean village reviews as these complexes are linked
Worst Holiday Ever
I went to this hotel for a Xmas holiday on my own. Had to change rooms two times. At the first room balcony doors was broken; second room it was looking like a hospital, awful decor, mouldy bath... When i decided to terminate my package at that hotel one of the managers wanted to show me another room which made my holiday better. If you are on a emergency situation the telephone don't have a list at least with the reception number. About food: not too bad, good variety but the restaurants ar enot prepared to receive many guests, not enough tables and chairs. Every meal time i ended up with different guests which was a really embarassing situation!!! I am so glad to be back at home!
This hotel is the same as the Allegro Agador, only it recenlty changed its name to this one. It is still called the Allegro Agador in the brochures. Cleanliness is a problem and food is poor. If you look at all the reviews for this they are very mixed, take that as a warning. Its a well intentioned hotel but they get so many of the most basic things terribly wrong.