Review of Riad Laaroussa Fes, Morocco
Tucked away on a little back street off Talaa Sghira at the heart of the Medina, Riad Laaroussa is a truly stunning guesthouse regarded as one of the most sumptuous in Fez. A vast 17th century palace, once home to the Minister Mnebhi, it has been restored with loving care by skilled and devoted local craftsmen and decorated thoughtfully to offer one of the most charming accommodations in the city.
Measuring over 1000m², the riad is spacious featuring an impressive and gorgeous orange tree-shaded patio and harmonious interiors with touches of chic design around traditional tadelakt walls, keyhole arches, tiled floors and sumptuous ceilings. For the best comfort, the vast riad only offers 5 spacious, comfortable and beautifully decorated suites and 2 charming rooms. All are traditional living-rooms and have kept the original mosaic floors, tadelakt walls, wooden beams and restored antique Fassi furniture. For families or friends who want to share the unique experience of living in a traditional house, you can also rent “la Maison Laaroussa”, a 4 bedrooms house with balcony sharing the same entrance and services as the Riad.
Guests can spend time in a number of inviting spaces: the living room, the reading room or the exceptional terrace with its many relaxing areas, lying beds, and refreshing showers, from which you can appreciate the breathtaking view. You will also enjoy the traditional Hammam & Spa with relaxing massages offered by a great team of masseurs and therapists. Riad Laaroussa’s best-kept secret is its delicious cuisine prepared by Samira and Sabah, two incredibly friendly and talented Moroccan chefs who will let you help out in the kitchen and learn the secrets of Fassi cuisine.