- Refined service
- Large family suites
- Quirky styling
Since it’s opening in 2006 Riad Laaroussa has fast established a reputation for being one of the best places to stay in Fes. The owners (Fred, Thierry and Cathy) have skilfully succeeded in blending luxury and high end service with quirky, characterful rooms whilst keeping that all-important feel of authenticity and intimacy.
Set in the heart of the old Medina the riad has 8 rooms, 4 of which are large family suites. The family suites are vast and set up with messanine levels for the children. All rooms very spacious, are individually themed on a colour, have air conditioning and large en-suite bathrooms.
Nice touches include the welcome drinks on arrival (for those who have had too much of the ubiquitous mint tea a glass of wine or gin and tonic is offered!),
Moroccan babouches (slippers) which you can take home with you and a constant supply of bottled water in the rooms (the ice cubes served in your drinks are also made with bottled water).
The beautiful rooms, warm welcome and concierge level of service from the staff makes for a wonderfully easy, if slightly pricy experience. For relaxing and dining there is plenty of space and the Riad feels large and roomy.
On the ground floor you have the central courtyard, a leafy garden area with tables and chairs, a lounge and dining room.
On the first and second floors there two other lounges and throughout there are many cosy nooks to hide away with a book.
On the roof terrace there are plenty of sun loungers (a rainfall shower has been installed to help you cool off during the heat of the summer), an enclosed dining area with fireplace and an open breakfast area and bar. Sadly the Riad does not have a plunge pool.
Riad Laaroussa has a spa where you can have treatments ranging from the traditional hammam to a couples massage or white algea facial.
There’s also a small shop on site selling artisan products and a selection of Moroccan clothing.
Wifi is available throughout the property.
The trek was fab, really enjoyed it! Was definitely a challenge but one worth doing. Our Guide Mohammed was excellent, took care of our needs, patient and went at a suitable pace for us. Ali, the muleteer and cook made us the most remarkable dishes and such large quantities, we felt bad for leaving so much food.....was enough for six people or more.
The refuges provided us a great place to stay....the first one was very quiet only another couple staying there, whilst the next was much busier and was a fab way to meet new people.
We were really pleased we made it to the summit, it felt like a great achievement.
I don’t think I would change any part of it.
Thank you, to you and your partners in Morrcco, will recommend you to anyone who wishes to follow in my footsteps.
Louise Davis reviewing Climb Mount Toubkal on 29 August 2018
The walking in the mountains was a fantastic experience, helped by our perfect guide Ibrahim. He was intelligent, kind, cheerful and looked after us very well. He could answer all our questions on flora, fauna, geology, history and local culture. He walked at a steady phase that suited all and made sure everyone was happy. We could not have asked for more.
Our favourite place to stay was the Azzaden trekking lodge where we were welcomed warmly with slippers, dates, milk and a hand wash. The food was excellent and the breakfast was very impressive. The hospitality of Mohamed was second to none. The view from the balcony was amazing and when it got dark the stars came out in their millions. ( we did however not manage to find out in which bed Daniel Craig had slept).
When we reached Kasbah Toubkal the weather had turned cold and wet so we could not enjoy the roof terrace and the outdoor area.
Riad Tzara was excellent and Naima, Khadija, Abdul and Mohamed looked after our every need. We had dinner one night on the roof of Dar Hanane where the view over the city was great. We also liked the cozy roof terrace in Riad Tzara where the perfect temperature was in the afternoon after escaping from the noises and fumes of the Medina.
Inga Olafsdottir reviewing Atlas Valleys & Villages Comfort Trek on 27 February 2018
The highlights for us were the accommodation choices - we loved each place we stayed and for quite different reasons.
We found the food really delicious at all the places. We were really impressed. We ended up eating dinner every night at Dar Housnia, which was really tasty but a bit expensive but we loved the convenience of it and loved everything else about the place.
My 9yr’s favourite place was Douar Samra - he liked the rooms and all the meals. We all like the communal meals there. It was good to get to know other travellers. But my husband and I really loved the Douria Suite at Dar Housnia as it was great to the have space and down time by ourselves there. We spent some hours just lazing on the terrace after walking around Marrakech for hours.
We also thought Kasbah Ellouze was really lovely too. They were super helpful accommodating the kids. They made sure we could celebrate NYE dinner with the kids as they go to bed early. It was really kind of them.
We had a Hussain as our guide for trekking and he went with us on the road trip. We really liked him: friendly & kind, and not too loud & talkative (our family is on the quiet side!). Hussain was great with our two boys. He made them feel comfortable, kept them safe on the treks (ie speed walking ahead with them when they wanted (our 4yr old loved this!) and holding them securely on mules over the rough terrain) and he played football with them too!
We had two different drivers who were both good - helped out when our 9yr old vomited from car sickness and were happy to drive slowly as needed.
Also we thought your organisation of everything and choice of accommodation & guides was excellent. We had no complaints. We had a splendid, relaxed and easy holiday - we didn’t have to think of anything & it was all great.
Helen Newman reviewing Morocco Family Holiday: Kasbahs, Mountains & Souks on 30 January 2018