There are countries in the world where they will try to gyp you on every occasion everywhere you go.. People there don’t realize that such person will never come to their place again. But they can’t help it, it is rooted in their blood, and apparently it is much stronger than any sense of common logic. Unfortunately Marocco is such a country and it’s high on the list.
Following is what transpired in the first TWO DAYS ( yes, 2 DAYS) of our stay in Agadir:
- arriving in Agadir airport we figured changing money in the BANK there should be safe and reliable. Not true. Another bank few steps down the hallway was paying much better rate.
- We wanted to see the Medina there ( thinking that, like in all arab countries, it is a bazaar, a market place with lots of different things to buy). The people at the hotel reception told us to take an orange or red taxi outside. They run on the meter and the fare should bo no more than 25 MAD. We hailed an orange taxi. There was no meter in it and the driver asked for 50 MAD one way. He lowered to 30 when we decided to leave.
It appeared that the „medina” there is not a bazaar. It is a historical village with interesting architecture but an entry fee of 40 MAD p/p. The place was almost totally empty with just few stores open.The bazaar in Agadir is somewhere else and is called the Souk.
-We went to Souk. Lots of stands with everything from fruits and spices to fake watches. The pile of sweet dried dates looked good . The sample they gave us was delicious. We returned to that stand a while later to buy half a kilo .We noticed that the guy is loading the bag with the stuff from the back of the pile. Overdried , small and wrinkled. We emptied the bag and asked to give us the dates from the front. He did not like that to much.
-To the right outside of the hotel is a „travel” office. They offered a trip to Marakesh for a lower price than offered by our tour operator. A guide, tour and the entrance to the gardens and the palace included. When we went again to book it another guy was there. A guide will cost extra and the entrances have to be paid separately (unless we bring them at least two other people to go on this tour.
-There are outdoor fish stands/eateries by the entrance to the port in Agadir. A mixed plate there cost 34 MAD. It is visibly posted on the boards . We made sure to make it clear that we ordered only for one person. You probably guessed already that they wanted double the price. If it wasn’t for a loud objection who knows how it would ended
-The description of our hotel given by the tour operator clearly states that the water in the pool is heated during the winter time. It was December 8th but the water was so cold that a dip in it might have caused a hypothermia. Only a bunch of seagulls swimmed in the pool with pleasure.
-There is a jaccuzi in the hotel states the description. Yes the jaccuzi is there but without any water in it.
All this and more happened on our first TWO days. We have five more to go on. Don’t know how we’re gonna cope as it really makes you tired. Very tired.
Hotel is managed badly by the new owners. We spoke to one of them, he was glad to leave back for Maiorca, where he lives. The personel says the owners just pocket the money, instead of investing it.
Hard to rate this place. One thing for sure, the dates are delicious and sardines are the best in the world. And the weather was nice and sunny.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The four-storey Blue Sea Hotel Le Tivoli Agadir enjoys spectacular views of the surrounding area in Morocco, thanks to its position on a hilltop. Despite this luxurious seclusion, it is a mere 10-minute walk to the centre of Agadir, and 5 minutes to the spectacular beach, where visitors can immerse themselves in Moroccan culture and sunshine. The hotel even enjoys a private beach area where guests can relax in absolute comfort. The 280 guest rooms at Hotel Le Tivoli include 24 stunning suites and are all immaculately decorated in traditional Moroccan style. Every room is equipped with a king-sized bed and an en-suite bathroom, as well as complimentary toiletries to help residents relax in a little luxury. Furnished private balconies offer views of the hotel gardens, pool or ocean and fill the rooms with light. A sun terrace equipped with beds is available to guests wishing to lounge under a parasol in the warm days and there is a glistening swimming pool for cooling off or enjoying a relaxing swim. There is also a children's pool for plenty of aquatic fun. Activities at the hotel range from the ultimate in relaxation to those for fitness fanatics, with a full-service health spa offering a sauna, Hammam and a range of treatments. Hotel le Tivoli boasts a gym, as well as tennis, basketball and volleyball facilities. Please note: Tourist tax is not included; 1.80€ per person per night to be paid directly at the hotel. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Le Tivoli Agadir
- Hotel Le Tivoli