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Hostel roof top tent accomodation

Hi Everyone,

I shall be travelling to Marrakech for the first time in a few weeks with 2 other ladies. Unfortunately there is no room left at the hostel where they are staying, but i have been offered a "roof top tent". I am obviousely a little warey, and i wondered if anyone had stayed at this type of accomodation? What am i to expect?

Many thanks in advance,

Amber

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1. Re: Hostel roof top tent accomodation

it's better to book in another hotel near the one your friends stay, a tent room is only a tent you will get cold there and it's not like a room that can be good only during the summer time.

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This dos'nt sound a very good idea to me at all. A hostel is usually basic at best and I can only hazard a guess what comfort a roof top tent will offer, I also think it better for all three of you to be together.

Any possibility of a rethink for your whole group to be accommodated elsewhere?

Edited: 5:18 pm, January 24, 2013
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Thanks for the replies. This is what i thought, though some reviews i have read say that it is an experience, but im guessing they stayed during the summer. I've tried emailing the hostel to see if there is another hostel clost by. We are trying to do this trip on a tight budget so i expect the hostel to be basic...i'm more worried about safety and how cold it could be at night...

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I can't answer for the safety of a tent on the roof of a hostel but I do know it will be cold at night in the winter months .......

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When in Morocco I usually stay on roof terraces if the option arises. This is a very popular and very common place to stay in budget places (and some more fancy places too). These areas are usually communal spaces in the day (most Moroccan buildings have a roof terrace) where guests hang out and relax, then on a night they are transformed in to open air or tented sleeping spaces where you get to sleep on comfy mats with piles of blankets (think Bedouin camping on a roof terrace!). For the minimal cost of sleeping on the terrace you always, without fail, have access to all the facilities and there’s always a place to securely store your bag. In fact, when we slept on the roof of a nice mid-range hotel in one of the gorges we paid a few Dh, but they gave us a key to a room to wash and store our bags for no extra charge! You would be in the good position where you have friends with a room but the pleasure of sleeping on the roof….perfect. You’ll probably find you’ll be hanging out on the terrace anyway till the sun goes down and your mates will then have to retire to a stuffy room when you get to camp out in style!

Many mid and top range hotels are now playing catch-up with the budget places, and are now offering alfresco sleeping in roof tents or tents in the grounds of the hotel, so it’s really not unusual at all and in fact something that many tourists are willing to pay handsomely for in posh places.

When I first started visiting Morocco most hotels in Chefchaouen would have terraces that looked like hippy encampments, with scores of travellers shunning the rooms (as they were a lot more money) in favour of setting up camp on the roof under rattan shades. We got a room on the first night, and then realised that all the other guests were all having a right old time on the roof, smoking, socialising and playing music in the cool evening air when we were stuck in a hot sweaty box room. We soon ditched the room for a much cheaper and more comfortable spot on the roof.

After 15 years of alfresco terrace sleeping in Morocco, I have never had a security issue or felt unsafe….ever. Guests’ safety is always a priority for the owners as a bad situation would ruin their business, so all hostels will have a “caretaker” who usually sleeps downstairs or is close by who is in charge of keeping a watch over the place, and downstairs doors are always locked. I can assure you that terrace sleeping is a national pastime and places like the Hotel Ali in Marrakesh and the Cascade in Fes have been known as THE place to meet other travellers on the terraces, where guests have long been enjoying the pleasures of outdoor roof sleeping. I for one would choose to sleep under the stars over a stuffy room any day.

It can get coolish on a night in Feb in Marrakesh, but not that cold that sleeping in a roof tent would be uncomfortable. As with sleeping in desert tents in the dunes (where probably gets colder on a night) plenty of blankets make it nice and cosy.

So, don’t worry at all about the prospects of sleeping on a terrace as it may be the best night’s sleep you’ll ever have. Think of falling asleep in a Bedouin tent under a pile of blankets with the night stars above you and waking up to the sound of the morning call to prayer……better than any room.

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6. Re: Hostel roof top tent accomodation

Wow....what a really interesting and informative post Kate88Uk, really enjoyed reading it... thanks for giving us such a good insight to your travel history.

I would think the OP will be very reassured.

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Kate that's a wonderful post.....real food for thought.

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Dear Kate,

Many thanks for your informative reply and the reassurance needed. I thought that this was probably the case. Hopefully my travel companions will end up joining me up on the roof! In the last few hours the hostel has posted photos of the berber style tent, and although basic it looks cosy...I much prefer to sleep in a colder environment anyway, my bedroom at home is around 10c at the moment...

I shall now look forward to being woken from my slumber by the call to prayer at sunrise!

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waking up to the call of prayer was one of my favorite things ..in morocco...nice!

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There is more than one call to prayer and it is likely that you will be able to hear the call from multiple mosques.