Travel Blogs from Fes
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
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!