Hotel Timoulay & Spa Agadir
11 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
Location! Location! Location!
"Have just returned home from staying on a 10 night package in this hotel.
Itâs a bit of a walk from hotel to the beach (about 15-20 mins, across several roads) but its down hill and easy to manage coming and going. Once you get to the beach, all the cafes are at the opposite end, which is about an hours walk away. That said, there are taxis everywhere. Generally these will take you everywhere you'd want to go for around 20d (we didnt haggle very hard:))
Canât fault the hotel itself. Spotlessly clean throughout, staff very helpful and polite. Spacious and comfortable bedrooms. Wifi in all areas although it can be a little hit and miss, and quite slow.
Meals above average for buffet food with an ample selection at each meal. Aside from the bufet type meals, there is a grill section at evening meals which, although we didnt try it, seemed reasonable enough.
Lunch time snacks are also available. Heated swimming pool which was warm enough to use even in December. Spa and fitness facilities were also quite reasonable.
There is absoloutely nothing for children to do at this hotel (which was why we chose it). Its could be a very restful and relaxing resort if not for the noise.
Sadly, the general hotel location is *shocking!* And no mention of this prior to booking through Thomsons.
Unfortunately the hotel themselves have no control over this, but they are situated in the middle of a building site and the work looks set to continue for a very long time. The noise from the site is incessant from when it starts (7.15 am every day to around 5pm) and there is no escape from it. Drilling and the noise from dumper truck audible warning alarms (or something like that) go on ALL day and disturb you in your room, on the balconies, and around the pool. The only way to avoid it, is to go out.Â
We stayed in a 3rd floor room 314 which is a corner room with views over the sea, the pool, and the mountains. Where there is not building work, scrub land surrounds this hotel, and is clearly visible from the balconies of the higher level rooms.
Itâs a pity, because the location completely spoils what could otherwise be a lovely place. Sadly, that is the reason we couldnt recommed it to anyone nor are we likely to return to this resort.
Have posted short video clip of location here:
- Travel date: Wed 19th of December 2012
Small hotel with big services
"After reviewing all the Agadir's hotel review from Tripadvisor, we decided to chose this hotel and we were not disappointed.
We are very impressed with services we received. Staff are polite, friendly and helpful. The hotel experiences are made up for the boring Agardir resort. I think this hotel is most suitable for couples looking for a relaxed and peaceful holiday.
We also find the weather is cooler than we expected and it was usually cloudy in the morning till noon.
A trip to Marakesh is hightly recommended as nothing is exciting in Agadir."
- Travel date: Sun 21st of September 2008
There is a reason this hotel is No.1
"There is a reason this hotel is currently no.1. For a 4 star hotel you get 5* service. It's medium size means you get all the benefits of a larger hotel, with the intimate nature of a smaller one. The waiters for instance get to know your room number when you order drinks and the pool boy even placed our towels on 2 sunbeds whilst we went for a walk! All the staff are frendly and were very helpful in advising us of restaurants and arranging transfers etc. The hotel was clean and modern with daily maid service and nothing was too much trouble.
The only downside may be that the hotel is not in the centre of the resort, and it takes a good 20min walk to get into. But don't let this put you off, a taxi is 10-15dms (Â£1) so it really is not a problem - also the walk along the beach is quite nice.
Agadir itself is very much a developing resort and as such it can be quite quiet. Depending on your outlook this may be a good or a bad thing, it is certainly not a costa del sol with 'british' bars every 50 yrds (although there is 1 in the centre - recommended though) but there is some buidling work still going on in certain areas. If you want a relaxing peaceful holiday then go to this hotel. We booked this privately but spoke with a tour operator rep and arranged to go on some excursions that way if you fancy a change of scenary.
Petit taxi drivers can be a little bit cheeky, it costs no more than 20dms to get from one side of the town to the other, but they will try to ask for more. We never paid more than 30dms including tip (approx Â£2). Don't be fooled by them.
The beach may not be what europeans are used to, with most sunbeds in roped off areas linked to hotels. there are a few areas where you can hire sunbeds (30dms for a day) but these take a bit of finding. To be honest we preferred to stay by the pool
We (and other guests) loved this hotel and there is really very little to fault it, I would definitely recommend it!"
- Travel date: Sun 21st of September 2008
"We were travelling in Morocco and decided to stay in this hotel for two nights between Casablanca and Essaouira. The hotel is very nice and clean and upgraded us to suite upon arrival.
The breakfast and dinner buffet is very good quality. However the
hotel missed our wake up call on the day we left hence we missed the transport booked to Essaouira.
If you are planning to go to Agadir for a long holiday this hotel would be ideal as from what we saw in Agadir this is probably one of the best hotels.
However if you are going for a shorter break, Agadir has nothing to offer and we found the Taxi drivers as well as restaurants out there to make a quick buck from the not so wise package holiday makers.
We had an awful time trying to get a grand taxi from the hotel to Essaouira and found no help from the hotel reception in terms of finding a fairer deal for our transfer.
They seem to be under the influence of the Taxi Mafia in Agadir when what they should really be doing is helping their clients to get a fairer deal on excursions and transfers.
Our impression of Agadir was a beach holiday destination with no distinct character to offer like other places in Morocco such as Rabat, Essaouira and Marrakech."
- Travel date: Sun 24th of August 2008
"Fantastic hotel, great service & very clean. We stayed half board in May 2008 & were very impressed with the variety of food served every night.
Only slight disappointment was the bar in the evenings which lack atmosphere."
- Travel date: Sun 13th of July 2008
"Timoulay hotel is an absolute haven ideal for those wanting total relaxation. The rooms are very clean and spacious and have a balcony overlooking a peaceful pool area. All the staff are friendly and extremely helpful. The hotel is kept exceptionally clean in fact we began to wonder if they had an obsession with cleaning.
We would highly recommend Hotel Timoulay to anyone wanting aa quite retreat without being to far from the beach and centre of Agadir."
- Travel date: Mon 30th of June 2008
Excellent--A real find!
"This hotel stands out in Morocco. We've stayed at over a dozen places over the years, and this was perhaps our best experience. We booked it through a travel agent and got a great deal on half-board for five nights. [There aren't loads of great restaurants in Agadir so the half-board option works well.] There are more expensive and larger places to stay, but if you are looking for a well-run, peaceful vacation spot, this is perfect.
One of the best things was the staff. Every one of them was unfailingly pleasant and helpful, from the reception to the dining room staff to the chambermaids.
The overall decor is modern with Moroccan touches, with a nice clean sense of design. And the hotel is small which gives a nice friendly feeling--you don't get lost in a crowd.
The rooms are extra large and well-laid out, with a couch and a balcony. The bed was comfortable, the sheets crisp, tabundant pillows. Free internet service in the room was an added plus.
The breakfast buffet was above average, with made to order eggs, fresh fruit, fresh orange juice. The dinner buffet had outstanding salads, good entrees [especially the nightly special which was cooked to order], ordinary desserts.
The pool area came with comfortable lounge chairs and towels and was surrounded by a beautiful strip of garden. It's not a large area though. It's fine for sunning and reading but I don't think it wouldn't really work for kids.
The hotel is a very short walk to the beach [where a walkway is being built that will go the entire length of the beach], and it's a pleasant ten minute walk to town, past larger and more expensive hotels.
We hope to come back for another visit."
- Travel date: Sat 14th of June 2008
"I have just arrived back from two weeks in this excellent small hotel. The hotel is set on the outskirt of Agadir, which make it a quiet hotel , but you can walk or get a taxi into the more developed part of Agadir. The beach is about 10 minutes walk, but at the moment there is building work along the beach front as a promanard is being built. If I had been staying in on of the big hotel on the beach front I would have been very unhappy, but the Timoulay is such a great hotel and not crowded it was an effort to leave the comfortable surroundings. The pool is lovely with an area to chill out. At it 's busiest they was 14 of us round the pool and most days there was no more than 6 or 8 people. No screaming children as this hotel does not suit families. Please let it stay that way!!!. The staff are friendly and can not do enough to help you and make your stay pleasent. The food is very traditional and the Chef takes pride in his food coming into the restaurant to see if the guest's are enjoying their meals. I did not get bored with the food at all during the 2 weeks. The bedrooms and balcony are very large and the hotel is spotless clean. If you are a couple who enjoy quiet and excellence then the Timboulay is for you. All the other English quest we spoke to are like me keen to sing the praise of this hotel but afraid when we come to book it next year it will be full."
- Travel date: Sat 14th of June 2008
Enjoyed our stay at the Hotel Timoulay
"I have just returned from a week's holiday at the Hotel Timoulay which I chose having read the helpful reviews on tripadvisor.
I enjoyed my stay very much. The hotel is new, small (compared to the seemingly massive hotels nearby) immaculately kept and the staff are exceptional in terms of politeness and helpfulness I cannot speak highly enough of them.
The decor is simple, contemporary with a Morroccan influence. Our bedroom was very nice, spacious with a balcony where we could sit comfortably overlooking the pool area which again was most attractive. I particularly liked the huge luxurious banquettes by the pool where I could stretch out and enjoy the sun.
The hotel food is varied with plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables. There is a mix of international dishes (very average) and traditional Morroccan dishes. I chose Morroccan every time - delicious!
The hotel does not have a private beach which is a shame but there is the large public beach 5-10minutes' walk away. It is situated on the outskirts of the town which is not a problem as Agadir is sprawling mass and everyone takes taxis. No journey within the tourist area costs more than 30 dirhams (Â£2)
An amazing amount of construction work going on in Agadir. I imagine the resort will double in size and be quite sophisticated in the next few years. In March it is not busy.
We did not sample the nightlife as we were there to relax and enjoy the weather.
One warning. Beware the nightmare that is the souk! If you even glance at something you are hassled to buy it. It is hell. The haggling is interminable and it's impossible to get away without being very rude. I bought a bangle for Â£20 which started off at Â£113. I was still probably ripped off!"
- Travel date: Mon 24th of March 2008
"Loved it! We stayed there just for one night only but we were definitely impressed by the hotel. The girl who checked us in & the night staff were very helpful & friendly. The room had two beds (double & a single) and there was a couch too. Twas very clean. The balcony from the room was overlooking the pool which was really amazing. Taxi to the beach (where cafes, bars and restaurants are) is about 7 to 10 Dhs only. Ayous bar/ restaurant and lounge was pretty. When having the buffet, that you go by the pool area as there is an extended buffet there. Initially we thought that all there was for dinner was the ones in the room.. apparently, there's extended buffet outside. Quite impressed I must say. Location was pretty secluded too!"
- Travel date: Sun 3rd of February 2008
Excellent hotel, at a 15 minutes walking distance from the beach
"Excellent hotel, good food, good prices, I booked this hotel thinking that it's right on the beach but it's not, it's a good 20 minutes walk to the beach. You can see the ocean from the balcony but the beach is little far, you have to either drive or walk there. Other than that I loved everything about it, service, staff, cleansiness, food.
For people coming from Marrakech, be aware that Agadir is much cooler."
- Travel date: Sat 16th of June 2007