Certificate of Excellence 2018 - Tripadvisor - Riad Layalina
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03/31/2016 True meaning of a hidden gem!

Riad Layalina is a beautifully restored riad style hotel nestled in the heart of the Fes medina. We arrived late and the hosts graciously welcomed us with mint tea, check in and dinner as previously arranged. Dinner was amazing, starting with an array of Moroccan salads and chicken couscous and ending with fresh fruit. It was generous portioned and delicious. We occupied the top suite (2 bedrooms, a living room and a large bathroom) which was lovely. This riad offered clean rooms, heat, hot water and decent water pressure in the bathroom, and comfy beds…take note as this is not necessarily the norm in all hotels in Morocco. The only warning is that this riad would be difficult to find without help. Ask the host to meet you at the bab (door) to the medina and guide you in; this is necessary so you don’t get lost! We highly recommend Riad Layalina!

John - Maryland, USA
03/29/2016 Best Riad

Actually inside the Medina with only about 100 meter walk to one of the two main streets. This place actually has secure parking. Best dinner going without having to walk or drive anywhere. Staff was very attentive.

Sarah - Portland, Oregon, USA
03/26/2016 DO NOT MISS IT!

The team in this Riad is outstanding! From the moment they see you to the moment you leave they will do everything to make sure you are comfortable and looked after!
Their secret? They pay attention to detail!..
To stay and to eat in this beautiful Riad was an experience!
Well done to all…e Muito Obrigado!

Eduardo - London, UK
03/16/2016 Loved it

Great place, cosy, friendly, staff are excellent and the food is delicious. Jerome, the owner is charming and there was the perfect balance throughout our stay of bon amie and privacy. Great location, lovely roof terrace with great views. We stayed in a superior room as we wanted the en suite and it was perfect. Highly recommend it.

Rob - Birmingham, UK
02/19/2016 Amazing place! Highly highly recommended!

I stayed at this amazing hotel for 2 nights, and to be very honest, I wish it was 2 weeks that I was staying here. The architecture here was simply amazing, the rooms and the common areas were just delightfully decorated. Coming from Europe, this kind of architecture just blows you away. Then there is of course the location, which is right in the middle of the Medina, so you have easy access to the historical heart of Fez. Then of course the service. Impeccable! Big thank you to Radwan and Said for making our stay sooo enjoyable. Another amazing thing is the view from the top of the hotel. Simply stunning!! I really really hope I get the chance to come back again and stay at this hotel!

Cathy - London, UK
02/15/2016 Stunning, Beautiful Riad!

Morocco has some beautiful riads and Riad Layalina is certainly one of the top. Beautiful Moroccan architecture and decor, carved stone and tiles – simply stunning! You will be WOW’ed from the moment you walk into the beautiful courtyard. Our room was equally as beautiful with a large king size bed and a very large bathroom. All in all, I have only good things to say. Sayid and Lachen (sorry for misspelling) were amazing hosts.

Because Fez is so overwhelming and confusing, I would definitely recommend that you call ahead for a pickup from the airport or train station or wherever you are coming from. There is no way you will find this place on your own without someone to guide you. (This would be the case with any riad, not just this one, because as I mentioned Fes Medina is a maze of streets that would be impossible to navigate if you were left on your own devices).

The only downside to this (and a few other riads) is when we don’t meet the owners. Granted this is NOT A BIG DEAL, I know this but I do feel that as much as some of these places are beautiful what makes a riad stand out to me is when I meet the hospitable owners. This always makes a difference between good and great. Granted, I acknowledge that the owners sometimes cannot be there, but it would have been nice to meet them.

All in all, would I recommend this riad? Absolutely, without a doubt!

Chris - New York, United States
02/11/2016 Stunning Riad

This is one of the nicest Riads we have stayed in. From complimentary cuisine on our arrival to an outstanding breakfast the next morning the manager and crew were just wonderful. Our room was gorgeous and the views of Fes from the rooftop were breath-taking. We would certainly return to stay again. It is a beautiful Riad and staff wonderful

Peter - Canterbury, UK
02/09/2016 A lovely place to stay

After traveling from Casablanca it was a wonderful surprise to enter this Riad. While we were admiring the stucco and other design aspects of the Riad we were welcomed with tea, cookies and a tagine. The absolute highlight for us was the terrace with arguably one of the best views on Fes. There’s no better way to wake up seeing the sunrise from there or having a delicious breakfast being served by the very friendly staff before discovering the Medina. Highly recommended.

Diana - Bristol, UK
02/09/2016 Beautiful riad in Fes

We had a wonderful time in this magnificently restored riad in Fes, well located to visit the medina and with Said the kindest host we had while on a 2 weeks tour through central Marocco, Highly recommended.

Kees - Heemstede, Netherlands
02/08/2016 Amazing in every aspect

After traveling from Casablanca it was a wonderful surprise to enter this Riad. While we were admiring the stucco and other design aspects of the Riad we were welcomed with tea, cookies and a tagine. The absolute highlight for us was the terrace with arguably one of the best views on Fes. There’s no better way to wake up seeing the sunrise from there or having a delicious breakfast being served by the very friendly staff before discovering the Medina. Highly recommended.

Amadou - Rotterdam, Netherlands

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