10 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
worst hoilday ever
"i visited the oasis hotel in Agadir on the 1st aug07 for a week, i travelled with thomas cook, and didnt like the service i was given. I had the worst hoilday ever, i visited morocco with my friend, we are two young ladies under 25yrs old and do not recommend this hoilday to any one who is under 35yrs old.
The oasis hotel is very clean and staff are very friendly, but the food is terrible and the hotel has nothing for you to do after 9.30pm.
The men in morocco drive you crazy if your are a women they follow you around and make you fell very uncomfortable and not safe.
The location of this hotel is excellent but there isnt much to do out in morocco agadir, the beach isnt very nice its very dirty, and the people are unclean.
We also found that is was a expensive to drink alcohol and eat in standard resturants, for a vodak and lemonade it was about Â£4.50, and for burger and chips it was about Â£6.00.
i will not be visiting this country again."
- Travel date: Fri 17th of August 2007
"Excellent holiday, would definitely return to this hotel. The room was clean and well maintained and the air conditioning was a life saver. The staff were fun, friendly, helpful and will be sadly missed!"
- Travel date: Thu 9th of August 2007
Great hotel - perfect location
"We travelled to Agadir at the end of July for one week, booked via Thomas Cook. We stayed at the Oasis hotel and had a fantastic holiday.
The hotel is located towards the port end of Agadir, an ideal location for restaurants and the beach. The beach is less than 5 minutes walk away and is very pretty. You have to cross quite a busy road but this didnt cause us any problems. It is a holiday resort for Moroccans as well so it can be very busy. The hotel is spacious and clean, the bedrooms are fine and there is a balcony, fridge and free air conditioning. We would recommend a room with a pool view, away from the road. Safety deposit boxes can be hired for about 25 dirham per day (Â£1.50). Most of the reception staff are really friendly, will give local information and they will change English money at a good rate.
The pool area is great - enough sunbeds and umbrellas. On one ocassion we could not find a sunbed but the whole area is grassy so we laid our towels on the grass instead. There is a pool table and table tennis, volley ball net and children's play area, although there were few children staying there which suited us well! The animation team are good fun and they play music around the pool area during the day as well as arranging activities in the evening - bingo, shisha, berber night. We took part in the Berber night (Â£12 head for food and entertainment) and it's well worth doing - traditional Moroccan food and dancers. A great way of meeting people as well.
Drink prices at the hotel are ok - 10 dirham for coke, water and mint tea (70p). Our only issue with the hotel was the food. We had Bed and Breakfast and the Breakfast was not worth getting up for - a few dry rolls and croissants, no fruit, cereals or eggs. The lunch menu at the hotel is ok but twice we were served meat that was not cooked properly. We ate dinner at the hotel once and it was very basic - poor value for money. We would suggest that you forget eating at the hotel and take advantage of some great restaurants in Agadir, which are really cheap - we often had lunch for Â£5 head and dinner for Â£10 head. There are a range of restaurants along the beach - Kamel is good. We would also recommend La Morocaine - next to the Casino Mirage (8 dirham - 50p) in a taxi to get there or 25 minute walk. Slightly more expensive but worth it for the traditional food and location. Avoid the chinese restaurant around the corner from the hotel, we needed somewhere quick to go on our last day but ended up with dodgy stomach.
By the way you can get little orange taxis anywhere in Agadir, they take 3 people and are amazingly cheap but make sure you ask them to put the meter on, otherwise they will charge whatever they want.
Whilst in Agadir we did an overnight trip to Marakech, which was amazing - it went via Essouira on the way back. Great way of seeing traditional Morocco as Agadir is a tourist resort. We also did a camel ride which was good fun. There is also a place called Les massages d'Argan in Agadir and they do a fantastic head to toe 2 hour massage for Â£21!! The hotel also have a massage place but it's not as good value. However, there is a gym and sauna, which guests can use for free."
- Travel date: Fri 3rd of August 2007
Good location, clean and friendly
"We've just got back from a week in Agadir having really enjoyed ourselves. The town itself was as expected, modern and dreary, but there was plenty to keep us busy.
We stayed in the Hotel Oasis which has a good location for the beach, the promenade and many restaurants. It's a pleasant enough hotel with clean rooms, friendly staff and a nice view of the pool and the distant casbah if you have a room at the back. If you don't , you are liable to have a view of a road, a building site or another hotel. One of our fellow guests was on half board and found the evening meals very ordinary. Breakfast was breads, meats and cheeses with the only fruit being oranges. You could get a crepe or omelette.
The pool and poolside was clean and as long as you were out by around 8:30am getting a sunbed was no problem.
We went with Thomas Cook and our rep was really helpful at all times."
- Travel date: Fri 3rd of August 2007
Lovely Hotel and Country
"After reading some of the reviews we were a little worried about what we should expect but it was completely different. Think some of these people must have been to a different place. The hotel was in a really good location and had lovely views over agadir. The reception area was massive and full of sofas and chairs to relax in out the sun. The rooms were lovely as well (a little small but still room for cases after unpacking and plenty of storage space!) We initially had a sea view room as well but the road is noisy so we moved to a pool view room which also had a sea view. The rooms are air conditioned but it can be a bit noisy so I would ask for a hight floor overlooking the pool so that you can leave the door open. We were in room 339 and it was really cool and overlooked the resort. The maids came every day and were very good and friendly. The breakfast in the hotel was lovely but after 14 days you've really had enought of croissants. It caters more for the French (which there are a lot of in the hotel). The hot food they do is really good but it took us a few days to find it- the lady is tucked right in the corner by the coffee and will make you eggs, omeletter, crepes and moroccan pancakes- but she might run out if you go after 9! The food for lunch for really cheap but they could do with a slightly bigger menu but what we had was lovely. The pool area was always clean and we never had a prob getting a bed. We used the spa in the hotel but we didnt have a very good experience- we did complain to the rep but others have had good experience. Think if you want a massage book it with Thomas Cook direct. The resort of agadir is really nice. It isn't as finished as a spanish resort but there are lots of restaurants to choose from. If you want to go out everynight drinking then this isnt the place for you as it is more laid back! We booked to go to marrakesh and essouria (dont think its spelt like that!) and it worked out about Â£90 and it was really good value for money. would recommended to anyone! we also did the camel ride which was interesting but glad to say ive done it!! Overall it was a really lovely holiday and the hotel was great. Would recommend it to anyone."
- Travel date: Sun 1st of July 2007
"i booked this hotel before reading the reviews, and i'll admit i did think, 'oh my god - what have we done.' but the reviews were in my opinion way out. The hotel was lovely - definatly one of the best in the area. The rooms were gorgeous, clean and very moroccan in decor, the staff are fantastic, they really cant do enough for you. We had a sea view room which did get a bit noisy because of the main road, but we didnt have any problems sleeping through it, if youre a light sleeper mind i'd request a pool view, much quieter. That is about the only issue we had with the hotel. Breakfast is much better than expected esspecially the pancakes which i discovered the day before we left! Probably a good thing for my waistline!
The pool area is lovely and if you want a sunbed make sure you pop you're towells down by 10.30 - 11 ish, the hotel has a really well equipped gym and steam rooms etc. You can get you're hair and nails done or have a 2 hour full body massage for 200dh -about Â£12 you cant beat that!
The location is ideal very close to the resturants and shops etc. There is a great english pub (ask the rep for directions) which does a gorgeous all day breakfast. Also for eating moroccan food try Kamels on the beachfront their lamb tejine was amazing. Morocco itself is so cheap, we came back with money, unusual for us! But id recommed taking sterling travellers cheques as sterling is much stronger than euro, dont try changing sterling notes over there mind as we know of several people who had them refused. The hotel has a atm machine and you should expect roughly 800 dirham to every Â£50.
Ladies i will warn you that you will get stares from the moroccan men and some dirty looks from the women but you get used to that and it becomes almost comical after a while. Agadir has a huge police presence as the king lives nearby, he even waterskis on the beach! so it is a safe resort to explore and the oasis is in walking distance of most things!
With regards to the trips i'd definatly recommend marrakesh and catch n cruise, they were so much fun and really made the holiday, very much worth paying for!
Hope you have a great hol!"
- Travel date: Sat 30th of June 2007
"As always we read reviews on the hotel so we knew we weren't expecting anything amazing.
Upon arrival we were quickly allocated a room we were even given a sea view!
The room was lovely a little small as we were only staying B&B a kitchen would of been great.
We needed to switch rooms because the "sea view" was on a busy main road and it was way to noisy.
They were fine with swopping rooms and gave us a pool view which was quieter.
The maids came everyday and done a good job.
We only ever had breakfast in the hotel it was bland but they do have to cater for different people. The eggs were nice!
The pool area was great the hotel even had a pet tortoise which was great to see.
The pool porters were really helpful considering they dont get paid and rely on tips.
Agadir itself is still in development whilst there is alot of restaurants to choose from so much variety there is less bars. We only really came across one good bar called jockeys which was quite hard to find!
I think Agadir is beautiful place with a great beach and Oasis hotel was a nice place to stay.
It sill has alot more to develop so i expect in the next 5 years for it to be like any other resort.
The one bad thing about Agadir is that the locals dont really like western Women, i got some funny looks off both men & women and i dont dress badly it is just their culture.
Finally a must see is the goats which climb the trees!
Overall great holiday."
- Travel date: Sun 24th of June 2007
Not a Holiday Inn more of a Travel Lodge on steriods
"The Hotel Oasis has a pleasant feel, considering our total cost for stay was only Â£250 per person per week including flights and transfers then in terms of value this hotel is excellent. ( Probably cost less than Â£20 per night!!)
The reception area is spacious but not flash, the rooms clean tidy and perfectly adequate with the usual stuff in english on the tele CNN, BBC World, Eurosport. But then who goes on holiday to watch tele anyway!! If thats what you want stay at home.
The Hotel is ideally situated for all of the amenities for Agadir, only a five minute slow stroll to the ample beach. The direct route is a little tatty but just 10m on the main path the walk is lovely.
Ok the food isn't eggs, bacon,sausage mushrooms and tomatoes but the omeletes, orange juice, grapefruit array of sausage, porridge and cheese and other stuff was plenty adequate, again if you want the full english stay in England!.
Agadir has a charm of its own, as do Marrakesh, the Anta Atlas mountains, Tisnet and Essaouira. This makes the hoiday special, experiencing the difference. Agadir is modern, spacious and quite beautiful in its own way. With clean restaurants with relaxing views of the casbah and beach the atmosphere will not dissappoint as you enjoy you evening meal
We used the Oasis as our home to explore Morocco and found it to be perfect for our needs. The entertainment is dire - but we didn't come for that.
The staff were all so freindly and helpful, keen to take an interest and make sure we had everything we needed. There was food waiting for us in our room after our long evening flight which was most welcome and Free!
We also had fruit left in our room for no apparent reason, but again it was most welcome. The room was not spacious but perfectly adequate
If you are reading through these reports, don't be put off by the negatives. We went expecting the worst and were so very very surprised how it exceeded our expectations. If you book here it is nowhere as bad as these reports would have you believe. You wont be dissappointed.
If you want to sit in your room all holiday, and just go down for dinner and breakfast then you have wasted your holiday and the points in the negative reports may have some validity. If you want to experience morocco and use the Hotel Oasis as you base then the hotel is ideal.
NB I tried to find any signs of poor hygiene for the pool and it was always immaculate and the beauty salon and steam room were a pleasure."
- Travel date: Thu 21st of June 2007
Nice hotel, shame about Agadir!
"We've just returned from a week in Agadir, Morocco and were sorely disappointed. The hotel itself was ok but I was not impressed by the resort and this spoilt our time here.
On arrival, the hotel looked very impressive as we walked into reception and the outside pool area is gorgeous. Our room was not as good as we hoped.
It was very small with nowhere to store cases once we were unpacked and the balcony is only big enough for two people to stand on, don't expect any nights of sitting enjoying a drink out on the balcony as there is not any room for seats! Beware of standing on your balcony during the day as the maids just slosh buckets of water over the balconies which pours down through a hole to the one below!! Not the nicest experience!!!
The room had a fridge which was great for storing water etc (although the hotel does not allow you to bring water/beverages in from shops however they always seemed to turn a blind eye to this when we did it!)
I can't really fault the cleaning, the maids came daily and were thorough although the towels were grey rather than white. Our bed linen was stained and the pillowcases had cigarette burns in them.
The bathroom was fairly spacious with a bath and shower although there was no plug to enable you to take a bath! Good, powerful shower!
We had a bit of a problem getting a hotel safe, at first they told us to come back the next day and then every hour they kept telling us to come back in an hours time. When we did eventually get one it was 150DH which I thought was a little expensive as you don't get a deposit back.
The breakfast was pretty grim. A selection of peppers, cucumber, cheese (often hard because it had been sitting so long), cold meat and pastries. I think you could also have porridge and some mornings there was a lady making pancakes, omlettes and eggs. By the end of the week we were considering skipping breakfast as there was little choice and variety.
The hotel snack bar is also pretty grim, the food was tasteless.
The waiters are polite and friendly as are the people who work around the pool, often helping you to move/find sunloungers (which are in very short supply!) I did see them move people's towels which had been there untouched for a few hours though, it's really annoying lying on the grass when someone has their towel on a lounger and comes down for the last hour of bathing!"
- Travel date: Wed 9th of May 2007
"Cannot believe that the October reviewer stayed at the same hotel!
It is located right next to the main North/South through route of Agadir so that there is traffic noise 24 hours/day. Although it is only 300-400 yards from the beach you have to walk down a muddy track past all sorts of rubbish - otherwise it is a long roundabout walk.
The Reception area gives a good impression but once past there the hotel generally does not warrant even a 2-star - never could it be described as 3+ (as our tour operators brochure) or 4-star. The rooms are cramped, the furniture in them is minimal, the balcony is not large enough to sit out on (if you had chairs to do so), the safe and the air conditioning/heating did not work - and the plumbing!!!;
we were moved 3 times because of problems with no hot water/no water/air trapped in pipes. The food in the restaurant was again terrible and repetitive - little choice and little variation at breakfast and in the evening meat & fish that could only be guessed at and a mixed mush for vegetables. We wew booked as half-board but ate out most days because of the poor quality of food. The swimming pool looked fine but was freezing cold - the only things that seemed to enjoy it were the mass of seagulls that came in every morning to clean themselves in it.
We founf the town of Agadir to be little better - very "tired" and rundown. Walking the seafront every day we experienced many of the cafes/restaurants but they all had the same unkempt, uncared for appearance.
NOT A PLACE WE WOULD WANT TO RETURN TO."
- Travel date: Sun 25th of February 2007