Fez was our favorite spot on our visit to Morocco. That has as much to with the wonderful city as it a tribute to Fred and Cathy at Riad Laaroussa. We travel often (see how many reviews I have) and do our best to find smaller, boutique hotels wherever we go that give us the true flavor of the place we are visiting. Riad Laaroussa not only fits that bill, but offers the charm and luxury right in the middle of the Medina.
We were greeted at the train station by a driver and then met at the Medina walls by someone to transport our bags through the maze that is the Fez Medina. I can't imagine how we would have found it on our own that first day but by the end of our visit, we were old pros at navigating the city.
As soon you enter the Riad, you are transported into another world. It's elegance and attention to detail are evident. Apparently, the original building was a palace of historical importance. Our independent Fes city guide told us it was where the document of Independence for Morocco had been signed many, many years ago. The courtyard landscaping and overall architecture of the Inn are just beautiful. It was obvious every detail was considered in the renovation, not only for the comfort of the guests but in regards to the integrity of a former palace of Morocco.
Our suite was immense and comfortable and beautiful and romantic and relaxing. The bedding, linens and towels were all top quality. And Oh.....our bathroom.......... Copper sinks and exotic woods! W
Climb to the rooftop for a beautiful view on a relaxing veranda that doubles as the breakfast room, the restaurant and the wine bar. Even if you don't leave the Riad, you could spend your day relaxing here on lounge chairs with sweeping views across the city and wait for the lulling sounds of the succession of Calls to Prayer from around the city. Our dinners, snacks and breakfasts we had here were elegantly presented and truly delicious. We also spent time in the Hammam and had 2 wonderful massages.
But.....I won't even say that these aspects of the accommodations are what make Riad Laarousa so wonderful. It is the hospitality and sincere warmth of Fred and Cathy, the hosts and the rest of the special staff that take care of your every need. From the moment we entered, we felt welcomed into their home. We were greeted by their beautiful family and happy pets. The staff is warm, solicitous and well trained in what westerners hope for in excellent service. By the end of our stay, we felt like we made new friends and we were sad to leave.
As I mentioned above, we travel often and my frequent reviews are accurate representations of our personal experiences, good and bad. I so rarely speak with such overwhelming enthusiasm about any property. We honestly believe that Riad Laarousa is the true definition of gracious hospitality and attention to detail!
- 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, pool and garden, 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