Al Fassia Aguedal was the perfect stay for our honeymoon. My wife and I were really excited about both taking a cultural trip as well as laying by the pool and relaxing, and Al Fassia hit the mark on both fronts. Sophia, the reception manager, was instrumental in helping us find the best places to visit both on a tourist level and for those quaint and stylish little restaurants and cafés that litter the medina which would take forever to find, if you managed to locate them at all, and she gave us detailed maps and acceptable costs for taxis to shuttle between the 'must see' sights of Marrakech.
We wanted to take her with us everywhere we went!!
Myra, the Hotel Manager was welcoming, funny, and hit the mark perfectly with being there enough to feel that presence of someone who is in charge, without 'over-managing' by always looking over the staff's shoulders.
The rooms were superb; spacious, beautifully furnished, and with modern amenities whilst maintaining the classic Moroccan style.
The bathroom was bigger than my house and the shower was powerful, with a dinner plate sized faucet.
Unfortunately we didn't get to sample the Moorish shaped pool. Many Moroccan pools I believe are not heated, but had we travelled in the hotter months we could quite see ourselves staying way too long by the poolside, finding it difficult to pull ourselves away from the stylish wooden deck beds adorned with deep mattresses and pre laid lounge towels to head into town.
Taxi's were booked by Sophia and were booked on a meter price plus a standard fee. But here's where you have to watch yourself.
These prices change daily, in fact they change from the beginning of the journey to the end. We had many a fight with a driver for changing prices, giving wrong change etc. no fault of the hotel, but simply something that you have to be prepared for when enjoying the benefits of a hotel on the fringes of town. Sophia told us that even she had to deal with this on a regular basis, so this exercise is not just reserved for the tourists.
Do look at taking the bus though. Although no one seemed to know many details about the bus, you can catch a no. 25 or 251 (I think) from the back of the building. And for only 50p per person to Jemaa El Fna. Arrival every 20 minutes and the price is fixed, for the journey duration at least.
Sadly we didnt have chance to sample the restaurant food, but the menu and seating area looked spacious and stylish, and if its sister restaurant in Gueliz is anything to go by (the Geuliz restaurant is currently ranked #31 of 388!) you're in for a treat.
They also offer a Hammam and massage service, but we had already booked into one in town prior to arrival.
All in all, a great stay, and it contributed enormously to a wonderful 5 days.
It'll be top of my list again when we return.
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