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Essaouira Youth Hostel & Social Travel
Reviewed September 15, 2011

The hostel is ok, specially if your younger like 18-20. Then you will meet a lot of people and have some fun nights.
For me the crowd was too young and I would never go there with kids, it wouldn´t feel safe. The hostel is very dirty and the rooms smells bad.. :( Would recommend you to bring your own sheets.
However the staff is very friendly and the location is good. It´s easy to find with the directions from the hostel. I walked from Bab Marrakech and found it immediately, first time that happend in Morocco! A bit dark to go the late at nights.

  • Stayed: September 2011, traveled solo
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Reviewed June 5, 2011

like it. i arrived in this hostel late evening and find it was little bit hard, but it has really good option if you are budget traveler and you would like to meet other like minded travelers.
very frindly and helpful staff.

  • Stayed: May 2011, traveled solo
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Reviewed June 2, 2011

Imagine you arrive in Essaouria, travel through the winding medina to arrive at a perfectly situated hostel... the door is open... and you are excitingly greeted my young, cool, and energetic hostel owner and amazing staff! But, not like other hostels/hotels you don't just check-in. First you get invited into the lounge area where later that night the staff will cook and share a beer with you!

After getting to know you a little bit, you go upstairs (past the hamocks) to your room! Bob Marley and Jimi Hendrix themed rooms with an amazing terrace complete the hostel's perfect picture!

This was one of the most chill places I have ever been! I felt like I had been there months in a matter of minutes!

I am so happy my friends and I stumbled upon this hostel over spring break! When my friends came to visit me in Morocco, I also took them to stay here!

If you never left the hostel you would have the time of your life... eating Moroccan food, being serenaded with guitars and singing in the lounge, swinging and relaxing on the hammocks, and enjoying the company of new friends!

  • Stayed: May 2011, traveled with friends
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Reviewed April 5, 2011

We went to Essaouira for a couple of days after getting a bit tired of the hassle of Marrakech. Essaouira is an old "hippie destination", and that is mainly the kind of people you meet at Essaouira Hostel. The hostel is in other words very laid back, and the staff is awesome. They show you the best places to go out, and hang out with you at the hostel all the time.

The only negative things I have to say about this hostel is that the rooms are at least not above average and the cleanliness is not on top either. We had initially booked two beds in a 10-bedroom dorm, but the room was so cramped that it was not possible to even get our luggage in there (to be fair, we weren't exactly travelling light (two large suitcases). Still, in my opinion, that should have been a 4 or maybe 6 bedroom dorm, not 10. Maybe we shouldn't expect more when the price was around 5 EUR a night(!). But, the staff was helpful, and upgraded us to a 2 bed private room, with it's own shower (not toilet) for a fair price.

And then about the cleanliness; in this respect the hostel might be a bit too laid back! In the bathrooms it often lacked toilet paper, and there were usually no soap either. The facilities also looks a bit worn down, but that is not really a problem.

Except for this the hostel is great, there is free wifi, nice common areas (which includes a rooftop terrace and a hammock floor, in addition to a large "living room" with a bar, couches, tables, and a couple of computers), and the location is great, pretty central in the medina.

As long as you are aware of the shortcomings, I would recommend this hostel - it's great for relaxing!

  • Stayed: April 2011, traveled with friends
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Reviewed February 12, 2011

Hostel Essouira was the highlight of my trip.
Mageek the 'manager' i guess was brilliant. Always chilling and ready to help you to relax.
Teh rooftop terrace with a kitchen is fantastic, get some tanning, socialize with other guests and cook food on the cheap. What more cold you want? A bar? Got one... a hammock floor? Got one.

Go, bring your friends and enjoy. I congratulate anyone that stays less then a week.

Stayed: November 2010, traveled with friends
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Reviewed November 10, 2010

awesome hostel i've been in morocco,nice and helpfull staff,sure i'll come back.no dubt, go straight staff take care of you.and beautiful dog(spigo).

  • Stayed: November 2010, traveled solo
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Reviewed October 21, 2010

What a wonderful hostel. The staff here have a fabulously chilled out attitude, which permeates the entire hostel. This has created a very social environment, with most of the hostel guests gathering in the lounge or terrace for a few drinks and great chat every night.

In addition to the chilled out feel of the place, Magib, Adil & Hadira (?) will go out of their way to help you out. I had a problem with my room one night and when I told them and asked to be moved, the response was 'this is your home, so please do let us know if there are any other problems - we want you to feel at home'. Over the 3 days we stayed here, the staff took us to a hammam, recommended restaurants, took us out to bars and made us some wonderful tea.

Essentially, if you're after somewhere very relaxed where you can feel at home and recharge your batteries for awhile, this place is it. We loved it.

  • Stayed: October 2010, traveled as a couple
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Address: 17 Rue Laghrissi, Essaouira 44000, Morocco
Location: Morocco > Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region > Essaouira
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #22 of 65 Specialty Lodging in Essaouira
Price Range: $13 - $32 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — Essaouira Youth Hostel & Social Travel 2*
Number of rooms: 32
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A mix of modern and traditional design, Essaouira Youth Hostel & Social Travel is located in the centre of Essaouira and only one kilometre from the beach. It has a 24-hour bar and free Wi-Fi. Essaouira Youth Hostel & Social Travel offers both private rooms and dormitories. The private rooms are equipped with a TV with DVD player. The bathrooms are shared and there is one on each floor. ... more   less 
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