Traveler's Choice 2020 - Tripadvisor - Riad Layalina
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05/17/2011 The BEST MOROCCO HAS TO OFFER...it 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
05/09/2011 Wonderful Riad with very helpful and polite staff

My partner and I were part of larger group visiting Fez for a few days on a motoring tour of Morocco. Most of our group stayed in the large Sofitel, while a few of us stayed in the Riad Layalina. The Riad was well placed near the Medina. We had complete peace, the rooms were beautiful and nothing was too much trouble for the staff. They kindly organised a dinner party for us with only a few hours notice including local musciains and the designer of the riad’s restoration took the time to show us about the Medina during the day. Its a private feeling clean tastefully decorated Riad – the insides a beautiful – we certainly preferred it to the larger hotels we saw. Would recommend this riad to friends. Great experience.

London, UK
05/05/2011 The prettiest, most authentic and welcoming riad in Fez. One of the best places of many we stayed in in Morocco

Riad Layalina made our large group very, very welcome. The riad is simply beautiful and the staff so utterly hospitable, charming and helpful they really make a difference.

Ross - London, UK
05/05/2011 Beautiful space with the most helpful staff we have ever encountered

Unassuming outside, the inside of Riad Layalina is breathtakingly beautiful, a light airy space with a pretty pool, and plenty of comfortable places to sit. The rooms are charming and whilst not the last word in plush luxury, they are spacious, attractive and beautifully decorated with air-con and shuttered windows. Having thought the bed would be too hard, we found we both had fanastic night’s sleep, and the shutters kept out any early morning light or noise from the thriving souk that is a couple of minutes walk away. The staff were absolutely chaming, accompanying us to the souk, organising hammams, taxis, secure parking for our cars, a mechanic to tune them up, and washing them when we left. When the others in our group who had not been able to fit into Layalina wanted to join us for a party, dinner, drinks and music for 25 were organised in the space of three hours, and the staff were incredibly enthusiastic and forbearing, even as we danced into the small hours. My only improvements would be the provision of a hairdryer, and also perhaps the drying out of our bathroop, which had a slightly damp smell. Otherwise this is a beautiful, tranquil, relaxing place to stay, and fantastic value for money. We feel lucky to have been so well looked after.

Elie - London, UK

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