Atlantic Hostel

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Essaouira, Morocco

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Atlantic Hostel Essaouira Reviews

andrejav andrejav
717 reviews
Atlantic Hostel Mar 10, 2017
I traveled together with the two Germans for a week now. Very good guys, funny, intuitive, interested in everything and easy going. We got to Essaouira from Marakesh on pretty short ride, but the driver still had to stop couple times for coffee and to say hi to his friends… Essaouira was engulfed in rain. That rain was actually more of the waves of the clouds and water pouring. And then it stops. And then it starts again in 15 minutes… When we figured out the rain dance, we decided to brave the streets and make our way to the city. This bus station was only some 20min walk from the walled city and our hostel. Main bus station is maybe 10 min away.

After crossing unknown number of rivers and lakes, and drinking more than couple coffees while waiting for the rain to give us the window of opportunity, we made it to the hostel. It is located centrally in the old city. Right next to the fresh food market. It is inside of two buildings that are facing each other, but the buildings have different hostel names.

Buildings are old, and not really fixed nicely. Three floors of the Atlantic Hostel are falling apart, but the top (added) floor collapsed. This rain that we experienced effectively destroyed dorms on the top floor because they were made out of wood planks, and rooftop did not have any proper protection from the rain. The rooftop is made into the bar and siting area that is accessible by some kind of wooden flimsy lathers.

Hostel was dirt cheap, only some 5$ or so. Our timing was a bit off, so we had the rain for three days (off and on) but that was a bit expected for the winter. It was a bit cold at night, but you could ask for the extra blanket. They have pretty good breakfast for cheap and they also sometimes make dinners. We stayed for one of the dinners that was very tasty but not filling enough heheh Cook did not expect so many people so the portions were stretched thin heheh

Bedroom was alright. Steady bunk beds, lots of space. Some lockers are outside, but kind of small so you can put only smaller valuables. The doors on the dorm does not close that well, but that’s not issue if you are sleepy. Bathrooms are not good. First floor has none because they are making new bathroom area, so at least you’ll get it if you go there now. Second floor has only two bathrooms that are really huge with lots of badly used space. Water is cold which is probably alright during the summer months. Cold shower in the cold place is total disaster hehehe. They tried to send us to the other hostel because lines in the front of the bath actually formed… The other “wing” is done in modern style, but it is already falling apart probably because of bad materials.

Place is convenient and cheap. I Am not sure if there are better options.
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