We only looked at trip advisor after we had booked our stay at the Les Omayades, rather than slag it off, (and yes it is very poor) it would be more useful to offer a survival guide;
if you arrive after nine in the evening there will be no food on offer, please take something with you, or if you go out of the front of the hotel and turn left at the end of the road is a bar/grill, a bit like a posh sub-way nice sandwiches, pizza etc.
Do not expect a warm welcome, we did not have one, and don't wait to be asked if you would like something, you need to find a member of staff to ask for a drink etc, bottles of water are available in the main bar.
once in your room make sure you have a remote for the Air-con (it wont work without it), the rooms are very basic, but are kept clean and tidy. there are no mod cons in the rooms, so you will need to take a hairdryer (if you use one). there is also no room service, I wish I took a travel kettle to have a cuppa first thing in the morning (the bar will bring drinks to your room, but you have to go and ask - so the point of a cosy cuppa in bed is somewhat lost)
It seems the more senior the staff the more surely and stand offish they are, the duty manager was downright rude!, but this is not the norm of Agadir, you will find most people very warm and friendly - this is reflected in the more junior staff who are more than helpful, the entertainment guys (one in particular) was very helpful in organising horse riding and trips out. Tipping little and often seemed to increase the level of service you receive, but once again you need to ask for things and not wait to be asked.
Very very poor, little choice and what there is is not very nice, the bread is lovely (so you can fill up on this). Many local Restaurants will collect you from the hotel and drop you back after your meal - most restaurants can be found either by going out the front of the hotel turn left and over the roundabout (towards the English pub) or out the back of the hotel get on the promenade, turn right and head towards the port.
Very little offered by the hotel, we booked several trips out and they were brilliant, being a party of five we had our own 4X4 and driver - he was fantastic and was a brilliant guide - don't pay the price asked by your rep or fall for the hype about other tour operators, either negotiate a decent price or shop around. Good trips are Tiznit, Sahara , Berber villages - you will soon find how wonderful Morocco is
6. Cultural Norms
Morocco is a Muslim country, and respect for this earns respect, some of the outlying areas dress codes are conservative (my 13 yr old daughter caused much, yet harmless, attention going around the souke in a strappy top) but by the same token our mothers (75 and 80) were treated with great respect and much care.
the hotel is clean, tidy, use it as a base to explore all the wonderful things Morroco has to offer, don't be afraid to explore (never once felt unsafe) - if you are booked full board or all inclusive - you would be better to eat out - it is very cheap, the food and entertainment is better and many restaurants will collect you from the hotel and drop you back after your meal. the best advice is to be respectful, smile (even when haggling) tip little and often - this ensures great service - and just sod the hotel and enjoy and wonderful and vibrant country.
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