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Riad Laaroussa Hotel and Spa
Ranked #2 of 100 Hotels in Fes
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 24 July 2009

...if you seek out of the ordinary, for extra, then in this place you have just this, extraordinary. Described as a home from home, it certainly felt as if we were in Fred's home...which indeed we were.

The mix of cultures and how this impacts upon art, design and cuisine all come together here at Laaroussa...beautifully.

  • Stayed: October 2007, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 24 July 2009

The most wonderful staff of any hotel I have ever stayed. And I have traveled the world! I can't wait to go back. I would recommend this riad over any in Morocco! Fred the owner is utterly entertaining. Great food, beautiful decor, and an unforgettable and most relaxing rooftop.

  • Stayed: June 2009, travelled solo
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Reviewed 20 July 2009

We could not dream for a better accomodation in Féz. We were lookig for a intimate and romantic place and indeed this Riad despite being quite monumental building with very high ceilings, it has a few rooms and all are really lovely.
We stayd at the Red room and it is a great place if you can stand having an open bathroom.
Samira the kook made us really special food, with some classic and some 'revisited' Moroccan dishes, while Fred - the owner - gave us great tips about things t visit in Fès and around. Sabah, the 'manager' is always attentive at all your needs. We missed the shopping and cooking (didn't stay enough time), maybe next time!
I proposed to my partner on the roof terrace and it was really romantic and the staff helped me with all the logistics. I could not have asked a better place for that.
We also used the private Hammam that is very nice and intimate as only 2 people cna fit into it.
Indeed in the end it is a bit expensive compared to Maroccn standards but I think it is worth a try, particularly if you look for a 'family' athmosphere.

  • Stayed: July 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 19 July 2009

This is not only the best hotel in Fez but one of the best hotels I've ever stayed at in the world. The hotel is beautiful. Samira, the chef, offers cookings classes and will take you to the medina to shop for food with her on any given day. There is an amazing spa with a Hammam treatment that is very reasonably priced. The decor is perfection down to every last detail. And the owner Fred (French) is intimately involved in every last detail of running the hotel. He came in the evenings to say hello to every guest and discuss their trip, answer questions etc.. He's a bit of an adventure traveler himself so he can answer all questions down to camping in the mountains and off-roading. This is a superb hotel and i highly recommend it!

  • Stayed: July 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 23 June 2009

I have traveled Morocco several times and I am still working on my free photoproject. I stayed in Riad Laaroussa for 3 nights - also with the purpose to get some support for my project. Thierry, Fred, Nourredine and all the staff have been very helpful and generous in their support. The service of the riad is perfect, also the food - loved the pastry cream...!!! The riad itself is gourgeous and must be one of the biggest houses of the medina. Book the hammam with massage - you wont regret it!
Thanks a lot
Ralph

  • Stayed: May 2009, travelled solo
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Reviewed 12 June 2009

We stayed at Riad Laaroussa for three nights. We selected this riad based on reviews on trip advisor and ,as others have said, it exceeded our expectations which were very high. We booked well in advance via email and Sabah was always helpful in our choice of room and other advance information. Below I will attempt to give some of the highlights of our stay:
~This riad has been meticously restored under the direction of Fred the owner who has an eye for detail and certainly a respect for the original house. The restoration has been accomplished creating a harmonious balance that strikes you the moment you enter the big wooden door and the courtyard is before you. You are welcomed with tea and shown to your room. They are expecting you and already you feel very at home.
~We selected the GREEN SUITE just off the central courtyard. It was so beautiful and we liked the location as you have a small table and chairs right in front for relaxing or taking meals. The bathroom is really your own personal spa complete with "Le Sens de Marrakech" products.We saw a few rooms and while all are very nice the suites opening onto the courtyard were very special. Rooms have virtually everything you need for your stay.
~BREAKFAST on the roof terrace or courtyard if you prefer. Staff serves, at your table, a selection of fresh fruit, breads etc., Moroccan pancakes in Tangine , juice, good coffee in pot and more. This is no "stale buffet"! An excellent start to your day in Fes.
~MR. HAMIDOU is the guide recommended by Riad Laaroussa. Fred explained to me that they considered many guides but based upon guest feedback and their own impressions Mr. Hamidou is their first choice. We planned on having a guide only one day but ended up touring with him for three days. He is a very kind and interesting man who knows every corner of his birthplace and is excited to share it with you. Fes medina is only really understood behind the big doors. Mr. Hamidou will open many doors for you including homes,schools, bakeries and even a hammam. If you want he will shop with you but if not, no pressure. We found him helpful for some shopping as it can be overwhelming. We highly recommend Mr. Hamidou as your guide and thank Riad Laaroussa for introducing us to him.
~SAMIRA is the elegant lady who runs the first class kitchen at Laaroussa. She will invite you to go marketing with her at 11:00am daily and it is quite an experience. You can create your lunch and dinner menu and my 19 year old daughter really enjoyed this! Dinners are excellent and if weather permits you can dine on the roof, courtyard or small dining room next to the courtyard. The ambiance created in the courtyard especially at night with the lanterns, background music and quiet elegance is the best. One night they even had a musician playing. Dinner at the riad is a must.
~SPA is very interesting with hammam and massage. We opted only for massage and was very relaxing in a nice candlelit environment. Nice oils were used and it was the perfect wind down after a day of touring in the Medina.
~STAFF this is really what sets Laaroussa apart from most other places. Fred has gathered an exceptional group of people who you can just tell really enjoy working at the riad and have respect for him. Everyone is friendly and teamwork is the keynote. You would never hear "that is not my job" here. We would like to thank everyone who made our stay so special, including but not limited to the following: Samira for taking a personal interest in sharing her work and ideas with my daughter...Reda who is a very charming young man working mostly in the restaurant but he will even walk with you to a restaurant or shop (getting lost is easy)..and Sabah who seems to organize everything...she is a real professional. There are many others whom we remember their smiling faces but not all the names ..again thanks to everyone!
We loved Fes and our selection of Riad Laaroussa was key in making this such a good trip. It is a home not hotel in the Medina. We highly recommend this riad and be sure to give yourself enough time to just sit in the courtyard with some tea...take in the beauty...listen to the sounds highlighted by the "call to prayer" which really reminds you that you are in another time and place and isn't that what traveling is all about?

  • Stayed: May 2009, travelled with family
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Reviewed 27 May 2009

Even though this Riad already receives great reviews, it certainly exceeded our expectations!

It is in a splendid location with marvelous views from the upper terras. The rooms are very nice and service is great. You are welcomed with candles in your bedroom and bathroom. The fireplace in the bedroom is a nice addition. Bathroom was well equipped and the lotion was super. Food was excellent as well.

Staff also was willing to accomodate our needs as it was our anniversary!
Staff is very honest and sincere. I lost my watch and they returned it to me.

Our only concern is that the Riad may not be able to address issues for people with trouble handling steps.

We recommend this Riad highly!

Tom and Ingrid

  • Stayed: May 2009, travelled as a couple
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Address: 3 Derb Bechara | Fes medina, Fes 30000, Morocco
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Region: Morocco > Fes-Boulemane Region > Fes
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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 Spa Hotel in Fes
#1 Family Hotel in Fes
#2 Luxury Hotel in Fes
#8 Business Hotel in Fes
Price Range: £93 - £200 (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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