Think you can’t come to Marrakech unless you’ve got the pocketbook of a sultan? Think again! Hostels aren’t as common in Morocco as they are in Europe and in years past they were dingy, dirty, and overall not somewhere you’d want to spend any length of time. With more and more travelers who travel to Marrakech thanks to plentiful flights on European low-cost carriers, there are more budget options available. Be forewarned because I live in Marrakech, I haven’t spent the night in any of these hostels but have heard about them from other travelers and through the word of mouth circuit.
We’ve heard great things about this relatively new hostel (it’s only been around for a year). Several of our food tour guests have said they stayed here and really enjoyed it. The Purple Camel not only has a fun name but a great concept that includes not only a safe and clean place to spend the night but plenty of activities and ways to experience Morocco. It’s also the only student run hostel in the city. If you’re wanting to spend longer than a few days in Marrakech it’s worth chatting them up to see what options are available.
Rooms: 4 person private ensuite rooms, 8 person ensuite rooms, or 12 person ensuite rooms
While many budget accommodations are found surrounding Djem al Fna, Equity Point is set back in the medina in a real neighborhood. It’s size is impressive and is a good choice for all travelers, including families. Free breakfast, WIFI and linens are included. There is also a swimming pool in the hostel that’s free for guests to use. You can also book cooking classes or hammam/spa treatments and henna application as well as excursions in the city and surrounding areas.
Rooms: Private: 3 bed, twin, and double. Dorms: 4, 6, and 8 Bed Mixed and Female Dorms.
One that that is certainly not missing at Marrakech Rouge is color! This hostel prides itself on bringing all of the colors of Morocco to life under one roof. There is no shortage of things to do and included in your stay is breakfast, WIFI and linens as well as buffet dinners and entertainment evenings. This hostel is much larger than some others and guests should expect with more people comes more noise. It may not be the best option for those wanting a quiet place to kick back and relax. Coolest feature? You can urban camp in the rooftop tent – a great choice for warmer months!
Rooms: Private: Budget Double (available with private or shared bathroom), twin, 4 person and 6 person. Dorms: 4, 6, and 8 bed mixed dorms with both private and shared bathroom options.
Hostel Waka Waka is a part of the Marrakech Rouge family and has the same features as it’s big sister – including the rooftop tents! You can enjoy a free breakfast and you also have access to the kitchen should you want to prepare something to eat throughout the day. Waka Waka is a family friendly hostel and offers both ensuite and shared facilities (rooms/bathrooms). Be sure to have cash though as credit cards are not accepted for payment. They also can help you plan what to do either ahead of time or once you arrive with excursions as far as the Sahara or right in Marrakech.
Rooms: Private: 6, 8 or 10 bedroom with shared bathrooms. Dorms: 6, 7, 10, 12 mixed rooms with shared bathrooms.
This might be one of the least expensive places to stay in Marrakech, at under 7 euros a night. Of course with such a low price somethings will not be part of the package. Overall travelers give this hostel high praises for being clean, having consistent hot water, wifi and providing a free breakfast. It’s a typical backpackers hostel, so if you’re wanting to visit and are on a tight budget this is the place for you. They are more than happy to help organize any activities that you would like to participate in and can arrange airport and train transfers as well. Kif-Kif may be one of the last throwbacks to the heyday of “The Marrakech Express.”
Rooms: Private: 2 or 10 bed with shared bathrooms. Dorms: 6 and 10 bedroom mixed dorms with shared bathrooms.
Have a favorite way to enjoy Marrakech on a budget? I’m always up for new ideas! Watch for an upcoming post on the best budget riads and take a read of this post on how to enjoy Marrakech on a budget!
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