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Marrakech is a brilliant pick for budget-conscious travellers – you can get stylish, central digs for a fraction of what you’d pay in other tourist-hotspot cities. What’s more, riads – the classic Moroccan style of building – really lend themselves to intimate, social accommodation. Here’s our selection of the best hostels in Marrakech.
Shabby-chic is the name of the game at this inexpensive abode. A stone’s throw from the medina and diagonally opposite the Heritage Museum, this hostel is situated in a riad and features bunkbed accommodations, 24-hour reception, free wifi and shared bathrooms. A breakfast buffet is included too.
Though it’s not in the city centre, Dream is mere steps from the Saadian Tombs and the Royal Palace. Room types go from shared dorms and bathrooms to doubles with en-suite privacy, while the riad-style house also has an on-site restaurant, a rooftop deck and a 24-hour reception.
This funky and eclectic hostel is in the city centre, making it easy to get to major attractions and the main market. In addition to free wifi and a 24-hour reception desk, the hostel provides a breakfast buffet, a shared kitchen, an on-site restaurant and evening entertainment. A rooftop deck is a nice touch for sunset sips.
Practically next door to major sites such as the medina and the Koutoubia Mosque and Gardens, Riad Dia is ideally located for anyone looking to tour the city centre. Perks for hostel-bookers include a pool, sun-soaked terraces, cooking classes and help with booking excursions around Morocco.
Equity Point Hostel is in the centre of the action, sitting in the winding alleyways just minutes from Jemaa el-Fnaa square. The riad-style hostel is one of the tallest buildings in the medina, has a spacious, square pool, and offers rooms from dorms to doubles. Because of the building’s height and location, you’ll get some of the best sunset views in the city from the rooftop.
Situated on the north end of the Medina, Rodamon is a lovely little riad with a swimming pool, private rooms and dorms (including female-only dorms). There’s no curfew at this hostel, and there’s 24-hour reception, free wifi and a stunningly white rooftop deck.
Outside the city centre, Kasbah Red Castle sits between the Royal Palace and the Saadian Tombs – both a few minutes’ walk away. This colourful spot has a lovely garden, a terrace and room types that range from dorms to doubles. The on-site restaurant serves savoury Moroccan fare and an ample breakfast buffet. The wifi is free, and the staff is friendly.
Ellie Hurley contributed additional reporting to this article.