A perfect stay in the most welcoming Riad Louna
Wow - what a superb place! We stayed here for a week with our 17 month old and have experienced the best service ever, having travelled extensively over the past 10 years staying in many different hotels. The Riad itself is lovely, a real oasis in a perfect location for exploring the Medina but it is the fantastic team at the Riad who do everything possible to make you comfortable in every way.
They were wonderful with our toddler,entertaining her while we tucked into delicious Moroccan starters and tagines cooked by Jean-Pierre's (the owner), wife Naomi. While I'd recommend this as a top place to stay in Fes for anyone, when travelling with children (which can always make things a bit more complicated) it comes with 100% recommendation because they are so accomodating here, letting us use the kitchen to cook food, offering to tumble-dry clothes, I could go on.
Jawad, the Manager, deserves a special mention for the attentiveness given to every detail and he was so wonderful with Issy, she loved it. We would stay here again in a shot, great value for money.
As a tip, when staying at Riad Louna use Bab Boujeloud (one of the main gates into the Medina) as the reference for petite taxis and any directions when you get lost in the Medina - everyone knows it and it's easy to get back to the Riad from there.
Overall, we were very impressed by the warmth and hospitality of everyone we met in Morocco.
Date of stay : April 2011
Aamazing days in Riad Louna
We do recommend riad Louna in Fes, Morocco. The riad is very well located in the medina (the old town). The decoration is amazing and the rooms are cozy and very beautiful. In fact, it makes you feel like a dream! But above all, the kindness of the staff and warm reception, particularly by Jawad, are unforgetable. Once in Fes don't miss it! Congratulations for all the staff!
Date of stay : March 2011
Lovely, welcoming, beautiful riad with great food!
My boyfriend and I loved our stay here. The staff couldn't have done more for us and were helpful and welcoming, for example taking me to a hamman, lighting fires in our room, bringing us mint tea and bottles of wine. The meal was the best one we ate in Morocco. Another great plus is it's really quite easy to find, a very good location! The only very small negative was the lighting in the bathroom was poor - would rather have proper lights than cold dark fluorescent ones. We would definitely recommend people to stay here.
Date of stay : January 2011
Lovely riad in a convenient location
We arrived at Riad Louna in the night-time, trying desperately to escape the touts on the street and looking for a refuge. We were met by Jawad at the door, who showed us the lovely Rouge Room and was very amenable to price negotiation for the room, as it was still low season. Jawad was very friendly and helpful during our entire stay. We were so impressed with the rooms, service and value, that we decided to stay on for an additional 2 nights. The riad is located a short walk to Bab Boujloud, around which are several reasonable restaurants you can dine at.
The room was large and beautifully furnished and decorated, the imposing doorway the highlight. The orange trees and fountain in the courtyard were lovely. Breakfast was excellent by the standards we were already accustomed to in Morocco (assortment of breads, honey, jams, olives, dates, coffee, orange juice) and served in a cozy dining room just off the terrace. The owner, a Belgian gentleman, was very pleasant and greeted us at the start of our stay and was present to bid us goodbye...
Date of stay : December 2010
The place to stay !! an absolute oasis in Fes
We were 2 couples travelling to Morocco for the first time. Riad Louna was the perfect place to stay in Fes. Hidden away from the colour and movement of the Medina of Fes (the old city), the Riad Louna was an oasis. Step through the door to luxury, peace and tranquility. Jawad and his team could not do enough to help us with arranging day trips (Atlas Mountains and Mekness and Volubius and arranging a driver to take us to the port of Tanger med to travel to Spain. Youseff was fantastic helping us with luggage, directions and setting our bedroom fires each night. We ate in the Riad 3 nights out of 5 and the food was great - fresh, loads of variety and delicious. Local wine was also good (from Mekness).
Date of stay : November 2010
Beautiful riad with amazing staff
We loved this riad. It was beautifully decorated, immaculately kept and the food was outstanding. Most importantly the staff was so helpful, kind and went out of their way to make everything perfect for their guests. We would definitely come back to this riad.
Date of stay : November 2010
Our best stay in Morocco
We spent three nights in this beautiful riad. The location couldn't be better - it's within the medina but only two minutes walk from a car park. The restaurants near Bab Boujeloud are literally next door, the souks of the medina a short walk away, as well as Fes Jdid. The riad is exceptionally restored, decorated and furnished. We had the funniest suite we have ever stayed at - very long, located on the medium level, accessible by two private staircases from both the ground floor lobby and the roof terrace. As the room only had a window overlooking the inner court, it was very quiet (though a bit stuffy on our first night when it was hot and humid). Free wi-fi was available. Throughout all our stay we experienced a warm and very personal welcome from the owner Jean-Pierre and all his staff, surprisingly numerous for such a small establishment. Food and drinks were great.
PS Almost all hotels we booked in Morocco requested my credit card details to guarantee the booking but this was the ONLY one to actually accept payment by credit card :)
Date of stay : October 2010
Probably the best place to stay in Fes
We stayed in the Riad for 4 nights with a little baby and we have to say that it was a wonderful experience. Owner and staff really took care for all our wishes (and with the baby we have had a lot), the meals are just exceptionally good and of course the riad itself is a romantic spotless place.
Thanks for a wonderful time.
Date of stay : September 2010
Beautiful, quiet riad in the center of the medina
The courtyard with its garden and trickling fountain is a real oasis in the middle of town. We loved exploring Fes from here after having breakfast in the roof garden. Our room had spectacularly high ceilings. Overall a great experience--we'd go back again.
Date of stay : August 2010
Secret garden in the medina
"This is a traditional riad, a house built around a garden in an inner courtyard. The architecture is superb with beautiful blue and white mosaic tiles on the ground and walls, carved stucco and woodwork. Songbirds sing and play in the fountain and the trees. The rooftop has a restaurant and outdoor table surrounded by flowers" ... "The rooms around the courtyard are magnificent and fit for a pasha. The experience of navigating the narrow alleyways to find the entrance is worth the price by itself. It is fairly easy to find for all that, a big plus in a town where even natives can get lost" ... "I feel. They can engage a guide for you, which you will need. Fez may be one of the most challenging streetscapes you will ever encounter (the main commercial street is perhaps 12 feet in width at its widest), but the mystery involved makes it all worthwhile." ...
Date of stay : May 2010
Wonderful staff, beautiful riad
Beautiful room, gorgeous riad, amazing meals and hot water! The staff set me up with a tour guide for the day, who gave me the best tour I ever could have imagined. With Azadeen, I ended up seeing far more than I even planned on seeing. He was very knowledgeable and well worth the price!
Date of stay : April 2010
This place is hidden away, but beautiful and comfortable. We had a nice quiet lunch on the terrace and then accompanied the chef to the market to gather all fresh ingredients. Next it was to the kitchen for a 3 hour cooking lessons during which we helped the cook staff prepare the evening meal at the Riad for about 25 people. The chef and her assistants, Amine and Mishda, were great and very fun to work with. We had to pause sometimes to prepare some mint tea for arriving guests...and of course some for us as well! Very relaxed and informal...our teenage daughters loved it. We appreciated the last minute arrangements that Riad Louna made to host us. Thanks!
Date of stay : March 2010
Liz, Alec, Jordan, & Peyton Blakeley
Beautiful riad, and my favorite breakfast in Morocco
This was our second stay at Riad Louna, having stayed also 5 years ago. It's a beautiful building from 1369, with an enchanting courtyard. Great location, beautiful rooms, helpful staff. We've made 4 excursions throughout most of Morocco in the past 5 years, and I find that Riad Louna has the best riad breakfast available. Incredible fresh cheese and sweet potato jam. Reserve it for the rooms and location. Return again for the cheese.
Date of stay : March 2010
Best stay ever!
We just loved this riad! We stayed in one of the suites and it was the most gorgeous hotel we have ever stayed in! It was like staying in one of the palaces.
The things we loved about Riad Louna:
2) Location is great! Be careful, if you try to plot it on google map, it shows somewhere completely different, somewhere outside the medina. (Booking.com shows it different too) The actual location is close to Place Batha (where "Musee dar el Batha" is)
3) The breakfast was great too. We even delayed our train the day we were leaving just because we wanted to enjoy our breakfast more. We also loved the dinner there. It's expensive compared to morocco standard, but it was worth it! We had the best tajin there.
4) The staff were very friendly and helpful. Especially Jawad was great. Also they even machine-dried our clothes we washed the night before and had it nicely folded when we came back. We could tell that Jawad was doing his best to make our stay perfect, introducing a great hammam for us, giving us all sorts of advise about the city etc.
Date of stay : February 2010