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“Unforgettably excellent hammam and spa visit with faultless hospitality” 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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Ranked #2 of 87 Hotels in Fes
Lincoln, United Kingdom
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“Unforgettably excellent hammam and spa visit with faultless hospitality”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2013

My wife and I visited Riad Laaroussa specifically for a hammam and spa experience having heard and read about the establishment and the great reputation while we were already thoroughly enjoying our stay in a nearby riad in Fes during a one-week trip to the imperial cities of Morocco booked via a UK-based travel agent.

After our Fes guide rang to book a hammam/spa visit, finding our way on foot was very straightforward.

We were ever so impressed by the outstanding architecture, decor, grounds and facilities.

The manager and all staff members we met were efficient and provided faultless hospitality and communication with the utmost professionalism and friendliness from the outset.

After enjoying well-prepared and well-presented refreshments, the hammam/spa was unhurried, relaxing and invigorating with a wide range of options and treatments to choose from. Overall, it was a fantastic experience that was very competitively priced for the first class service and attention provided.

Afterwards, we opted to spend more of the afternoon at the riad to enjoy the ambience and more refreshments.

Other guests and visitors appeared very pleased with Riad Laaroussa and a good rapport between staff and customers seemed evident.

We were grateful to be afforded the time to be shown around some of the unoccupied rooms and suites which, by far, surpassed our high expectations having already seen and been impressed by photos and reviews available via the internet.

In my opinion, Riad Laaroussa thoroughly deserves its many accolades. In fact, the latest TripAdvisor achievements and fond memories of visiting have prompted me to write this unreservedly positive review, albeit some time after visiting.

My wife and I look forward to making time to visit again in the future - to stay in one of the rooms as well as to make the most of the hammam/spa, cookery classes and dining facilities.

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2013

My wife and I spent four nights at the Riad in late December through early January. It was a spectacular experience. The Riad is beautiful, wonderfully located and staffed by some of the friendliest and professional people you could imagine. We had dinner there two night and the food was very good. Breakfast was excellent. They sent us to two other restaurants that were spectacular (especially Restaurant 7, just a short distance away from the Riad). Perfect experience.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2013

We booked two nights and extended. When we stepped into this oasis in the middle of the wonderful Fez chaos we knew we had the right place. Friendly warm owners (Fred and Cathy) and wonderfully hospitable staff. We indulged in the hamman and massage ( an absolute must ) and enjoyed great breakfasts on the sunny rooftop terrace. We had the orange room that was perfect for the four of us and cosy with the open fire. Dinners were good and huge with an interesting Moroccan wine list. Highlight of our time was a guide recommended by the Raid who was wise and took us to places that were fascinating! One of the best places we have ever stayed?

Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
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Ifrane, Morocco
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2013

Very friendly staff. Great service. Very clean and very warm restored palace in the medina. Well positioned and a short walk to most sites. There is a terrace for sunbathing and some nice views overlooking the medina. Make a reservation for dinner in the morning. Everything is made in-house and is quite good. Like the rest of Fez, a bit quieter in the off season.

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  • Stayed December 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
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2013

Riad Laroussa is a beautiful Riad perfectly situated inside the medina of Fez. The rooms are everything I ever dreamed of for staying in Morocco -- 30-40 foot ceilings in our suite -- a traditional room off the courtyard -- decorated in the perfect mix of Moroccan handcrafted items mixed with modern touches. The public spaces are even more spectacular -- a courtyard with orange trees laden by ripe fruit and rooftop terraces offering sunshine and 360 degree views.

However, the best part of Riad Laroussa has to be the welcoming people, dogs and cat! The staff are all smiling and helpful and the owners are incredibly engaging, smart and interesting with useful information about Fez and Morocco -- a place they clearly love and care for. (And their kids are completely charming!)

We felt privileged to be part of this family for a couple of days.

(Oh... and the food! The food is spectacular! We could not get enough of the mnemmon (breakfast crepes) and dinners are refined Moroccan cuisine -- absolutely spectacular -- (and spaghetti noodles for our littlest children made dinner easy too!)

  • 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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Geneva, Illinois
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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
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Flagstaff, Arizona
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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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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 ( Wi-Fi ) 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
#2 Luxury Hotel in Fes
#2 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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