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Riad Laaroussa Hotel and Spa
Ranked #3 of 100 Hotels in Fes
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 23 February 2012

During our 2 week trip through Morocco, we spent 2 nights here in the Cream Suite after being upgraded from the Yellow Room. What a treat and how gracious of them! In the middle of the medina but very quiet. Our room was beautifully decorated with a fireplace. Our driver called to have us met at the gate and once we arrived, the fireplace was lit and the heat was turned on. Now, that is 5 star service. The person who walked us through the medina also had a luggage cart to help us carry the luggage.

Positives - free wifi but sometimes weak. Breakfast can be had anytime with crepes and french toast. The bathroom tends to be cold but there is a little heater in there. A hair dryer is provided in the room.

Negatives - the shower does not have a curtain so when you shower, the water tends to splash on the floor. The room where the toilet sits had a sewer smell. No eggs at breakfast.

We arranged for a half day walking tour through the Riad for 200 dh but somehow, unbeknownst to us, we ended up being on a full day tour (for 300 dh) without him mentioning this. We had to buy the guide lunch and he took us to 5 shops for shopping which was annoying. He also arranged a car and asked us to pay 200 dh at the end just for the car. We refused and had an argument. Although the tour guide was arranged by the Riad, we did not feel it was their fault but it really upset us. We did not even have time for photography after wasting an entire day with him. It is better to do a half day tour and explore the medina on your own afterwards.

Overall we had a great stay in this beautiful Riad. It was the biggest Riad we stayed in with a beautiful courtyard.

  • Stayed: January 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 9 February 2012

My family and I planned a 3 night stay at this riad based on the great reviews by other travelers. To our surprise, there was a mix up with the Internet booking agent and we actually had one double room available to 5 of us. Long story short, Fred and Cathy welcomed us to their private home for the night. We had the most relaxing breakfast on the terrace with Fred. Fred had already made arrangements for us at Riad Fes for the following 2 nights. Although a wonderful Riad, we found ourselves back at Laaroussa for the cooking class (definitely recommended) and a fantastic dinner.

What makes this riad special is the very personal attention each guest receives. The house is filled with the positive energy of a loving couple who have made an impact to the lives of all their staff and every guest they host. We left Fes hoping to come back and visit the team again.

FZ is a kind genuine ambitious woman from the medina who loves life and is fully dedicated to her work. She told us stories of how this riad has changed her life and she works hard to achieve her dreams of buying a house in the new city.

Fred and Cathy's mission is clearly to live life to the fullest and give back to the community as much as they can. We wish them well and happiness with their 2 children.

Fred has done a fantastic job with the renovations and has preserved the authenticity of the house. This is the cliche "home away from home" :)

  • Stayed: December 2011
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Reviewed 22 January 2012

We have travelled around Marocco for about 2weeks and this was the best value place we have been in. Perfect service, excellent location, verykind staff, clean and nice rooms, and maybe te best salades maroquaine we have had! The riad is in the Fez Medina, but once you enter you can feel like you are in a peaceful and very relaxing oasis. Strongly reccomended.

  • Stayed: January 2012
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Reviewed 19 January 2012

My husband and I enjoyed three nights at Riad Laaroussa in November 2011 and I cannot say enough great things about it. We found the medina of Fes to be a charming, interesting and beautiful place and the same of Riad Laaroussa. As we were the only guests in the Riad at the time of our stay, we were upgraded to a larger room upon our arrival which was a very nice treat. FZ and the rest of the staff took amazing care of us while we were there. Every request was granted with a smile and courtesy, although few requests were even necessary because the staff anticipated everything we needed to make our stay as comofortable and pleasurable as possible without being intrusive. Our room was comfortable, clean and spacious (I think it was the yellow room?)-we were able to peek into most of the other rooms as well and each one we saw was a unique little oasis within an oasis. RL was one of the highlights of our trip. I hope to make it back to Fes again one day soon and I wouldn't stay anywhere else!

  • Stayed: November 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 15 January 2012

We selected this riad in Fes after a detailed research in internet and reading all others's review. Well, this riad was far ahead of our expectations. Just to mention a few things: clean, well located, excellent food, elegant rooms, super friendly staff (always available to help), fantastic service. Strongly recommended.

  • Stayed: January 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 15 January 2012

Riad Laaroussa is an oasis of calm in the heart of the medina of Fes. We spent the first days of 2012 here and had the most relaxing time possible.

The riad is beautiful and impressive. The little booklet in the room describes the riad's varied history and Fred, the owner, informed us that he still feels he is only a tenant - the building existed a long time before him and will live on for a long time after.

Our room was large, comfortable and very relaxing. An open fire and huge bath were very welcome touches.

The staff are amazing – helpful, knowledgeable, warm and friendly. There are only eight rooms so it is very easy to get to know everyone – guests and staff alike.

Breakfast is served on the huge, rambling, multi-level terrace and the views are wondrous. It is a great way to spend a lazy day after the bustle of the medina.

We thoroughly recommend the Riad Laaroussa.

  • Stayed: December 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 9 January 2012

This is a long overdue review. Stayed at Laaroussa for 2 nights in November last year. We chose to stay here based on recommendations and were very glad that we did.
Due to a lot of miscommunications and difficulty getting transport from essaouria to fez, we eventually had to cancel a nights reservation (initially we had planned to stay 3). The lovely Sabah was very prompt in her replies via email and not only didn't appear to mind about the constant change of dates, but also gave us a discount on the room rate as the room that we wanted was not available.
The riad itself is amazing. Tucked down a nondiscript alleyway, it doesn't look like much from the outside but once you go through the doors, it looks like paradise! The rooms were well decorated and very clean. Breakfast is provided on the roof top terrace, which has amazing views of fez. The riad even provides a market tour where you can go with staff and watch them choose produce for your evening meal!
The staff were exceptionally helpful, organising onward transport and accomodation which involved several phone calls. In particular Cathy, FZ and Sabah were a delight to talk to and made the stay so much more enjoyable. Thanks to the 3 of them, we managed to organise the rest of our trip in Morocco.
Would recommend this riad to anyone visiting Fez.

  • Stayed: November 2011, travelled with family
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Additional Information about Riad Laaroussa Hotel and Spa

Address: 3 Derb Bechara | Fes medina, Fes 30000, Morocco
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Region: 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 Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#1 Romantic Hotel in Fes
#1 Family Hotel in Fes
#2 Spa Hotel in Fes
#3 Luxury Hotel in Fes
#8 Business Hotel in Fes
Price Range: £92 - £209 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Riad Laaroussa Hotel and Spa 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, 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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