Four of us girls stayed here for a week, so we had a private en-suite for the whole time. At approx. £7 a night, you get what you pay for in terms of facilities but the staff are great & very welcoming. We stayed in Riad Massin 1 in a four bed en-suite just off the living room and were given a towel each and a cupboard with a lock to keep our valuables in. The hostel is always manned, so we felt okay about leaving our stuff in there whilst venturing out.
Very central location but can be tricky to find - be prepared to have to pay someone if you ask for directions!
Breakfast is 22 Durhams per day - you get a pancake, a glass of freshly squeezed orange juice, fresh bread, jams and a cup of tea or coffee. It's not limitless, but it's more than enough and good enough value for approx £1.80! We were cooked an awesome meal by the ladies in the Massin for 100 durhams each, and it was well worth the money as it was by far the best meal we had whilst in Morocco - an absolute feast!
We went on a two day excursion arranged through the hostel, which was 900 durhams/approx. £75ish each, which consisted of an evening meal and breakfast the next day, so I would advise that like us, you take some packed lunches or you will have to spend a bit of money eating out throughout the trip.
This hostel is great for those of you travelling on a budget and there is a real homely feel here. You're allowed to wander wherever you want and use the kitchen and roof terrace whenever you want. Also you're given one free shisha - we were under the impression that we could get free shisha every night but were told that after the first, we had to pay for the tobacco but that was still very cheap.
If you want a good shisha, we recommend you go to Azar in the main town which is only about 20 minutes walk and is one of the coolest bars we've ever been to! Belly dancers on tables, great mezze dishes and the absolute BEST shisha I've ever had! Reasonably priced too with alcohol available.
For those of you who want alcohol, you can get your own from the supermarket until 8pm when they close the alcohol part off. Spirits are expensive by Moroccan standards, but the same price as UK. Moroccan wine on the other hand is cheap and really nice, you can get a bottle for around £2.50 and take it back to drink on the roof terrace while the sun sets - bliss! Would recommend you take a cork screw though, as none of them are screw tops.
I would definitely recommend this hostel - it has a great atmosphere and we found that this contributed to us being easily able to befriend and socialise with other travellers. It can be a bit noisy, but you should remember that this is a hostel and not a hotel. If it's bothering you then you can simply go and ask people to keep the noise down and I'm sure everyone would understand!
The staff here are great and are super friendly when you get to know them, the ladies are very tactile and almost maternal and we felt really looked after! They always have time for you and we felt that they enjoyed our company as much as we did theirs. We had many a giggle and we would definitely return to the hostel because of their hospitality. The guys are also very funny and sociable, escorting us to the market whenever we needed and they were more than willing to unblock our sink as soon as we had an issue with it and it was no bother at all. WE LOVED THE STAFF and felt that we genuinely made some real friends with all the ladies and Aziss and Brahaim, who are hilarious!
We hope to return again soon because of this great Moroccan hospitality! :)
- Also Known As:
- Riad Massin Hotel Marrakech
- Riad Massin Hotel
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Riad Massin is a magnificent 19th-century Riad, it stands alongside the ramparts (historical wall surrounding Medina) of Marrakech. Our beautiful Riad is located just a few minutes away from the famous Jamae alfnae square and the souks. It stands just ten yards away from the historic Bab Doukala gate, and offers direct access to motor vehicles (attended parking available). With its inventive and delicate cuisine, this magical Riad is the ideal place to degustate the delicious flavours of Morocco. You can relax in the patio with the fountain sounds or on the terrace, and enjoy the unbeatable quietness of the Red City and the snow-covered Atlas mountains. ... more less
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