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“Charming and beautifully moroccan” 5 of 5 stars
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Riad Layalina
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   10 Derb el Miter | Ain Azliten, Fes 30000, Morocco   |  
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Ranked #6 of 87 Hotels in Fes
Sydney, Australia
Top Contributor
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30 hotel reviews
Reviews in 85 cities Reviews in 85 cities
93 helpful votes 93 helpful votes
“Charming and beautifully moroccan”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

This Riad was easily as charming and beautifully decorated as many of the madrassas or mosques in Fes. On a hot afternoon we were blissfully happy to spend time by the pool gazing up at the surrounding building and drinking moroccan tea prepared by the helpful staff. They were kind enough to meet us on arrival with tea, sweets and traditional lunch and from then on nothing was too much trouble.

The mattresses were a little hard for our liking but rooms were otherwise very well done.

Location is very convenient for exploring the old city and markets.

  • Stayed July 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Banbury, UK
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11 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

We very much enjoyed our recent stay in Riad Layalina. Jerome was very helpful during the booking process, we were met at the train station and taken to the Riad. To our great surprise and delight we were then given a delicious tagine, water and mint tea, as it was quite late at night. We weren't charged for this and we felt that this was a really nice touch and meant that we didn't have to start wandering around Fes trying to find somewhere to eat after a long journey. Our rooms were nice although one bathroom wasn't ensuite to the room that didn't matter to us. Great aircon, nice breakfasts and charming staff made for a good stay. The riad is very traditional, close to the main street and with a lovely roof terrace and refreshing pool too. Highly recommended.

  • Stayed July 2014, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014 via mobile

We had an amazing stay here. The riad is beautiful and the breakfasts are amazing. Try the honey and the jams!!
They guys are great and very helpful!
Well worth the visit!!!
The rooms are highly decorated in Moroccan style but there is still a relaxed peacefulness about it.

  • Stayed June 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Pleasanton, CA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

Thanks to Said, Simon, and the whole Layalina staff for a very nice 4 night stay. My wife, adult son, and I completely enjoyed our time there. It's a beautiful, comfortable, accessible home base right next to the action. I'll miss my afternoon pool plunges, as well as your thoughtful kindness. A great place!

  • Stayed June 2014, traveled with family
    • 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 July 1, 2014

Beautiful and peaceful, ideal location, very friendly staff, full of warmth, lovely patio, lovely roof top. Sigh. Longing to coming back to that beautiful place in that beautiful city with these hospitabke people. Sigh again.

  • Stayed June 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Delft, The Netherlands
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

This riad is a real Gem. We arrived after a 3 hour car trip to be greeted at the car and escourted from the streets of Fes into this most beautiful courtyard where are our luggage was put to one side and we were provided with some wonderful mint team and homemade Moroccan biscuits. It didn't stop there, as it was around lunch time we were then brought a complementary lunch. Each of us had a steaming hot fresh tomato tagine placed in front of us, and after we had enjoyed our lovely meal we were then showed to our rooms.

The Riad is beautiful and well kept and all the staff were incredibly friendly and helpful.

My wife and I stayed in the double room on the 2nd floor and had no complaints. However my parents stayed in the double room on the 1st floor below us and were really not happy with the bathroom. I think that there may be a problem with the drainage or the plumbing as the bathroom always had a terrible smell coming from it which could be smelt all the way up the staircase. We noticed that in some of the other Riads we stayed at on our trip, that the lower bathrooms had similar problems however the other Riads had solved this problem using better ventilation, incense and dried flowers. If the riad is able to solve this problem then I believe it would be one of the best riads in Fes. If not for this we would have rated them a 5/5.

In terms of location. You couldn't be in a better position.

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  • Stayed May 2014, 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Zurich, Switzerland
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2014

As we arrived, without even asking our names we have been welcomed in the wonderful patio with Moroccan tea and, after a while, with a delicious tajine. Only once rested from the traveling and filled with food, they started with the formalities.

Staff is kind and ready to help.

Location is very good: just on the border of the old Medina, and few steps away from all the places you want to be.
Rooms are (obviously) in Arabic style; maybe not always functioning, but clean and beautiful, with a thick hard mattress that is a treat to sleep on.
The patio (cannot avoid repeating it) with its little pool and fountain and plants and tiles is a pleasure for the soul, and when it's not hot (early morning or sunset) the roof-terrace offers additional pleasures for the eye.

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  • Stayed June 2014, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Riad Layalina

Address: 10 Derb el Miter | Ain Azliten, Fes 30000, Morocco
Location: Morocco > Fes-Boulemane Region > Fes
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #6 of 87 Hotels in Fes
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Riad Layalina 3*
Number of rooms: 7
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The riad, renovated in 2009, quiet and peaceful, benefits from its own private pool. You will be able to rest in the patio, by the pool or on the terrace, with it's stunning view. This house is ideal for families or friend groups.Riad Layalina is located in Fez medina, 50 metres from the main street and nearby Bab Boujloud. It offers 10 rooms and 7 bedrooms, has an outdoor swimming pool, a traditional Moroccan courtyard and a four-level panoramic terrace with a 360° view over all Fez Medina. Free WiFi and car private park on foot. ... more   less 
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