We had an excellent week mid-March at the Omayades. Here’s our experience of it.
The hotel has a series of 2-storey accommodation terraces, with gardens in between, that cascade for about 100 metres down the slope towards the sea. The reception, bars, restaurant and pool are at the top, and the security gate towards the beach is at the bottom. It’s quite a pretty layout, but if you can’t do steps it could be a problem.
Rooms are basic and a bit dated, but are spacious and attractively decorated. Room staff clean efficiently every day. Balconies face southwest, so they are good for sitting out in afternoon sun and sipping the duty free you’ve brought with you. Hair driers are not supplied.
We loved the hotel food. It’s Moroccan, as you’d expect, and at lunch and dinner there is a big choice of individual elements to mix and match. There is always a tajine and a fish dish – the fish is fresh and local. Breakfast is a bit sparse, but the Moroccan pancakes with honey are superb. The restaurant staff are friendly and helpful.
The all-inclusive wines and beer are very drinkable – but bear in mind the wines are local and not the new-world style we are now used to at home. Bar staff are generally friendly and attentive.
We found all the staff very helpful, even the reception staff who have come in for criticism in the past.
Agadir itself is not a pretty town, having been rebuilt after its earthquake in 1960, but it has a super beach and great promenade. There are also good day trips to be had. We booked two trips with the rep – the boat trip with fishing was excellent, and it ended with a feast on board that included the fish we had caught. Take a bottle of wine with you.
We also booked a day trip to Marrakesh using the agency outside the hotel – negotiated price was half the rep price. Marrakesh takes three hours each way, but is truly unmissable.
Overall our holiday was superb value for the money we paid, and we met some great friends too.
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- Also Known As:
- Les Omayades Agadir
- Hotel Les Omayades