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Riad Laaroussa
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   3 Derb Bechara | Fes medina, Fes 30000, Morocco   |  
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Ranked #2 of 87 Hotels in Fes
Geneva, Illinois
1 review
“Gorgeous Riad!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2013

We loved our stay at Riad Laaroussa. Although our room was one of the smaller ones, it was cozy and actually provided plenty of room for us and our luggage. The public space is great with many fireplaces. The food was excellent and the staff is exceptional. Always willing to do anything they could to help make our stay better. They arranged a couple of terrific guides as well. The riad itself is just gorgeous from the courtyard to the terrace.

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  • Stayed December 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 January 13, 2013

Smiling, helpful Laarbi met us at the main road and carried our luggage to the riad. We were greeted by the warm wonderful staff. It was a cold night and the fire in the fire place in our room was most welcome. We had ordered a vegan meal for dinner the first night and it was delicious. We stayed in the Green Room for two nights in the Cream Suite for one night. Both rooms were beautiful and very, very comfortable. The staff is fantastic - FZ, Fati Flower, Fatima Twila, Sabah, Badiae and everyone else were not only helpful but pleasant, happy and charming. Breakfast was delicious as were the dinners. We ate there every night. I recommend the hammam and spa at the riad. It was very professional and so relaxing. The location of the riad could not be better. If you are in Fez this is the place to stay.

  • Stayed November 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
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2013

and probably the best hotel. The riad is beautiful beyound any description, with its mix of traditional architecture and modern art. We stayed for three nights, with two kids, in the orange suite - marvellous room, the children enjoyed their beds in the mezzonine immensly, and the fireplace was lit every evening, and - well, I do not want to spoil it for new guests.
The team is absolutely amazing - you feel a dear guest every single second, and even a friend - they recommended the best guide, helped with everything, were more then tolerant with the noisy and destructive kids, perfect in each and every way. The rooftop terrace has an incredible view - and I could go on and on.
Oh, a spoiler - there are two retrievers that love to be patted and a cat that insists on being let in the room.
We loved every second and plan to return to take cooking classes and enjoi the spa.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
    • 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
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2013

What a beautiful place!! There were 9 of us, 2 families staying for 3 nights at the end of a wonderful trip through Morocco, and the Riad could not have been more perfect. The rooms were spectacular! We got there after dark and the fireplaces in the rooms were lit and the staff was incredibly helpful. The rooftop deck is such a wonderful place to have breakfast or a drink after a long day. It was a great end to a great trip!

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2013

We spent three heavenly nights in the Riad Laaroussa in December. From the moment we stepped into its lovely courtyard, we were pampered and treated as family by its wonderful owner and staff. Even the animals were especially welcoming. Mimi, the cat, came to our room to visit my granddaughter many times. The cuisine at the riad was superb. Our mouths are still watering at the thought of the caramelized lamb tagine and delectable pumpkin soup we had on Christmas eve. Our stay was really a special experience and we hope to return some day soon.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
    • 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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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2013

It is one thing to hear about Moroccan hospitality; it is another to experience it. We stayed 3 nights in the Orange Room, which in retrospect, was way too short. The staff - FZ, Karim and all the other lovely people - were exceptionally warm and caring. Each one carried out the "n'importe quoi" ("No matter what") motto, with a huge smile. Bediah's cooking was the best we had on our 12-day trip through Morocco. The chicken tagine was sublime; the lemon tart unforgettable. We wish we had dined in every night. We will be recommending this place to all our friends. It surpassed all expectations.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
    • 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2013 via mobile

My wife and I stayed in Riad Laaroussa in Dec 2012 for 3 nights, we decided to stay an extra night because we enjoyed our stay so much.
We found Riad Laaroussa to be the most luxurious,comfortable, clean, spacious and caring Riad we have stayed in(yellow room)
The staff are like family headed by Sabah the manager, FZ in the restaurant, Badiae who taught us to cook, Fati Flower and Asmae who are a delight to see each day and all the wonderful people who work there.
The owners Fred and Cathy who lead the team are an inspiration that other Riads and hotel chains could learn from
We found the staff were treated as family and it showed in there willingness to please the guests and make sure all their needs were met.
Laarbi who meet us at the Blue Gate and escorted us with our luggage to the Riad and carried our cases up three flights of stairs without complaint.
Nezha and Raja who revitalised us in the spa and hamman (highly recommended)
Samir who with his cheeky smile and fun attitude was always willing to take a photo or assist with whatever you needed.
The highlight was the cooking class with Badiae who took us on a morning market shopping spree and then guided us in the kitchen to prepare the dinner for that night in the restaurant..
Fred's participation was priceless as he insisted that we have a glass of wine during preparation.
Cathy's attention to detail and caring nature showed in the way the staff are treated as a family not a business.
After our stay we felt we were a part of their family, it was sad saying goodbye.
If your considering staying in Fez, make sure you take the time to visit Riad Laaroussa, you will not be disappointed.
Corrado and Irene Crupi

Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
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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 Spa Hotel in Fes
#1 Family Hotel in Fes
#2 Luxury Hotel in Fes
#2 Romantic Hotel in Fes
#10 Business 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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