It's no 5* hotel but what it lacks for in facilities it makes up for it atmosphere! Such a social environment and great to get to know other travelers. We spent a lot of time on the roof terrace where the owner kept tortoises! Sat out there in the evenings chatting with other guests has to be one of my best holiday memories.
We had the 6 bed dorm on the roof, and to be honest, it was very very cramped. Trying to get 4 girls ready in a morning in a room that only just has walking space between the bunk beds was a challenge. We were lucky that there was only 4 of us staying in there. The size of the room also meant it got very hot, and with no air con (we were given a fan, but this was very noisy at night). We ended up keeping our room door open, but this meant the call to prayer was even louder and kept us awake between 4 and 5 almost every morning. (We'd often end up with a tortoise or two in our room, but we'd find that funny more than anything else). We quickly realised the shower on the first floor was much better to the one we were using on the roof, and that would be our top tip.
The staff were very hard working - one guy seems to run around all day every day, making breakfasts in the morning and frequently seen scrubbing the patio and doing laundry. The breakfast was included in the price and was plentiful and gave us a good start each morning, although it was a little monotonous after a while (still, at around a fiver a night we couldn't complain).
This riad was in a perfect location to the famous main square of Marrakech, Jemaa El Fna, taking less than a 5 minute walk to get there. We loved every bit of Marrakech and the way this square came alive at night was beautiful to see.
To conclude, with this riad you get what you pay for. It's worth it just for the location and atmosphere. Everything else is a bonus.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- By Place D'Jeema el Fna, Rainbow Marrakech is the colourful antidote to the madness of the markets. A true backpacker’s hostel for adventurers, trekkers, hitchers, sun seekers and shoppers looking for a place to relax and socialise. Rainbow Hostel Marrakech will give you a base in Morocco - enjoy the best tea, best dinners, great advice, great company and delightfully free Wi-Fi. Enjoy your stay! ... more less