Traveler's Choice 2021 - Tripadvisor - Riad Layalina
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01/08/2017 Simply fabulous!

We were absolutely blown away by the service and beauty of this place! We booked the junior suite, and it was perfect – gorgeous decor, lots of room, and a little loft with two extra single beds. The detail and craftsmanship of the place is astounding, from the stunning courtyard all the way down to the doorknobs and locks. The roof terrace was a wonderful place to read and enjoy the sunset, and to hear the prayer calls across the city.

I cannot say enough about the wonderful service. Jaffa and the staff really pull out all the stops when it comes to making guests feel welcome and comfortable. We were welcomed with a delicious hot meal, and the breakfast every morning was plentiful and delicious.

We could not have imagined a better place to stay while visiting Fes. I cannot recommend Riad Layalina highly enough!

John - Alameda, Californie
12/23/2016 Beautiful riad!

Lovingly restored riad! The architectural details are amazing – a feast for the eyes. If you are driving, this is the best place to stay; there is a private parking area and you are literally at the doorsteps of the souq. No lugging your bags up the steep and narrow alleyways in the medina. The breakfast was fantastic, a huge scrumptious spread that was way more than what we could finish. The owner Jerome was very friendly and accommodating. Highly recommended, you won’t regret it.

Philip - New York, USA
12/20/2016 Details that make all the difference

Situated in the best area of Fez, Layalina Riad conquered us for small things that astonished us:
1. on arrival, they offered us an excellent meal;
2. The room had a superb decor;
3. The riad is superbly refurbished;
4. the owner and all the staff are really friendly.
5. the breakfast was sumptuous

To highlight:
– Location
– Comfort
– Details of refinement

To improve:
Could be better indicated

Andre - Lisbonne, Portugal
12/20/2016 Fantastic Riad; excellent value and service

Not enough can be said about how wonderful the staff were at Riad Layalina and how lovely the setting is. The riad is very well located in a quiet part of the medina but near all the action. It was winter during our visit but the inviting swimming pool in the main courtyard must be heaven in the summer months, and our room was very lovely (even though it was rather cold until the heat kicked in). The bathroom was really nice with a spacious shower, and views from the roof were great. We also had dinner at the riad which was equally delicious as breakfast: a mezze spread with aubergine, olives, and salad, and then tagine followed by a fruit spread. Definitely recommend having your dinners at the riad!

The staff though is what made it a truly excellent experience, Jaffa in particular. Upon our arrival at the riad at 10am (not official check-in time) a full breakfast was waiting for us: fresh orange juice, omelette, bread/butter/jam, coffee, and typical cakes. Jaffa and his colleagues not only helped us figure out which bus to take to Chefchaouen and which train to Marrakech, but they physically WENT to the stations to buy the tickets for us! This saved us a bunch of time since the stations are located in the new city, and it allowed us to begin exploring the medina. After we checked out of the riad to go on our 1-night stay in Chefchaouen they also let us store our larger bags there for us to collect 2 days later.

Caroline - New York, USA
12/12/2016 Beautiful and Excelent Riad - Excelent value for money

Excelent Riad in Fez. We really recommend it. Excelent value for money. Very close to the Souk. We were very well received. The staff offered an excelent welcoming meal of Tagine of Tomato and Eggs and fresh fruit. The staff was very nice and helped us with everything. The rooms were very nicely decorated (palacian marrocan style) and cosy. Nice bathroom. The Riad is a Palace with a lux decoration. We truly recommend it. Only negative point is that it is not very well marked in the surroundings meaning that we had to ask for its exact location. The Riad has a private parking space so please do not park your vehicle in the parking space near by even if the “valet parking” says you to do so. We met the owner and very nice French Gentleman. You should absolutely choose this Raid when staying in Fez.

Rita - Lisbonne, Portugal
12/07/2016 Terrific place and service

Beautiful Riad in a perfect location.
Riad Layalina is located inside the medina in Fes, but it us very easily accesible which gives you the opportunity to wander through Fes’s wild maze of alleys and shops.
The riad is a beautiful old moroccan home and the people who work there go beyond their obligation to make you feel comfortable and solve any doubt or difficulties that may arise.
Besides all that Layalina has its own parking so if one travels by car it is most convenient and safe.
This was our second trip to Fes, amd if there is a third, we certainly will stay at Riad Layalina again.

Robert - Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts, USA
12/03/2016 Prime location, excellent service and beautiful artistry

The location is fantastic as it’s literally across the parking lot from the entrance to Rue Talaa Kebira which traverses the Fes Bali Medina. If your are driving, the parking is a bit nondescript and you will likely pass it as I did when making the right turn on Rue Ain Zleten. Just passed, you will see a big parking lot at which they will try to charge you 20 dirhams per night, just tell them that’s it’s included in the hotel parking and ask then ask hotel employee come with you to get the car and put it in the Riad Parking lot. Location gets a A+.

The service from the staff was excellent. They were attentive, present and quick to assist. The owner, Jérôme, was present while I was there and he was incredibly welcoming and knowledgeable of the area.

Lastly, what impressed me the most was the level of detail and depth and breath of the handcrafted artistry and colors in the interior design.Everything from the window frames, to the doorknob had a form of beautiful and unique design. I was awestruck by the level of detail; felt like I was in a palace. Great for couples given the comfort and single travellers whom appreciate Arabic artistry and design.

If I could say one thing is that the bed could’ve been a bit softer but, minor detail.

Overall, excellent place and definitely recommend a stay.

Marlon - New York, USA
11/30/2016 Best Riad in Morocco with free private parking

As soon as we arrived we felt like we were in a royal palace and were treated like kings and queens.
The hospitality was incredible from arrival to departure.
As soon as we arrived we were welcome with a drink and something to eat. Then we got an introduction to the area of Fes from the roof top terrace. Our breakfast was delicious with juice, eggs, pastries, fruit, tea and coffee.
The private parking (fenced) at the back of the Riad is a huge plus as we had a small camper van. It was easily to pop down to the car and get something we needed. We called the Riad just before we arrived and they meet us with our van.
We loved the Riad the so much that we spent a couple of days just reading a book the terrace and by the pool.
You won’t find a better value Riad in all of Morocco! Yes there are nice Riads in Marrakech but this one is the one you will remember.
Thanks Jaffa and Said you made our stay in Fes, and we will be sure to see you again.

Tess & Scott - Fremantle, Australia
11/28/2016 Great

We loved our stay at Riad Layalina. Our room on the ground floor was surprisingly quiet and comfortable. Nicely decorated with a safe and a huge bathtub. Jaffar and Said went out if their way to accomodate our needs. We really felt welcome and at home. We had in house dinner (vegan as per our request) and it was very good but we couldn’t finish it as the portions are huge. Location is perfect with a very accessible private parking lot inside the riad. The view from the terrace is beautiful. You can have breakfast served at the time you want but i advise that you warn them if you need to leave early. Overall great experience.

Masala - Sydney, Australia
11/20/2016 Amazing hospitality; stunning decor

A few examples of how great the service was at Layalina:
– my wife had a tooth ache and they traveled to the store to buy her aspirin and wouldn’t accept our offer to pay for it
– they let us borrow their phone charger when ours broke and asked if we would like to take theirs for the rest of our trip
– took time to show us a map of the city, and advised us which things to see and which routes to take
– upon arrival they gave us a cheese tajine with bread that may have been the favorite thing we ate on our 2 week trip to Morocco

The hotel itself is beautiful. The main square is decorated with mosaic tiles and has a garden-feel. The rooms are elegantly decorated with an authentic feel. Could not be more pleased with our stay!

Kim - Singapour, Malaysia

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