Traveler's Choice 2021 - Tripadvisor - Riad Layalina
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08/03/2019 Excellent riad with friendly staff and a perfect location

We stayed here for one night and were very pleasantly surprised. After a stressful stay in another riad in the middle of the medina seven years ago we were looking for a place which would guarantee less hassle – and that’s exactly what we found at Riad Layalina. We chose this accommodation specifically because of its private parking, an invaluable asset which allowed for getting in and out very easy.

While travelling towards Fes in our rental car, we tried to make a reservation for the last available room via TripAdvisor, but the site somehow did not manage to book with the online discount which was advertised. So we tried our luck, just showed up without any reservation and asked. The friendly manager Bilal had a quick phone call with the owner and confirmed that we could stay for the advertised price. We were then given the full welcome treatment which others already described in detail: a bottle of cool water, a delicious fruit salad and a mint tea, all of this served in their breathtakingly beautiful courtyard. While we were indulging in these treats our room was prepared and our luggage was taken care of.

The room itself was not the biggest, yet very cozy and spotlessly clean with a comfortable bed, a safe and a good working a/c. The only small downside was that the bathroom was not en suite but on the other side of the staircase. It had no windows and felt a little bit ‘cave-like’, especially with high humidity after showering. The wifi in our room had a terrific speed (faster than at home) while the bathroom came without proper signal.

Due to the riad being fully booked it could get somewhat noisy at times, but not to the extent that it would have tarnished our stay. It’s just what you should expect when staying in an older building in riad style. Keep in mind that these accommodations were once meant to be family homes rather than hotels.

On the rooftop terrace with its sweeping views over the medina and the surrounding hills we got a good map and a brief introduction to Fes by Bilal. This was very appreciated, although not much had changed since our last visit in 2012. But it’s always reassuring to get some advice and useful hints by locals.

We had a fantastic afternoon roaming the medina, came back to see the sunset from the rooftop and then went off to enjoy the medina again, this time with the very special evening atmosphere and even a free concert at the Fes Festival of World Sacred Music. The location of the riad, not far from the Blue Gate, guaranteed easy accessibility of the medina and souk.

The next morning, after a good night’s sleep, Bilal and his colleague served an excellent breakfast in the picturesque courtyard setting. After we had settled our bill (which was organized by Bilal in the most correct way) the staff brought the luggage to our car and waved us goodbye. As hard as it was to leave this beautiful and accommodating place after just one night, it’s good to know that we have found the perfect spot to come back to whenever Fes is on our travel list again.

Anne - Schagen, Netherlands
08/03/2019 This was a fantastic place

The convenience (especially if you bring your own vehicle) is phenomenal. Jerome met us when we arrived and was very cordial. The room (and entire building) is beautiful, very photo-worthy. The bathroom is technically private, but it is across the stairwell from your room (so leave the door shut). Jerome’s employees did a great job of helping us navigate the medina, and even gave us a number to call if we got lost. Breakfast was FANTASTIC, as well. We will stay here again, no doubt!

David - College Station, USA
08/02/2019 Gorgeous Riad right on the edge of the Médina

Gorgeous Riad right on the edge of the Médina with perfect views of the city. Easy walking distance to everything and also easy parking for those coming in car. The free parking is attached to the Riad and it is gated! The rooms are cool with air conditioners. Water pressure was great and the hot water was much appreciated! They helped orient us to the city and what there was to do with a map for us to keep. I would highly recommend this AirBNB!

Ruthy - San Antonio, USA
07/24/2019 This Riad made us feel like royalty

The beautiful Moroccan details throughout and the incredible attentive staff (and amazing food) were above and beyond our expectations. It is in a great location with a beautiful view of the city from the terrace and plenty of tips and advice from the staff about how to make the most of your stay. We definitely recommend it, and we wish we had more time there!!

Julia - Chicago, USA
07/20/2019 Perfect location and amazing hospitality

A beautiful Riad right next to the old medina in fez. The staff is awesome!! They picked us up from the airport in a private car and also organized a ride to get us to our next destination. Breakfast is delicious and we enjoyed a wonderful dinner one night as well. We would definitely recommend this Riad to anyone staying in fez :).

Claire - New-York, USA
07/18/2019 Highly recommend it!

This riad is such a wonderful place to stay in Fez, highly recommend it! The hosts took care of us as if we were family!

Masha - Alameda, USA
07/16/2019 Would stay again

We had a wonderful stay at Riad Layalina. The staff was amazing and was incredibly helpful in booking transfers, hiring a local tour guide, and was a vital piece in helping us both deal with our lost luggage and then retrieve it from the airport 3 days later.

Our room was a bit dark, but cozy, quiet and peaceful. And clean! The atrium is beautiful. I think we ate at the riad every night because we loved the tagine and the atmosphere so much. It felt like coming home. It was a little chilly in April so we didn’t spend much time up there, but the rooftop has a great view.

And finally … the location is perfect. This was our first stop in Morocco so it was an adjustment navigating the Medina but Riad Layalina made it so easy to find our way home (even in the dark!) because the location is near enough of a landmark so you will be able to find your way – and your airport transfer or taxi can drive straight to the door! No hauling luggage through the souks here 🙂

Emily - Tiburon, USA
07/14/2019 Excellent stay

A charming Riad in an excellent location with very sympathetic staff. Breakfast was excellent. And the pool was perfect for a refreshing break after walking through the Medina. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay.

Chris - Montreal, Canada
07/09/2019 Riad Layalina was the nicest accommodation

We traveled in Morocco for a week and even though we didn’t stay long in Fez, Riad Layalina was the nicest accommodation during our visit to Northern Africa. The Riad’s common area is down right beautiful and the location is perfect; it is right around the corner from a gate to the Médina. Sunrise from the roof is gorgeous. The service was also terrific and the fruit salad with apples, kiwi, banana, and pears upon our welcome was tasty and refreshing. I really do not see any reason to stay anywhere else in Fez, should I return.

Paul - Cincinnati, USA
07/04/2019 This place is amazing

If you go to Fes this Riad is where you need to go. The ubication is really great, the food so tasty and the staff is very kind people.

Manuel Enrique - Mexico

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