Stayed for only one night in the 5 bed dorm. The scene was pretty cool when I got there- a bunch of kids playing guitar and smoking hash, telling travel stories. Pure backpacker haven. The riad is set around a central room where everyone hangs out (late into the night...), and all of the bedrooms are off this area. So, it can be really loud- you have to be prepared for that.
I woke up at 4am itching like crazy. My first thought was no no no, bedbugs. I turned on the light and sure enough, two bedbugs running around the bed like crazy. I immediately hopped off the bed and went to talk to the manager to let him know and ask for another bed and he laughed me off. The place is pretty dirty and it was super cheap, so I should have expected that. Also, when I left and got to a new hostel (Waka Waka, which was really nice and had a friendly staff), I reached into my bag and a cockroach was running around. The only place it could have gotten in there was from Mama Marrakech in the locker, so, that's gross. Beware if you stay there. Check your bed and check it again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Description of Property and Hostel: Hostel Riad Mama Marrakech is a warm friendly place that welcomes travelers and backpackers, ages 18 and over, from all the far corners of the world. We have a tremendous amount of experience in the hospitality industry. Collectively, we are native English, French, Arabic and Spanish speakers so we can understand what travelers need during their stay in a place that may or may not be familiar. As our guest, you can relax on our beautiful garden terrace and drink free mint tea all day if you desire. If you are feeling social, mingle with other guests listening to music in our comfortable ground floor salon and even feel free to cook yourself a meal in our kitchen, using the wonderful spices you may have just gotten from the Souks. We can also help you set up the adventure of your life with day and night trips to other cities… Go to the beach for the day in Essaouira, take a hike on the trails and waterfalls in the mountains of Ourika Valley or even go camel riding and spend some time in the Sahara… After a few days of adventure, you may want to relax, come back to Mama Marrakech and sense that this hostel is your home away from home. We desire that you to feel that this experience is one you want to tell your friends about or feel safe enough to come back alone, because you are a part of our extended family! Accomodations: Three large mixed dorm rooms available: Dorm One- 5 single beds with bathroom en-suite Dorm Two- 6 single beds, Dorm Three - 6 single beds. All dorms have a bathroom a few feet away from the room and all clients have access to the bathroom and shower on the terrace. There are 3 nice European style bathrooms with hot water showers in the hostel. Prices: 120 Moroccan Dirhams per person per night for dorm 1 with 5 beds and bathroom in the room (approximately 12,50 Euros), 100 Moroccan Dirhams per person per night for dorm two and three (approximately 9,00 Euros). Private rooms are possible for groups that can fill the accommodation desired room or entire hostel. Prices can be arranged by email based on the needs of each party. ... more less