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“Shuffled next door” 3 of 5 stars
Review of L'Araignee Gourmande

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Oualidia Plage, Oualidia, Morocco   |  
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Ranked #4 of 9 Hotels in Oualidia
Brisbane, Australia
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3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
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“Shuffled next door”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2011

Although we were given very reasonable rates for our accommodation it was not the premises we first saw on the internet. The rich, in the loop French tourists got those rooms. My partner is a vegetarian and we had a very difficult time communicating with the waiters despite my OK French. It seemed the waiters thought we were 'a pain' and all the time treated us with contempt.
They have this racket where the local taxi run-around-boy can drive you back to the Casablanca airport for a heap of money. They were quite pissed off to find we had found our own way and did not have to be drawn into their money making venture. The maids smile was the only friendly aspect of our stay in L'Araignee Gourmande and don't believe their fancy web page.

Room Tip: Very different to the Web page.
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  • Stayed September 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3 of 5 stars
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English first
Swindon, United Kingdom
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27 reviews
15 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2011

We arrived here as stop number two in a 4 stop/ 3 town tour in May 2011.
It was not so difficult to find, we followed the road around the sea until we found it.
When we got there we were greeted by a big gruff man who we later learnt was nicknamed "Bis". We were unable to book online so just turned up.
We were shown a room first of all in an annexe to the right side of the hotel. It consisted of a corridor with rooms leading off that was not really very inspiring. As we left that little tour a bus load of 50 something french speakers arrived, being told to "wait, wait in a line" at the side of the corridor.
The second room was above the entrance, bigger, closer to the sea, and breakfast. Hmm. . . now between the two they were both not so great but we preferred the one in the main building.
The another man appeared who we were told was the boss, and he shouted a lot at Bis in arabic. We agreed the room, and Bis said (in french) follow me. So we did. . and to our happy amazement we were lead to the back of the hotel, and he flung open a door to a room directly looking at the sea. The view was breathtaking. The price was the same, so we took it. He confided it was the bosses room, and we could have it if we kept it quiet.

We stayed 4 nights here, and it was lovely. Breakfast kept on coming, toast toast and more toast, omelettes with unlimited coffee. In the evening we ate some of the fish set menus, and even tried sea urchin. However dessert was a magnum icecream as I couldnt eat cake. The food was very nice, although quite simple. The restaurant had more custom then we saw anywhere during our stay, and included large groups of french people, of all ages. We ate outside, but inside were lots more tables, the whole atmosphere was reminiscent of english sea side cafes of my childhood.

The rest of the small town was quite non-descript. The other eating places were deserted, and the other hotel competition didnt seem up to much, and none could rival our view. A lot of property in the older villa style building area was for sale, and needed a lot of renovation. At the back of the town up on the hill however, the road was being improved, and down by the sea you could see the beginnings of big money tourism about to arrive with apartment blocks, and scraps of land with footings being built with pictures of lovely places to stay.

The hotel has direct access onto the clean sandy beach. The whole of this side of town is nestling around a circular basin that has formed like a moat slightly inland of the main sea. On the opposite side was an abandoned palace, with steps down to the sea and huge faded and crumbling painted rooms visible through the wire fence. It was guarded, and pictures were not permitted due it being a royal property.

For sunbathing It was quite windy so we sheltered behind some greenery at the beach, but really needed a good old fashioned windbreak to cope. However, once out of the wind it was roasting hot, and a few hours was all we could tolerate. My operating temperature is 40degrees upwards, so this suited me fine.

We ate one afternoon at the cafe across the road, which had reasonably priced sandwiches, salds and chicken. They had a large screen TV at the back of the premises televising the uprising in Syria, and were all glued to it. But at night was the first time we saw the monkey on their roof, tied by a rope jumping and calling at passers by in the dark.

The room was quite basic, with thick blankets, sheets and no extra pillows. The decor was tired, and really needs addressing. The corridors are clad in 70s pine, and the rooms are not far behind it. The bathroom was basic, and the shower worked with adequate hot water. But the appearance of everything was undermined with age, not lack of cleanliness. If this was sorted out, they could expect a roaring trade.

A fabulous hotel, for its simplicity and straight service doesnt distract from the stunning position and views.

Room Tip: Ask for one in the main building overlooking the sea.
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  • Stayed May 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2011

Nevers again, said my wife; and i'd share her point of view. The owner has no respect to his employees, he keeps souting at them all the time. A terrible thing!!!

  • Stayed July 2011
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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london
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2011

we stayed here for three nights and, although it is rustic in the extreme, the location was second to none. The food was fantastic, so much variety and clearly fresh seafood. The rooms are basic, and the bathrooms leave a little to be desired (they could do with modernising a bit) but it was clean and functionable. Wonderful views over the sea during mealtimes. Not sure what it would be like in peak season or when really busy but when we were there it was quiet, tranquil and just the rest and break we needed before heading home.
The restaurant is a bit stark and basic, but the food and friendly atmosphere more than makes up for all of this.
I would definitely go back. Oualidia is a very special place and certainly worth a second trip.

  • Stayed April 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Worcestershire, UK
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18 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2010

I am so glad that we chose to ignore previous reviews of the Gourmande as we had a wonderful night there, and the food was amazing! Excellent value and the staff were very helpful.

Stayed November 2010, traveled with family
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London
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15 reviews
10 hotel reviews
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2008

The restaurant is terrible. I have read the other reviews and would agree the fish looks incredible, but the taste is less impressive.
The staff are very nice, but thre manager is very unfriendly and agressive even. There are too many excellent places within 50 yards to waste the trip here.
It does however have an excellent view from the restaurant (on the terrace at the back), but I would advise for a drink only!

  • Stayed September 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Madrid, Spain
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38 reviews
37 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 95 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2008

i wrote a prior opinion on this hotel a while back (can't even remember when), and said that the food was bad... well, i returned to the Araignée Gourmande anyway, and the second time around the food was superb... so, i guess i would have to raise my number of stars by at least one half!... the bathrooms are now the only slight drawback to the hotel, but all else is wondeful. and i was there in mid-winter...obviously it's cool, but you can't expect too much at that time of year. the town and hotel are very enjoyable, if you are looking for a low-key seaside retreat in this area.

  • Liked — the location, beach, food
  • Disliked — the bathroom in the room
  • Stayed December 2007, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Address: Oualidia Plage, Oualidia, Morocco
Location: Morocco > Doukkala-Abda Region > Oualidia
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Ranked #4 of 9 Hotels in Oualidia
Number of rooms: 105
Also Known As:
l Araignee Gourmande Oualidia

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