What is a Hostel?


In general, there are still guests who don’t know what a hostel is or where the idea of a hostel came from. Guests arrive sometimes to our place thinking that the “S” on HoStel is just a mistake…

Because of this lack of knowledge we decided to do a little travel through the history of hostels, where this idea came from, what to expect today of a hostel and what MIA Hostels represents.

A German school teacher, Richard Schirrmann, began the youth hostel movement in 1909. He saw the need for overnightaccommodation that would allow school children the chance to travel and experience other parts of their country safely and affordably. As a result, the world’s first Jugendherberge (youth hostel) was opened in 1912 in the Altena Castle, in western Germany.

The idea of the youth hostel was for young people who were on nature trips to get economical accommodation in exchange for some money and a helping hand with the domestic To-Dos. These hostels were said to build character and a sense of independence, as the youth who stayed in them got the chance to see how other people lived as well. A youth hostel became also a way to meet and make new friends. They had no class divisions, the wealthy worked with the not-so-wealthy, and everyone had to do their share. Here, friendliness and camaraderie were a prelude to gaining respect. The friendlier you are, the more you get out of the experience of staying in a youth hostel.

Hostelling has come a long way since then, nowadays there are different types of hostels & is not only for young people:

1.      Traditional Youth Hostels. The traditional youth hostel is one that has maintained its original focus over the years as a cheap, social accommodation option. Here you will stay in big dorms, find huge common areas. These hostels are optimized for bigger groups like school excursions or team-building weekends.

2.      Budget and cheap hostels. The cheap hostel refers to the one(s) with the lowest prices. The service and facilities are not to a high standard, and in general their location is often not in the city center.

3.      Party Hostels: As the name already claims, this is where the party happens. Party Hostels are oriented towards the younger-minded travelers. They organize special events, and there is no way alcohol is missing at any point of the party.

4.      Homely & Cosy Hostels: This type of hostel is maybe the coziest one you can find. It instantly feels and looks like a home rather than a paid accommodation. There is the kitchen you can use, as well as an actual living room and many more little details which make a place feel like a home.

5.      Boutique Hostels: A boutique hostel is the most design-conscious type, whereby a boutique-style meets and joins with the hostel world. It is a well-designed accommodation, but still on budget. This establishment provides you with an extra comfort, and most of the time there is an interesting story to tell.

6.      Activity Hostels: This type of hostel is located next to any main activity in the area. For example this can be snowboarding/ skiing, surfing, hiking etc. These hostels are for the active traveler and offer accommodation themed to the specific type of activity they are providing.

Personally we don’t like to lock ourselves in a category; after all we should be a melting pot for all :)

We pride ourselves on providing a place where you can put down your bags and immediately feel at home. We have a big kitchen where you can cook and mingle with other guests. Our comfy living room has a TV, Netflix, a PlayStation & plenty of table games. MIAH offers bike rentals to explore surrounding areas and enjoy Moroccan mint tea at local souks, surfboards to enjoy Asilah’s amazing beaches, hammam tours, BBQs, and travel tips. On warmer days you can chill on our big rooftop with a relaxing lounge and a very sunny terrace. We like the idea that people connect here and enjoy not just the moments they spend at MIAH but, to be the place of the beginning of a beautiful friendship.

So what are you waiting to visit us?