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Riad Laaroussa Hotel and Spa
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Reviewed 5 weeks ago

It was amazing what they have behind they door away from all the hustle and bustle of Fed Medina [people, donkeys and carts!]. Beautiful riad with an amazing central courtyard. It was just the perfect place to enjoy a cuppa Moroccan mint tea under all the orange blossoms! Good breakfast on the rooftop, great hospitality [they even send someone to the train station to buy our train ticket for us]. Great location yet tranquil.

  • Stayed: April 2018, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank KongYLan
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Reviewed 8 May 2018

First time staying in a riad after visiting Morocco for years was quite a luxurious experience of space and service. There are few hotels in Fes-el-Bali due to it's Medieval geography so I decided to pay more and see what I got. My chauffeur picked me from railway station and delivered to the man transporting luggage by carriage through the labyrinth of small alleys. The 300 hundred years old building was much bigger than I had expected for 12 rooms, of which I had the one with three windows open to the street, yet high up. The door was glass and facing the library, a curtain gave privacy and there were also wooden shutters. All of Fes-el-Bali can be seen from the roof top terraces, which must be a refreshing place to lounge in the summer heat The breakfast containg also fresh strawberries and nispers was served by big glass doors. The heated pool is situated in a different garden with enough space to relax there too. The location of the riad half way down to the souks is practical for exploring all of the Medina.

Room Tip: Jadda's room has windows opening outside
  • Stayed: April 2018, travelled solo
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Thank Heli P
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Reviewed 8 May 2018

We spent five nights in Fes, all at Riad Laaroussa. It was one of the best decisions we made this trip!

First, a caution for anyone staying in any riad—they are old buildings, with steep and narrow stairways. So if you have trouble with stairs, it’s better to book a hotel with an elevator. Riad Laaroussa has ground floor suites, but meals other than snacks are served on the top floor.

Now on to the fulsome praise for this wonderful place…

It is in the medina, about ten minutes’ walk from the Blue Gate (pretty easy to navigate, you just have to learn where to turn off from the main road). Your taxi will bring you to the Gate, and you’ll be met there by a fellow with a hand cart to carry your luggage and guide you to the riad. This process works best if you book the airport pickup through the riad.

The building was meticulously restored about twelve years ago and in terms of decoration it rivals some of the medersas and palaces we visited. It has everything you’d want in a traditional Moroccan dwelling—intricate zillig (tilework), carved plaster, beautiful woodwork. The rooms are cleverly and tastefully designed with modern needs in mind while still in touch with their Moroccan roots. We stayed in three different rooms during our visit—the Little Brown Room, the Grey Suite and the Orange Suite. While I would recommend all three, the Little Brown Room lives up to its name—it’s small—and it only has one smallish window by the sink. The bed is cleverly squeezed into a corner, so one has to crawl in and out over the end of the bed (there’s no room on the sides). It’s on a top floor. But it is half the price of the suites and gets you access to all the public areas, the big pool, etc. The Grey room is on the second floor (American way of counting, first floor if you’re from anywhere else in the world). Orange is on the ground floor, just off the courtyard—it’s convenient, but not very private (of course there are curtains to pull).

The courtyard is a lush garden, with orange and lemon trees, comfortable seating areas and a little pet tortoise who knows just when to make his way across the tiles to catch the first rays of morning sun on the courtyard floor.

The breakfasts are excellent—there is plenty on the table, but if you also want eggs, just ask. If you like pistachios, try the pistachio yogurt—I’ve never seen it anywhere else in the world.

We had three dinners at the riad because the food is so good and because they’re only cooking for a small group (whichever guests book for dinner—they don’t serve outsiders). It’s pretty much home cooking--each night everyone eats the same thing so ask Fatima what she plans to prepare. And if there is a Moroccan dish you’re particularly interested in, just ask the day before if she would be able to do it. We wanted to try pastilla, and even though she had been planning to do lamb tagine the next night, she switched the menu for us. Vegetarians are easily and cheerfully accommodated.

Fatima begins cooking dinner about 1:30 in the afternoon and if you’re interested in watching, and helping a little bit, she’s happy to invite you into the kitchen (no charge for the classes!) But be careful—you’ll be getting tastes of everything and might not be very hungry at dinner time.

This brings me to the level of service and the morale of the staff. The day we were in the kitchen we got to see everyone interacting behind the scenes—they were having fun, laughing, supporting one another. Clearly the French/American couple who own Riad Laaroussa take care of their employees—worker satisfaction seemed to be very high and several of them have been there ten years or more. Everybody was ready to bend over backwards to make us happy too. I want to especially call out Karim and Badia for exceptional service and goodwill, but in fact every one of the staff always had a ready smile and was happy to help. Lack of French was not a barrier at all.

In summary, we can’t recommend Riad Laaroussa highly enough. If you’re visiting Fes, and can swing it, don’t miss this great experience. Staying there was a major highlight of our Morocco tour!

Room Tip: There are four single rooms and four suites. Write to the riad and discuss what you need. They'll be happy to guide you.
  • Stayed: May 2018, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank SamWoodward
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Reviewed 7 May 2018 via mobile

We had an absolutely wonderful stay at Laaroussa.Our blue room with welcoming roses was our haven in the Medina. We had a delicious dinner at the hotel on the first night and breakfasts were very good with the very entertaining Badia. Sitting on the terrasse just enjoying the panoramic vistas was so relaxing. Our spa experience was fantastic. Rajae and Karriem did everything to make our stay exceptional and the benchmark was so high it has been difficult to find such hospitality and service since.Thank you to everyone - you certainly have a winning recipe here! We would always stay at Riad Laaroussa.

Thank Cape_14
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Reviewed 6 May 2018

My mother and I stayed for 3 nights in the Orange Suite. We were there in April 2018. The riad is beautiful and the staff is even better! The Orange Suite has a queen bed on the first floor and two twin beds in a loft. The way to the loft is a very steep ladder / staircase. The bathroom in the suite is pretty cool. The only downside to the room is that since it is right on the courtyard it can get a little loud outside in the early morning. The water in the bathroom smells very strange - but, I think this is a Fes issue rather than a riad issue. The ladies upstairs that run the breakfast and dinner are lovely and the food is very good. The rooftop views are some of the best in town. The spa was also topnotch - I highly recommend the hammam. Overall, you will not be disappointed in staying at Riad Laaroussa. I would return in a heartbeat!

Stayed: April 2018
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