Cities don’t come much more magical than Marrakech – a city of medinas, minarets and mosques. In fact, some of the best hostels in Marrakech are located on the doorstep of architectural gems like the Koutoubia Mosque, Bahia Palace and Majorelle Garden. Forget GPS and allow yourself to get lost exploring the mind-boggling labyrinth of streets that make up the 1,000-year-old UNESCO World Heritage Medina – home to one of the world’s most incredible shopping experiences and unforgettable street food that will forever make other food seem tasteless.
Many of the best hostels in Marrakech are housed in traditional Moroccan Riads – multi-storey properties, centred around an inner courtyard designed specifically to offer respite from the North African heat. Most are located within the Medina. While its winding alleys, resident snake charmers and pungent spices will tantalise your senses, it’s a tricky part of the city to navigate, particularly because phone signal can be patchy. We recommend splashing out a little extra on an airport pick-up, or calling ahead to request a member of staff meet you somewhere that’s easy to find. On average, prices at the best hostels in Marrakech range between €3 and €12 per night and, you’ll be charged an additional €2-€4 per night in local taxes on top of the room rate.
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- Overall best hostels in Marrakech
- Best party hostels in Marrakech
- Best hostels in Marrakech for solo travellers
- Best cheap hostels in Marrakech
- Best of the rest hostels in Marrakech
Overall best hostels in Marrakech:
- Riad Dia – best hostel in Marrakech for solo travellers
- Rodamon Riad Marrakech Hostel – best hostel in Marrakech for partying
- Hostel Waka Waka – best cheap hostel in Marrakech
Best party hostels in Marrakech
You may have heard the rumour that boozing is illegal in Morocco. Even though alcohol is more tightly regulated than in other countries, it’s still possible to party, and Marrakech offers plenty of opportunities to do so. Most of the best hostels in Marrakech have on-site bars, which are ideal for affordable drinks and meeting new homies before you head out to sample the nightlife. Definitely check out what’s going on after dark in Ville Nouvelle, Hivernage and Gueliz, the city’s coolest neighbourhoods. This is where the beautiful people of Marrakech’s dance the night away in an exciting selection of dance clubs and rooftop bars.
This positively palatial hostel is ideal for backpackers who want to chill by day and party hard by night. It’s also a popular choice with digital nomads who can’t get enough of its fancy AF vibe, complete with serene inner courtyard, swimming pool and restaurant. So once that laptop is closed for the day, hit up their games room to shoot some pool, or head to the rooftop bar for a sociable sunset cocktail. The hostel offers a spot of backpacker luxury, with lockers big enough to fit your whole backpack, seriously comfy beds (with privacy curtains) and spotless en-suite bathrooms.
- 24-hour reception and no curfew
- Swimming pool
- Female-only dorms
Address: Riad Rodamón, Rue Amssafah, 32. Quartier Assouel, Medina
Nearest bus stop: Riad LaarousseBook your stay at Rodamón Riad Marrakech Hostel now!
Rock up at this hostel, one of the largest and best hostels in Marrakech, and you’re guaranteed to meet a whole host of fellow backpackers, whether you’re chilling in their rooftop Berber tent, enjoying a movie marathon, or learning how to cook tagine like a queen at one of their cooking classes. The hostel’s bar is always open, hosts cool events at weekends and there is no curfew, which leaves you free to hit the city’s clubs with your new crew.
- Free breakfast
- Hot showers
- Cooking courses
- Free mint tea
Address: Riad Zitoune Jdid, Derb Zenka Dika, no. 40
Nearest bus stop: Jamaa El FnaBook your stay at Hostel Riad Marrakech Rouge now!
When you team a young crowd with an affordable rooftop bar that’s open until the wee hours, Kaktus is a great option for travellers who want to party in Marrakech. This traditional Riad within the ancient city walls is less than a minutes’ walk from Djemma El Fna Square, making exploring the city’s top sights easy, even if you did have a late night. Kaktus has a fab restaurant serving up homemade Moroccan cuisine for lunch and dinner, and offers an array of group activities including trips to the Atlas Mountains, Atlantic coast and Sahara Desert.
- Late-night bar
- Great excursions
- Bike hire
- 24-hour reception
Address: Kennaria Derb Zaari n° 21, Médina
Nearest bus stop: Jamaa El FnaBook your stay at Kaktus Hostel now!
This four-floor palace has a different theme on every level; enjoy tea and shisha in their ground-floor courtyard, distinctly hippie vibes on the first floor, a second floor dedicated to Berber culture, and roof terrace offering gorgeous views of the city’s rooftops. If you love nothing more than a sing-a-long, Kif-Kif’s array of musical instruments will get those juices flowing. Up on the roof, the cushioned seats and shady canopies provide the perfect setting to get the party started after a day of hard-core bargain-hunting.
- Free breakfast
- Cafe and Restaurant
- Self-catering facilities and BBQ
- Book exchange
Address: Rue el Ksour, Derb el Kadous, 9
Nearest bus stop: Ph KoutoubiaBook your stay at Kif-Kif Marrakech now!
Best hostels in Marrakech for solo travellers
Those travelling solo to Marrakech will find a gang of buddies in no time in the best hostels in Marrakech. Most hostels are run by welcoming owners and staff who’ve travelled themselves and want to make guests feel at home, and create a social environment through fun events and activities.
Close your eyes and envision your dream Marrakech hostel and chances are it looks exactly like Riad Jennah Rouge. This colourful option was made for Pinterest, with its opulent fountains, cosy reading nooks, sunny communal areas ideal for meeting fellow travellers, and its very own shisha lounge! The hostel has also been voted one of the best hostels in Marrakech for solo travellers, so expect plenty of mingling. Its location is spot on; right in the middle of five souks and just moments away from Djemma El Fna Square and the Cyber Parc, which seems an odd name given the ornamental gardens date back to the 18th century!
- Shisha annexe
- Free mint tea on arrival
- Secret garden and roof terrace
- Free breakfast
Address: Bab El Ksour, Rue el Ksour, Derb Jdid el Kebir, 15
Neighbourhood: Medina – but nice and close to Hivernage and Gueliz
Nearest bus stop: Riad ShebaBook your stay at Riad Jennah Rouge now!
This buzzing hostel is the perfect spot for those travelling alone to Marrakech. The hosts know what backpackers are after, so expect a warm welcome and plenty of activities that create a super social vibe. Hang out round the pool with a beer, or share a cup of tea or a shisha on one of their multiple sunny terraces. Even if you’re a little shy, the hostel’s cooking classes, traditional Gnaouan music nights and range of parties will help you let your hair down. When you can tear yourselves away from the great vibes, Place Djemaa El Fna Square is mere moments away.
- Free breakfast
- Multiple terraces
- Hot showers and towels included
Address: Zefriti No. 6, El Ksour, Place D’Jeema el Fna
Nearest bus stop: Jamaa El FnaBook your stay at Riad Dia now!
If you like your hostels eco-conscious, super sociable, and friendly on the wallet – look no further than Dream Kasbah. This top spot is a little further away from the Medina than our other picks (15-minute walk), but it’s ideally-placed for exploring The Royal Palace, the Mellah, El Badii Palace, and Place des Ferblantiers – an artisan market selling dreamy handicrafts. As well as offering beds from €4 per night, the hostel offers awesome themed dinner nights, and a range of great activities, including trips to the Sahara, horse riding, skiing and surfing. There’s also a games room, complete with foosball table, and the obligatory roof terrace, perfect for sunset dining and a few beers.
- Free homemade breakfast
- Communal kitchen and BBQ facilities
- Soundproof dorms
Address:6 Bis Derb El Arsa, Kasbah
Nearest bus stop: Bab RabBook your stay at Dream Kasbah now!
Another of the best hostels for solo travellers in Marrakech is Riad Layla Rouge. The hostel is within walking distance of the sights, plus their on-site café-bar-restaurant is perfect for making friends, or grabbing dinner in the hostel should you not fancy venturing out alone. There are plenty of hangout areas, including two terraces, a cute shady courtyard ideal for cooling off from the heat, and a traditional Moroccan-style dining room.
- Free tea, cake and breakfast
- Two roof terraces
- iPod speakers in each room
- Bike hire
Address: Rue el Ksour, Derb Rokni, 2.3
Nearest bus stop: Ph KoutoubiaBook your stay at Riad Layla Rouge now!
Best cheap hostels in Marrakech
Some of the best hostels in Marrakech come with a budget price tag, plus free breakfasts are easy to come by, ensuring you’re set up for a solid day of sight-seeing. You won’t have to venture far from the centre to find cheap hostels in Marrakech – there are plenty of options to be found around Djemma Fna Square. Most budget options (including our top choices) lay just outside of the historic walls of the Medina, but if you’d like to stay inside the walls, consider basing yourself in Kennaria.
With beds in their 12-person dorms starting from as little as €4.75, Waka Waka is a fantastic choice for those looking to keep costs down without having to compromise on surroundings. The hostel is clean, beautifully decorated and very comfy. Plus, it’s a sociable spot with something always going down for guests to join in with, whether that’s nightly live music from Berber musicians, or a refreshing beer or cup of mint tea with your fellow guests.
- Free breakfast
- Self-catering facilities
- Free tea and coffee
- Towels included
Address: Rue el Ksour, Derb Sabai, 13
Nearest bus stop: Ph KoutoubiaBook your stay at Hostel Waka Waka Marrakech now!
For a glimpse into traditional Moroccan home life, stay with husband-wife dream team Jamal and Hiba. Not only do they treat you like family, but their hostel is spick and span and Hiba’s home-cooking is sensational. The hostel is well-located just 100m from Djemma El Fna Square, close to all the Medina’s best souks and Palace Bahia. After a long day of ticking off Marrakech’s hotspots, relax on their rooftop terrace under canopies that will make you feel like you’re in the Sahara.
- Roof terrace
- Home-cooked food
- Free breakfast
Address: 1 and 2 Derb Chaabane, Rue riad Zitoun Lakdim
Nearest bus stop: Jamaa El FnaBook your stay at Amour d'Auberge now!
As the name suggests, this hostel’s rooftop really brings the goods! Soak up the sun from their comfy couches and hammocks while enjoying incredible views of Bab Doukkala Mosque, Koutoubia Mosque and the city beyond. This homely hostel offers on-site restaurant, a great range of tours, free tea on arrival and rooms are an absolute steal, starting from just €2 per night.
- Cafe and restaurant
- Cable TV
- Airport transfers
Address: 19 Derb Elhanch Bab Doukkala
Neighbourhood: Medina/ Bab Doukkala
Nearest bus stop: Dar Lbacha or Bab LaarissaBook your stay at Rooftop Hostel now!
Kasbah offers travellers a slice of tranquillity mere moments from the centre of Marrakech’s mayhem, with a real focus on discount prices, which start from €2.50. Enjoy clean surroundings, a great roof terrace, en-suite rooms and bike hire. As well as being a bargain, the hostel has an eco-friendly focus and its staff make a real effort to form connections with their guests. If you’re searching for a cheap home away from home, this is a great shout.
- Cooking classes
- Sauna and fitness centre
- On-site grocery shop
Address:N 3 derb Riad kasba
Nearest bus stop: Bab RabBook your stay at Kasbah Red Castle Hostel now!
Best of the rest hostels in Marrakech
And a few more for luck…
It’s rare that you find a hostel with spa facilities, but Equity Point’s got you covered. After a long, steamy day exploring Marrakech’s souks, guests can unwind with a massage or some chill time in Equity Point’s Hamman (Turkish baths). This social hostel also has a swimming pool, a beautifully lit inner courtyard and a roof terrace with fantastic views over the rooftops of the city. They also have a top-notch on-site restaurant serving delicious home-cooked Moroccan treats. One thing to note is that the hostel is pretty well-hidden – but well worth the search! Call ahead and get someone to meet you so you find it first time, particularly if you’re arriving at night.
- Swimming pool
- Cheap drinks
- On-site masseuse and hammam
- 24-hour reception
Address: 80 Derb El Hammam; Mouassine
Nearest bus stop: Hopital AntakiBook your stay at Equity Point now!
Once a family home, this hostel retains a wonderfully welcoming vibe. Stunningly decorated and within minutes’ walk of El Badi Palace, Moulay El Yazid Mosque and Saadian Tombs, this is a superb bet if you are serious about sightseeing and souk-action. The Mellah – Marrakech’s Jewish neighbourhood – is down the road, as is the famous Bab Mallah Spice Souk. The hostel’s enormous rooftop and garden has to be one of the best in the city, but there are also plenty of comfy inside common areas for those cooler Moroccan nights.
- Multi-lingual hostel manager
- Private rooms
- Free continental breakfast
- Great for groups
Address: N7 Rue Ibn Rochd Arset Maach
Nearest bus stop: Sidi MimounBook your stay at Villa Verde now!
Started by a Berber chap with dreams of creating a haven for travellers of all nationalities, Earth Hostel is a space that prioritises human connection. So if you’re up for sharing tales of adventure around an open fire (against a backdrop of live music) look no further. Caring for the planet was another key part of the business plan, so the eco-friendly hostels is primarily decked out in second-hand, recycled and re-purposed items. Guests enjoy a prime location metres from the Medina and the Heritage Museum, plus comfy bunk beds, hot showers, and a great bar-café-restaurant. Oh – and there’s an on-site nightclub!
- 24-hour reception
- Currency exchange
- Cooking classes and excursions
- Hot tub
Address: Zniket Rahba Derb Ennakhel 36
Nearest bus stop: Jamaa El FnaBook your stay at Earth Hostel now!
We hope this guide helps you to discover the best hostels in Marrakech that are perfect for your trip. Let us know in the comments if you’ve stayed in one of these recommended hostels, or if you’d like to share a hostel that you think other backpackers shouldn’t miss.
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Amy Baker is the author of Miss-Adventures: A Tale of Ignoring Life Advice While Backpacking Around South America, and founder of The Riff Raff, a writers’ community that supports aspiring writers and champions debut authors. You can follow Amy on Twitter here.
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