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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 …
So my guide Khalid arrived bright an early at the Riad. We mapped out a game plan for the day and set off through the much quieter alleys in the Medina. (Apparently the Medina does not really wake up until mid morning.) First stop for the day would be Musee Batha (museum) just inside the Medina walls.
Musee Batha was housed in a nineteenth …
... Anyway, now it’s always live.
Our next stop was the old Jewish Quarter. We did not pass through the gate but still it is impressive from a distance. Down a narrow street and we were suddenly at a small doorway leading to Ibn Danan Synagogue which dates to 17th century. We had to wait a few minutes for the man with the key to finish his prayers and let us in. It is no longer an active synagogue but I’m glad ...
... of produce, people yelling, children running to and from school and not a few very elderly folk, almost bowled over as they shamble along. The visual impact is overwhelming and the crowded streets make it almost impossible to take photos. Shops sell every type of merchandise imaginable - food, clothing, pottery, confectionery- anything a local or tourist requires is available in the Medina. Keeping ...
... things then headed back down. On the way down the stairs, I slipped on the dust (they were doing renovations), and fell down half a flight of stairs! I whacked my spine and my arm, and kind of ruined the amazing mood the hammam had put me in! So feeling a bit sore and sorry for myself we went down the rest of the stairs and met the group. We jumped into some taxis and headed into the medina. When everyone was there we followed Abdul through a little section of the souks to a ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Riad Laaroussa Fes
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.
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.)
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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!