The riad scene has exploded in Meknes, and there are now dozens of good options in the medina. Although your money will stretch further in the ville nouvelle, hotels lack atmosphere, often allow smoking and most are in need of a good refurb.
Most of Meknes’ cheapies cluster along Rue Dar Smen and Rue Rouamzine on the edge of the old city. During festivals, they can fill up quickly. Riads are mostly clustered just north and east of Place El Hedim.
Its proximity to the CTM bus station and train stations can make the ville nouvelle a convenient place to bed down if you're arriving in town late at night – but bear in mind you'll spend your time travelling back and forth to the medina each day, as that's where all Meknes' attractions are.