Heart of the Medina backpackers hostel
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Heart of the Medina backpackers hostel Marrakech Reviews
Heart of the Medina Backpackers Hostel Sep 06, 2007
Disclaimer: When describing this hostel, there is more than one "house" that was converted into a hostel. This information pertains to "House #1."
Take the Navette Airport Shuttle Bus to stop #8 (Jemaa El Fna). Go straight through the square and bear right into the Souks. Make your first left after Le Marrakchi Restaurant. After that left, make your first right. Ensure you print the map that will accompany your confirmation. These directions will lead you to the Riad where you check-in and consume breakfast. Someone from the Riad will walk you to the hostel which is only 2 minutes away. The location is central to many tourist attractions. You will be in the heart of the Souks.
The dorm rooms can be booked with 2, 3, or 5 beds. The beds are very narrow and made for only one person. To compare these beds with bunk beds, a bunk bed is much wider if you can at all imagine. If you are traveling with a group which is sharing the room, you may want to ask for the key to the room. If not, it may not be possible to receive a key. There are no lockers and storage areas. Some rooms have closets while others do not. As for linens, they are free and consists of one she per bed. On cold nights, you may receive a blanket; however, there are no pillow cases. A fan is provided in the room!
There is an American style toilet on the first floor of the hostel and Asian style toilets on the second and third floors. There are no shower curtains in any of the bathrooms and the hot water does not work on the second floor. The bathrooms are cleaned daily but still there were sightings of roaches. There are knobs on the back of the bathroom door to hang your clothing and shower essentials. Toilet paper is provided. Although the site says that towels are provided for free that are not available. There are no outlets in the bathrooms, so think of alternatives to using your hair dryer.
The common area that was shown to us was the rooftop. There was not furniture atop the roof. We never saw anyone go up there to "hang out." There is a common/dining area in the Riad where you take your breakfast. Breakfast is from 0800-1200 and consists of bread, butter, marmalade, orange juice, and tea or coffee. You are more than welcomed to use that area to relax and pictures are available on the website. The WI-FI does not always work and is slow.
If you are thinking of staying at this hostel, we think it is safe and a good value for the money. We would advise you to book on-line as the in person rates are higher. The staff speaks Arabic, French, Spanish, and some English. They are very helpful and will recommend and take you to travel agents if requested. Caution - there IS a CURFEW. We understand that the site says otherwise but there is a 0100 curfew in effect.
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