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Accommodation advice for a solo female in Marrakech

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Sydney
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Accommodation advice for a solo female in Marrakech

Hi all

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!

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Sydney
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1. Re: Accommodation advice for a solo female in Marrakech

Since writing this, I had a bit of a look into riads in Marrakech and they do seem more expensive than 30 Euro. I would be willing to pay more for a couple of nights for the experience of it...and will have a good look into what's on offer, but would still appreciate feedback on what would be better for a solo female in terms of meeting fellow travellers :) Thanks!

marrakech
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2. Re: Accommodation advice for a solo female in Marrakech

Hi,

Meeting fellow travelers on a budget will be better in a hostel but if you can manage a couple of nights in a Riad you'll really enjoy the experience.

Marrakech, Morocco
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3. Re: Accommodation advice for a solo female in Marrakech

many of the hostels in Marrakech are actually converted riads anyway, plus you can find private rooms in more basic riad guesthouses for €30 or less - of course they wont have the same level of service or decor as the more expensive riads that you find at the top of the TA listings but it still give you a taste of the traditional medina

IMO if you are on a budget and want to meet people then just stick with the places you find on hostelworld.

Edited: 5:45 pm, August 25, 2013
Luton
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4. Re: Accommodation advice for a solo female in Marrakech

Clearly, there is a huge choice of places in which to stay in Marrakech and Nibrika's advice, as usual, is very good. However, I would like to make one specific recommendation to you - which does indeed appear on hostelworld - because it seems to fit your requirements so well. This is Hostel Riad Marrakech Rouge. The very friendly, young staff create a very relaxed atmosphere which enables travellers to mix well. Both a group of school girls, who I took there last year, and a loan traveller, who I took there this year, loved it for exactly this reason - and it's very cheap!

Athens, Greece
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5. Re: Accommodation advice for a solo female in Marrakech

When I visit Marrakech, I always stay at the hotel Ali, right on the famous square of Djaa el Fna, easy to find it and they have very competitive rates, even below your mentioned budget.

It has been recently renovated, and the rooms are fabulous. I can warmly recomend it. Read TA revies.

There, when travelling alone sometimes, i have met fellow travellers and became friends, and found nice company to talk to.

http://www.hotel-ali.com/en/

Sydney
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6. Re: Accommodation advice for a solo female in Marrakech

Dear all, thank you very much for all your input. I have been looking into riads and hostels pretty much non-stop since posting this message yesterday. There is so much choice that it's rather overwhelming but really fun - the photos of the riads are beautiful, I don't know how I'm going to choose!

I have one more very specific question. A portion of my stay in Marrakech will involve attending a conference that's taking place at the Palais des Congrès de la Palmeraie. Does anyone know how far this is from the Medina? I am trying to decide whether to spend the conference days in one of the Palmeraie hotels but I am planning to explore more of the city in the afternoons so don't know how convenient it'll be to stay at the Palmeraie.

So my options are:

1. Stay in a riad of my own choosing the entire time and travel out to the Palmeraie for the conference OR

2. Stay in a riad on my personal days and at the Palmeraie on the conference days?

Thanks again!

Edited: 9:04 am, August 26, 2013
Richmond, VA
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7. Re: Accommodation advice for a solo female in Marrakech

I stayed at the Palmeraie in mid-June for 4 nights and we drove into the city in the evenings. In a private car - not public transport - it took us about 30-35 minutes to get into town near the square and get parked. I have heard they have a shuttle but not sure of times when it runs as I didn't use it.

Morocco - thanks for the information on staying at Hotel Ali, I just did a big head slap. I wondered where the hotel was located, looked at the map on the website, then said a big "DUH" to myself, because that is where I always go to use the money exchange in the lobby on either side. Somehow I disassociated the exchange from the hotel in my mind. Again, DUHHHHH!!!! :)

Marrakech, Morocco
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8. Re: Accommodation advice for a solo female in Marrakech

riad Caesar, Riad La Princess Du Desert , there is very nice riads all around and good for solo Travellers, they are very close to the square jemaa el Fna.

I don't recommend Hotel Ali although it's cheap it's a big trap for tourists.

Edited: 3:25 pm, August 26, 2013
Sydney
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9. Re: Accommodation advice for a solo female in Marrakech

Thank you all again.

Zafiradaima, that is really useful information, I did not realise the Palmeraie was so far from the town centre. Glad I checked!

London, United...
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10. Re: Accommodation advice for a solo female in Marrakech

"I don't recommend Hotel Ali although it's cheap it's a big trap for tourists."

Interesting. What do you mean by that?

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