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Iberostar Founty Beach
4.0 of 5 Resort (All-Inclusive)   |   BP No 1039 | Cite Founty, Agadir 80 000, Morocco   |  
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Ranked #17 of 80 Hotels in Agadir
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“Cracking good holiday!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2009

I studied trip advisor before we booked this holiday and I'm so glad I did. The reviews were absolutely spot on. Founty Beach is a beautiful Hotel, spotlessly clean and so well maintained. The rooms were immaculately cleaned daily without fail, there were always cleaners here and there throughout the place all day and evening, there are lots of toilet facilities all around the Hotel and every one was spotless, the one down by the pool is a little old and tired looking but still kept clean all the time. The staff were all lovely, always had a smile and always happy to help, apart from reception staff that is, their English was the poorest of everyone that we came across but wasn't that big a deal. The bar staff were real charmers and an absolute pleasure, I was impressed by the all-in bar, obviously it was all local brands and not as potent as the big named spirits but the bar staff kept the drinks coming so it still helped with the relaxation process! There is a huge animation team, couldn't fault them either, we aren't the joining in types, generally just like to chill out and they respected that, of course we were invited to join in all the various activities that went on all day and all evening but chose to sit back and watch everyone else, all credit to those guys, they work hard for a lot of hours. The food was really good, a lot of choice at every meal, did find it repetative as we were there for 2 weeks but there was something to suit absolutley everyone, we were more than happy with the food, 3 courses at every meal did cause a little waistline expansion though! The Hotel is a little way out of the town but a pleasant 10 minute walk down the road and there's shops and bars and such, the resort itself is a little dotted all over the place and we managed to pass several hours wandering the roads finding new shops we had missed the day before. We did a 2 day trip to marrakech and essouira, the 2nd day was a bit of a waste of time as we spent 8 hours out of an 11 hour day on a coach! I would highly recommend the 1 day trip instead though, a long day but a real experience, make sure you get to visit the square in the evening, its a sight to behold, such hussle and bussle, so many sights sounds and smells but essouira really isn't worth the extra 4 hour drive.
Agadir is a nice place as a beach/hotel resort, Marrakech is the better place for culture, Hotel was marvellous, people don't hassle as much as Egypt and all really friendly. We had a cracking good holiday, thoroughly pleased with it all and would recommend to anyone. Bon Voyage!

  • Stayed March 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2009

Myself and 2 of my friends went to Agadir 27th Feb 09 stayed in Founty Beach was perfect! Although the weather was not brill the hotel made up for it! The food was amazing loads of choice all freshly cooked. There was always something going on to keep us entertained! The staff were all lovely and friendly! Would def recommend it!

  • Stayed March 2009, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2009

This holiday was great, the hotel was in a good location. Right by the beach,40 min walk to the town center. The animation team was fantastic and really look after you they can not do enough for you, they are there at 9:30am till 12:00am. midnight. The hotel was very clean and the rooms got cleaned every day. When we arrived at the hotel we booked in and was shown are rooms straight away, the rooms are a good size and we had a inter locking room. There was a friendly atmosphere from the start of are holiday it felt like we had been there a long time.They have activites during the day e.g darts, ping pong and other fun games, there was also a show every night which the animation team do and other nights other people come in for example snake charmers. This hotel has three pools outside one of them was heated and one indoor heated pool, there was also a spa were you could have a massage. No need to bring beach towels these are provide you just pay a deposit and then get your money back at the end of your stay, you get these towels by the outdoor pools in the animation hut. The food was great they catered for everyones needs. You can get your food up stairs in the dinning area and there is also a snack bar outside which was lovely. And there is a restaurant down stairs open on a wednesday and friday, we did not get told this bit of information we thought it was open every day which was a shame because the next wednesday it was open we were going home. Around 3:30 at the snack bar they do pancakes plus cakes which the kids loved. It was a very relaxing stay. There are many trips you can do from camel riding to jeep safri. We booked to go on the jeep safri but got cancelled due to weather the day before, this was a shame as we were looking forward to it. But we ended up booking fantasia which was an evening trip to a show and you also had dinner. This was a lovely trip. The beach was very sandy and clean.I went on this holiday with my wife and three kids aged 14, 13 and 12. We all enjoyed are selves and would go back. Over all this holiday has been great the weather was not to hot but you still got a tan. I would recommend going for walks along the beach about a 35-40 min walk you reach shops, bars, restaurants and even a" Mc Donalds", you only get hasseled by people trying to sell things a bit but when you say no it means no and they will not bother you again. The hotel is welcoming, friendly and clean. I would recommend this holiday for anyone and any age. The moroccan people are very friendley. This hotel is very good for people with a disability it is flat and thay have ramps and lifts.

  • Stayed February 2009, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2009

We stayed at the founty beach for a week ai and were disappointed with the food. overall, the hotel was ok and the staff good (although the animation team could sometimes be annoying) but the food letus down. my wife got a bit of a bellyache and the quality and variety there was below average. we had only stayed at an ai once before and the food at that resort was great in comparison.if we had known food at the ibero was that bad, we would have stayed somewhere else and eaten out more.
that was my only real complaint and i dont want to sound like a complainer but because there's not much else to do in agadir, food was something to look forward to. im sure if our mind had been occupied with other activities, we could have lived it down.
anyway, the rest was ok and the evening entertainment was quite good (we watched grease and the performance was better than average).our 6 month old tried his first experience with a pool and he loved it and ive got to say the staff were really good to him and he got more than enough attention.

  • Stayed May 2008, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2009

visited for 2 weeks in january from 9th to 23rd. beware the weather at this time . the first week was chilly - a lot of sunny days but very very cold wind. only warm enough to sit outside if you huddled next to the wall. and the hotel is not designed for cool weather - the bedrooms had heating but not the public rooms and i went to dinner, breakfast and the bar in jumper and fleece most of the time. second week was lovely though although still only warm enough to sunbathe between 11.30 and about 3.30. hotel has beautiful gardens and pools - one warm enough to swim even in january. reception staff were a bit ghastly as always but otherwise the staff were wonderful - even the bar staff were great and efficient despite what one of the other reviews said. the food was good and varied and even when not very full they opened the beach restaurant at lunchtime. i was on a bridge holiday so didnt experience the evening entertainment but word was that it was worth a miss! but the animation staff were incredible - really friendy and arranging things daytimes without being pushy and sometimes just sitting for a chat. rooms are spotlessly clean and comfortable. the building works are absolutely no problem - all they are doing is laying the tiles to extend the promenade to this hotel - nearly got past it now. and the prom is really lovely to walk down with palm trees, curves and nice tiles - about 30 mins walk to town and 40 to the marina which is a lovely place to visit although not particularly moroccan - any lovely marina anywhere in the world!. howver we tried to go to the fish market at the port for lunch and were inundated by people who were trying to persuade us to go to their cafes in a very unpleasant way. they got downright abusive when we tried to refuse and we left after about 2 minutes with them still shouting at us. give it a miss. however do take the number 60 bus costing 5 dirham up the west coast. its a lovely drive and at the end is a large village a bit like polperro with fishing cottages spilling to the sea - you can walk a little path among them. a few tourists go there to surf so there are a few cafes along the main road where they speak a little english (and french of course) and do great coffees, freshly squeezed orange juice etc. beware if there are only 1 or 2 of you at the main bus station in agadir - my friend was tustled and afterwards realised her mobile had been stolen. the half day trip to "little marrakesh" in the foothills is not really worth it - it is a walled town but no charm or character. and agadir too is charmless and i would not choose to go back unless i was just after sun. which is a shame as the hotel and beach are great.

  • Liked — cleanliness, big rooms, quiet location, staff
  • Disliked — agadir!
  • Stayed January 2009
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Luxor, Egypt
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2009

its some time since we stayed at the founty beach so cant comment on building work at present time but i agree with most other comments its a lovely hotel on the beach great selection of food even shark cooking outside when we stayed . the staff are friendly especially entertainment team who seem to work so hard from dawn till dusk and do a smashing job it was ramadam when we were there and they were very hungry but they carried on to give excellent service we had a room overlooking the pool [bottom floor] and it was really spacious no complaint at all the trip to marrekesh was good went to medina an experience there was a knuckle fight there due to it being ramadam ithink nerves was a bit raw due to lack of all lifes neccesities we went on several tours there and ended up with a beautiful meal and entertainment on the night id go back to this hotel its one of the best in agadir i believe and though we had no children they were very well catered for plenty of play and attension given the pools and hotel was spotless

  • Liked — everything
  • Disliked — nothing
  • Stayed September 2007, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2009

Hotel Location:
The hotel is a 25 min transfer from Agadir International Airport. Ibersostar Founty Beach is conveniently located approx a mile from Agadir town centre. After an 3.5 hour flight and with an 8 month baby, it was nice not to have a long transfer to the hotel. Due to the local laid back culture of the people, things move much slower than what we are used to in the UK. Hence don't be too anxious if your luggage does not come out too fast. The queues at Immigration also moved very slowly especially as flight from Manchester had also just arrived and the staff behind the counter were in no rush to shorten the queues. Leaving the airport to get to the coach waiting area was straight forward as First Choice and Thompson reps were available to advise. Just as you are about to leave the airport main doors, you will find cash points on your right and one on your left where you can withdraw cash before you get out of the airport. Mind the patronising porters who will practically force to carry your luggage off you so that they can demand a handsome tip in sterling or Euros!

Welcome and Room amenities:
On arrival the hotel staff welcomed us with a friendly welcome, offering us a welcome drink although the wife's drink took 10 mins to arrive!. Check in procedure is very fast and as there was only one porter we had to wheel our own luggage and try and find the room ourselves in the huge complex. Luckily we bumped into the porter half way who guided us to the lifts as the reception staff who met us in the hallway told us to take the stairs and when we explained to her that we had a buggy and luggage with no porter help she seemed to be unaware of alternate lift access at the end of the corridor! The hotel complex is huge and as we had paid for a sea view room our room was quite a bit of a walk. The sea view rooms are worth every penny. Located right on the front gardens leading to the beach of the hotel overlooking the lovely Atlantic Ocean. We have some photos of our room and views from our room. The view from our room is fantastic and as indicated by many people already on this forum - it was however unfortunate that whilst we were there heavy work was going on just outside the hotel with at least 2-3 diggers but strangely enough this did not bother us that much as the work was not continuous and pace was very slow. The rooms are clean, spacious and have Sat TV (NO English channels at all), 1 (1 litre) bottle of mineral water provided at the day of check in. In-room safe is available at the cost of 30 Dirham's per day paid in Cash only at the reception. Room also contains a double wardrobe. Also has a fridge freezer and rooms have both AC/heater (AC is switched off in winter months so only works as a heater).
The Bathroom is clean and modern and towels are provided daily if left on the floor. The En suite Bathroom has an extractor fan which is not as powerful but helps remove the mist. The power of the shower is second to none and one of the best we have experienced in many of our holidays. The soaps provided by the hotel are so minuscule that I would suggest you bring your own as you can barely use these to wash your hands. Body gel and shampoo are provided though.

Massage Treatments:
The hotel has an Massage centre which offers a range of treatments from massages to facials. The prices by any means are very high and the starting price starts from 650 Dirham's and so we did not bother with trying these out. The rep did mention that you can get 2 hour massages for 300 Dirham's in the town centre. We later did see some signs in the town centre when we ventured out.

Vicinity:
There is a convenience store 10 mins walk from the hotel but sparsely stocked, catered for tourist with very high prices. There are more shops and cafe's approx 25 mins walk from the hotel. Touts at the beach were not present during this time of the year and the sun loungers practically all empty - perhaps due to the off peak season. The hotel was pretty much empty although a coach full of French tourist arrived on Christmas eve and the first signs of children showed in the entire week we were there. The Hotel grounds are really large and extremely well maintained with a snack bar (which was closed from 12th Dec - so not really fun for an all inclusive option!) and an a la carte restaurant mainly offering limited choices 1-3 times a week only. The hotels grounds are extremely good for buggies and disabled people and as we had an 8 month baby we found the hotel one of the best in terms of access to all areas with no problems whatsoever. Hotel Riu beach club which was 15 mins walk from our Hotel had a cash point outside so that was a bonus too.
Meals:
We were on an All Inclusive basis and had to wear the silly purple band all the time. Soft drinks were included during meals ( we no not drink alcohol but believe local brew were included too).

The quality and choice of the food was great and tasty. The meals are themed at times and you get anything from Pasta, Pizza and Chips which were offered daily to lasagne, roasted chicken, grilled fish, mashed/roasted potatoes, mixed/mashed vegetables, soups, breads, curried fish, roasted lamb, fish curry for lunch and dinner and amazing desserts which included lovely cakes, trifles, ice creams.puddings and local tea. The food can get a little repetitive, and if you do go all inclusive, you may find the same food appearing for lunch as dinner the previous night!
Breakfast included a variety of fresh fruit (not cut and whole fruits wit no knives!!), breads, pastries, cakes, toast machine could not toast for the life of us and I put a slice of break 4 times in the machines and still came out white!, cereals (3 choices). A chef was on hand to cook your eggs/omelettes to your style and requirements. In addition there were all the elements of a traditional fry-up available but we never tried that out.

Internet Access:
For 30 Dirham's an hour, there was in-house internet access available near the la-carte restaurant on the ground floor with approx 6 PC's.

Agadir Town Centre
For 15-20 Dirham's (£1 - 12 Dirham's - Dec 08) you can get an orange taxi to Agadir town centre. Bargaining is a must as some are willing to charge up to 100% more as they know you are in a tourist location. We visited the town centre twice and once walked it from our Hotel and it took us 35 mins and with the lovely December weather it was great walk even with the buggy!. The town centre had some ATM machines and a variety of shops selling cheap shoes, clothes, costume jewellery, opticians, pharmacy, and plenty of restaurants/cafes. Had a 4 scope baskins-robins style ice cream for £1.90 . We had a meal at McDonalds and were surprised to find the prices not far off to UK prices - Morocco is not as cheap or was the Pound Sterling really weak at the time we went - well both from what we could gather!

There is a hop on hop off tourist train on wheels that takes you from the hotel until the town centre for about 18 dirham's per person - it is a nice scenic way to get to town if you can catch it!!!! It is supposed to come around every 45 minutes, but there is no fixed time!! The first day we waited for it forever and it never came! The next day we had a bit of luck as the security guard was able to give us a rough time of when it had last passed and we just estimated when it would appear again - luckily we estimated right!! .


Excursions:
First Choice and Thompson had several excursions from the hotel and these included half day trips with the Berbers, visiting ecological gardens or 1 day trip or over night trip to Marrakesh and nearby places. The town centre also had many excursions via various tour operators and as it was off-peak these were not as heavily advertised and popular which suited us fine as it was more of a relaxation holiday for us. There are waterspors such as jet ski, Para sailing and beach buggies available from some of the nearby hotels.

Hotel Comparison to those on Trip Advisor
having visited over 30 countries so far and well travelled, we found a struggle when looking for the right hotel in Agadir. It seems unlike other destinations we had been to previously, the trip advisor ratings by travellers varied tremendously for hotels in Agadir. This was also the first holiday that we had to take into account that we had a baby and as such wanted a child friendly hotel i.e where we could easily wheel a buggy without carrying in on steps. Having written directly via trip advisor to many previous hotel guests on a variety of hotels and looking at the forum , we were even more confused. We nearly settled for the Riu Tikida Beach but found that we had to fork out an extra £400 a week for a sea view room while Ibersostar were charging an extra £120 for a sea view room. The reviews on both were good although the ratings varied. Our first choice before travelling was the Riu Dunas but price was way above our budget and in the end we settled for the Iberostar and we can confidently say it was one of the best decision we ever made as frankly it is one of the best hotels in founty - and we talk from experience. Whist in Agadir we physically visited the actual sea view facing rooms and the hotel amenities of the following hotels

1) Palai de Roses : Next to Iberostar - entrance to this hotels and the hotels ground with pool settings and views from reception made you fall in love with this hotel and anyone like us could easily have been convinced that this would be trip advisor no.1 hotel although the state of the rooms, service and whatever else threw the rating to 47!!!

2) Riu Tikida Dunas: On the left of the Iberostar and rated 2nd on trip advisor. When we visited the hotel and asked to view the sea facing room, we found no lift access to the room so not practical for families with small children or the disabled and sea facing rooms meant sea facing with pool and snack bar in front of you - strange conception!. The rooms were no no near the size and views that the Iberostar offered and with the huge difference in price we would have bitten ourselves should we have paid to stay in Riu Dunas

3) Riu Tikida Beach Club: Rated 8th on Trip Advisor. The hallway to the rooms are all open to the noise from the reception and the noises we could just imagine that came from the night club below - the room itself was nothing compared to Iberostar i.e although clean not near as big enough and sea view meant distant sea view with pool ground right in front of the hotel.

4) Hotel Kamal: Although we never actually visited the hotel on the inside we were shocked that this hotel we was in the town centre, which is not on the beach and literally looked so so on from the outside and is rated 3 on Tripadvisor.

Overall find this hotel as excellent and can imagine how crowded it could get during the peak summer months so would definitely recommend staying here during the off peak season to enjoy your stay even more.

  • Liked — Clealiness and child/disable friendly
  • Disliked — Snack Bar closed off at off peak times
  • Stayed December 2006, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Address: BP No 1039 | Cite Founty, Agadir 80 000, Morocco
Location: Morocco > Souss-Massa-Draa Region > Agadir
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#5 Top resorts Hotel in Agadir
#9 On the Beach Hotel in Agadir
#10 Spa Hotel in Agadir
#11 Luxury Hotel in Agadir
#14 Family Hotel in Agadir
#20 Romantic Hotel in Agadir
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Hotel Class:4 star — Iberostar Founty Beach 4*
Number of rooms: 470
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The IBEROSTAR Founty Beach is an all-inclusive 4-star hotel in Morocco, on the Atlantic Ocean. Located very close to a beach of fine sand and less than a half mile from the centre of Agadir, Morocco's main tourist centre, the IBEROSTAR Founty Beach hotel is the ideal accommodation for enjoying the beauty and culture of Morocco. ... more   less 
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