This article is a list of the best and cheapest hotels in Meknes. Whether you just want to save money or you are backpacking on a budget, this list will help you stay in Meknes without spending too much on lodging.
Meknes is a city that is very different from the rest of Morocco. Even though it has tons of historical sites, Meknes doesn’t seem to receive as many foreigners as other cities like Marrakesh, Fez or Rabat.
The gate of Bab Laleuj is a very important site in Meknes…
If you’re a fan of ancient Roman ruins, there is a super interesting ancient Roman city called Volubilis just half an hour away.
The ruins of Volubilis are easily reached from Meknes…
If you want to discover cool places in Meknes,
Because the city has a lot of interesting sites, it’s worth staying there for a few days. Accommodation prices in Meknes tend to be high though.
If you’re traveling in Morocco on a budget, you’ll find out that hotels in Meknes are more expensive than in other places. The good side, however, is that riads there are really cheap.
Riads are usually beautifully and lavishly decorated…
Riad are typical rich Moroccan houses with indoor courtyards and fountains, designed with zellij (Moroccan tiles) and beautiful colored glass windows.
The ones in Meknes are surprisingly cheap. Some riads have private rooms that cost the same as a bed in a dorm in Tangier (as low as 20 Euros a night) and they are super beautiful.
Meknes doesn’t really have hostels but another great budget option where Cynthia and I stayed for a whole week is a bed and breakfast in the old medina called Maison Olga.
The old medina near Bab al Khemis has some very cheap Bed and Breakfasts…
Here is a complete list of the best and cheapest accommodation in Meknes. Whether you want to stay in a beautiful riad near all the interesting sites of the city or in a cozy bed and breakfast in the old medina, you’ll find what you’re looking for in this list.
5 Best and cheapest riads to stay in Meknes
Although this riad is very old, it was lovingly restored recently. The house only has five rooms and it’s always very quiet and cozy. Riad Inspira is the ideal place to get a well-deserved rest after a whole day walking around Meknes.
The rooms are all very large and they have super comfortable beds. The rooms are so large that you could easily dance in them. When I look for cozy riads, ample space in the rooms is what I look for. You won’t be disappointed by the huge sizes of the rooms of Riad Inspira.
The food served at the riad is very good and the portions are very generous so it’s quite convenient to eat directly there instead of going out. I highly recommend eating on the rooftop terrace of this riad. Because of its location, this terrace usually receives a gentle breeze in the evening and it’s the ideal place for a romantic meal.
Getting to this riad is really easy as they are a few signposts indicating where it’s located near Bab Bardaine.
You can discover the city by horse carriage…
This riad is just 15 minutes from Bab Mansour so it’s very centrally located and easily accessed. All the doors of this riad are beautifully sculpted and the whole place is decorated with traditional Moroccan tiles. If you’re looking for beauty and a lavish setting, this is where you’ll find it.
This riad is located in a very quiet and peaceful part of the city and if you’re arriving by car, you’ll be able to find a very cheap parking lot nearby. The owner speaks almost perfect English and he can give you great tips on what to see and do in Meknes.
The staff serves a delicious breakfast every day composed of Moroccan pancake with toppings, a sweet bun, yogurt and two cups of coffee or tea.
Meknes has some beautiful doors and gates…
This is a new riad that was recently renovated. It’s located right in the center of Meknes near the old city. The best part of this riad is its rooftop terrace that offers a gorgeous view of the surroundings. The terrace also has some beautiful plants and a small roof that provides shading on hot days.
The rooms are very big and they have their own bathroom equipped with a very good shower.
This riad is located right next to Bab Mansour, Lahdim square and the souk.
Most riads in Meknes have great internet. This is ideal if you are a remote worker…
This riad feels almost like a historical house. The furniture is old but very well preserved and gives the place a traditional Moroccan style. You’ll also see some of the most beautiful Moroccan lamps in this riads.
The common rooms are very big and they’re filled with plants.
One thing that I particularly like about this riad is how sparkling clean it was. It’s obvious that the owner takes cleaning very seriously and the bed sheets are cleaned and changed on a daily basis.
The rooftop terrace of this riad has a beautiful view of the mountains that surround Meknes.
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Dar Zidane is a bit outside of the city center. It’s set on a huge property in the residential district of Meknes, just a 7-minute drive from the medina. Because the property is so big, the owners of this riad invested in creating a beautiful garden filled with flowers.
Staying at Dar Zidane feels like staying in nature and if you want to escape the hustle and bustle of the city, this is the place to be. It’s the perfect place for people who don’t want to sleep in the noisy medina.
In the garden, there are beautiful peacocks and a rooster but they won’t wake you up in the morning.
Another great option when staying in Meknes is a Bed and Breakfast in the old city. Here is the place we recommend:
This is where Cynthia and I stayed the longest while in Meknes. The hosts Carlo and his wife were very lovely people and they gave us tons of tips and practical information to help us with our visit of the city.
Although this house is located right in the middle of the souk, it’s still very peaceful and calm. The rooms are all very large and spacious and we slept super well there.
Another great thing about Maison Olga is the delicious breakfast that is served every day. It’s mainly fruits, different kinds of bread, cheese, jam, tea, coffee and milk.
Maison Olga is not too far from Hadim square…
A word of advice before you book your riad
A lot of the riads in this article are located in the old city. While this part of the city is beautiful, a few scammers here take advantage of unwary travelers (see 12 Common Scams you might encounter in Morocco).
One of the typical scams that you might encounter in the old medina is the ”Nice guy showing the way”. This scam consists of offering unsolicited help such as pointing out the way to a hotel or guiding you to a restaurant. Once you arrive at the hostel the scammer will ask you for an overinflated tip in exchange for his service.
For example, while you’re walking with your backpack in the streets of the old medina of Meknes, someone approaches you and suggests to guide you to your hostel. Once you arrive there, he asks for 30 or 50 MAD for the five minutes it took to help you and will not leave until you give him a tip.
How do you avoid this scam?
Be very wary of exaggeratedly friendly strangers who approach you out of nowhere and offer their help. Only ask for help if you absolutely need it, and if so only ask people inside their shops or traffic and police officers. If there are young guys around just ask for directions but always remember to insist that you don’t need them to guide you.
A quick tip: Learning some words in Moroccan Arabic will help you avoid this trap.
This pond is located right next to the royal stables in Meknes…
We hope you find a great riad or low budget Bed and Breakfast in Meknes and that you have an awesome time in this city. If you have any questions or if you’ve already been to Meknes, we love to hear from you in the comments below!
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