Pros

  • In the heart of Fes, within the walls of the medina
  • 17th-century riad blending contemporary style and traditional Moroccan decor
  • Eight air-conditioned rooms and suites with courtyard-facing terraces
  • Turndown service includes candlelit rooms
  • Expansive rooftop terrace offers breathtaking views of the medina
  • Full-service restaurant and bar serving Moroccan and Fassi cuisine
  • Free Moroccan breakfast with hot and cold options
  • Lunch and dinner can be booked in advance
  • Guests are welcomed with herbal tea and snacks
  • Hammam and spa treatments
  • Free Wi-Fi throughout
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Cons

  • Steep stairs may be difficult for some
  • No televisions or phones in rooms
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Bottom Line

This four-pearl, eight-room riad is located in the heart of the ancient city of Fes. The historic 17th-century building has been beautifully restored, blending traditional Moroccan decor and contemporary elements. It's a calm and tranquil respite away from the medina, popular with couples and families. Spacious guest rooms and suites wrap around a lush green central courtyard, and all include air-conditioning, free Wi-Fi, and furnished terraces, but no TVs. The riad has a small heated pool, as well as a traditional hammam offering relaxing spa treatments. A rooftop restaurant and bar serves Moroccan and Fassi cuisine and a free daily breakfast. It offers stunning views of the medina. Travelers preferring a more lively property should consider the Menzeh Zalagh Hotel, which adds a nightclub and 24-hour room service. 

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Amenities

  • Cribs
  • Internet
  • Kids Club
  • Pool
  • Spa

Oyster Hotel Review

Riad Laaroussa Hotel and Spa

Scene

Exquisitely restored riad with tranquil atmosphere

After its 2006 restoration, this tall 17th-century building has become a chic city retreat that's hidden away from the busy medina. It still keeps many of its original features, such a mosaic flooring, painted wood ceilings, and hand-carved plasterwork, though some contemporary artwork is dotted around the common areas, adding a modern element to the largely traditional decor. The property has a romantic vibe, with numerous little nooks and seating areas that are ideal for intimate meetings. There's a cozy sitting room with a log fire and piano, and a lovely green courtyard with a central water fountain, cobbled pathways, and metalwork chairs and tables. The rooftop restaurant has stunning views, making it a prime spot for watching the sunset as the call to prayer echoes around you. The overall atmosphere is tranquil and serene, and guests find that it has an in-the-family vibe -- they also have a fondness for the riad's resident labrador retrievers, Ben and Lou. 

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Location

In the ancient city of Fes, in the heart of the medina

Fes is located in the northeast of Morocco, and is known as the country’s cultural capital. It’s famous for its walled medina, Fes el-Bali, which is filled with bustling souks and ancient architecture. The riad is located in the middle of the historic medina, and you need to walk through maze-like narrow alleyways to reach it. It's nestled between Bab Bou Jeloud and the Kairouine Mosque, making it an ideal base for exploring the city on foot. The riad offers day trips to some popular sights outside of the city, such as picturesque Chefchaouen, the Volubilis ruins, Meknes, and the historic town of Moulay Idriss. There are a few restaurants and shops in the immediate area, and a yoga studio is a two-minute walk from the riad. Fes-Saiss Airport is around a 40-minute drive away.

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Rooms

Air-conditioned rooms and suites with traditional Moroccan decor plus funky design elements

All eight suites and guest rooms used to be traditional salons, and they still feature the original mosaic floors, high painted wood ceilings, and hand-carved plasterwork. All rooms are individually-decorated in a traditional Moroccan style, with hand-crafted furnishings and terraces overlooking the tranquil central courtyard. Funky seating and artwork add a contemporary touch. All rooms include air-conditioning, full-length mirrors, and free Wi-Fi, though there are no TVs or telephones. Free robes and slippers are provided, and candles are lit every evening for the personal turndown service. Bathrooms are spacious, and all have tadellakt walls, vessel sinks, heated towel racks, and walk-in rainfall showers. Some rooms and suites have additional bath tubs and separate living areas with cozy log fires. Guests should note that the riad is a 300-year old building, with steep stairs leading up to most rooms. This may be an issue for those with mobility issues. In this case, the Orange and Green Suites are better options, as they are both on the ground floor.

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Features

Heated pool, rooftop restaurant and bar, hammam and spa, plus free breakfast and Wi-Fi

The Riad Laaroussa has an authentic hammam (steam bath), which is a long-standing Moroccan tradition. It also has a spa with several treatment rooms, offering massages, facials, and aromatic scrubs. The rooftop restaurant and bar offers stunning views of the medina, and serves Moroccan and Fassi home-style cuisine for lunch and dinner, though this must be booked in advance. A free breakfast is served here daily, consisting of Moroccan pancakes with butter and honey, along with fresh orange juice and coffee. Free drinks and cookies are served during the day too, which is a nice extra touch for guests. The riad has a small heated outdoor pool, lined with sun loungers and seating areas, providing a serene spot to cool off after a long day exploring the medina. Wi-Fi is free throughout the property, and airport transfers and day trips can be arranged for a fee. Other services include a 24-hour front desk, laundry, and dry cleaning. 

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Things You Should Know About Riad Laaroussa Hotel and Spa

Also Known As

  • Riad Laaroussa

Address

3 Derb Bechara, Fes medina, Fes 30000, Morocco

Website

Oyster Hotel Review

Riad Laaroussa Hotel and Spa

Scene

Exquisitely restored riad with tranquil atmosphere

After its 2006 restoration, this tall 17th-century building has become a chic city retreat that's hidden away from the busy medina. It still keeps many of its original features, such a mosaic flooring, painted wood ceilings, and hand-carved plasterwork, though some contemporary artwork is dotted around the common areas, adding a modern element to the largely traditional decor. The property has a romantic vibe, with numerous little nooks and seating areas that are ideal for intimate meetings. There's a cozy sitting room with a log fire and piano, and a lovely green courtyard with a central water fountain, cobbled pathways, and metalwork chairs and tables. The rooftop restaurant has stunning views, making it a prime spot for watching the sunset as the call to prayer echoes around you. The overall atmosphere is tranquil and serene, and guests find that it has an in-the-family vibe -- they also have a fondness for the riad's resident labrador retrievers, Ben and Lou. 

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Location

In the ancient city of Fes, in the heart of the medina

Fes is located in the northeast of Morocco, and is known as the country’s cultural capital. It’s famous for its walled medina, Fes el-Bali, which is filled with bustling souks and ancient architecture. The riad is located in the middle of the historic medina, and you need to walk through maze-like narrow alleyways to reach it. It's nestled between Bab Bou Jeloud and the Kairouine Mosque, making it an ideal base for exploring the city on foot. The riad offers day trips to some popular sights outside of the city, such as picturesque Chefchaouen, the Volubilis ruins, Meknes, and the historic town of Moulay Idriss. There are a few restaurants and shops in the immediate area, and a yoga studio is a two-minute walk from the riad. Fes-Saiss Airport is around a 40-minute drive away.

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Rooms

Air-conditioned rooms and suites with traditional Moroccan decor plus funky design elements

All eight suites and guest rooms used to be traditional salons, and they still feature the original mosaic floors, high painted wood ceilings, and hand-carved plasterwork. All rooms are individually-decorated in a traditional Moroccan style, with hand-crafted furnishings and terraces overlooking the tranquil central courtyard. Funky seating and artwork add a contemporary touch. All rooms include air-conditioning, full-length mirrors, and free Wi-Fi, though there are no TVs or telephones. Free robes and slippers are provided, and candles are lit every evening for the personal turndown service. Bathrooms are spacious, and all have tadellakt walls, vessel sinks, heated towel racks, and walk-in rainfall showers. Some rooms and suites have additional bath tubs and separate living areas with cozy log fires. Guests should note that the riad is a 300-year old building, with steep stairs leading up to most rooms. This may be an issue for those with mobility issues. In this case, the Orange and Green Suites are better options, as they are both on the ground floor.

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Features

Heated pool, rooftop restaurant and bar, hammam and spa, plus free breakfast and Wi-Fi

The Riad Laaroussa has an authentic hammam (steam bath), which is a long-standing Moroccan tradition. It also has a spa with several treatment rooms, offering massages, facials, and aromatic scrubs. The rooftop restaurant and bar offers stunning views of the medina, and serves Moroccan and Fassi home-style cuisine for lunch and dinner, though this must be booked in advance. A free breakfast is served here daily, consisting of Moroccan pancakes with butter and honey, along with fresh orange juice and coffee. Free drinks and cookies are served during the day too, which is a nice extra touch for guests. The riad has a small heated outdoor pool, lined with sun loungers and seating areas, providing a serene spot to cool off after a long day exploring the medina. Wi-Fi is free throughout the property, and airport transfers and day trips can be arranged for a fee. Other services include a 24-hour front desk, laundry, and dry cleaning. 

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Amenities

  • Air Conditioner

  • Airport Transportation

  • Babysitting Services

  • Balcony / Terrace / Patio

  • Cable

  • Concierge

  • Cribs

  • Dry Cleaning

  • Free Breakfast

  • Internet

  • Kids Allowed

  • Kids Club

  • Laundry

  • Pool

  • Poolside Drink Service

  • Room Service

  • Separate Bedroom / Living Room Space

  • Spa

  • Supervised Kids Activities

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