Traveler's Choice 2021 - Tripadvisor - Riad Layalina
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01/26/2014 Beautiful and charming Riad! Stop searching and book!

We stayed at this lovely Riad for our last 3 nights in Morocco and wholeheartedly recommend it! You can drive yourself crazy (as we did) searching through reviews — do yourself a favour and book this one if it’s available, you won’t regret it!

First, the location is perfect. In the north-west corner of the Medina, thirty seconds from a parking lot (Ait Aizlen I believe) which makes pickup/dropoff easy. It takes about one minute to walk from the Riad to the main street (Talaa Kebira) and about 5-10 minutes to get to Bab Bou Jeloud (Blue Gate). In other words, perfectly located in a safe, easy to find area (by walking or taxi) and a great starting point to explore from. Easy to just walk straight down Talaa Kebira to see the souks, funduqs, Kairaouine mosque, tanneries etc.

The Riad itself is a work of art disguised as a hotel. No other way to describe it — it’s literally bursting with intricacy and beauty, from the floors up to the ceiling. I can only imagine what it would look like had we come in Spring/Summer instead of winter, when we could have properly appreciated the rooftop terrace. Jerome was quite helpful by e-mail when planning our visit but sadly was out of town when we arrived, leaving us in the capable and polite hands of Said. We were greeted with mint tea and a delicious egg/tomato tajine and sweets, even though we arrived late in the evening after dinner service. We reserved the junior suite on the first floor which was stunning, and had a cool loft area inside with two single beds which would have been great for a family. The shower was hot and with great pressure, much needed considering we woke up in a Bedouin tent that morning!

Breakfast consisted of a variety of Moroccan pancakes, pastries, fresh OJ — the standard we’ve noticed at most places in the country. The chef/housekeeper, Naima, was very sweet and clearly works hard! We booked the Moroccan cooking class with her and another sweet lady (Amal) and it was a cool experience — went to the nearby market with Said to buy the food (which involved them slaughtering our chicken in front of us, a true “local food” experience!) then watched the ladies cook it, getting tips along the way. They made us an absolute FEAST which we were shamefully unable to finish.

Quick tip for those staying here who are looking for a good, affordable place to eat nearby — check out Cafe Clock, about 5 min away which serves cheap, tasty food (vegetarian friendly!) and great coffee in a chill environment — we went everyday!

In summary, we would highly recommend staying here and many thanks to Jerome and his staff for an incredible end to our trip!

Sean - Ottawa, Canada
01/26/2014 Beautiful!!

We stayed here for 4 nights, in our almost-month long trip to Morocco. This was the last accommodation, and by far, one of the best riads!! We were even lucky since it was under promotion.

1. The location is great. We arrived there from the Gare-routiere in Fez, and it takes only about 10min walk from there! It’s right next to the gate to the souks in medina, but not in the complex jungle of small passages in medina.

2. The food. We were served a dinner when we’d arrived, which was the first time for us to be treated in any riads. The breakfast as well was just great.

3. Staff. The staff were very helpful, though not very fluent in English, dealing with my flight ticket, etc.

4. Etc. Wifi worked really good!

I’d definately suggest this riad, it’s the PERFECT place in FEZ!!!

NG - London, UK
01/19/2014 Beautiful Riad!

We had a wonderful short stay at the Riad Layalina. We were at the end of our 16 day trip to Morocco and the beautiful Riad and excellent hospitality was exactly what was needed to cap a great trip! The home is beautifully decorated and includes the little things such as the local soap dishes that brings that bit more of authenticity. You can see that the Riad was lovingly restored. It’s location is perfect just outside of one of the main thoroughfares in the Medina and only 5 minutes walk to the main ‘Blue Gate’. We had a delicious meal on our first night and the breakfast included was delightful. We had been to 6 other properties within Morocco and this Riad was the best for such a reasonable price. All of the staff were happy to help us and always had a welcoming smile!

Tyrone - London, UK
01/11/2014 The definition of perfection

What can I say?…this riad fulfilled all my expectations and more. Booking and communication beforehand was entirely straightforward and there were no hidden fees. I got a last minute bargain. Jerome answered all emails very quickly. Station pick up went smoothly, and I was greeted with not only mint tea but an unexpected (and much needed) tagine. The staff were friendly and attentive.

The room was beautiful, comfortable, and had heating which was welcome for Fes winter. The shower was good and hot and the bathroom beautiful with traditional polished plasterwork and mosaic tiling. The Internet really is high speed (or at least plenty fast enough for me) and you can get online anywhere in the riad.

I woke each morning to the coloured light spilling through the stained glass windows in my room to be served with a spread of Moroccan breakfast breads and cakes in the courtyard. The roof terrace has a fantastic view over the whole city and the Merinid tombs, and is a great place to hang out and sunbathe. I’m sure in warmer months the plunge pool would also be a welcome part of my stay.

The riad is situated in a very convenient and pleasant quiet location – it is next to a car park where petit taxis stop, and just off the Main Street, Talaa Kebira which you will walk up and down many times to see the sights and the souks. Being off it you have the proximity without the noise.

You will need at least 2 nights here and will likely want to extend your stay (as I did). Fes is a magical place that reveals more of itself the more you give of yourself. The spell has been cast and I shall certainly be back! Thank you all!

Sarah - Kendal, UK
12/19/2013 Excellent

The trip was the present to my wife 60th birthday. all additional required services as taxi, dinner and last but not least a very early breakfast were accomplished by 100% by Said, Ousman and their Team; an absolut outstanding Performance.

Robert - Pernes-Les-Fontaines, France
11/12/2013 An Oasis in Fes

Lovingly restored, this riad is a true treasure to Fes! Just steps away from the bustling souk, the Riad Layalina is a welcome oasis of tranquility. The garden courtyard and fountain are the heart of the building. And sitting in the perfectly tiled courtyard, you feel transported back to a time when peace, privacy, and introspection were highly regarded and your courtyard was your own personal garden of eden. But, no matter how beautiful this riad or how thoughtfully the rooms have been appointed, it would be just a building without the people who are the soul of Riad Layalina. Jerome, Sayeed and the rest of the staff know the meaning of true hospitality and you are made to feel truly welcome from the moment you arrive to a delicious small tagine, homemade bread, mint tea and sweets. Fes is a lovely city, but we think that the kind and generous people of the Riad Layalina will be first on the list of our fondest memories of Fes.

Greer - Portland, Oregon
11/10/2013 Incredible

A gorgeous riad, and the most lovely staff – I stayed here after a recommendation from a friend. As he promised, the location was perfect, the mint tea divine, and the sunset from the rooftop terrace was wonderful. The sassy ladies in the kitchen also cooked one of the best tagines I’d ever tasted!

The location was right at the edge of the medina, and 2 mins away from Tala Kabira, and 5 mins walk from the Blue Gate. Super convenient! The riad itself was a haven in the hectic city, and really worth the price; the decor was just incredible and it was a pleasure to sit in the courtyard and get some work done when I wanted a rest from the city!

T.R - London, United Kingdom
11/05/2013 Wonderful

I was a student visiting for the weekend in Fes and my friends and I found this wonderful Riad. They were quite accommodating and the rooms were above par for the price that we paid. Its location is ideal, only being a 7 minute walk to the blue gate. Waking up every morning to mint tea and traditional Moroccan food was one of the highlights of staying. The terrace surveyed the Medina and it is breathtaking to see the Palace on the hill and the mountains in the distance. Overall my stay at Riad Layalina was well worth the price I paid.

Robert - Chestertown, Maryland
10/26/2013 Excellent

A beautiful Riad which creates an oasis of peace and calm. Elegant rooms, good service, roof-top terrace giving a spectacular views over all of old Fes and good food (they also make mint tea without sugar if that is more to your taste!). The Riad is in an excellent position on the edge of the medina so easy to find and return to and the taxi from the station drops you at the back door. We loved the pool and would return here if we go back to Fes.

Rosie - Aberdeen, UK
09/28/2013 Lovely in Fes

I would highly recommend the Riad Layalina as we had a great stay there last month. The Riad arranged a driver to pick us up at the train station, which went seemlessly (despite our late arriving train) and we arrived easily to the Riad, which was clean, nice, and well decorated. Be advised that both entrances to the Riad are unassuming/unimpressive, however the inside is lovely. Since we were so late to arrive, the Riad kindly offered to go out and pick up take-out for us to eat in the hotel. My stomach was not feeling well, so they also very generously bought the ingredients to make me a special soothing rice pudding (which amazingly helped my stomach to settle!). We spent the next day wandering around the Medina on our own, which was very close by, visiting shops and the tannery. We decided to Make our way down to the bottom of the Medina and found a gate out of the maze and took a taxi back to the Riad. I also spent some time lounging by the pool (in the sun until about 2pm?) and tanning on the lovely roof terrace (sunny all day). The next day, the Riad arranged a day trip to the mountains for us with a private driver, which was enjoyable and worked very well. On our last night someone from the Riad came with us to the ATM at night so that we would feel safe taking out the sum of our payment in cash, since they dont take cards and we were 2 girls traveling alone. I should also mention that the breakfast was huge, with lots of breads and delicious orange juice. My only complaints are not really for the Riad, however, during our stay, the other guests took the ‘treat this as your home’ policy of the Riad a bit too liberally as they were constantly in the courtyard smoking and making lots of noise which we could hear in our room. Also, the driver that the Riad called to take us to the airport on the last day drove like an absolute maniac. Unfortunately, I can not remember his name, but hopefully the Riad will stop using his services.


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