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“A truly excellent small hotel; a real gem” 5 of 5 stars
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Al Fassia Aguedal
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   MH 9bis route de l'Ourika, Marrakech 40000, Morocco   |  
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Ranked #59 of 462 Hotels in Marrakech
Bloemendaal, The Netherlands
2 reviews
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“A truly excellent small hotel; a real gem”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2010

My wife and I were looking for a small, quality boutique hotel in Marrakech and found it. The Al Fassia hotel and its staff were truly excellent; some of the best service I have experienced; better in most respects to 5 star international hotels in major cities. Its a very personal experince made all the more enjoyable and memorable by the personal care and attention lavished by the owner/manager, Myra, who is a lovely lady. All aspects of our stay suited us ideally; a romantic and very comfortable room, a great bed for a good nights sleep, a quiet location (no street/car noise) but easily accessible to the city centre. The hotel also has an excellent adjoining restaurant. We can unreservedly recommend the hotel to anyone wanting to visit Marrakech.

  • Stayed November 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    5 of 5 stars
  • Service
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  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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London, United Kingdom
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3 reviews 3 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2010

This was our first visit to marrakech, i can agree with most of the other reviews this is a very nice hotel. Myra and all her staff were more than helpful, the only down side was the location,had to take taxis to get to the old town, I think we would have sooner stayed in the medina a lot more going on.If you are looking for a hotel a little quieter then this will be right for you.

  • Stayed October 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Leeds, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2010

An excellent Riad, about 15mins from the airport, and 10mins into the centre of Marrakech, located near to a modern european mini shopping centre (Carrefore approx 10min walk) with TGI Friday, Pizza Hut plus other outlets. The Riad's onsite restaurant is fabulous and a must for traditional food and environment reasonably priced, Riad also provides lunch upon request. Staff eager to please and exceptionally friendly but not in your face, Rooms were brilliant. Would definately return and recommend. Thank-you for a memorable break.

  • Stayed October 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2010

This was our first trip to Morrocco and didn't know what to expect. We decided to book Al Fassia Aguedal because the reviews were so good. It certainly didn't disappoint! The Riad is beautiful and the staff so friendly and helpful. The food at the restaurant is delicous and definately worth going to. We also had a Hammam and body massage which was a perfect way to unwind.

  • Stayed September 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2010

what a beautiful tranquil place to completely unwind and re energise...Just close enough to the Medina and the city area but distant enough to feel peaceful and quiet. Myra and all her staff couldn't have been more helpful, taking the time on a daily basis to ensure that we were comfortable and to help organise any sightseeing... If you want an intimate home away from home experience with all hotel services, this place is a must! Enjoy your stay..

  • Stayed September 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2010

After reading so many good reviews we decided to book into this little Riad. I have to say I was not disappointed. From the moment we arrived to when we left it felt like home. Its in a great location just a short distance from the lively square and a great place to come back to after the hustle and bustle of Marrakech. The whole place is spotless and the service exceptional - nothing is too much trouble. Then there is the restaurant which was fantastic you have to eat here its one of the best in Marrakech. All in all a great place and you feel very welcomed. Thank you Myra and the team - we will be back!!!

  • Stayed September 2010, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2010

We visited Marrakech for my wife's 30th. I chose this hotel, because of the rave reviews but also because it was a little out of town, away from the chaos of Marrakech. Having been before, I knew that this chaos can get a bit much so this hotel proved to be a beautiful oasis to escape.

We arrived at the airport early morning. When we attempted to take a Taxi, we asked the price. I knew it was a standard 150Dh charge (though not sure if that was actually true or not) so when I asked the driver how much it would be to Al Fassia, he took us to one side and said 250Dh. I laughed and said that we're not paying that and I knew it was 150Dh. He said the hotel was really really far out of town like 10km - which it is not. From the airport its about 10mins - and only about 3km. There was a bus leaving for town in about 8 mins, so we declined his offer - at which point he dropped his price to 200Dh. We said no and got on the bus for 20Dh each, got off at Djemaa El Fnaa (6 stops on) and took at taxi from there. The first two taxi guys we saw tried it on and wanted to charge 70Dh, however we got one down to 40Dh. You need to haggle everywhere.

Al Fassia is about 2 - 3km out of town. Its opposite the vast Aguedal gardens of orange groves, olive trees and vineyards. We arrived, the huge doors were opened and we were lead into this quiet oasis. Instantly we were made to feel welcome. After being checked in to the suite (which I recommend if you stay here), Myra the very cool lady who runs the Riad came to greet us in person and had a birthday gift of some moroccan slippers for my wife. We were given some lovely moroccan pastries and fruits in our room. Our room was pretty majestic, 4 poster bed, lovely decor and vast bathroom with a view of the pool.

Myra and her staff went really out of their way to make sure we had a really special stay. Nothing was ever too much trouble and everything came with a big smile. It was really endearing that everyday Myra would make time to come and talk to us and find out how we were enjoying the stay there.

We didn't bring any guide books and they kindly lent us a couple, which really helped as we would have got totally lost in the Souks.

Al Fassia is widely known for its food all over Marrakech and let me tell you... it was really really good. We had lunch and dinner there twice. Yeah, we could have gone elsewhere but didnt want to risk having a meal that wouldn't be as good. Personally I would recommend the Chicken Tagine with Preserved Lemon and Olives and the Lamb Tagine with Sweet Prunes. Their pastries are great and they have this Pastilla dessert topped with sugar spiced ground almonds. Oh and the moroccan salad is really good too. The staff at the restaurant were all so nice. On my wife's birthday they surprised her by singing Happy Birthday in french, english and she also got a moroccan 'war cry' - which was just so cool. I had no idea. No day would have been complete without lots and lots of mint tea and Mohammed made the best mint tea!

The night before, we would tell them when we wanted to have our breakfast. We'd eat by the pool in the morning - moroccan crepes, breads and an array of really nice jams to go with it.

We spent a day in town sight seeing and eating in the market in the evening, but the other days we spent in the riad relaxing by the pool, playing cards and eating food. I love moroccan food.

The views of the sunset from the roof terrace at night were brilliant. An sunset, the central gardening is a live with birds chirping away.

Even though it was Ramadan, Myra arranged a cooking demonstration for us because I really wanted to learn how to make a proper chicken tagine. I really appreciated this and at the end of the trip she gave us some preserved lemons to take with us! I'll be writing more about this on my blog mrfoodie.co.uk

So a big big thank you to Myra and her staff for making our stay special and for helping me spoil my wife on her birthday. :o)

Anyway... if you stay here you will love it.

couple of tips

If the day you can walk to the Carrefour next to the hotel and get a taxi for around 30dh - be firm and be prepared to walk away. Coming back to the hotel will only cost about 30 - 40dh. haggle and be firm. At night we paid 40dh - 50dh for a small taxi.

In the souk - they will try it on. You never know what the real price could be, so be prepared to walk away if need be and hold your ground on price. Go to about 20% and you'll end up paying about 30%. We bought some sandals and the guy wanted 450dh!!! we said we're not paying anymore than 100Dh and ended up getting them for 120Dh - and I still think we paid too much.

Make sure you eat a meal or two at Al Fassia - you will love it!!!

  • Stayed August 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: MH 9bis route de l'Ourika, Marrakech 40000, Morocco
Location: Morocco > Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region > Marrakech
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( Wi-Fi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #59 of 462 Hotels in Marrakech
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Al Fassia Aguedal 4*
Number of rooms: 27
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