Just returned from 8 days in Morocco where we visited Casablanca, Marrakesh, Fes and Tangiers. The visit to Fes and our stay at the Riad Laaroussa was the high point of this visit. The city is less crowded and the Riad was the most beautiful, friendly and enjoyable of all places we stayed. Can't give enough kudos to the staff, particularly FZ, who made the 2 nights there especially memorable. We stayed in the Green Suite which was so beautiful and spacious. A true historical building that has been conscientiously maintained,we found the bathroom to be new but with all the modern conveniences yet fitting into the architecture and character of the rest of suite. The rooftop terrace was a wonderful place to enjoy a glass of wine and to listen to the calls to prayer from the various mosques in the city. The staff arranged an exceptionally knowledgeable and able guide to show us the Medina. They also arranged for a guide to escort us to and from our dinner reservation elsewhere in the Medina as the corridors are dark, winding and maze-like at night which was most appreciated. We would never have found our way unless we had left bread crumbs otherwise we fear. The Riad is small so it has an extremely intimate and relaxing ambiance and we did feel very much at home like other reviewers have stated. The only caution I would give about this property is that because it is hundreds of years old, one must use stairs to access some of the rooms and the rooftop where the meals are served. We did not notice an elevator (but don't know definitively if there isn't one)so anyone who was unable to go up and down these rather steep stairways would be at a disadvantage. Additionally, there were different levels/steps in the bathroom that could be problematic. For us, they only added more to our experience. This Riad would definitely be one we would return to if we visit Morocco again. Fred, the co-owner of the property, also has a houseboat in Paris that folks can rent when visiting France which we might look into for future visits there.
- 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