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“An Oasis in The Fes Medina”
Review of Riad Laayoun

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Riad Laayoun
Ranked #13 of 100 Hotels in Fes
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 25 September 2013

If you are looking for an oasis in the middle of the Fes Medina madness then look no further. This place is amazing.
Jean Claude was easy to book with via email and very considerate of what we might need for our arrival - dinner could be pre-ordered for 200 dhs each for a set menu. We decided to venture out locally for our first night but the smells from fellow guests eating in were mouth-watering. I paid one nights deposit for a double room prior to arriving in Fes (rest settled in dhs at riad in departure).
The Riad is sign posted from Place R'cif so you find it with very little trouble if on your own. We arrived via 4x4 after finishing a 3 day tour with Morocco Excursions from Marrakech and the very friendly Simone met us and escorted us to the Riad. The interior of the riad is beautiful. It took one year to renovate and I appreciated every tile. About 4 storeys high inside with steep stairs leading up to rooms on every level and a fantastic roof top terrace (replete with hammock and loungers!) that overlooks the Medina.
We were in double room Vanille which was exactly what we need - clean, air conditioned and spacious enough for us. We had our own corner of a floor with separate bathroom that had a fantastic shower - better than our one in London.
Jean Claude and Simone could not have been more friendly and could not have gone out of their way to make our stay any easier. Directions and a map were given if we wanted to self tour, which we tried, but also booked a half day tour through them and got the very professional Mohammed for a half day tour (250 dhs).
Breakfast on the terrace was fantastic and fresh soft cheese was offered instead of laughing cow - just one of the touches they think about.
On our departure Simone escorted us back down to Place R'cif to get into a petit taxi for the train station.
If you are indecisive about a choice of accommodation in Fes then look no further. We can not recommend this place enough. Place R'cif is more charming than Bab Bejeloud to be honest. The larger gate is rammed with more tacky tourist-orientated restaurants and you get a far more local feel at Place R'cif. Loads of banks etc. nearby too if you need to exchange money and its easy to get a petit taxi around to Bab Bejeloud to explore the main streets on the Medina (the easier ones to navigate by yourself!).

Room Tip: Room Vanille was a great double room with separate bathroom
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  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 23 September 2013

My husband and I have just returned from a fabulous road trip to Fes, made even better by staying at the beautiful Riad Laayoun. When we finally parked up after a hectic journey through the new town of Fes in rush hour, a quick phone call was very soon followed by the arrival of a smiling Simo, the Manager, who helped to carry our luggage and showed us the way to the riad. En route, he pointed out the signs for the riad which were very clear and which later ensured we were never lost! On arrival we were greeted by Jean-Claude, the Owner, who was also very helpful and friendly.
The riad itself has to be seen to be believed – full of amazing zellij, stucco and cedar wood, the courtyard adorned with a beautiful handcrafted fountain and plants. We stayed in the Cannelle Suite (Cinnamon) which was on the first floor and was very comfortable and spacious with a bathroom on a mezzanine level, reached by a spiral staircase. Be aware that there is no doorway to the bathroom – something we Brits are not used to – but it’s fine.
Breakfast was served on the roof terrace which has wonderful views over the city. Rachida, the cook, makes beautiful food and we do recommend dining at least once at the riad as the food is very tasty and plentiful!
Simo and Jean-Claude both push to the limit on helpfulness. Nothing is too much for them and they are both very genuine and kind people. We hope to visit Fes again soon and will certainly stay at the beautiful Riad Laayoun again.

Room Tip: The Cannelle Suite is lovely but you should be aware that the bathroom is on a mezzanine level, reac...
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  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 9 September 2013

I just spent 4 days at the riad Laayoun and I have to say that this place is more a museum than a hotel. Beautifully restored by an architect and maintained with love by its current owner. It is certainly the most beautiful riad in Fès.

Room Tip: The riad Laayoun is located in the heart of the most beautful and oldest medina in Africa which is c...
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  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 16 August 2013 via mobile

The staffmembers speak english very well, are very friendly and are very willing to advise you on your daily activities. Breakfast on the rooftop is fabulous with very nice views of the medina. Sometimes we missed somebody to speak to/ask for information during the day. For rooms without airconditioning and no swimmingpool we had better value rates in during our trip.

  • Stayed: August 2013
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Reviewed 10 August 2013

stay for 2 days
thanks for giving helping hands to two asia girls.
feel free in the riad and strongly recommend to friend who are going to stay in FES. ^^
我們共待了兩天,十分感謝SIMON的照顧。兩天中,感覺很自如,房間很乾淨,RIAD的位置也不難容易找。誠意推介~

  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 31 July 2013

We spent a fantastic couple of days at Riad Laayoun - there's little we can add to the already glowing comments on Tripadvisor, except to confirm that Simo (Mohammed) really is the best possible host, Rachida really is a culinary genius and the Riad really is an oasis of calm in this amazing city. You must eat dinner at the Riad at least once (and if you do, you'll never eat anywhere else) - the salads were amazing and the tagine and cous-cous delicious. Breakfast on the roof terrace is unforgettable. Thank you Mohammed and Rachida for a memorable stay!

Richard, Sara and Will (UK)

  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 19 June 2013

My partner, son and I arrived on the eve of my 50th birthday to a warm welcome and the beautiful, calm and inviting ambience of this lovely Riad. From our arrival to mint tea and cakes with Jean-Claude and Simo, who made us feel immediately at home, to the delicious dinner Rachida had prepared, we relaxed immediately into our first night in Fes. Simo even wrote a birthday message in icing on my cake! Our room was lovely, and the Riad was spacious, with many inviting areas to chill out. Jean-Claude and Simo attended to our every need with grace and generosity. We would recommend this Riad to anyone.

  • Stayed: June 2013, travelled with family
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Additional Information about Riad Laayoun

Address: 47 Derb Thakharbicht Rcham Laayoun | Fes-Medina, Fes 30000, Morocco
Region: Morocco > Fes-Boulemane Region > Fes
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #13 of 100 Hotels in Fes
Price Range: £47 - £82 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A marvelous old house located in the heart of the medina close to the world's oldest university and the souks, built nearly 4 centuries ago. We offer to you 3 suites and 2 rooms with all the modern confort. Riad Laayoun is a marvelous place for your stay in the most beautiful medina of Africa. ... more   less 
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