Traveler's Choice 2021 - Tripadvisor - Riad Layalina
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10/12/2011 Couldn't have been better

Of the 4 places we stayed whilst in Morocco this was the best. So calm and relaxing; it was a joy to stay there. We ate in the riad one evening and it was lovely. We ordered what we wanted earlier in the day and then ate in the courtyard. The food was of a high standard and plentiful. All the staff were really friendly and helpful. Our room was everyting and more that we had hoped for and it was nice to have the plunge pool there after a long walk through the medina. We used the guide recommended by the riad which worked out really well and we managed to see a lot in our short stay. The only problem we had was finding the riad when we arrived as we had travelled up from Rabat by hire car and the google instructions were useless. We took the risk of taking help from a local boy on a motorbike who led us to the carpark near the riad and then carried our cases to the riad door. We tried to tip him but he did not want our money but for us to ‘help’ his brother, an ‘official’ guide (with a badge and everything!). At this point we felt really pressured and unwillingly agreed to meet with his brother later that evening. However, Radouanne sorted this by getting rid of the brother when he arrived. He may have been genuine (the brother would not take the money we sent for the boy who had taken us there). It is such a shame you have to be so suspicious all the time. The riad is ideally located for easy access to the medina and the views (even from our shower) are wonderful. If we return to Fez we will be returning to Riad Layalina.

Jane - Derby, UK
09/25/2011 Fantastic!

Beautiful Riad in a fantastic location, quiet but moments away from the Medina. Jerome, Radouanne and all the staff at Layalina made it an unforgettable stay. More like staying with friends than in a hotel. The many recommendations made by Jerome and Radouanne enabled us to experience sights and food we would never otherwise have found. Without doubt the best hotel experience I’ve ever had.

Chris - Manchester, UK
08/25/2011 Absolutely recommended!

A fantastic Riad in Fez. Well located close to the Medina, but no in the centre of it (important in Fez as it’s near impossible to find things in the Medina!). Food excellent, and filling. Staff friendly and welcoming, in particular the women who seemed to do all the work. Pool was a welcome relief from the summer heat. Riad Layalina is a great place for travellers looking for quiet, relaxing, and luxurious accommodation at a very affordable price! Just book it and go!

London, UK
06/19/2011 Very nice Riad, central location, amazing staff

We stayed in the riad with our two kids (age 8) for 4 nights. We stayed in the suite with two double rooms and it was perfect. It was warm in Fes but luckily the airco in the rooms was very very silent! We loved the breakfast, plenty of very nice food. And the especially made diner was amazing. We did end up with some stomach problems but you never know where you pick that up in a land as Morocco!

The staff was very helpful, the shower broke down and they fixed it the same day. The kids loved the swimmingpool and I loved the fact there was free Wifi!
We recommend this place to everyone going to Fes.

06/16/2011 Perfect

2 min walk to the main souk

Nice clean and very homely

The extremely friendly service of the manager Osama and his younger brother Abdoul made the stay more than perfect

Jamil - London, UK
06/14/2011 Riad Layalina is a gem!

Riad Layalina was our home away from home during our trip to Fez. The staff of this family run establishment are all very friendly and considerate. The riad itself is beautifully adorned with carved plasters, adorned wood ceilings, gorgeous mosaics, and a gorgeous rooftop terrace with a view of the medina. The room, public areas, and pool are all meticulously clean. The location is excellent, steps from the main street of the medina, but it is also far enough away to be a haven from the hustle and bustle of the old town.

The hospitality is truly amazing!! Upon our arrival we were served a delicious traditional Moroccan lunch, which was a totally unexpected treat. It consisted of a selection of salads, bread, cheese, a tagine a piece, amazing little Moroccan pastries, and Mint tea. We were then shown to our room which had been upgraded because the riad was not full and to ensure us more privacy. Breakfast was served every morning in the courtyard by the pool, when we woke up, not at a set time. This is a big plus for late risers!! We were served an abundant variety of Moroccan specialties, breads, jams, honey, cafe latte, fresh juice, and mint tea. On our last day in Fez, after we had already checked out of our room, and after a particularly hot day shopping in the medina, we were gicen access to a room to freshen up before our flight home.
Really the hospitality is above and beyond, and we do not have enough good things to say about the Riad Layalina. We will never consider staying anywhere else on our future trips to Fez.

Sarzana, Italy
06/10/2011 Fantastic riad and brilliant staff

Our recent stay (for a total of 5 nights) at Riad Layalina was simply wonderful. The Riad was absolutely beautiful but perhaps more importantly, the staff at the Riad were fantastic and made us very welcome from the moment we arrived until we went. The location is excellent also as is the splendid breakfast. We were also treated to a tasty tagine and mint tea when we arrived at the Riad – around 8 pm in the evening, totally unexepected – but great. We would thorougly recommend the Riad.

Leicester, UK
06/01/2011 One of the best places in Fes

We spent 5 nights in this wonderful Riad. All rooms and suites are in excellent condition. The staff is very friendly and cooperative. All requests were immediately attended to. The Riad is very close to the Medina. From the roof top one has an extraordinary view of Fes. Jerome is the perfect host. We’ll come again if time allows.

Gerth - Thuringia
05/17/2011 The BEST MOROCCO HAS TO truly is an oasis away from home...where they treat you like family!!!

I ABSOLUTELY LOVE Riad Layalina!!! We arrived at the Riad after a tiring 7 hour train ride and a 10 minute cab ride. We weren’t sure what to expect…but boy were we blown away! The Riad is beautiful!!! My friend and I felt like royalty staying at a Morocan Palace…the detailing and decor is remarkable. The only thing that was better than the interior was the INCREDIBLE hospitality!!! We were greeted by one of the Riad Managers, Usama. He was a pure delight. He greeted us with smiles, a warm welcome, mint tea, and tomato and egg tangine!!! He told us we were home and he really meant it.

He showed us the communal spaces…the pool, the computer room, the kitchen, and the terrace. The terrace has a 360 degree view of Fes… I couldn’t get enough of that view! At night stars and all of the medina…and in the morning….hills, the medina, and all of beautiful fes!
Our first night at the riad, we spent hours chatting with the staff. We shared our music and culture with them and they shared theirs with us. I felt like I knew them forever. They are all super friendly and personable…Ive been home for some time now and I still miss them all.
Every morning breakfast is served when you wake up…not on a set time like other riads do. When we asked when breakfast was the response was “whenever you wake up,” how sweet is that!?! At my last riad that was definitely not the case! Breakfast is fresh traditional Moroccan flat bread, an egg omelet, jam, mint tea, coffee, fresh cold orange juice, and anything your heart desires. They were so accomodating!!!
They also gave advice about the medina and shopping, they didn’t push overpriced tours on us and gave us honest price suggestions for souvenirs.
The rooms are adorbale and the bathrooms are VERY CLEAN! The pressure was great in the showers. The Riad is super safe and in a GREAT location. It’s in the medina and steps from the main streets in the Medina. There’s a relaxing and very affordable Hammam minutes from the Riad. You have to do it!!!
After 3 days at the riad, we had to catch our flights home. We were so sad to leave our family in Fes, but we have vowed to come back to Layalina very soon. I completely fell in love with Fes thanks to the amazing staff at Layalina. YOU WILL NOT REGRET STAYING HERE…THE BEST MOROCCO HAS TO OFFER!!!

Jackie - New York, USA
05/14/2011 Great riad with very helpful, welcoming and informative staff

We stayed at the riad for two nights in April. We found the staff and owner very warm and welcoming.

Lucy - London, UK

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