First of all no apologies for the length of this review, this hotel is deservedly #1 in NYC and there’s lots to say.
For us our stay at the Casablanca was absolutely fantastic. We loved the fact that it is so close to Times Square and all that brings, it’s so close that we decided to pace it out, it is literally fifty of my steps from the front door to Times Square just opposite the Hard Rock Cafe. As I’m about 5ft 6in they are short steps as well! Being in Times Square puts you very close to subway stops on many lines.
We stayed in a Premium King Room on the “Kiss is Just a Kiss” package (for 3 or more nights, which has on arrival a rose petal turndown, chilled bubbly, plate of strawberries drizzled with chocolate, a Hershey’s Kisses gift and 10% discount as well). The room was a good size and the bathroom was actually quite large, all towels and toiletries were excellent and in good supply. We were on the third floor at the front of the building. The large Tony’s sign was right outside our window, we used the blackout blind and this cut out the light from the sign, although there can be some noise we slept soundly.
Rick’s Cafe (what else could it be called in Casablanca) is the guest lounge where the daily cheese and wine reception is held and where the first class continental breakfast is served. It is open 24 hrs and has a wide range of complimentary snacks and an excellent bean to cup coffee machine with both decaf and standard coffee.
The daily cheese and wine reception is an excellent way to meet other guests and swop tips about where to go or which shows to see. It says a lot about the Hotel that a major proportion of the guests are American.
The complimentary continental breakfast buffet has a wide selection of goodies and helpful staff ensuring that supplies are kept topped up, toast is made to order and brought over, and that tables are cleared promptly. Their eye for detail is demonstrated by the simple fact that there is a pair of scissors available to cut open the individual cereal packets, no more wrestling to open the packet and sending the contents all over the floor!
Room service was good value and excellent; we ordered a spaghetti and meatballs platter from Tony’s Cafe, they quoted 10 minutes it was there in about 8. Great food and lots of it - be warned a platter can feed a family!
The hotel has good free Wi-Fi and a workstation with printer in Rick’s Cafe, ideal for printing your boarding cards.
The front desk staff are cheery and helpful, ready with a brolly on rainy days. The Hotel is very clean and welcoming. All in all this was a thoroughly enjoyable stay and one that we hope to repeat soon.
The Casablanca is part of a small group of four New York Hotels all in Trip Advisor top 7 at the time of writing. If you don’t want the hustle and bustle of Times Square take a look at their partners in the Library Collection.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Experience the magic of Times Square just steps from our door, and then escape from it all at this oasis of hospitality, The Casablanca Hotel. Guests are welcome to unwind in Rick’s Cafe with complimentary refreshments 24 hours a day, including the Library Hotel Collection’s signature Continental Breakfast Buffet each morning, wine and cheese receptions each evening from 5PM-8PM, and coffee, tea, cookies and fruit served throughout the day. Free Wi-Fi is available throughout the hotel and bottled water is provided daily. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Casablanca Hotel New York City
- Casablanca New York City