Sun Hostel Marrakech is a small hostel with a basic, complimentary breakfast just outside of the craziness of the Medina.
Sun Hostel is located a ten-minute walk from Bahia Palace, a ten-minute walk from Djemma al Finaa, and about a twenty-minute walk from the bus station at Jema al Finaa. At night the narrow streets are empty but during the day there are walls of carpets that make finding your way in and out scenic and beautiful. You don't have to go through the crowded Medina, but you have the option of taking it to the square.
Rooms and Bathrooms
There are a few dorm rooms and a private room, plus three full baths and one separate shower and separate toilet. On the roof, the showers are a bit oddly configured; the showers are actually all a bit oddly configured with no good place to put your stuff, but this seems to be common in Morocco. All toilets are frequently out of toilet paper; this gets annoying. There is hand soap on the roof, but not at the sink downstairs. The sink downstairs is tiny, which makes simple tasks like washing your face a chore, as water ends up everywhere.
The dorms are a little cramped, as they all are in these riads, but there are lots of thoughtful touches scattered throughout. There is one power outlet (with one outlet, not two) in one dorm room with no extension cord. Everyone in the room goes up to the roof to charge devices. There are no lamps or storage, and definitely no locked storage. While we were there, housekeeping did not change bedsheets between guests, but this seems to be quite common in Morocco.
There is a narrow corridor on second floor of the hostel with some seating, and the roof has seating. The roof is covered with what looks like hay and smoking is allowed up there. This is also where the complimentary breakfast is served. Instead of msemmen for breakfast, you get an American-style pancake, which is a bit disappointing. The breakfast is not great but this is the cheapest hostel in Marrakech, which makes it adequate. Coffee is not included but you do get some tea and juice.
Aside from that, the roof is the only place where you can get a decent Wi-Fi signal. The signal overall is pretty terrible. If no one else is at the hostel, you can check your bank statements easily enough, but if even one other person uses the Wi-Fi, you will deal with speeds that take you back to AOL dial-up. They need to fix the Wi-Fi.
The hostel is cash only, and they do not have a printer; there is washing but they dry the clothes on a wall that is lined with rugs, so the clothes take forever to dry, even in the dry Marrakech heat. There is a kitchen with an oven, coffee and tea and meals are available for an additional fee. Towels are not included in the room rate and guests are not provided with any keys. Someone is always there to let in guests.
For such an inexpensive hostel, this is a very good deal. The riad is very, very small but lovingly decorated. Keep your expectations low and ask for clean bedsheets and it should be fine.
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