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“Top-Rate, Charming Riad” 4 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 91 Hotels in Fes
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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“Top-Rate, Charming Riad”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2013

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.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with family
    • 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 June 17, 2013

What a fabulous place to stay. After the hurly burly of the markets and souks in the medina, it was great to return each day to this really plush and quiet place.
The staff were most attentive and caring and went out of their way to help in any way. Lots of nooks to relax in and beautifully decorated, it was a most comfortable home away from home.

The hamam and massage are well worth a try too!

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2013

Many say that Moroccans are some of the friendliest people you will meet- after our stay at Riad Laarousa, I have no doubt this is true. The hospitality was friendly, responsive and prompt, and you really felt that they were willing to go out of their way to ensure you enjoyed your time in Fes. A special thanks to Karim who showed us around the market in the medina, but also took us to the beautiful Jnane Sbil Garden - a sight not to be missed (unbelievable eighteenth century garden). The hotel aesthetic was also breathtaking - and the hammam is a must. Hope to be back there again soon. Thanks to Karim and all the great staff for making the trip to Fes so memorable.

  • Stayed June 2013, 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 June 3, 2013

When the staff tells you that the riad is your home while you are in Fes, they mean it. This riad was truly a five star experience! We loved the beautiful setting, nonstop tea service and top notch staff and are already talking about how much we wish we could go back! Fes can be a little overwhelming, especially in the medina. Riad Laaroussa is a quiet place to relax and regroup. I was without my luggage for the five days during my stay and the staff went above and beyond to help me locate my luggage, even washing my clothes in middle of the night to help me! The lost luggage left us stranded in Fes a day longer than expected with minimal notice. The team at the riad welcomed us to stay longer so we could relax and have a home base as we waited for the flight carrying my luggage to arrive. The staff was also very helpful in helping us plan taxis, dining excursions, day trips and train travel. We ate at the riad two evenings and the food was outstanding and they also have a nice selection of wine available. Riad Laaroussa's atmosphere and service are undoubtedly a big part of the reason Fes was our favorite part of our two week trip. We also loved the riad's resident cat, Mimi! (If you have problems with a cat roaming about or steep stairs, this may not be the best fit for you.)

  • Stayed May 2013, 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 May 28, 2013

My sister and I spent two nights at Riad Laaroussa and never wanted to leave. The hotel is beautifully designed and decorated with delightful details. It is quintessentially Moroccan but unique at the same time. The owners and staff are warm and the ambiance is sophisticated but relaxed. We hadn't planned on eating all of our meals in the hotel, but they were too good to miss. The chef is very amenable to requests and took my allergies and general fussiness in stride. The hamaam was marvelous.

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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2013

This riad was one of the highlight's of our trip to Morocco. The rooms are large and well appointed, the food is excellent and the service was outstanding. The owner's treat the staff like family and it showed in all aspects of our stay. One night there was a Moroccan musician at dinner and the next thing we new the staff was having an impromptu dance party with the guests which everyone thoroughly enjoyed. This is the place to stay in Fez.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with friends
    • 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 May 27, 2013

This hotel is a must if you are planning a trip to Fes. The owners and staff make you feel like you are part of the family. The rooms are gorgeous, and breakfast on the rooftop terrace is wonderful. Spend an afternoon with Fatima helping to prepare dinner. Lots of steep stairs, so probably not the best choice if you have mobility issues. If that's not a concern, I cannot imagine a better place to stay!

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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with friends
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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
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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