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Alarm set for 0655 but I was awake anyway. Fred was going to take me on his usual 90 minute MTB climb to the hills surrounding Fes. I was given a MTB with dual suspension. Also got a CamelPack for hydration. I rode with my teva sandals. He was kind to me but I think our ability was similar. The climb was about 500m in elevation and the whole …
Another beautiful day. This is really the best time to visit Fes. We later learn that summer can get very hot (up to 50 degs). Took up a tin of sardines for brekky. The staff were kind enough to provide chopped onion and tomato for me. Also had a good chat to Cathy (wife of Fred) and her mother (visiting from the US). Cathy chose to give up her job …
We awoke to the sounds of birds chirping in the courtyard. Breakfast was taken on the rooftop terrace. Glorious sunshine, minimal wind, mild temperatures - great way to start the day.
Our guide, Hamidou, was a retired school teacher and grandparent, met us at the riad at 10am. Fes is the oldest of Morocco's imperial cities. It was also the …
Shared our last breakfast in the Imilchil with the rest of the tour, 0700. Peter & Rachel had already departed 0430.
Some anxious moments as Mohammed had not surfaced with Debbie's jacket @0800. We had considered contingency plans like Maurice taking it back to London. It turned up @0820 and we taxied quickly to the train station for …
The tour of the Medina required a good game plan as there were so many things to see. Khalid suggested we start in the El Andalous area, in the eastern quarter of the Medina. This area is across the Oued Boukhrareb (river) and was the original home to Andalousis Arabs from Spain (as opposed to the Kairaouinis from Tunis who resided in the Medina on …
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TravelPod Member ReviewsRiad Laaroussa Fes
A beautiful quiet oasis in the medina of Fes. Staff are very friendly and fluent in English. Highly recommended. I would stay here again.
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Historical Traveler Reviews Riad Laaroussa Fes
Un riad de rêve pour rêver
Le riad par lui même est majestueux, ( restauration fabuleuse des riches décors d'époque) et lorsque vous y pénétré, vous avez une impression de calme et de sérénité.Les chambres sont plus que spacieuses d'une décoration contemporaine de bon gout qui se marie merveilleusement bien avec les décors traditionnels et extrèmement confortables. Le service est irréprochable, et la cuisine très copieuse et variée. Mais le petit déjeuner pris sur la vaste terrasse d'ou vous avez une vue magnifique à lui seul vaut le déplacement. Je ne pourrais que vous conseiller de faire un tour chez Fred et Isabelle ou l'on est reçu à bras ouverts et sans tralala, c'est un endroit ou l'on se sent à l'aise et d'ou l'on a plus envie de partir.
Mais je n'ai pas parlé de Fès ville d'exception ou tout ce qu'on connait parait dérisoire. Dépaysement assuré ( se munir de bonnes chaussures car la médina est énorme ( la + grande du monde) et toute en monté et en descente !!!
La combinaison des deux ( Fès et riad Laaroussa) laisse vraiment un souvenir fort et donne envie de renouveler l'expérience. D'ailleurs nous celà fait 2 fois et nous ne nous en lassons pas.
Pierre et Marie de Paris
Sophisticated and Charming
Such a great visit to Fez and most of the credit goes to Fred and Isabella, proprietors of Riad Laaroussa. Fred made us feel comfortable right away in his grand historic home, and arranged for guides, etc. We decided to dine in the first night, and the last, and were glad we did, as the food and wine were fabulous. (As fine a cuisine as what we had had the following night at Riad Fez, but half the cost - however, Riad Fez is definitely worth a visit and Fred would tell you so.)
The architecture of Riad Laaroussa is impressive and has been completely renovated and updated - the clean lines of the furnishings allow the architectural elements of carved plaster, zellige and beautifully painted ceilings and doors to be appreciated. It has a very hip feel to it and gives the guest the impression that they are staying in the coolest place in town. Beds and linens could not have been more comfortable. Rooms are tremendous just as shown on the website. Service from Mohammed and the kitchen staff were wonderfully pleasant. There is a roof-top terrace where breakfast is served and one can lounge around on beds and chaises. The views of Fez are lovely.
I highly recommend Riad Laaroussa for it's comfort, decor, sophistication, location, service, food, wine, and hospitality. (did I mention value?) Just perfect! I would not bother staying anywhere else. For what it's worth, my husband and I have traveled a great deal and I can't tell you how quickly I fell for this place. I think its because the price is reasonable and everything is so perfect that it just makes for the very best experience.
My girlfriend and I spent 7 nights in the Riad and we had a wonderful time! It really was a place of serenity and calm...a fabulous restoration meant we could lie in the sun on the roof terrace, relax in the garden next to the orange trees, or, when it rained, read in the salon next to the open fire. Isabelle and her wonderful staff made every effort to see that we were comfortable and had the little things we needed, like cups of tea...the food was the best we ate in Fez...I really wouldn't waste any time searching the medina for 'authentic' Moroccan food because it was right there in the kitchen of Laaroussa, and the little sweet biscuits were a highlight indeed! We loved our time there!
We stayed early April 2007 at Riad Laaroussa for 2 nights. The Riad is conveniently situated - approximately 5 minutes walk from one of the main parking around the Fes Medina.
The property is stunning and the suite ("Green") was absolutely gorgeous. The owners have managed to provide great luxury whilst preserving the original features of the building (it took them two years to convert the place!). The only (small) disappointment was the patio - which is fairly simple compared to some of the fancy patios found in the exclusive Riads in Marrakech.
We ate one night at the Riad and the food was truly superb (we had a "tagine aux pruneaux et amandes"). We even had the opportunity to visit the kitchen and learn more about the Moroccan food.
The service was perfect and the staff and owners were very welcoming. We paid 170 Euros per night for our stay which was excellent value. The food was charged at 25 Euros per person (again good value for money) but we were slightly surprised to see that our kids (4 and 6) were charged full price for the meal (you may wish to check this before organising a meal at the Riad).
Overall a great place which we warmly recommend.
Ethique et esthétique
Un séjour magnifique de 5 nuits chez Isabelle et Fred qui vous recevront parfaitement bien. Les suites sont superbes, totalement rénovées à l'hiver 2006, le staff marocain est expérimenté, compétent et chaleureux, english spoken for who need.
Parfaitement situé au coeur de la Médina, Isabelle et Fred ont la délicatesse de ne pas prendre de commission sur les activités qu'ils organisent à la demande de leur client.
Les petits déjeuners et dîners sont moins lourds que la traditionnelle nourriture fassie.
Ce riad à taille humaine est impressionnant de beauté sereine, et de calme.
Un excellent séjour qui donne envie de revenir chez eux.
We travelled to Fes to celebrate my 50th birthday & had the good fortune to stay at Riad Laaroussa. The wow factor started from the moment we entered from the Medina - a wide entrance hallway leading up to the Riad giving a feeling of grandeur, matched when entering into a superb inner courtyard. The restoration work is excellent, the scale of which cannot be spoken of too highly . The view over Fes from the terrace is simply stunning - a sea of shimmering green rooftops.
Fred & Isabelle are wonderful hosts and kindly arranged a local guide for a tour of the medina ensuring we were shown the cultural highspots & not the carpet & leather outlets! Isabelle also arranged a hammam at another Riad, which was followed by a truely memorable birthday meal at Riad Laaroussa - complete with birthday cakes
All the staff were friendly & attentive, nothing was too much trouble. Will we return? - certainly (Inshallah), how could we not after recieving such warm hospitality
Fantastic stay there in januari (green suite) very, very friendly welcome (loved the dogs 2) Food exellent, staff very friendly and the owners make you feel like you are familie. Thinking of going there again very soon!
Karin, The Netherlands
Treated like friends
As one of the first paying guests at the Riad Laaroussa, we were treated like friends by its 'sympathique' French owners. They cooked wonderful meals and went out of their way to make us feel welcome. Having made the mistake of hiring an 'official' guide who took us to one shop after another on commission, we were feeling decidely ripped off until our hosts asked a young man who worked for them to show us the real Fes. He took us to places tourists normally never see, including an extraordinary ruined palace behind locked doors - all crumbling plasterwork and mosaics - a gem waiting to be restored.
Don't expect to reach the Riad Laaroussa by taxi. It is deep in the medina and getting there is the start of an adventure. Like travellers from another age, you are met at the nearest point accessible by car and then conducted on foot through a maze of ancient narrow streets to what was once a 17th century palace. Painstakingly restored over 2 years to the highest standard, it blends traditional design with modern furnishings.
Undoubtedly the highlight of our stay in Morocco, we cannot recommend it highly enough.
This place is absolutely gorgeous. The work that Fred did restoring this riad is impressive. They follow through with the service and amenities as well. The food was great, they found a guide for me, took care of transportation from the train station. This is service!
I think that there can't be a better way to see Fez than to stay in the medina and do it in style in a place like this. To sit on the roof and watch the sunset, the medina reflecting the changing light and the call to prayer happening at the same time is a nice way to get some perspective.
I would recommend this to any and all (and the price for this quality accommodation is excellent, even with a weak dollar).
Well done Fred, Isabella and Thierry.
Above imagination, above your dreams
This is a true old palace with phenomenal rooms, tastefully furnished around an enourmous courtyard with fountains and fruittrees. It's decoration has old plasters and mozaiks and is in great harmony with modern accents. Really something else than all the ryads which are only restored in the old stile. The ambiance is warm and its hosts receive you as if you are old friends. The owner told me "he wanted to make an atmoshere more than only selling rooms". To my opion they succeeded in this greatly. Near the big fireplace are very beautiful and comfortable couches and books about art and furniture to read. At the enormous roofterras you can take a bite under a large "nomadic tent" and from here is a splendid vieuw on the mountains and over the medina. If you want to sleep here in a fourposterbed under the stars, it is possible!
Unfortunately the swimmingpool was not ready when I was there, but even so, your stay will be unforgettable. So stay here if you want to give yourself a special time! Unbeatable!