Hotel Aferni Hotel 3 star
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1987 AV. GENERAL KETTANI 80000 AGADIR Maroc Agadir, Morocco
Amy Adejokun Section editor

A small, homely hotel in the town centre of Agadir, the Aferni has something charming about it despite being basic and dated. It lacks the services and entertainment of the larger complexes closer to the coast but if you are looking for a quieter place to stay during your time here then this could be an option. The rooms are fairly bare but may have large bathrooms while it also has a quiet pool area and restaurant and is clean and well kept for the most part. Do not expect grand service and extra touches here and there, but if you want a simple, tranquil place for a night or two then the Aferni is to be considered.

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    Location 7.31 /10

    The Aferni is located in the middle of Agadir town centre amongst the restaurants, bars and other shops and services frequented by locals each day. It is a fair walk to the beach from the hotel, around ten to fifteen minutes, although some of the bars and restaurants are a little closer. Given this situation, it would be advisable to take a taxi if you are walking far as the heat can quickly get to you otherwise. The Aferni can be reached by taxi from the airport in about half an hour and for 200DAM.

    Accommodation 6.70 /10

    There is a total of 45 guestrooms at the Aferni, most of which have two single beds. Around half the rooms have a balcony while the majority has a bathtub/shower combination. All are appointed in a similar fashion, that is to say austerely. There is a lose red theme in the rooms with the bed covers, curtains and bedside rugs all in that hue while the features include a wardrobe and open shelving, small desk underneath which is the safe, telephone and flatscreen television. The small vase of flowers on the desk is a nice touch although more is needed in the way of decoration to give a bit of character to the room. The sizes of the bathrooms vary drastically so when reserving ask for a larger one if available as the smaller ones are a bit of a squeeze. They are clean, relatively modern and some of them have a bidet. The balconies are not especially big though they are equipped with table and chairs. All rooms are smoking and give onto either the road or the pool and gardens.

    Overview 6.70 /10

    From the outside, the Aferni looks nothing special, and there is a good reason for this: it is not anything special. That said, it does have a few quirks about it which make it worth considering. One of these things though is not its staff, which, while not at all rude or incompetent, looks uninterested and is rather wet and uninspiring. The hideous reception desk is so bad it is good, its golden front gleaming as opposed to the expressionless faces of those behind it. The lobby is divided into several small sections, each with Moroccan style seating in the form of low, cushioned benches where one can imagine people smoking shisha as well as carved armchairs arranged around coffee tables. There is some attractive carving work in the arches between the columns while the plants dotted around help to breathe some life into the space. Although quite dated the hall is nevertheless comfortable and quiet and above all bright, which is not something that can be said for most of the lobbies in this resort. Here you will also find a small gift shop crammed with local handicrafts and general supplies.

    Just outside from the lobby is the hotel's small swimming pool. There is not much space around it for sunbathing, although the exposure is not great either - your best bet is to occupy the small terrace in the afternoon, although this is also the only public smoking area. The pool is surrounded by green bushes with the city's mosque bearing down overhead. Being a small property there is little else in terms of common areas or amenities. There are no wellness or fitness facilities nor any animation or kids club.

    The hotel is more or less well maintained and is clean and peaceful. Access to the rooms is easy although the corridors are a little depressing. There is complimentary wifi at the hotel, but only in the lobby area.

    Food and drink 7.20 /10

    The hotel's restaurant, which is located off of the lobby, is an à la carte affair (there is no buffet or all inclusive at the Aferni). The room itself is nothing to write home about with a black and white marble floor, simply laid tables and no particular view. All three meals of the day are taken here although if you are not staying on a full board basis you could opt to have your non-inclusive meals at one of the nearby restaurants. The hotel's menu includes salads, pastas, sandwiches, grilled fish, meat, eggs and of course traditional couscous dishes. There is also a bar at the hotel although there is always an extra charge for drinks here and no alcohol is served.

    Beach 7.70 /10

    Being in Agadir town centre, the hotel is a little way from the beach. Guests should allow around 15 minutes to walk although you could always take a cab which would cost just a few dirhams. The Aferni does not offer a private section of beach to its clients although not to worry as there is always plenty of space and the hotel allows you to take towels from the bathroom down there too. The beach itself is safe, wind-free for the most part and the waves are pretty gentle. If you wish to enjoy any watersports you will find a selection of companies offering these types of services at the beach. The reception will also be happy to provide you with some guidance in this area.

    To know

    The hotel is not accessible to those guests in a wheelchair. It is also one of the few bars in Agadir which does not serve alcohol at all, although if you wish to do so in the privacy of your own room then this is at your discretion. All rooms are smoking but it is banned within the public areas of the hotel aside from the outdoor terrace by the pool.

    Equipment

    • Restaurant
    • Internet access

      (complimentary, lobby only)

    • Air conditioning
    • Spa

      Turkish bath, spa

    • Swimming pool
    • Sports equipment

      water-polo

    • Safe

    advantage

    • Quiet compared to large club hotels
    • Dated, but retains a certain charm

    disadvantages

    • Distance from beach
    • Décor is outmoded
    • No fitness/wellness facilities

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