The ugly, nondescript whitewashed building sets the tone for the hotel in its entirety. We walked in and immediately laid eyes on a team of bored-looking receptionists behind the long black and white marble desk who were, looking back in retrospect, simply reflecting the grimness of the hotel. The lobby features a few clusters of seating while behind is the bar area where guests laze around during the day listening to cheesy music and where in the evening takes place even more cringe-worthy entertainment such as dancing competitions, team games and themed evenings (all in French). The view from the lobby's floor-to-ceiling windows is of the hotel's main grounds including the swimming pool and the well maintained landscapes featuring blooming flowers and palms and other types of tree. The pool, which we can imagine getting quite crowded when the hotel is full, is surrounded by tightly packed sun loungers although there was a distinct lack of parasols on our visit. For most of the day, however, those around the pool will get good exposure to the sun and can pick up a snack or drink at any time from the bar next to the water. In terms of entertainment during the day, the small, mainly French-speaking, animation team conducts sessions such as stretching in the pool, pétanque, aquagym, dancing and various sports tournaments. The hotel does have a mini club, although again, this is mainly for French-speaking children. Here the little ones can partake in a range of games, painting, dressing up and, in the evenings, a little boogie! For adults there is a mix of live music, dancing and then a show, such as a cabaret, in the evenings. Know, however, that much of this takes places within the lobby and so if you do not fancy it and are in a room just off the hall, you will have trouble sleeping. The show usually takes place in a dedicated room with stage and a pretty decent light and sound set up, where you will also find a bar. Other activities include mini golf, football and basketball, although the facilities for these are extremely tired.
The Almohades does have a wellness centre, although it is hardly worthy of the name. Comprising just one massage room, a hammam and a dodgy-looking hairdresser, it seems to have been more of an afterthought than something that is intended to lure people to the property.
Access to the rooms is pretty straightforward and there are lifts in all the guestroom blocks serving the four floors. Corridors though are pretty grim and many of the automatic lights along the way were broken meaning fumbling in the dark to open your room door. We found the 'out of hours' service to be particularly poor with two quite shocking instances of incompetence. First was the news from the guy at reception that no extra loo paper was available while the maids were not at the hotel and second was the knocking at our door at three o'clock in the morning by a member of staff who got his room numbers mixed up but did not feel the need to apologise afterwards!