There shouldn’t be any question about if you will visit Marrakech. The only question should be where you will sleep in Marrakech when you do visit.
Marrakech is the most visited city in Morocco, that beautiful country at the northwestern tip of Africa. Famous for its spices, delicious food and filming locations for epics like Indiana Jones, Gladiator and Game of Thrones, Morocco really should be on everyone’s itinerary. If it’s on yours, Marrakech will probably be your first port of call.
With all the tourism in Marrakech, there are tons of places to stay. In fact, over 2000 are listed on Tripadvisor! So which one to choose?
For budget travelers and backpackers, the hostels are the cheapest. For as little as $10 a night, you can get a bed in a clean, quiet 4-bed dorm. You might resist the idea of staying in a hostel, but Marrakech will redefine the way you think of them. One hostel I stayed at, Bed Square, was set in a beautiful old house in the center of town. It actually had the feel of a private home that I was a guest in. It was clean, spacious, friendly and had wonderful internet. Best of all, there was a rooftop terrace upon which the staff would serve me breakfast in the morning!
Then there was Equity Point Hostel, winner of Hostelworld’s “Best in Morocco” award. They have hundreds of beds available, not to mention a swimming pool, laundry room, business center and their own giant rooftop terrace with a restaurant and bar.
The next level of accommodations is Riads. These are old houses in the center of Marrakech’s old town, or Medina. These are the same types of buildings as the hostels, but far more opulent and with private rooms. They can be found for as little as $50 a night, and often come with homemade breakfasts and dinners, private indoor swimming pools, lavish rooftop terraces and, in one case, separate WiFi networks for every room!
Finally, there are hotels and resort. These can go up to well over $2000 a night, but you get what you pay for. Many are all-inclusive and nothing is left wanting. The Mandarin Oriental Marrakech is a great example of this, where you can rent a villa complete with swimming pool and jacuzzi, a self-service kitchen (in addition to their four restaurants), a poolside lounge, a massive master bedroom, an even larger bathroom with hot tub and sauna, and even a separate guesthouse for the kids! You’re going to find it hard to want to leave the villa!
Marrakech is busy year-round, but the autumn months are peak season. It’s a good idea to make reservations early, as places do get fully booked. Use websites like Booking.com or Agoda.com to find the best deals, or perhaps consider booking a B&B on AirBnB. Just don’t forget your towel (not really, but perhaps there are Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy fans out there).