Iberostar Founty Beach
Cite Founty - BP No 1039, Agadir, 80 000, Morocco
Founty Beach Hotel
Booked this for a standard package holiday as it has the best reviews for Agadir beach hotels. Also there are never last minute deals on this hotel - it is permanently full. It is directly next to the beach, with a guests-only part and also a part of the main 10km beach that Agadir has. The winds in June were so fierce and cold that many days it wasn't possible to sit by the beach, even though the sun shone all days.
Unique Quality: 99% of the people in the hotel were on all-inclusive packages and had to wear a purple wristband. ADVICE - do not book an all-inclusive package. You will be sick of hotel food/drink after a few days, and in any case you would have to be extremely greedy to eat as much in hotel food and drink as you are paying for (it almost doubles the price). You can easily make bookings through the Iberostar website, but almost everyone who stays there at the moment is on a Thomas Cook or Neckermann package, all with their purple wristbands. I would definitely recommend getting out of the hotel and walking around town, especially the Old Souk, which is a fantastic local market. Watch out for taxi drivers trying to take you to their friends' shops though.
Directions: For a package holiday it's fine, nothing really to complain about. But if I never again have to share a hotel with hundreds of Wayne Rooney-lookalikes wearing purple wristbands I'll be very happy.
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Loved Founty Beach
Superb hotel had a great holiday, no problems with the food very nice didn't use the la carte restaurant though. Staff very friendly and helpful rooms no problem at all. Would go back and recommend this hotel to others.
The only thing I would say is be careful of the weather we went in March and was very windy and we did not think it was that hot but it is very hot and you still get a tan so remember your sun tan lotion. You can get newspapers from the hotel next door go out of Founty Beach and turn left that hotel sell English Papers if you want any. We went all inclusive and had no problems at all we had drinks right up to the last minute of catching the plane and were even given a bottle of wine.
There is a movie channel on the TV as well as sky news in English both very good.
Fabulous Founty Beach
We returned last night 24th March from a fabulous week at Iberostar Founty Beach, Agadir.
This being our first visit to Morocco we were a little worried. Well we had no need we were a party of 6 adults (re-cycled teenagers). We had 3 seaview rooms and were all inclusive.
The Hotel and our room were beautifully kept and spotless. The choice of food was excellent with some lovely traditional dishes that even my other half who is a meat and 2 veg man was more than happy with the huge variety of dishes. Drinks were unlimited and various brandys were sampled...
The staff were very friendly and could not do enough for you.
Their are 2 pools one was heated 29/30 degrees but minimum depth 1.65m. The other pool was walk in with various levels but was freezing although some hardy soles were seen swimming regularly in it.
Lovely private beach but we did walk both ways on the public beach with no hassles. The King was in his palace just round the corner and all the red flags were out.
We had lots of fun going into Agadir in the Petit orange taxis make sure you agree the price before you get in - it started at 40 dirhams and we got down to 20. But we asked to be taken to the large souk and he took us to another carpet shop. We should have been more assertive and insisted on him taking us back - we passed it on the way but we found our way back to the amazing souk.
We have been all over and we all agreed the Founty Beach is easily as good as some lovely caribean hotels we have been to.
We have never gone back to the same place twice but we all agreed we would love to come back next year.
A fantastic February break
My husband and I have just returned from a weeks stay at the Iberostar Founty Beach. It was lovely to get there (we had an 18 hour delay though) and the hotel and staff were lovely. It made a difference because our Thomas Cook Rep was fanstastic. The weather was not too great but we have come back looking well and feeling relaxed. Although the food was fantastic, we would not want to go there for longer than a week because it gets to a point when you eat for the sake of it. The free drinks are an advantage and the local spirits, wine and beer are fine. There was a lot of elderly people there and not many British at the time we went so this may needs bearing in mind. Evening entertainment was good and generally it was a super place to go for a weeks break. Sadly it is not safe to swim in the sea and you need a heated outdoor pool. At this time of year remember to take jeans and a coat because it does get cool at night. We did not feel too comfortable out of the hotel but you just have to be firm when people come up to you selling things and tell them you have no money on you because you are all inclusive.
Just returned from a week at the Iberostar Founty Beach Hotel in Agadir, Morocco. We are a family of six and we occupied 2 adjacent rooms which were extremely spacious. The hotel is quite new (2 years I was told)and this must in part explain its superb condition;it is physically top class in all respects. Impressive architecture, intelligently designed, with loads of space. Food in the hotel is of a very high standard, with lots of choice in international and Moroccon cuisine. Staff are excellent, very friendly and helpful. The animation (entertainment) staff are particularly good, delivering a wide variety of activities in a professional and entertaining way. Overall I would thoroughly recommend this hotel for a holiday. One small gripe in relation to lunch : we stayed half-board (breakfast and dinner)so lunch was not included which was fine but buying lunch was expensive ( 110Dirhams per person , approx 10 Euro). For a family of 6 this worked out expensive, and poor value for teenagers who would eat very little of it. Also it was not possible to buy a snack , as opposed to lunch in any restaurant. Most people in the hotel were all inclusive so this was not a problem, but for those on half board like us it was a pain.
The hotel is 2.5-3KM from the resort centre. Taxis are plentiful and cheap but bewarned all the locals are (understandably)trying to make an extra buck out of you. Red taxis are metered & supposedly fixed rate price but make sure the meter is running. White taxis you have to negotiate a price in advance. We found this an unnecessary hassle and tiresome. The hotel should consider providing a regular shuttle service to the centre (as out of town hotels invariably do in resorts in Europe). If you are lucky you may meet a good taxi driver who will look after you during your stay- we did (Abdallah) & he took us to see some interesting places the official tours do not cover,and probably at less cost too. Our experience was very good in this respect but you need to be careful.
Overall we had a great holiday in this hotel and all the positives far outweigh the minor gripes on lunch and taxis. Thoroughly recommended.
Go all inclusive!
I have just returned from a week at the Iberostar Founty Beach Hotel. The hotel is very impressive, the rooms are large and very clean (with excellent hair dryers) and there are plenty of sun loungers and umbrellas ( free of charge ) for use by the pool and on the private beach. The hotel also supplies beach towels and they have courtesy rooms which you can use on the day of departure after you have checked out. The evening buffet offered a good variety of food. The security is also very good as you will be stopped and asked your room number when entering the hotel if you are not wearing an all inclusive band.
On the downside, as I stayed there during the easter holidays the hotel was at full capacity and the staff were not as helpful as previous reviews suggested. We had a lovely room with a sea view but on the day of departure we had a staff member walk into the room without knocking at 9am in the morning ( checkout is 12pm) and then our room key card was deactivated at 11am which meant we had to go and get a staff member to let us back into our room.
Also, the hotel is really designed for all inclusive guests. If you are paying for drinks you still only get the tiny glasses which are used for the all inclusive guests. To make it worse, soft drinks are poured out of big bottles and you feel ripped off paying about 1.50euro a go for a tiny amount! The lunch buffet is around 10euro per person regardless of the amount you eat. There are no other options for snacks except a very expensive shop which had a limited range of crisps and biscuits but no drinks except water. If you are eating out i'd recommend La Scala seafood restaurant which was excellent and about 5mins from the hotel by taxi.
I would stay in this hotel again but perhaps at a less busy time and as an all inclusive guest.
Just back from a fantastic week at the Founty Beach. Previous posts singing the praises of the hotel are all true! Rooms were clean & spacious. Staff were plentiful and very friendly. Food was excellent and varied, with standby cheese, salad, chips, pizza and pasta available at every meal... plus traditional moroccan dishes etc. etc.
We left the kids at home (perhaps that's why we had such a good holiday!) but saw that the hotel entertainment staff were excellent with children.
Hotel had activities each day (if you like that sort of thing) plus a show each evening (again, if you like that sort of thing)!
The hotel provides beach towels for use on the poolside (free of charge, but with a returnable deposit) which were OK.
Camel, camel, camels!!!
A family group of 8 of us have just returned from this excellent hotel. The whole place is really good, the staff can not do enough for you, ask for a glass of wine, you get the whole bottle ( we were all inclusive), the food is really good, lots of choice from lovely fish and meat traditional dishes to freshly made pizzas and crepes for the kids! Food is on offer all day, from breakfast, then lunch by the pool, cakes at tea and then dinner at night. Loads of choice, something for everyone. The pools are very good, plenty of sun loungers, don't take beach towels as you can hire them from the hotel and change them daily ( you get your money back at the end of the stay) The hotel has its own private beach, you get hassled a lot on the public beach, but people are very friendly and a firm 'LAH' (NO) will surfice. They are selling mainly camel rides and jewellry all of which is really cheap.
The locals really appreciate tips, any loose change is readily accepted, and are all very friendly towards the British.
Also do not worry about taking bottled water if you are all inclusive as the hotel provides all of it free of charge from the bars.
Great place for a lazy sunshine break!
Went for a week's laze and this hotel was perfect for that. Had a lovely quiet ground floor room which was spotless and very spacious. Grounds were immaculate and the pools and sunbed areas were cleaned every night. Don't take pool towels as you can hire these for a returnable deposit. We went all inclusive which we thought was good value for money and found the food excellent - mind you we're not fussy eaters and enjoy trying local foods. I wouldn't bother with the a la carte restaurant though - we were a bit disappointed. Drinks are local brands which were ok, wine not brilliant but good enough to wash dinner down with. Staff very helpful and friendly, but it does help if you know some French as their English was a bit limited. Our tour rep was great too - Husein, from Panorama holidays. Agadir is not the place to go for the "traditional" Morocco, but if you want a week of sunshine and being lazy by the pool I'd recommend this hotel. Only warning is you do get a bit of hassle by beach vendors if you venture onto the amazing sandy beach (water too choppy for swimming though). The hotel has a private sandy beach area where the vendors don't come to.
iberostar founty beach
Has anybody stayed at the Iberostar Founty Beach?
Supposed to be a fourstar hotel but would welcome any feedback anyone may have.
Re: iberostar founty beach
I stayed at the Ibersotar founty beach, sept/ oct 2004. Although its a great hotel, witrh great facilities i would strongly advise not staying there untill they have there food hygene issuse sorted. Myself and many other british travellers who were staying there all suffered from the same illness, which took over our whole holiday and ruined it for us. There was a serious lack of cleanliness and uncooked food, to state a few issuse. I have seen other web pages with people complaining of the same thing. So for now i would stay clear of the iberostar.
Hope this helps,
Re: Re: iberostar founty beach
Thanks very much for your reply could you let me know what website you were looking at. I am going there for a conference for four days dont fancy getting ill though.
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Iberostar Founty Beach
We've found that other people looking for this hotel also know it by these names:
- Founty Beach Agadir
- Iberostar Hotel Agadir
- Iberostar Hotel Founty Beach
- Iberostar Founty Beach Hotel Agadir
Address: Cite Founty - BP No 1039, Agadir, 80 000, Morocco