About the Medina Social Club

Located in a beautifully renovated Riad (traditional Moroccan house) in the heart of the Fez medina, the Medina Social Club Cultural Hostel offers true Moroccan hospitality and comfortable accommodation in shared dormitories and private rooms. We pride ourselves on offering excellent service on budget rates! We strive to be a meeting place for locals and travellers alike, offering a range of social spaces in our beautiful riad, including a spacious roof terrace and a shaded patio with orange trees and a fountain. However, we know that there is so much more to travelling than just having a place to stay and relax, and we would love to introduce you to the magic of Fez and Morocco. So why not taste some of the wonderful cuisine in our restaurant (link) or sign up for one of our many tours and activites in Fez (link to tours and activities page) and beyond (link to Sahara excursions page).
At Medina Social Club we aspire to be an active centre for Moroccan and world culture. We welcome artists in residency and also hold cultural events, including concerts, exhibitions, plays and talks. For more info on our upcoming events check out our events page (link). All our events are free to attend for those staying with us. The cultural season is made possible thanks to the « Soleil de Fes » association (link).

Our story
The Medina Social Club was born out of the friendship between Jacques and Sylvie, a French couple who have fallen in love with the Medina, and the young people from the Soleil de Fes Association. Having organised many cultural and creative events together, they decided to create a place for cross-cultural action, social diversity and artistic creativity. The Medina Social Club was born.

The Soleil de Fes Association
in 2009 by a group of young people from the Medina with the support of the Director of the French Institute at the time, Jean Dedolin, the Association aims to promote arts and culture in Fez, while nurturing creative talents from the Medina. Thanks to the enthusiasm and dedication of its members, the Soleil de Fes Association has organised a host of events and activities over the past ten years. For more info on the association, visit Soleil de Fes’s facebook page (link), or check out the upcoming events (link) at the Medina Social Club.


Medina Social Club is conveniently located in the heart of Fez Medina (old town). Situated on a quite alleyway between the two ‘main roads’ of the old town, Talaa Kebira and Talaa Seghira, it offers an oasis of tranquility among the buzz and excitement of the souks (markets). We are just minutes away from key attractions like the famous Bab Boujeloud (or ‘Blue Gate’), the remarkable sites of the Karaouine Mosque and the Moulay Idriss Mausoleum, making the Medina Social Club a perfect base for exploring the city. We can also arrange guided tours of the medina and Fez (link) to help you discover this unique place.

Getting here
The maze-like streets of the old town, one of the largest pedestrian-only areas in the world, can be a challenge to navigate for first time visitors, but do not worry, we offer a pick-up service from the airport or train station with our trusted drivers for a reasonable price. Please get in touch (link to contact page) for more details. If you would rather make your own way to us, you can take a taxi to Aïn Zliten car park. From Aïn Zliten, turn left onto Talaa Kebira Street. Walk down the street for about 5 minutes, until the intersection. Go right and follow the signs to the Medina Social Club.


Rooms & Bookings

The Medina Social Club
offers a range of accommodation options, including shared dormitories and private rooms, to suit all needs and budgets. We provide secure lockers, air conditioning & heating, WiFi, hot water, cotton sheets and towels in all our rooms. Make sure you don’t miss our complimentary breakfast, consisting of orange juice, tea or coffee, homemade jams, fresh cheese and Moroccan breads (such as melaoui or Harcha). Check out the full list of our facilities here (link to facilities page), or book a room now (booking link).

Our rooms

Our shared dormitory rooms are perfect for solo travellers or groups on small budget. All our dorms feature en-suit bathrooms and safe storage spaces. We have three mixed gender rooms and a female-only room.

6-bed mixed dorms
Our three mixed gender dorm rooms feature comfortable bunk beds and secure lockers for each traveler. They also have en-suit bathrooms with two showers and separate toilet, and there are reading lights and electric sockets near each bed for the comfort of our guests.
4-bed female dorm
Unlike the mixed dorms, the female-only dormitory has single (not bunk) beds, and secure storage facilities. The female dorm also has an en-suit bathroom with two showers and separate toilet, and there are reading lights and electric sockets near each bed for the comfort of our guests. The room offers a nice view of the patio.

Private rooms

For those looking for a bit more privacy, we also offer a range of private rooms.

Double rooms (double bed)
Perfect for couples and those looking for a bit more privacy. Our double feature en-suit bathrooms and a sitting area.
Double room (bunk bed)
We also offer a double room with a bunk beds, ideal for friends traveling together. The two small windows of the room open onto the narrow streets of the medina.

Triple rooms
Our triple rooms feature a double and a single bed and en-suit bathrooms. One of the triple rooms features a mezzanine, while another one has a comfortable sitting and reading area.
Family room (4 or 5 beds)
Featuring a double bed and two or three singles, this room is perfect for families or groups looking for a bit of privacy. The room’s main features are its direct access to the roof terrace and its large windows overlooking the patio.

The Extension

Located in a smaller house next door to the main riad, our Extension rooms offer tranquility and a touch of luxury with their traditional decor and spacious rooms. The Extension also features it’s own common area, with comfortable seating and a fireplace for added cosiness in the colder months.

Double rooms
The double rooms in the Extension feature a double bed, traditional decor, a wardrobe and a large en-suit bathroom.
Triple room
The triple room in the Extension feature two beds, a double and a single, traditional decor, a wardrobe and a large en-suit bathroom.


Food & drink
-Cooking classes
-Roof terrace
-Common areas
-TV in common room
-City maps
-Trips and activities

-Pick-up service / airport transfer
-Air conditioning in the rooms
-Heating in the rooms
-Towels included
-Laundry service
-Luggage storage

City tours & Activities

It’s not by accident that Fez is considered the cultural and spiritual capital of Morocco. Funded in the 9th century, the city is home to a a wide range of historic and cultural sites, including the oldest university in the world! Fes el Bali, the city’s well preserved old town (medina), is one of the largest pedestrian only areas in the world, and walking through its maze-like streets can feel like taking a trip back in time. While getting lost in the medina is considered to be part of the experience, it can be easy to miss some of the hidden gems, or even the main attractions, when walking on your own.

City tours
We can arrange a range of city tours to help you explore the old medina and beyond. Run in small groups, our tours can be adapted to suit your needs. Some of our typical tours include:

Tour 1: Walking tour Inside the Old Medina
Led by an official guide speaking your language, you will explore the history of the medina, visiting its most famous monuments and admiring its crafts. Some of the sights include the Moulay Idriss mausoleum, the Qarawiyine Mosque, and the Foundouk Nbijarine, where you can see woodworkers practicing their craft. Cost: 50 DH / person, minimum 5 people Duration 3.5 - 4 hours

Tour 2: Shopping and handicrafts tour in the Old Medina
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Cost: 50 DH / person, minimum 5 people
Duration 3.5 - 4 hours

Tour 3: Outside the Old Medina (by car)
Venturing beyond the walls of Fez el Bali, in this tour you can explore the ramparts, the Jewish neighbourhood (Mellah), the golden gate of the Royal Palace and the Tombs of the Meridins. You will also take a stroll in the tranquil gardens of Jnan Sbil, escaping the chaos of the medina, and marvel at the gates of Bab Ftouh and Bab Boujeloud.
Cost: 50 DH / person, minimum 4 people Duration 2 hours

When you’re tired from all the sight seeing, or if you would like to experience some of the Moroccan culture first handed, you can take part of some cultural experiences

Visit a hammam
The hammam is a traditional bathing ritual for Moroccans, oftering deep relaxation while cleansing your skin from its impurities, using traditional Black Soap and Kessa Gloves. For a truly authentic experience, you can visit one of the local public bath houses, where you will get to experience the welcoming atmosphere while someone offers you a traditional scrub and wash. (120 DH)
If you are looking for a more luxurious experience, you could choose to visit a private hammam and enjoy a full treatment including scrub and massage (400 DH)

Get a tattoo
Henna tattoos on hands and feet are common at religios festivals and weddings. You can also experience this tradition, chasing your preferred pattern. The semi-permanent die will last a few days or weeks, staring off as a light orange colour, and slowly darkening to its final colour. Ask us for more details.

Join a cooking class
Would you like to learn how to prepare some of the most delicious Moroccan dishes? Our cooking classes include the full experience of Moroccan cooking, from learning about local spices, buying fresh, quality ingredients from the local markets with the help of a local guide, to preparing the meal with our talented Moroccan chef, and finally enjoying the delicious meals. On the menu: pastella, tagines, melaoui and other Moroccan specialties.

We can arrange both private and group classes. Ask us for more detail.

To find out more or book an activity, get in touch (link to contact page) or talk to us on arrival.