Chefchaouen in northwest Morocco is super famous for its rambling old town all washed in blue. That’s right, every house (well, almost every house) here is completely blue-washed, making for a dreamy wander down its winding alleys and cobbled streets.

It’s set near the Rif Mountains, meaning there are plenty of opportunities to get out into the hills for hiking and exploring the surrounding area. Back in town, there’s plenty to do apart from wandering its charming streets: shops, traditional crafts, cafes, restaurants and places to people-watch abound.

But in such a charming, cobbled sorta town are there ANY hostels to stay in? Is it just a tourist town with a few hotels and not much else? Where can a backpacker on a budget stay around here?

Whoa, whoa, chill your beans. We’ve got you. Thanks to our handy list of the best hostels in Chefchaouen, we’ve made life easier for you when it comes to choosing a hostel that suits you the most.

So peep our guide to the top hostels in Chefchaouen below!

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Best Hostels in Chefchaouen

The Best Hostels in Chefchaouen

Best Overall Hostel in Chefchaouen – Riad Baraka

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Riad Baraka is our pick for best overall hostel in Chefchaouen
  • $$
  • Cafe
  • Rooftop Terrace
  • Luggage Storage

If you’re looking the best of the best Chefchaouen backpackers hostel, then you should definitely check out Riad Baraka. Set in a 600-year-old house and with friendly staff who go over and above to help you out, it’s a great shout for anybody.

This cool hostel in Chefhaouen is also pretty stylish and comfy – it certainly helps on the style-o-meter that it’s in this historic heritage building, that’s for sure. There’s also lots of communal spaces with room to meet other people. The cherry on top is the rooftop area where you can bring your own drink in and chill. So, yeah, quite easily the best overall hostel in Chefchaouen.

Best Party Hostel in Chefchaouen – Aline Hostel

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Aline Hostel is our pick for best party hostel in Chefchaouen
  • $
  • Free Breakfast
  • Rooftop Terrace
  • Luggage Storage

This family-owned top hostel in Chefchaouen is a top choice for anybody looking for a bit of atmosphere and good times. The rooftop terrace – complete with mountain views – is a cool spot for a little bit of BYOB and chatting to fellow guests.

The living room here feels like it’s constantly packed with people, so you can meet and mingle with people who wanna party in this place. Sure, it’s not a crazy place where everybody’s drunk 24/7, but it is the best party hostel in Chefchaouen. Oh and it’s also pretty near the town centre, so there are quite a few things to do close by.

Best Hostel for Solo Travellers in Chefchaouen – Hostel Val Paradis

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Hostel Val Paradis is our pick for best hostel for solo travellers in Chefchaouen
  • $$
  • Book Exchange
  • Airport Transfer
  • Laundry Facilities

This one’s in a quieter area of the medina, meaning you might be able to get a more peaceful night’s sleep here. There are private rooms on offer here, but you can share with your mates pretty easily (they’re 3-4 bed rooms).

The communal areas at this Chefchaouen backpackers hostel – including 3 terraces, a lounge and a shared kitchen – make it pretty easy to meet people, which is why it’s the best hostel for solo travellers in Chefchaouen. Well, not only that, but you’ll feel safe staying here and the staff are super nice and helpful.

Best Cheap Hostel in Chefchaouen – Pension Soukia

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Pension Soukia is our pick for best cheap hostel in Chefchaouen
  • $
  • Cable TV
  • Outdoor Terrace
  • Book Exchange

A solid choice for a budget backpackers hostel in Chefchaouen, Pension Soukia is located in the heart of the medina and boasts sick views from the roof of the city. The room rates here are easily what makes it the best cheap hostel in Chefchaouen. EASILY.

But on the other hand, don’t expect the cleanest place… Yep, that’s right, it’s a pretty basic hostel, an old family house converted into a hostel, no frills sorta style, but the staff are helpful, which is a plus. Basically, it’s good for a few nights but not for ages.

Best Hostel for Couples in Chefchaouen – Dar Dadicilef

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Dar Dadicilef is our pick for best hostel for couples in Chefchaouen
  • $$$
  • Free Breakfast
  • Bicycle Hire
  • Terrace

One of the oldest Andalusian style houses in the city, this top hostel in Chefchaouen is set in the middle of the medina, which is pretty cool. And, sure, it might not have the best of hostel atmospheres, but that’s why we reckon it’s the best hostel for couples in Chefchaouen.

Yep. It’s basically just a really nice place to stay for you and your partner, and you don’t have to worry about sharing or socialising too much, which sorta… can take away from the ‘romantic getaway’ feel of the place. If that’s what you want anyway. This cool hostel in Chefchaouen has huge rooms and delicious free breakfast on offer, too. Get in.

Best Hostel for Digital Nomads in Chefchaouen – Casa Amina

Best Hostel for Couples in Chefchaouen
Casa Amina is our pick for best hostel for digital nomads in Chefchaouen
  • $$$
  • 24 Hour Security
  • Communal Kitchen
  • Laundry Facilities

A traditional family home tucked away in the old medina, this recommended hostel in Chefchaouen is totally traditional with loads of old tiles, blue and yellow walls and typically Moroccan archways. Pretty expensive (ish) for a private room though.

The best hostel for digital nomads in Chefchaouen has two rooftop terraces where you can get your work done – complete with an incredible view of the mountains, too. Plus there’s a shared lounge where you can either work or chill in more cosy surroundings.

Best Hostel with a Private Room in Chefchaouen – Dar Zman

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Dar Zman is our pick for best hostel with a private room in Chefchaouen
  • $$$
  • Free Breakfast
  • 24 Hour Reception
  • Outdoor Terrace

This top hostel in Chefchaouen is located in the middle of the city within walking distance of the medina, making it great for those who want to get out and explore the city.

But being the best hostel with a private room in Chefchaouen, it’s the rooms here that steal the show. Yep, they’re very nice, with an authentic feel about them – think draping curtains and arch doorways and big wooden beds and high ceilings.

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More Best Hostels In Chefchaouen

Hostel Mauriania

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Hostel Mauriania
  • $$
  • Cafe
  • Cable TV
  • 24 Hour Reception

This place… dang. It’s beautiful. White walls with accents of blue, a courtyard edged with archways, Moroccan tiles everywhere… yep, it’s pretty much one of the coolest hostel in Chefchaouen, that’s for sure.

Located in Outa El-Hamam Square, this Chefchaouen backpackers hostel is in walking distance to the kasbah and close to a load of tasty restaurants and museums. Back at the hostel, the vibe is chilled and comfortable, with staff that make you feel relaxed and at home.

Hostal la Joya

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Hostal la Joya
  • $$
  • Cafe
  • 24 Hour Reception
  • Tea & Coffee Making Facilities

Hostal la Joya features cosy rooms and a friendly atmosphere, great for backpackers on a budget looking to meet other people or even if you just fancy chilling out in decently relaxed surroundings. The decor is pretty sweet, too.

But the best thing about this recommended hostel in Chefchaouen are its rooms (very nice) and its location down a pedestrianised street, meaning loads of cafes, restaurants and shops are literally just on your doorstep.

Dar Lbakal

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Dar Lbakal
  • $$$
  • Free Breakfast
  • Rooftop Terrace
  • Air Con

This is more of a guesthouse but with the same relaxed feeling of a hostel. Here you can definitely enjoy staying in the nicely decorated rooms, complete with the all-important air con plus cable TV, too. Lil’ bit pricey though.

This recommended hostel in Chefchaouen is definitely a level-up from other hostel offerings in town. It features relaxing terraces surrounded by greenery and the rooms themselves are super chilled places to come back to after exploring the city. Views of the mountains are pretty sick, too.

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What to Pack for your Chefchaouen Hostel

Here’s some gear our editors take hostelling.

Luggage Travel Lock

1. Padlock: Keep your stuff safe, guys. Unfortunately not all dorm lockers share the same security standard. You’ll want a lightweight lock that can fit all the various dorm lockers you’ll clip it to. Having a padlock that is flexible and can fit a variety of locker styles is the best way to make sure none of your belongings wander away while you are out.

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2. Sea to Summit Travel Soap: The Sea to Summit multipurpose soap leaves are the perfect hygiene travel companion. The individual, Leave-no-Trace-certified strips are great for keeping your hands clean before you eat in that dodgy but delicious restaurant. There are also little strip packs for laundry, shampoo and shaving.

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3. Playing Cards: Name your ideal night: I’m for a few cheap beers and some card games. Oh, and you don’t even have to be drinking to enjoy a game – having cards with you traveling definitely helps out on those long airplane or beach days! Make sure to snag a waterproof deck to protect from the pool, ocean or Chang.

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4. Active Roots Toiletry Bag: Keep your bath-and-beauty items organized and in the right place with this water-resistant bag. With large compartments, mesh and enclosed clear sections, you can fit everything you might need inside. Hang it up or let it stand on its own – this bag is a must-have for dorm-lifers.

Active Roots Water Bottle

5. Active Roots Water Bottle: Sturdy and durable, the Active Roots water bottle survives the roughest adventures while keeping your drink cold or hot for at least 24 hours. Vacuum-sealed and made from stainless steel, the bottle can fit 25oz, which is plenty to keep you hydrated. Super cool bonus: the bottle isn’t just super useful, it helps to reduce the single-use plastic waste – save the planet by filling up your bottle.

Powerbank

6. Power Bank: Probably one of the most important travel accessories – a decent power bank. Charging your phone up to 5 times in a row, the Anker Power Bank is a true lifesaver on long adventures or bus rides. Slick looking, handy and not too big, it easily fits in even the smallest travel bag or your pocket. Charge 2 devices at the same time with the double USB port.

Conclusion

There you have it: the best hostels in Chefchaouen.

Now you can easily find yourself a place to stay in this utterly charming city.

Bases for wandering around the impossibly Instagrammable streets of Chefchaouen range from humble, simple lodgings to ones with traditional Moroccan decor, courtyards, opulent tiles and high ceilings.

So you can stay in traditional style here for not a great deal of money, making almost any hostel on this pretty affordable for any backpacker.

But if you still can’t decide on which Chefchaouen backpackers hostel to go for after all that… don’t worry!

We’d say book a few nights at Riad Baraka – our choice for the best overall hostel in Chefchaouen.

Get ready to take a zillion pictures of this blue city!

Visiting other parts of Morocco? Check out our Best Hostels in Morocco guide!

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