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Sofitel Agadir Thalassa Sea & Spa
5.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Baie des Palmiers, Agadir 80010, Morocco   |  
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Ranked #7 of 80 hotels in Agadir
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“the best Sofitel in the world”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2012

We've spent few days last september in this great hotel.

The architecture is a mixture of black and white modernity and classical arab style.
Though we were on a late flight our arrival was perfect, with tea, delicious pastries and warm towels orange bloom.
I had my accor card on me, and they've decided to allow us a nicer and bigger room, as big as an appartment, high tech, arabic sofas, bottle of wine, pastries, chromatherapy shower...
Luxury was around us, everywhere, in the lobbies, in the restaurants, at the pool, the private beach just in front of the hotel, and the smell was delicious.

The team was perfect, hardworking, very efficient and polite.
A special thank to Rachid from the Atlantide Restaurant for his sense of humour !

We travel a lot in the world, and this is a real 5 stars hotel, it's worth it.

Laure From France

Room Tip: sea view and bigger room
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Sofitel_12, Manager at Sofitel Agadir Thalassa Sea & Spa, responded to this review, December 17, 2012
Dear Madame,

Thank you for taking the time to write such a positive review on Tripadvisor.

We were very happy to ready that your arrival experience was very pleasant, and that we exceeded your expectations with regards to the room allocation.

I will share your comments with our team: on behalf of all of us, thank you for recommending our hotel.

Yours sincerely,

Edoardo Giuntoli
Director of Operations
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2012

We stayed one week at the end of November in this great hotel. The entrance area welcomes the guests with an interesting mixture of Orient and French style, modest but impressive black and white is dominating. The staff is friendly and supportive, all admin and luggage service is done during a drink is served.
The rooms are well equipped with a terrace area; we'd strongly recommend sea view.
Breakfast buffet shows a good offer and also the staff is keen to satisfy guests although it seems sometimes not perfectly organised. The same restaurant turns into dinner buffet in the evening - good quality of food incl. show cooking. Perhaps the arrangements of the tables can be improved - well placed tables for two would reduce need of discussion during placement since most of the guests are couples.
Pool and beach area including staff are really great, lots of space to relax, to swim or to enjoy some snacks. Another is the Medicine bar with the wonderful live soul music, a real cosy place at the end of the day.
We can really recommend this hotel for some restful days.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Sofitel_12, Manager at Sofitel Agadir Thalassa Sea & Spa, responded to this review, December 11, 2012
Dear Sir,

Thank you for taking the time to write a review about your experience at the Sofitel Agadir Thalassa Sea & Spa.

I was extremely pleased to read that you fully enjoyed your stay with us, and that you recommend our hotel for its service, comfort and atmosphere.

On behalf of all of us, I look forward to welcoming you back in the near future.

Kindest regards,

Edoardo Giuntoli
Director of Operations
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2012

A good first impression became quickly tainted in this elegant looking resort. Check-in was slow and laboured despite being offered mint tea in the sweet smelling reception area. We were fortunate to be allocated a suite overlooking the sea but also rather unfortunately the private pool below (I would NOT have been happy if I were guests in that suite being completely overlooked) - the surrounding gardens looked dirty and unkempt. However, the suite was well appointed. Sadly the bed was extremely poor and despite me asking for the top mattress to be changed this did not happen for a number of days and despite assurances that the entire bed had been replaced, I slept so poorly there that I ended up on the sofa for a couple of nights! Service is erratic and wholly inconsistent. We had to ask for the room to be serviced on two occasions and specific requests for the mini bar were initially ignored. Breakfast is fine and as expected in such a property and buffet dinners are also served in this room. We did not like to witness a couple of staff members being reprimanded in full view of diners and also staff displaying obvious "attitude" towards each other. This is unacceptable.
Despite claims to the contrary, the pool was freezing. I lasted about 10 minutes. Pool staff were reassuring that tomorrow would be better - it never was. I would much rather honesty in that either the heater was faulty, it was not possible to heat at all than the constant lying. This was a big disappointment. The sun was warm but the wind made it feel rather chilly. The beach has that rather dirty looking sand and was as a result somewhat unappealing. A walk along the croisette down to the Marina is recommended.
WARNING: when taking taxis, agree a price before entering. Drivers happily ask what you would like to pay and then demand more money - this was very unpleasant.
The front desk staff enquired about our stay and when informed of the problems seemed bemused. Despite pre-booking a transfer on our departure this was poorly handled resulting in a long wait. It did not leave us with a very positive impression.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Sofitel_12, Manager at Sofitel Agadir Thalassa Sea & Spa, responded to this review, December 7, 2012
Dear Sir,

Thank you for taking the time to tell us about your experience at Sofitel Agadir Thalassa Sea & Spa.
I am sorry that your experience did not meet your expectations; please allow me to express my sincerest apologies.

Your feedback is very important to us. Please rest assured that we are taking the appropriate measures to address the problem and prevent future occurrence.

We appreciate you sharing your concerns, and it is our hope that you will give us the opportunity to better serve you in the near future.

Sincerely,

Edoardo Giuntoli
Director of Operations
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2012

I stayed only one night here in this hotel. I had booked 3 nights but we decided to move on to another different city and not stay in Agadir since we prefer not to stay on the beach since we have this type of city from where we come from. The Sofitel hotel is incredible very good facilities and friendly staff.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Sofitel_12, Manager at Sofitel Agadir Thalassa Sea & Spa, responded to this review, December 2, 2012
Dear Madame, Sir,

We very much appreciate your comments regarding your recent stay at the Sofitel Agadir Thalassa Sea & Spa.
It is always a pleasure to receive positive feedback.

We hope that your next visit will be longer than the previous one.

Once again, thank you for taking the time to recognize the friendliness of our Ambassadors and the quality of our facilities.

Kindest regards,

Edoardo Giuntoli
Director of Operations
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Londerzeel, Brabant, Belgium
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2012

We stayed for one week in this great design hotel. location is just perfect for a relaxing holiday; right on the long beach of 6km long ! The staff of the hotel is very friendly, only could be a bit more "educated". Long waiting in the restaurant is the only min point of our stay.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Sofitel_12, Manager at Sofitel Agadir Thalassa Sea & Spa, responded to this review, November 30, 2012
Dear Madame, Sir,

Thank you for taking the time to tell us about your experience at the Sofitel Agadir Thalassa Sea & Spa.
I was extremely pleased to read that you enjoyed your stay with us, and look forward to welcoming you back in a not too distant future.

We would also like to thank you for your constructive feedback with regards to the waiting time in the restaurants, and assure you that the appropriate measures to address the situation and prevent future occurrence have been taken.

Kindest regards,

Edoardo Giuntoli
Director of Operations
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Dublin, Ireland
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385 helpful votes 385 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2012

We stayed one week at the Sofitel Agadir Thalassa Sea & Spa. Check in was personalised in the comfortable seating area in the reception, nicely complimented by wet towels and some tea. The receptionist took us on a tour of the hotel and led us to our room, a very well appointed junior suite overlooking the pool area. A bottle of wine and some sweets were waiting in the room for us.

The junior suite was simply stunning. A very comfortable living room complete with fresh flowers, a great HD TV with a good selection of channels and a free mini bar full of soft drinks (restocked daily(ish)). The bathroom featured a rain-shower and an enormous bathtub. Toiletries were Hermes (standard at Sofitel). The bedroom featured the signature Sofitel Mybed which is just heaven and also had a walk in wardrobe with plenty of storage area. WiFi was free but very slow.

The common areas of the hotel are well designed if maybe a bit over designed. They are stunning but lacking warmth. The pool area is very large and there were no shortages of loungers or cabanas.

Where the hotel faces significant challenges is on the service side (and reading a recent review here I'm glad I am not the only one picking up on this). The breakfast service was uncoordinated and getting cutlery, juice, coffee took forever. Yes the staff were trying and in most cases with a smile but they were decidedly not up to the job. Once this was discussed with management things improved slightly but not enough.

The selection of breakfast items was ok but the buffet was by no means the best I have ever seen at other Sofitels.

The hotel bar suffered from the same problem that the staff did not know what they were doing. Quite a number of guests sent their drinks back due to a lack of alcohol (amazing considering the stellar prices they were charging).

The bar and restaurant were also suffering from increased fruit fly activity, not sure if this is seasonable but will need addressing.

Interestingly the staff at the pool were the best, friendly and on call every time one needed a drink or bite to eat.

Housekeeping were hit and miss, some days perfect, other days less attention to detail on display.

Having told we had to book a table at the a la carte restaurant we did so but it was virtually empty with only three tables occupied (one of which had their wine glasses covered with a butter dish due to the fruit flies) Prices were extremely high and when I tried ordering the wine I was told that a whole section was unavailable. We decided to leave and try the “old” Sofitel next door. Not only were prices lower next door, the service and atmosphere were much better than at our shiny new Sofitel.

As Le Club Accorhotels Platinum member I had agreed the room upgrade in advance of arriving, but other than that perks were slightly unclear. The normal welcome drinks could have been the bottle of wine but normally there should have been 2 free drinks at the bar. On some days we got one! (there were two of us in the room) sweets delivered to the room, some other days none. Again service was inconsistent.

Overall the Sofitel Agadir Thalassa Sea & Spa is a very nice hotel. The hard product (rooms, architecture, design, pool etc) are great, the soft product (service, price levels) currently less so.

Management did make amends for the service issues and are fully aware that they need to upscale service if they want to command five stars and justify the admittedly very high (too high) prices they charge.

Would I return? Very unsure, I would need to know that they have markedly improved.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Sofitel_12, Manager at Sofitel Agadir Thalassa Sea & Spa, responded to this review, November 21, 2012
Dear Sir,

Thank you for posting your detailed review on Tripadvisor.

We are truly sorry to read that you had a disappointing experience during your recent stay with us at the Sofitel Agadir Thalassa Sea & Spa.
Please accept our sincere apologies for the inconveniences caused and thank you again for sharing your concerns.

It is always very valuable for us to understand our guest experiences so that we can continue to monitor our service offerings.
Please be assured that your feedback has been positively taken onboard and has been shared with the relevant managers in order to take the appropriate actions.

Thank you once again for sharing your experience on Trip Advisor and we would appreciate the opportunity to welcoming you back on your next visit to Agadir.

Kind Regards,

Edoardo Giuntoli
Director of Operations
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Address: Baie des Palmiers, Agadir 80010, Morocco
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Location: Morocco > Souss-Massa-Draa Region > Agadir
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Bar / Lounge Beach Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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