There are a lot of Hostels in Marrakesh with different facilities, prices, locations, and last but not least they may not be even named Hostels. Most properties in Marrakesh and around Morocco itself are called “Riad” or “Dar”. In a nutshell, a Riad is a traditional house of a Moroccan family with a small garden inside the middle of the building. A Dar on the other side is as well a traditional Moroccan house just without the interior garden. It may include therefore a small common area for the family which used to live there. Read more about “What is a Riad” here. As a Backpacker and traveler it’s wort it to get best backpacker insider tips for Marrakesh.
Location – Where to stay in Marrakesh
When you are traveling to the capital of Morocco you will realize very soon that the heart of Marrakesh is called “Medina”. One of the best locations of a Hostel in Marrakesh is around the heart of Medina, the square and market place Jemaa el-Fnaa – this is the most busiest market place in the northern African continent. We recommend you staying close but not directly at this square as it will be more expensive. Furthermore when you are staying somewhere inside the real Medina you will get a better idea of the Moroccan capital.
How to find your way in Marrakesh
To find your way through the Medina and to find your way back to your Riad, Dar or Hostel in Marrakesh, try to remember you way. The easiest way to find your way back may be remembering something special on your way. This can be a special sign, a special entrance, a special shop. Watch out for something unique and simple to remember.
This can be very helpful! This “Medina” is basically the old town, and until today people say that there is no full map of this area of Marrakesh which includes every single street of the old town of Marrakesh. So there is a risk that you might get lost somewhere in the Medina. Therefore we recommend you to watch out for small signs hanging over the street. Those signs will lead you back to the mayor square Jemaa el-Fnaa.
Hostels in Marrakesh
Most of Hostels in Marrakesh are designed in traditional Moroccan interior design. With colorful decorated ceiling, large comfortable beds, and common areas to connect to other travelers. Check out if the hostel you would like to book at Gomio.com offers a roof terrace. From there you may see the Atlas mountains, and the Koutoubia Mosque, the symbol of Marrakesh. The photo below shows the view from the terrace of the hostel Dar Nakhla in Marrakesh.