Océan Vagabond4.0 out of 5.0
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This was an incredible disappointing hotel! After paying a premium price for the stay we had an expectation to receive a certain standard of quality. The building is incredibly run down. Towels are badly stained and frayed on the edges. There was a blood stain one of the pillows. Water does not drain from the sink in the bathroom. Bathroom window can't be opened without it dropping completely on the toilet. Windows and door t balcony didn't lock. Overall the room smelt of mould and it was very dusty. Hotel food was also terrible! Breakfast as well as lunch/dinner offering. We moved to Le Médina Essaouira a block away for the same price. It was an exceptional improvement!
This was by far the nicest staff, very very helpful, always smiling very attentive and polite and trustworthy of all the hotels and riad I have been to on my trip to Morocco this was the best place I've stayed in I highly recommend it !
This hotel is very well situated, close to the medina but not in it, one row away from the sea front but with a view onto it, quiet, quaint. It is rather rundown from the outside. Arriving by night we could'nt find it. But once inside and particularly in our room, the one with the mezzanine, it was comfortable and beautiful. Super breakfast, very nice staff.
This is our second stay at the Ocean Vagabond and quite a bit has changed since we were last there (April 2014) but we had a lovely stay none the less. The hotel stay are incredibly hospitable, friendly and nothing is too much hassle for them. Haneen and the rest of the team were always cheery, friendly, efficient and helpful: they were quick to get a faulty light fixed, find fresh pool towels if needed and even offered to try and find someone to repair broken sunglasses. The ladies who run the kitchen were equally fantastic. They remembered our breakfast preferences and were always friendly. The staff are a credit to a hotel and it is their service that meant some of the hotels other shortcomings seemed insignificant. The food we had was really good. Breakfast is similar to what you get in other Moroccan hotels (fresh fruit salad, yoghurt, bread and jam, cake, brioche, eggs, pancake etc) and the servings were generous. We never finished everything. The hotel continues to offer a limited menu of salads and sandwiches etc. that are perfect for lunch if you are staying by the pool. The food is pricier than you'll find in the Medina (but that's hotels for you) and probably isn't what you would choose for an evening meal, but it is delicious (We recommend the Babouet Thon). The room we spent most our stay in was lovely (the Maasi room). It was spacious, clean, well decorated and had a large balcony overlooking the sea. The cleaning staff were great and clearly paid attention to our daily routines as we were never disturbed during a lie in or siesta but always returned to a spotless room after we had been out. The pool is heated and is clean (unless it's exceptionally windy when understandably sand, dust, leaves etc get blown in) and it is great to have somewhere sheltered to sunbathe/cool off (if you've visited Essaouira before you'll know the wind that makes it a kite surfing destination mean it's beach isn't ideal for sunbathing on). The location is great. It's a 3minute walk to a gate into Medina and pretty much on the sea front (there is a low level villa in front but it is only a storey high so it doesn't impinge on your view). The road next to the hotel isn't quietest, but very few places in Morocco are quiet! Personally to have a pool and a sea view I can cope with a little traffic noise (especially as it's probably quieter than crowds if you were to stay in town). However, as I said initially a lot has changed since we last visited and Unik Palais NEED to invest a lot of money and time in the upkeep of this hotel. There was a lot we noticed had deteriorated at lot in 3years: * For our first night Haneen apologised the hotel was fully booked and explained we would be on a road facing room but would be moved in the morning. Which was fine by us. However, the room we spent that first night in (the Geisha room), was awful. There was a m² damp patch on the wall, which meant the room smelt damp and unclean. The smell was sufficiently horrible that it stopped me sleeping. Although the rest of the room was perfectly clean and well decorated the smell made it all seem grubby and depressing. For a night it didn't bother us too much but I think I would check out if I was expected to stay a week in there. Avoid this room at all costs. *The pictures on the website (and other booking sites) are no longer a true representation the hotel as it is today. A lot of the communal areas are looking a lot more tatty and threadbare. *The towels and robes are all perfectly clean but are old, thin and faded. They are definitely ready to be replaced with new * A lot of the facilities listed are no longer available; 1) There is no A/C. The unit in our room didn't work and the other guests we spoke to said they didn't have it either. The weather wasn't too hot during our stay so it was fine, but if you visited in a heatwave it'd be a different story. 2) The onsite Hammam is shut down (which is a shame, we really enjoyed it last time). You can use a Hammam in their sister hotel in the Medina if you wish, but you now need to pay. 3) The bar has shut down and the area is kept in the dark. Not having a bar to buy a drink doesn't bother me, but the decision to remove the furniture and turn out the lights in a communal part of a hotel seems an odd decision to me. It looks depressing and forlorn and adds to the sense of disrepair. Why they haven't chosen to keep it as welcoming, furniture's, lit, communal area to enjoy a soft drink is beyond me! Although I have finished on the negatives, we had a lovely stay. As I have said, the staff make this hotel. I just hope that the company start a to invest in maintaining and repairing this hotel, particularly if they intend to keep charging the room rates they do.
The pictures are misleading as well as the opinions in services such as Booking. There is no AC, the street and entrance of the hotel looks depressing and is not clean. We found several cockroaches in the bathroom (of course, there are open wholes leading to the dead spaces). Breakfast was not served until we went to the kitchen to ask if they could serve it, even if they would here us talk as we waited for someone to show up. All furniture is old.
My girlfriend and I were very happy with our stay at the Hotel Ocean Vagabond. From the moment we arrived the hosts were keen to make us feel welcome and strike a good rapport. The room: a good size, clean, and tastefully decorated The bed: comfy and large The bathroom: Nice, although in need of minor repairs to the shower head holder and the toilet did seem to be constantly running which, in fairness, I failed to report as the they were very minor and in the context of out short stay (3 nights) Breakfast/catering: Well-prepared and delicious, although be aware that the breakfast menu appears to be fixed and sugar-rich! The pool: Can't comment as we didn't use it, but the garden is pleasant Spa treatments: Be aware that these are done at the sister hotel which is a <10-minute walk away. I was satisfied with my massage although, would've liked the more options (deep tissue etc.); similarly, my girlfriend was very happy her first hammam! A special mention should go to our hosts Hanan & co., who were always friendly and smiling. I was very impressed with the service we received and incredibly grateful for the surprise birthday cake and room decoration they organised (without any instruction my gf) - it really helped to make my day - thank you!
Very happy with the location, Great sea view and fantastic sunsets from the balcony! 200mtrs walk from the beach. Short walk to Bab Marakesh for food, shopping entertainment etc. Staff were friendly and informative! Wine and Alcohol shops didn't open on Fridays so stock up earlier if poss beforehand.......
This is a small, friendly hotel in a superb location. Situated just a few minutes from two gates in to the fascinating old walled medina, seconds to the promenade/beach and a short stroll to the fishing harbour and ramparts. It couldn't be better. The staff are vey friendly and helpful. The reception staff couldn't do enough for you. We had a room with a balcony (which you pay a bit more for) overlooking the beach. This had sun most of the day and a lovely view of the sunset so was a real bonus. A very spacious room and nice bathroom which was cleaned every day. Our breakfast was really good. Fresh fruit juice, fruit salad, yoghurt, a choice of eggs, lovely fresh bread & jam plus a Moroccan cake. To be honest, once we had finished our lazy breakfast, we really didn't need anything else other than an afternoon coffee (and I did normally manage to guts a crepe) until we went and found some dinner in one of the many excellent Moroccan restaurants all within a short walk from the hotel. We used to sit in the garden by the pool for an hour after breakfast and it was lovely. Plenty of sun or shade to choose from although we were there in January and by the afternoon there wasn't much sun apart from on the balcony. With the beach so close this wasn't an issue and might well be an advantage in the heat of the summer. As just mentioned we were there in January and the hotel was quiet. There was a bar area but this wasn't open whilst we were there but to be honest, we didn't want to use it anyway. We wanted to be out in the town soaking up the atmosphere. I would just mention that the hotel is off from a busy road close to the Medina and seafront. Not so busy that there is a problem crossing the road etc but you do get some road noise which I would think you would get more or less anywhere this close to the seafront. This didn't affect us as the windows are well insulated. If you were staying in the Medina itself the noise factor would be much more and it wasn't a drawback for us. The Hotel Ocean Vagabond is twinned with another hotel which has a Hamman/massage but with SO many places offering this service and all really close, it didn't matter that it wasn't at the hotel itself. We would certainly consider going back to this hotel if we were to go back to Essaouira.
This hotel is very average and many reviews you read are misleading because there is Hotel Ocean Vagabond AND Ocean Vagabond beach bar, When you ready about sitting by the sea.......great wines and beers......oysters this is the beach restaurant NOT this hotel. The HOTEL Ocean Vagabond does not serve alcohol and the bar is not staffed and never open. The restaurant is a collection of 5 or 6 tables in an area adjacent to the lounge area. There is no menu, except a laminated card in each bedroom and you order through reception. The advertised spa and hammam does not exist either. You can book a massage but then have to walk 6/7 minutes to another hotel to have the treatment. After the massage you then walk back covered in oil to take a shower. This is not a terrible place to stay but misrepresentation and virtually no on site facilities. It should be named "Guest House" not Hotel.
Didn't get rooms we booked. Rude staff unfriendly service terrible breakfasts. Would not stay again. Towels for the pool like gold dust, all in need of a good overhaul. Good location for medina but would not recommend
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76% of guests recommend this hotelTotal of 147 reviews