Exploring Fez from Riad Laaroussa was a wonderful experience. Laaroussa is a beautifully renovated traditional riad built around a central courtyard. Our room, the Red Room, is large, comfortable and very clean and modern. There is great attention to detail from the choice of furnishings to the attentions of the staff.
The staff, all english speaking, are knowledgeable and go the extra distance to make things perfect. I sensed they took real pride in what they were doing.
The food is fantastic: we had cous cous, chicken tagine and chicken pastilla ( a delicious filo pastry dish). The vegetable side dishes are unique and very healthy. The wine list features French and Moroccan selections and we were quite impressed with the local wines.
We had a massage in the riad's hamman which has a traditional domed steam room and heated marble surface. This is definitely worth it.
Our tour guide was suggested by the staff and he was encyclopedic in his knowledge of this beautiful medieval city, which is very well preserved. We walked to all the quarters of the old medina and got peaks into the life behind the impenetrable walls .
Our last day there we went to the open air market with the chef and watched her select the fresh food for the evening meal at the Riad. No supermarket vegetables here-only things right from the garden!
There is an attached guesthouse for families or for groups which would be something we might do in the future.
- 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