I stayed at this hotel after a recommendation from a Trip Advisor forum member, and I’m glad I did. The staff couldn’t have been more friendly, helpful and willing, the place was spotless, and it’s very convenient both for shops, restaurants and the beach. It took me about eight minutes to get to the beach, although I’m quite a fast walker. The marina is approximately 25 minutes from the hotel (turn right when you get to the beach). The taxis are very cheap and cost approximately £1 (15dms) for any journey within Agadir. Don’t ask how much when you get in, and if they try and charge 20dms, stick to your guns, as they are not meant to charge any more than 15. There are plenty of the orange taxis - just hail one when you see it, and they will stop, even if there is a passenger already inside.
Well, back to the hotel! I was pleasantly surprised by my room, as I’d booked for a single, but was given a double, which had plenty of room. It was a little noisy because it was quite near the road, though not as near as some, but I didn’t find it too much of a problem, though other people might have done. When you book, make sure you ask for a quiet room, and also keep in mind that not all of the rooms have balconies. Some of the ground floor rooms open out onto the pool area, which I thought looked rather nice. Generally speaking, rooms that overlook the pool don’t get the noise of the traffic. Traffic seems very noisy as Moroccan drivers hoot even when overtaking! The shower in my room was attached to the bath taps, not on the wall, but I didn’t mind that. There was always lots of hot water. There are two televisions - one in the bar, and one large widescreen in the lounge. I was there for eleven days, and didn’t ever see the lounge one on, but (unfortunately!), on my last night when I spent some time in the bar, they had X Factor on! The food in the hotel is very good, and reasonable, with the average meal in the restaurant being £5/6 per main course. Some are even cheaper eg spag bol was £3.17 (depending on exchange rate). The food in the pool bar is a little more expensive with chicken and chips being approx £5.56, but you can get cheaper things like salads, and cheese on toast. A cup of coffee was about 95p. At breakfast, you were given two chocolate croissants, two white baguettes, and one brown baguette, plus a little pot of strawberry jam, one of marmalade, and two of butter each - very generous! Plus tea/coffee and orange juice if you wanted it. There were other things you could have if you paid for it, but I was happy with that, so I don’t know what they were. There is a very nice restaurant called Little Italy - out of the hotel turn left, cross over the road, and it’s not far down. I had my first Moroccan meal there - beef mince tagine, which was yummy and cost less than £5!
There are only two negatives I can think of - one being that the hotel didn’t provide enough information. It wasn’t until my third to last day that I found out that there was a laundry service, which I would have made use of if I’d known. And neither was there any info in the rooms as to what mealtimes were. On arrival, the receptionist scribbled them down on a piece of paper, but I didn’t think that was very professional. The other negative was that my pillows and bed were really hard. They gave me a soft pillow, but couldn’t do much about the bed of course. It could be just that I’m used to a soft bed at home.
I would recommend this hotel for people with mobility problems. The restaurant and pool are on the lower ground floor level, but there is a lift from the ground floor, and there are only a couple of steps that have to be managed when you go out to the pool. There is also a toilet at one end of the pool. There aren’t any parasols, but there is plenty of shade around the pool.
All in all a great hotel.
- Also Known As:
- Kamal Hotel Agadir