I stayed at Hotel Agdal with my boyfriend between 4-9th March. I was unsure whether to do so because of the vast amounts of negative reviews on here. However, I got a cheap package deal so I thought I'd give it a try.
The hotel was ABSOLUTELY FINE! I had NO PROBLEMS whatsoever. People on here simply complain too much or have had bad experiences for a reason that I simply can't fathom.
Taxi to the hotel cost 150dh which was a rip off because we could have got the bus but we were tired so we just went with it. When we got to the hotel we had to fill out some forms and were taken to our rooms. The porter carried our suitcase for us. Our room was clean, had aircon/heating, a TV, a nice balcony and was facing the pool. Everything that we'd asked for. As many people have said: IT HELPS IF YOU SPEAK SOME FRENCH - at least try! The room itself was pretty simple but not ugly and had all the basic things you'd need. The maids offered to change our sheets everyday but usually we were still in bed when they came round and saw it as a bit of an inconvenience so we had it done every other day instead. The also brought toilet paper, emptied the bins and changed the towels (though we didn't use their towels as we'd brought our own). They cleaned the bathroom every other day.
Breakfast was yummy. The best things are the pancakes and syrup, the omelettes, the crossiants and the Moroccan mint tea. Me and my boyfriend ate to our hearts' content every morning and rarely ate lunch because it carried us to dinner time!
We didn't go in the pool as my boyfriend had forgotten his trunks and I didn't want to go in alone. But from our balcony view we saw a man cleaning it every other day and it was sparkling blue. There was a building site next door which isn't great for when you're sitting in your bikini sunbathing and the workers are oggling but that's not Hotel Agdal's fault!
We didn't eat in the hotel as we wanted to explain local restaurants. We found some great ones: Chez Chegrouni (Medina), Hotel Amalay (Gueliz), Cafe Gemma (Gueliz). The ACIMA supermarket nearby is also really useful for getting 1L water for 5dh.
The hotel is a little far from the Place Djemma El Fna but I preferred being the Gueliz late at night as things stay open longer there and there's only so much you can do at the Place. The hotel is about a 25min walk from the Place. We walked once and got the bus (No. 1) back and forth after that. The bus stops near the ACIMA supermarkets going to the Place and right outside the Place's entrance when going back to the hotel. It only costs 3dh50 as well! (Be careful of pickpockets when your getting on the bus at the Place and its crowded!)
What else can I say, I would stay there again for definite. I think maybe some of the negative reviewers may have paid a lot to stay there so expected more. Next time shop around and get a better price. With my package I only paid £10 a night for a double room ;)
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