TL;DR: My only reason to stay here again would be a gun pointed at my head.
* the place is kept really clean
The bad (based on my experience in room 12):
* their "sea view" rooms (not the "superior sea view"-rooms) are on ground floor with seating arrangements between the windows and the sea - that's right, you can see the sea but people sitting on the terrace can look into your room. And at least the staff did so 9 out of 10 times - the first creep did so at 7:30am.
* the one "interior view" room I was offered as an alternative with a little more privacy was as dark as a medieval prison cell
* the wifi is misconfigured and exceptionally slow (though you will be fine if you use a VPN)
* the rooms are made for pictures, not for people: the desk had a water cooker on it - but the desk also blocked the only power outlet near it; there is no switch for the main light that is reachable from the bed; the bath tub is so small that I could not even sit in it with my legs stretched out - this effectively turns it into a shower that is exceptionally hard to enter.
The ugly - service?!?:
* lunch: being ignored by waiter for 40 minutes, then being told that all I could have now was spaghetti bolognese (and that was after I went to the bar to catch the waiter there)
* dinner: again a set menu, no choice at all (except for not eating there at all). by the time the entree arrived, I had already waited for more than 60 minutes and had finished half of the bottle of wine. The main course was dry fish with really good sides - but it took me exactly 14 modest sized bites to finish the main. Then another 45 minutes passed between main and dessert (the wine was finished by now). All in all almost 3h for dinner.
* breakfast: I wanted to have it on the terrace which the waiter said was no problem. I waited some minutes for him to bring the basics to my table (you know, napkin, fork, knife, cup etc..) but he preferred to watch me collecting them from one of the tables set up for breakfast inside and bringing them out on my own. The coffee was the worst coffee in a very, very long time; the breakfast buffet itself was remarkably unremarkable.
* transfer from hotel to airport: 100 dirham (petite taxi for that distance: max 10 dirham)
* all activities are extra (spa, boats, fishing - even the billiard table is coin operated)
* they did not accept credit cards and a "superior sea view room" costs more per night than a Moroccan ATM dispenses at once (but I was informed of this when checking in; I had no reservation, so they did tell me this as early as humanly possible)
* did I mentioned the total absence of service?
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- 35 rooms located in Dakhla city. 25° all year long. Hotel offers direct access to the sea, a spa and restaurant with Italian and Thai food. Daily Boat excursion and desert excursion. The Place to be at any time. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Bab Al Bahar Hotel Et Spa Western Sahara/Ad Dakhla