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!!!
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