My parents and I visited the Riad Laaroussa in Feb., 2013. We booked the Cream Suite - a hefty 270 €/night. The suite had a great layout: when you walk in, right in front of you, there is a spacious seating area; just behind it is the main bed, if not king size then at least queen size. (There's also a beautiful fireplace, which, when lit, made the room very cozy and nice.) Directly opposite the main bed - maybe 30 or so feet away from its foot - is the entrance to the bathroom. The bathroom is broken up into two parts; the inner chamber being the toilet, and the outer chamber having the shower and two sinks. Just outside the bathroom, next to the front door, is the second bed - this one on a loft. Unless you're nimble, I don't recommend trying to get into this bed. The ladder up is ~steep.~ But, despite the "danger", it's well worth it. Up in the loft, it's like your own little world.
[Anyways, on a side note, though I can't speak from experience, per se, having not actually seen the other suites, but, looking at the pictures posted on the riad's website, I'm of the opinion that the other suites are maybe "better" than the Cream Suite. At the very least, I think this holds for the Green and Orange Suites, which look mind-blowingly awesome. Unfortunately, when we booked, neither the Green nor the Orange Suites were available.]
Some other things . . . The Riad serves up a mean dinner. While in Fes, we also dined at Riad Maison Bleue. Not only was the food at Maison Bleue more expensive than the food at Riad Laaroussa, but it couldn't even hold a candle to what we were served at Laaroussa. Laaroussa also serves a great breakfast, which you can enjoy seated outside on the rooftop, while taking in some great panoramic views of Fes. On a note totally unrelated to food, if you're considering staying at the Riad Fes (Relais & Chateaux), let me say Laaroussa has much more character. We visited Riad Fes, and, though wowed by what was obviously a great "hotel", we were happy about having chosen Laaroussa, because it seemed more authentically Moroccan - less cookie-cutter style.
Misc. things: It's worth noting, as some of the other reviews already have, that the stairs inside the Riad are pretty steep. My dad's pretty fit for someone over 70, but the stairs still gave him some trouble. Also worth noting is that the staff can sometimes go a little overboard with the incense. Some days, coming back to the room, it was a little overwhelming having to deal with the smell. Though, to each his own, I suppose. Lastly, if you arrange to have a guide through the Riad, I recommend Abdelouahhab Marjane. Abdel was FANTASTIC: he was very well-informed, seemed to know everyone in the medina, and had a great sense of humor. I think, had we not had Abdel for a guide, things definitely would not have been as interesting as they ended up being.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Riad Laaroussa Fes
- Riad Laaroussa Hotel Fes