I spent 7 days in Marrakesh, during Spring 2014 (late April), with 5 friends. We all booked a bed in a 6 bed bedroom, which was really convenient as we ended up with a private room for ourselves.
We got to Marrakesh at about 8pm, so we booked a cab with the hostel - 150dh for the van and a ride straight to hostel. Very good deal since we got there at night and we had no clue how to walk through the crowed streets in the Marrocan capital.
Upon arriving in the hostel, we were warmly greeted with some tea and a nice atmosphere. The manager was very kind and helpful, showing us the facilities, providing towels and suggesting things to do. Nice first impression.
The 2nd day. We had breakfast at around 9:00 (last call 10am). Breakfast is simple and tasty - 3 types of bread with jam or butter, all nicely served while you are seated having some tea or coffee. +1
Being back from seeing Marrakesh, we booked the Sahara excursion for the following day. The agency manager met with us in the hostel, which is a plus, but you can easily find other agencies that seem to do same tours with a cheaper price. As we wanted to be safe and sure, we went with the hostel's 2days/1night. Packed our things, and left the big bulky luggage in the luggage room, pricy/important stuff we left in the lockers in our room (20x20x50 locker, bring you own padlock). One of friends left a plastic bag and 2 pairs of sandals under her bed - will come back to this later. Awesome trip, a little too fast, I think the 3days/2nights is the ideal thing, We couldn't take it due to some schedule restrictions with one of our friends. If you like to hear about what you are seeing, and have the tour guide feeling don't get this, get the 4x4 excursion with an actual guide. If you are on a budget, this will do more than fine!
3rd day - we slept in the desert, so no impressions.
4th day - After the Sahara experience, we got to the hostel at around 6pm - tired and beaten, all craving for a shower. We get to our rooms: everything tidy, and 2 beds with other people's stuff! Even though we had payed for the full 6 days duration, 2 guys were allocated to our room. We spoke to the manager, and he quickly adressed the issue, got all stuff that weren't ours and moved to another room.(The 2 guys didn't bother at all, even though they weren't there when all of this happened - we spoke to them afterwards). This wasn't much of an issue, the real problem was that that bag and sandals were missing. Later, part of them were found, strangely the Havainas pair and the expensive souveniers were gone, only postals were left despite everything being in the same bag. Bottom line, going out for the day? Leave your things in the locker or in the luggage room, better safe than sorry.
5th day - Some of the souvenirs were found, but the sandals weren't. The manager apologized profusely and promised to keep looking. When we got back to the hostel at night, we had a very nice narguile (the water based smoking thingy) prepared for us and had some fun in the rooftop terrace.
6th day - Time to go back.
Cleanliness: 6/10 - hostel was cleaned everyday. The only problem is that there were several sinks leaking, which made the bathrooms always soaked, that was kind of annoying when taking a shower.
Nice terrace, very well decorated. Staff is very friendly, and is always happy to help. Lost some points as our room was a little cramped and very badly iluminated.
Due to the episode that happened, we were always packing our things and making sure nothing was left in plain sight. Hope this was an isolated thing.
Good Wi-Fi, nice narguile, nice breakfast and terrace. Bathrooms are the reason for the 6, always too soaked or without continous water. I had 3-4 cold shower as the hot water was gone.
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