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Riad Laaroussa Hotel and Spa
Ranked #2 of 98 Hotels in Fes
Certificate of Excellence
San Francisco, California
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“Absolutely Fabulous!!!”
Reviewed 19 April 2010

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!

  • Stayed April 2010, travelled with friends
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Cleveland OH, USA
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Reviewed 18 April 2010

We stayed at Riad LaaRoussa for two nights in March, and loved every aspect of this special hotel. We arrived from Casablanca by rental car, and our appreciation for the staff began before we were even in Fez. Sabah arranged for a guide to meet us at a gate to the medina, and a car park for several days, and was readily available by phone as we neared the city. The guide was a very helpful man who led us to the lot, negotiated the parking rates, transferred our bags to a cart and led us to the hotel. A helpful driving tip for Fes: hire a taxi to lead you to your meeting point. It is was very difficult to find the landmarks on our own.

The medina feels very exotic and a bit chaotic, which adds a delightful contrast to the grand scale and warm, calm welcome upon arrival to the riad. We were traveling with our 8 and 10 year old children, and the four of us stayed in the Orange Suite. The large room has a loft with two single beds and a double bed on the main floor, and all were very comfortable. The room is very pretty, with a fireplace and large, very decorative bathroom. We all slept very well, as it is dark and quiet at night.

The staff at Riad LaaRoussa are very kind, professional, and helpful. Indi in particular went to great lengths to make sure we had everything we needed, make our tour and most meal arrangements, and was also a pleasure to talk with about the local area and customs. We left quite early our last day, and Indi arranged our breakfast and departure with some food for the road. We remain grateful for her help.

While the riad and people we came into contact with were all reason alone to return, a special mention must go to Fatima, whose cooking made our decision to have our meals at the hotel a no-brainer. We love trying new restaurants and foods on all of our travels, but her cooking is so delicious that we decided to have most of our meals there. We all loved our stay at Riad LaaRoussa, and hope to come back in the future.

  • Stayed March 2010, travelled with family
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milano
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Reviewed 17 April 2010

fantastic experience.... feels like being at home.
Beautiful and very clean enviroment! People working there are extremely friendly which made our trip evemore special!!
Really worth it!!!

Stayed December 2009, travelled as a couple
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Williamsburg, Virginia, USA
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Reviewed 14 April 2010

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.

  • Stayed March 2010, travelled as a couple
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New York City
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Reviewed 7 April 2010

Although we did not stay in this Riad we had many fabulous experiences in this magical place. The women who run it, Sabah, Samira, Fatima and Huid are incredibly helpful, friendly, and treat you like part of the family. Samira took us shopping with her to the market (souk) and with great sprit showed us around the market where we learned much about the different ingredients and spices of the tasty Fessi cuisine. After spending several hours in the kitchen helping to prepare the food, later that evening, we enjoyed a fabulous traditional Moroccan dinner in the beautifully art deco decorated dinning room.

We also enjoyed a fabulous hammam with a massage inside this Riad. As you walk into the massage room, it is filled with candles and fresh scents accompanied by soothing music. The experience went beyond our expectations; it was luxurious, relaxing and comforting. This hammam had all the amenities of a modern spa with a traditional hammam feeling; a feast to all the senses.

Our experience in Riad Laaroussa greatly enhanced our stay in Fes and contributed to our love for this very special city.

  • Stayed April 2010
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Reviewed 6 April 2010

with the exception of breakfas, for which variety and promptness of service should be improved, this hotel is a dream made reality

  • Stayed November 2009, travelled as a couple
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New York, NY
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Reviewed 5 April 2010

We just returned from a three night stay at Riad LaaRoussa. The staff, especially Sabah and Indie were incredibly welcoming, professional, accommodating and warm. We had our own personal space in very generous and well-decorated rooms (we had two rooms), all the comforts of home including super-cozy duvets, great services including wonderful meals, (we had breakfasts and one lunch and one dinner at the Riad) restaurant reservation assistance, and assistance with drivers and guides. (Thanks to Hamdido and Mohamed). My eleven-year-old twins had a fabulous time with the two cats and two dogs on premises as well. The location is in the center of the medina. You cannot find better. We would go back in a heartbeat.

  • Stayed March 2010, travelled with family
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Property: 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 Spa Hotel in Fes
#1 Family Hotel in Fes
#1 Romantic Hotel in Fes
#2 Luxury Hotel in Fes
#8 Business Hotel in Fes
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
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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