I am a 27 year old female and will be visiting Morocco on my own in September. Marrakech is my first stop and I have a few questions to help me get started with looking into accommodation. I am trying to decide whether to stay in a hostel, as I usually do, or whether to pay a bit more and stay in a riad. I've been on hostelworld.com and there seem to be some really nice hostels around but I haven't been able to find much feedback on hostels on TA so I would welcome any opinions on this. I thought that a hostel might be good for meeting fellow travelers but am worried that I'll miss out on a quintessential Moroccan experience if I don't stay in a riad. Do riads offer the opportunity to socialise with fellow guests like hostels?
I was thinking of staying in a riad in Chefchaouen as that is where I'll be ending my trip and will want to just relax, but I read somewhere that Marrakech is THE place to experience staying in a riad. In terms of my budget, the absolute maximum I'd be wanting to spend on accommodation per night is 30 Euro. I have not looked at riads yet but from the forum posts I've come across, they seem to be more expensive than this.
With all this in mind - I would really appreciate people's opinions on which of the two options would be better for me. Also, are there any parts of the city that are more ideal for a solo female traveler to stay in? From the posts I've read so far, I get a confusing picture as to whether it's better to stay inside the medina or not.
Thank you all kindly!