Wow, this place has a lot of 5-star ratings! After staying there for close to a week with my family, we all wholeheartedly agree. As with so many other Riads, this one is set back in a fairly dreary alley just off a main drag. Ofcourse, this is part of the beauty - coming in from the bustle and often tired-looking town - and stepping into this oasis is quite the lovely experience.
After considering several Riads (this was our second time in Morocco) we decided on this one in large part because we enjoy somewhat bigger rooms and ones that are a bit more, well, "elegant" I guess is a good way of putting it. They're a bit less obviously ethnic, less like everything else on offer. Their rooms are very nice, but their suites are what set them apart - just look at some pictures and you'll see what I mean. As is typical, the rooms are scattered around with many different stairways - so if you're not comfortable walking up what can be steep stairs, get a room on the ground floor. Another wonderful feature - there are big seating areas scattered around in any number of places, so that you need never feel stressed about finding somewhere to hang out. Yes, the big room with a fireplace and grand piano will probably fill up, but there are so many choices - and (literally) on top of that there's a big roof terrace with great views. Overall we found the rooms to be quiet (we're very light sleepers).They have several suites on the ground floor looking into the central courtyard, where ofcourse there's a question about noise. They do have double-glazed windows to these rooms which makes a big difference and I certainly wouldnt call these rooms noisy - there is no dining area in the courtyard which is typically a big source of noise, but if there are people sitting out there you might hear something. If you're concerned, get a room on a higher floor. We had the grey suite and didnt hear anything. A couple of our kids spent a few nights in the Green suite and had no issues.
Last but not least are the people who work here. They're friendly, enthusiastic and will do anything and everything you want and then ask if there's anything else they can do for you - and all done in such an easy going manner. Want things arranged/booked? Special mention to Rajae, who was just so helpful and nice, double checking other reservations/hotels we had booked without being asked and just taking care of us throughout our stay. Karim (sp?) was always there with a smile and a long chat (btw - go get a chess board!). But they all deserve mention for always being there with a smile. I'm not normally this effusive, but it's very very unusual to come across such a wonderful combination of great hotel and even better staff.
Food. Breakfast and dinner are typically served on the terrace. There's a special dining area if it's chilly, otherwise there are plenty of tables to choose from on the terrace. Breakfast was great with plenty of choices, and although dinner was lovingly prepared and served, it was "just" yet another tajine (of which we ofcourse got pretty tired pretty quickly). I'd perhaps suggest ordering dinner with them the first night and then exploring other places for the rest of the time. Ask for someone from the hotel or restaurant to come get you and they'll walk you to the restaurant you want to go to. Several places are easy to find, but trust me when I say this Medina is easy to get lost in. Finally - don't skip the mint tea and biscuits in the afternoon; on the terrace, or in any of the other multitude of seating areas. Great way to wind down and boy are those cookies/bickies yummy.
- 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