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“Perfect stay in Fez” 5 of 5 stars
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Riad Laaroussa
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   3 Derb Bechara | Fes medina, Fes 30000, Morocco   |  
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“Perfect stay in Fez”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2012 via mobile

My friend and I booked the riad for my birthday and can honestly not fault this place.

Welcome was warm, room was huge (we had the cream suite which I highly recommend) and styled beautifully.

View from the roof terrace was beautiful and having breakfast up there was the perfect start to the day.

FZ and all the rest if the team were fantastic. Helped book our tours and transport, recommended great places to eat and basically made sure that we didn't need to lift a finger.

Rooms very clean, furnished beautifully and in our case had a log fire.

Food in the evening was excellent.

Honestly one of the best places I have ever stayed. Can't thank them enough.

  • Stayed October 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
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  • Rooms
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  • Cleanliness
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Cape Town Central, South Africa
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2012

We were fortunate to spend 3 nights at Riaad Laarousa. From the moment we arrived at 1am until we left we were treated like long lost family members. Sharing a glass of wine with Fred, the proprietor, and hearing of how he came to Morocco, receiving multiple home remedies for a bad stomach from Asmae, being taken shopping for kitchen supplies in the Medina by Nezha and generally being fussed over by FZ and Sabah was treatment for royalty indeed. And the final farewell from Laarbi who, at age 57, huffed and puffed all our luggage on his hand cart out of the warren of walkways will leave us forever with warm memories of Fez and Riad Laarouse.

The position of the hotel in respect to the old city of Fes is perfect. Great restaurants within a few minutes walk and the Jewish Quarter no more than half an hour stroll away. Fred and team also provide superb meals with an excellent wine list should you wish to stay 'at home'.

The decor is eclectic and the building, an impressive architectural mansion in its own right, has been restored with the finest attention to detail. The accommodation was very comfortable and spacious with many rooms and the roof top terrace largely vacant for our private use

Our overall impression was being allowed into a secret palace through the kindness and generosity of our good hosts.

  • Stayed October 2012, 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 October 7, 2012

Great place. Very friendly hosts who went out of their way to make us feel welcome. We arrived late and they offered to try and put together some dinner despite the fact the kitchen was long closed. Breakfast is served at whatever time you choose to get up and is on the roof with great views over the medina. The Riad itself is stunning and you'd never guess this would lie behind a plain wooden door in one of the side streets of the medina. Only downside is that's a little difficult to find (like many Riad's in a Medina) so get directions first.

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  • Stayed September 2012, 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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Cambridge, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2012

The owners Cathy and Fred found us a wonderful guide in Haimido who took us to places we wouldn't normally have seen. We really enjoyed sharing a Cous cous dish with friends of Hamido on the Friday. He is very sympathetic to the Fez way of life as he has lived here all his life. I enjoyed the Pink Floyd sound track he provided to accompany a new scene!
To return to the peace of the Riad where nothing is too much trouble was extremely relaxing. The owners and staff work as a friendly team and this is felt whether you are eating delicious meals to just sitting and taking your fabulous surroundings in. They were happy to provide mint tea and exquisite pastries at any [reasonable] time. I would definitely recommend it to anyone making a first visit to Fez and know afterwards you would return! Heather Wells

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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 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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Singapore, Singapore
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2012

From the moment you arrive in Fes, Riad Laaroussa makes sure that your stay will be a seamless and comfortable one. The pick up at the airport, the transport of your luggage into the walled old town, the intro to your room and the welcome tea & biscuits, tips on how to get around - the service was impeccable and the team members are consummate professionals and warm. We had sumptous breakfasts at the riad and enjoyed a lovely dinner on our last night. The room was a beauty - unique with Moroccon decor and charm (though the copper taps could give you a little shock when water ran through them - this should be looked into!). The riad is simply beautiful - lovely courtyard center and the epitome of taste and sophistication and yet, homely and cosy. What I loved most was the roof top terrace where you could enjoy the evening breeze and night lights overlooking Fes and simply relax and unwind from the Medina. This will be an unforgettable place for me, not least cos my boyfriend proposed here :)

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 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 October 6, 2012 via mobile

If u didnt try a hamam before u should go and try this, it is clean relaxing spcly along with the massage. The rooms are very nice and specious but the area in old town is not very nice . The staff is very nice.

  • Stayed October 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2012

Weaving our way through the labyrinth of narrow bustling streets of the Media we were totally gobsmacked when our driver opened the doors of Riad Laaroussa - an oasis of beauty and calm. We were looking for a relaxing break and we certainly found it here. Bespoke and tailor made tours are on offer. Shopping in the medina with the fantastic chef Badiae was amazing and then helping her cook in the large kitchen sitting around chatting to the staff as we sipped mint tea. On the days we were not out on a tour we sat reading in lounge or our room enjoying Fred's choice of world music that lazily wafted around the Riad. If all that was too much then there was always the Hammam where Rajae and Nezha soap, scrub and massage one into another world. Dinner and breakfast an equal joy as FZ makes certain that every part of your stay is perfect.
The owners Fred and Cathy have create a tranquil haven here.

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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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Address: 3 Derb Bechara | Fes medina, Fes 30000, Morocco
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Location: Morocco > Fes-Boulemane Region > Fes
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#1 Family Hotel in Fes
#1 Spa Hotel in Fes
#1 Luxury Hotel in Fes
#1 Romantic Hotel in Fes
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Riad Laaroussa 4*
Number of rooms: 8
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
In the heart of the Medina of Fez, Riad Laaroussa opens its doors to you for an exceptional place in a relaxed atmosphere. An immense 17th-century palace, 8 suites and rooms surround a beautiful courtyard with orange trees so that you can relive the splendor of Fez. A huge terrace, a variety of spacious living areas, comfortable and warmly decorated and a very caring staff are at your disposal to make your stay memorable. At Riad Laaroussa, you can also enjoy our spa with a private, authentic hammam and relaxing massages as well as enjoy quality Moroccan cuisine on one of the terraces with breathtaking views. ... more   less 
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