My wee family decided to go to Morocco for my 40th birthday celebration. We decided to go to Fez after doing some research into other cities. Fez is the cultural and spiritual capital of Morocco and since it is slightly off the beaten track the tourists that arrive in this city are people looking for something different. We definitely got what we were looking for!
We arrived by taxi from Casa Blanca and without understanding a word that our taxi driver was saying to people on the street a young guy arrived with a little cart, stuffed our bags in and started running off.....Taxis are not allowed in the medina so it is the only way to get to a hotel. We followed our bags through small alleyways, up and down small inclines until we reached a quite dingy looking door way. We rang the bell and we were greeted by Sabah and Hindy and as we peeked inside we saw absolute paradise! It is a haven hidden away which you could never imagine lies behind the dingy wall that you see from the outside. The building is absolutely beautiful, beyond imagination of what you might ever find anywhere in the western world. The main hallway into the Riad is huge and decorated in a rustic but minimalistic style with massive mirrors on the walls and two massive vases each 2 meters tall that look as if they have been carved from one single tree trunk. Walk though the hallway and enter into the courtyard which is filled with trees, birds, a small fountain, tiled alcoves, pillars that stand at least 10 meters tall, original wood work extensively detailed plasterwork all around. The rooms throughout the Riad are amazing with ceilings that go up 20 feet or more with ceilings that are intricately painted wood work. The first night at dinner we just sat and kept looking up to the ceiling in amazement. Our hosts, Sabah and Hindy just kept walking into the room to laugh at our impressed response. The rooms are equally beautiful and very relaxing since they are inside of the courtyard and seclude the guests from the hustle bustle of the streets. There are photos hanging through out the Riad which show the before photos and the work that was completed to bring it to the state that it is in today. Works on the building began six years ago and took 2 years to complete and the result is stunning!
Our hosts Sabah and Hindy went above and beyond the call of duty and were so welcoming and so friendly that we really did not want to leave at the end of the week! The entire city was welcoming and friendly! People were so kind and helpful. One day we wanted to go into the university library where everyone had said we could visit and they told us we could not go in......We sat down at a very local type of cafe right next door to the library and started talking to the owner about not getting in and the next ting we new there was some man who called us over and basically got us in to see! Asked for nothing in exchange, just did us the favour. Great people of Morocco!!!! And Sabah and Hindy were no exception to the Moroccan hospitality. Anything we needed they would arrange, they constantly fed us and offered us tea or other drinks and took the time to chat and get to know us while we were there. Every morning they asked how we slept and asked about our plans for the day and made suggestions of what to do and see.
We will definitely be back to Morocco and will definitely be staying at Raid Laaroussa for more pampering, relaxation and amazing beauty!
- 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