A taxi from the airport is cheaper than the transfers - the fare for 4 of us was 240 dirhams. Carry your own bags to the taxis outside or you'll end up tipping the porter and like us you won't have any change! The taxi ride is an experience in itself! There is a guard outside the hotel which we're not used to but it wasn't particularly obtrusive, there were local taxes to pay and you're given an armband - make sure its not too tight or it will drive you mad. The lobby is quite luxurious looking and the dining room is great. Our room had a lovely huge bed,clean linen and towels. The bathroom was a bit small and the bath a bit narrow - the shower was great although it went at 3 speeds, full blast and warm, slow and hot and then medium and cold and then round again - it was lovely though! No complimentary shower gel etc. although there was a soap dispenser on the wall. The safe in the cupboard worked in our room but not in our daughter and son-in-laws room. We didn't find the aircon until after a couple of days but it worked and cooled the room. All rooms seem to have a balcony which you can sit out on. The stairs down are made of stone and when wet are quite slippery, one of our party slipped on them as the hotel don't put signs up when they've washed them. The rooms and corridors are cleaned every day, even on the days we left our room quite late they came back and did it. The food is dull, if you want a late sunny holiday and you have a tight budget you won't starve but you will get bored. By Wednesday we'd abandoned the hotel food and went out to eat. They do make fresh omelettes in the morning and will fry you an egg so if egg on toast is ok for you you'll survive. The food looks plentiful but it all tastes the same, the wine is drinkable and there are plenty of soft drinks. There is no hope of an alcoholic drink so if you're relying on all inclusive for a drink don't bother - you can't buy any either. Gin and tonic, Vodka and tonic is fine although not very alcoholic. The whisky has never seen Scotland and was unrecognisable. Cocktails - stick to Jungle Juice or the last one on the list without the wine in it (Vodka, lemon juice and tonic) - all the others are weird combinations and apparently if you have vodka, coke, pineapple juice and red wine in the same glass it counts as a cocktail! The pool was lovely, we spent a lot of time in the smaller island shaped pool as the big square pool was a bit austere. the poolside music was horrendous most of the time and a bit loud so we chose sunbeds on the sunset balcony outside the dining room. It wasn't hard to get a sunbed and the four of us got to lay out whenever we wanted to - we did put towels on the sunbeds if we specifically wanted to spend the day in the hotel. There are 8 sets of about 10 steps down to the road which you cross to get to McDonalds and the beach. They're fine on the way down but a bit daunting on the way back. The hotel has a reserved bit of the beach, roped off with a member of staff there to ensure you are looked after, no sales people come in that bit so you're not annoyed. Sand is lovely, sea was clean, volleyball net got used. You do get pestered by people on the way to anywhere, come in their restaurant, buy a watch, buy sunglasses, give money to children, give money to old people - my daughter is blonde and pretty and I got offered camels, fake watches and allsorts for her which was funny the first time but got pretty annoying and even worrying on occasion. My husband was offered camels for me and I'm lucky I'm still here to write this! Go on the little white train tour, it costs 18 dirhams for an adult and takes about 35 minutes. You get to see the other hotels you might have considered, the fixed price shops, The English Pub - sells drinks you recognise and food you might be missing! and delivers you back to the bottom of the stairs to the hotel. Men dressed in some weird national costume with a hat which looks like a lightshade might try and put it on your head, they then ask to take your photo with your own camera and then want 100 dirhams for it - unless you want to feel obliged to give anyone your money say 'no' to any photo opportunities! We spoke to a tour operator in the hotel about an excursion and went on the one we wanted on the day we wanted rather than following the programme advertised. We were taken out in a 4x4, it cost us 100 dirhams each less than advertised and we got to see a bit of Morocco. Again we stopped to see some goats up a tree and made the mistake of getting out of the car to take photos, the goatherd asked for money! The last part of the tour was to visit an Oasis but we discovered we were expected to travel by donkey and it would cost extra so we didn't go, the man then wanted some money as compensation! No-one in the hotel expected a tip which was great, there was a box in the dining room where you could put a tip if you wanted but no-one bothered us for money at all. Our worst experience was the Spa in the hotel. They have an offer of 299 dirhams and offer 4 things for this, scrub, sauna, massage and jacuzzi. My daughter and I decided to treat our husbands as a relaxing surprise for the last day and it was a nightmare. Firstly we were charged 300 dirhams (only 1 dirham extra but not what was advertised). We booked ourselves in for the scrub and jacuzzi for 200 dirhams. It was disorganised, the staff had little English, we had no clue what to do, where to go, what to take off or leave on and no-one could communicate well enough to tell us. The staff seemed to have lots of discussions and walked off half way through treatments. Our husbands went off for their massage and we asked how long their sauna and jacuzzi would take, the staff indicated they wouldn't get it so my daughter walked to the hotel Reception got the leaflet showed what they were supposed to get and it was agreed they would. We left to sunbathe and they were shown the door so didn't get what we paid for. We argued to get some money back but were told as the other two treatments were free we hadn't lost anything! It became very threatening and worrying and as it was our last day and we didn't want to ruin our holiday we gave in but it did spoil what was supposed to be a lovely treat. The evening entertainment was rubbish, thank goodness we took the Uno cards! Man on keyboard with man on guitar and Mustapha (cheesy host) and a girl forcing people to get up and dance with them. My husband found Mustapha (mentioned in another review) really annoying and creepy around me and our daughter but other people seemed to like him so each to their own! The entertainment is in the lobby and you have to be quick to get a seat inside where you can see what's going on. There were a lot of older people who seemed to enjoy the evening but it definitely wasn't our cup of tea! For a late holiday where you want guaranteed sunshine it'll do but we probably wouldn't go again. The hotel looks really good but isn't as good as it looks, its clean, you won't starve (well only through boredom), you certainly wont get tipsy and you should take something to do in the evening.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located in a prestigious place in the city centre of Agadir, facing the bay and its beautiful fine sand beach that stretches as far as the eye can see, warmed by the sun of Agadir and close to the medina and few kilometers only from the Dunes golf. The Beach Albatros **** (Ex-Sheraton) is home to well-equipped rooms with Moroccan decor and a balcony or terrace overlooking the sea, or pool. This property offers recreational facilities like a fully equipped fitness center, and an outdoor pool with an adjoining pool for children. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Beach Albatros Agadir Hotel Agadir
- Royal Mirage Hotel Agadir
- Agadir Royal Mirage Hotel