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Residence Asaka Nov 01, 2013
We didn’t actually want to stay at Residence Asaka - we had in fact never heard about the place. In fact we took a taxi to go the Atlantic Hotel - we had picked out the hotel from the Lonely Planet since it seemed like the best midrange choice in Agadir. Unfortunately Lonely Planet is somewhat outdated and the hotel had gone through a major redecoration since the publication of the Lonely Planet. The major renovation had resulted in the prices being about double of what the Lonely Planet had indicated. Hence we started to look for another place to live - and we didn’t have to search for long. Right across from the entrance to the Atlantic Hotel is the entrance to the Residence Asaka.
The small Residence Asaka is pretty quite compared to the next door hotel - in fact there are no other guests. This is probably the reason for the receptionist eagerness to offer discounts. He shows a list indicating the room rate should be 570 dirham - but immediately say we can have it for 300 dirham and then drops the price another 50 dirham without any real resistance. We go up the stair to check out the room - it is fairly big room with a bed and for the first time in Morocco we actually get to stay in a room with air-condition. It is actually a pretty warm day when we arrive so I can imagine how hot it might get if you visit Agadir in the midst of a scolding Moroccan summer.
The room comes with a small kitchen equipped with the basics you need for cooking - we don’t really intend to do any home cooking on the last night in Morocco - we want some local food. But if you need to save a bit of the cost during a longer beach holiday it might be an option you could consider. The bathroom is decent in size and come with all you need. Not surprisingly for a hotel with air-condition they also provide other luxuries like toilet paper and soap - not that common in Morocco.
The room got a big balcony with a view to the street - during the sunny parts of the day the balcony becomes a bit too hot for sitting outside - but during nighttime or early morning it is good to sit outside and enjoy the fresh air and the nice fall sun. There are actually only a couple of rooms with private balcony - the one is our room and the other is a big family room next door. I guess the receptionist thought he might as well give us the best room instead of just letting it stay unoccupied. If there are actually more guest they will have to settle with the big communal balcony which is just after you have gone up the stairs from the reception. There is not much shade out on the balcony so I figure it will get pretty hot during the middle of the day.
There are no breakfast included at this hotel - but there are a several small cafés and restaurants nearby which are open for breakfast - or you can go down around the corner where there are a fairly big grocery shop which sells pretty much anything you could possibly need including alcohol which isn’t always the case in this part of the world.
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Nice Gueshouse Nov 02, 2013
We find this place through the security at the hotel we want to stay in Agadir (Atlantic Hotel). Unfortunately the hotel we wants to stay has just refurbish and redecorate the whole building which in turn increase their room price to double per night compare with the information we had from the guide book.
Since we do not want to pay for the high price for a room in this part of the country, we decide to find another hotel nearby for our last night stay in the country and we were lucky since the Residence Asaka was located opposite the hotel we want to stay.
The hotel location was really good, close to the Birds Park near the centre of the city square. The park itself was free to enter with plenty of animals inside and playground for children. We also walked to the beach, which takes probably around 20 minutes and can go through the Birds Park as a short cut instead go through the pedestrian street outside the fence. The beach was okay but very crowded with people and many restaurants along the street with Ocean view and more like other beach holiday destination instead of Moroccan feel.
Next door of the hotel was a mini supermarket if we need any cool drink or snack. Around the corner was Italian restaurant ad another local restaurant across the street and plenty more along the way.
When we arrive in the hotel, the reception or the owner was friendly and speak good English. After checking the price which was within our budget, we decide to check the room first before confirm the room. The reception give us big discount from the room rate showed at the counter and only charged us €26 per night without breakfast – since no restaurant inside the hotel.
The room he showed us located at the first floor with balcony. The room itself quite large with two single beds, and surprisingly it has air condition which make me very happy since it was really hot in this city. There were small kitchen included inside the room if you fancy to cook – but since we only stay for one night, we did not use the kitchen facility.
The bathroom was okay, it has half glass shower on it so it would not flood the whole floor when having shower. The toilet paper and soap was provided so we do not have to buy at the soap.
We like the balcony in front of the room which has a good view of the street and we use it during night time for relaxing, and also had breakfast at the balcony with the sun shine to our face.
We did not see other guest when we stay there and the place was quiet and we sleep really well here. There were big communal balcony at the opposite end of hallway but nobody there.
We booked the taxi in advance through this place to go to airport at reasonable price, and the taxi was waiting for us at the lobby.
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