Thanks to the imminent release of the Sex and the City movie sequel, fans of Carrie and co. are starting off the summer in style. Set in New York City to the UAE, the film look set to follow in the Manolos of its glam predecessor and become a smash hit. Though parts of the movie do take place in Abu Dhabi, these scenes were shot in Morocco where the stars of the show were spotted in the winding Medina market places just last year. Here at Hostelworld.com, we’ve come up with some chic accommodation ideas to help you stretch your budget and travel SATC style!
Zip 112, New York, USA
If you’re on the lookout for your very own Aleksandr Petrovsky, this is the hostel for you. It’s located in the incredibly cool West Williamsburg area, the ultimate hangout for exclusive artists and upcoming designers. While at the hostel, make sure to take the time to head on up to the rooftop terrace for a candlelit cocktail plus stunning views of Manhattan. This hostel is just 5 minutes from the East Village on the subway and mere moments from Bedford Avenue so you’ll have plenty of opportunities to find your inner Charlotte by exploring the best art galleries and enjoying a girly brunch.
Equity Point, Marrakech, Morocco
This exquisitely furnished and beautifully decorated hostel was voted best Hostel in Morocco for 2008. All the rooms here are ensuite and the hostel boasts plenty of chilled-out common areas, perfect for catching up with other travellers or relaxing after a day spent exploring the Medina and the old, walled city of Marrakech. At the hostel, you’ll also find a softly lit inner courtyard and a rooftop terrace, both of which offer an intimate setting where you can enjoy a cocktail from the bar. The city of Marrakech offers an exciting mix of historic attractions and increasing modernity, seducing visitors in true Sex and the City style with a stunning array of contrasting colours and smells.
Broadway Hotel n Hostel, New York, USA
Located right in the heart of the action on one of New York’s most famous addresses, Broadway on the trendy upper west side, The Broadway Hotel & Hostel is within walking distance from Central Park. It’s also pretty close to Columbia University, Times Square and a whole host of attractions. As you enter the hostel, you’ll be greeted by the sight of their chic lounge where numerous plasma screens show the latest Hollywood movies throughout the day. Along with its dorm rooms, this spot also boasts plenty of private ensuite rooms perfect for all the family, plus there’s a top-notch guest kitchen and dining room. If you’re searching for your very own red carpet moment following the Prada clad footsteps of Carrie, Charlotte, Miranda and Samantha, then this is the hostel for you.
Ksar Shama, Atlas Mountains, Morocco
An hour’s drive south of Marrakech, Ksar Shama is located in the beautiful village of Ouirgane. At a staggering 1000m high, it offers a breathtaking panoramic view of the snow-capped Atlas Mountains. The design of this hostel is very authentic and it sports beautifully hand carved doors, furniture and more. The rural setting is confirmed by the 15 hectares of olive groves surrounding the hostel, along with the proximity of the Azzaden River. Each day, the hostel’s very own chef rustles up a delicious selection of tajines made from seasonal fruits from the grove and their very own olive oil. Here you’ll be able to indulge in a Sex and the City-esque pampering session as the hostel has its own spa and hammam space offering beauty treatments, while a fresh mint tea by the pool is also a must.
Urban Oasis, New York, USA
Situated right in the heart of Manhattan, this hostel lives up to its name, offering an oasis of calm where weary travellers can relax after a long day of sightseeing in New York City. From the huge loft-style windows in many of the rooms here you’ll be able to catch stunning views of the awe-inspiring Empire State Building. Thanks to its location on 31st Street at 5th Avenue, Urban Oasis is near a plethora of shops, cheap eateries, cool cafés and chic restaurants. In this area you’ll also find plenty of happening nightspots for a real Sex and the City experience. For a great photo op head down to the nearby New York Public Library, site of the famous almost-wedding of Carrie and Big.
Riad Etoile de Mogador, Essaouira, Morocco
A mere 200 metres from the beach, you’ll find the gorgeous Riad Etoile de Mogador, which is a traditional Moroccan residence in the fabulous Medina d'Essaouira. Each room here boasts its own individual design and shows off traditional Moroccan style. Tradition is the theme of the meals offered to guests at the Riad too, with a menu filled with different traditional Moroccan dishes offered each day. For stunning views of the ocean and the Bay of Essaouira, head on out to the hostel’s terrace area, which has its own solarium. Other amenities here include two lounge areas, a dining room and much more.