Riad Laaroussa is a family story. My name is Fred Sola. I run the hotel with my wife Cathy and brother Thierry. We along with our staff welcome you into Riad Laaroussa as into our home.
Our aim is to be representative of this country’s reputation for hospitality and to share with you our love for Fez and more generally for Morocco.
Riad Laaroussa was probably built around the XVII century. It had several lives and we are still investigating its prestigious past. At one time it was owned by the Minister of War, Mehdi Mnebhi, under the reign of Sultan Moulay Abdelaziz (1894- 1908).
Mnehbi owned the entire block. More recently (around 1960), the Riad served as a coranic school. Fred, the current owner bought it in 2005 from a local family whose business was to prepare a famous local dish called khlii (dried meat, with salt and spices cooked and stored in a mix of oil and fat). It took 18 months for a team of 50 workers to bring the Riad back to its original beauty and to turn it into a boutique hotel of 8 rooms and suites. Riad Laaroussa opened at the end of 2006.