The fact that one of the letters was missing from the hotel's exterior sign told us all we needed to know about the Sud Bahia. And, as if it were needed, both the look of the lobby and the expression on the receptionist's face confirmed our worst thoughts. Upon arrival at the hotel one passes from the bright Agadir sunshine, past the half dead plants in their worn pots, to the darkness of the entrance hall. Perhaps things are so bad at the hotel that they are having to save energy by switching off the lights, who knows, but whatever the reason, it does not create a great first impression. It is true to say that the intricate ceiling work is impressive, however the columns, flooring and seating just through the door at the far end of the lobby are in serious need of updating.
As the Sud Bahia is a regular hotel and not, like most other properties in Agadir, a club hotel, there is not much in the way of outdoor grounds or common areas. The main space is that of the pool which is largely shaded by the hotel building and by the side of which are some sun loungers but no parasols. There is a small pool just for kids adjacent to the main pool while up at the top of one of the accommodation buildings is a solarium where guests can sunbathe throughout the day with nothing obstructing the sun's rays. One good aspect of the hotel's pool is that there is no animation during the day meaning you can lay there in peace with no risk of thumping music or screaming kids ruining your rest.
The hotel, while clean, is in pretty poor condition. The carpets along the hallways are worn and a lick of paint is well overdue. Access to the rooms is pretty simple and there is an elevator for those who have trouble with the stairs. Wifi is available on a complimentary basis in the lobby while the evening's entertainment consists of live music in the lobby bar as well as a disco into the early hours.