Hotel Review: Casablanca Hotel

My love of Library Hotel Collection properties is pretty well known: after falling hard for the Library Hotel, I’ve also enjoyed stays at Hotel Giraffe & one of their newest properties,  Aria Hotel in Budapest. But what about their original NYC hotel, a property consistently ranked number one or two in New York City on TripAdvisor (no small feat in a city with nearly 300 hotels), but is located in my least favorite part of the city? I was long overdue for a stay at Casablanca Hotel to find out what had guests raving about the property. I found myself in Manhattan for a long weekend of work & fun & decided to try out this popular hotel. Here’s a full Casablanca Hotel review:

My Room

My Deluxe Room with a Queen Bed was palatial by NYC standards. It included a little sitting area with a table & chairs & even a walk-in closet (something I don’t even have at home!). The bathroom was also a decent size, with good shower pressure & hot water. Admittedly, the decor wasn’t really to my taste, especially in the bathroom (which I felt was a bit dated), but my Dad, who was visiting NYC the same weekend, didn’t mind it. A friend told me her parents actually designed their bathroom after the ones in the hotel. The Casablanca theme was a bit much for me – after all, we were in NYC, not Morocco – but I can see how other travelers enjoy it. Both these things truly show: to each his own!

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Great Amenities

In addition to their great staff, the primary reason to stay at any Library Hotel Collection property is their great amenities. Rick’s Cafe, the 2nd floor lounge, offered a large continental breakfast each morning (complete with my favorite espresso machine!) & an ample spread during the wine & cheese reception each evening, complete with live piano music. After returning to the hotel late one night, I stopped by the lounge for a hot tea & a cookie & found several other travelers reading, relaxing & unwinding from a day of touring. I wish more hotels had comfortable communal space, as it’s one of my favorite things about staying at LHC hotels.

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(C) Christina Saull – All Rights Reserved

bubbly & snacks
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Steps from Times Square

The location is fantastic/terrible: if this is your first time in NYC, the location can’t be beat, as it is literally 20 steps from Times Square & 40 steps from a subway station (I counted). Everything that Times Square & the Theater District has to offer is right at the hotel’s doorstep.

photo provided by the Casablanca Hotel

But if you’re like me, & try to avoid Times Square at all costs, it might not work well for you. When I left the theater on 46th Street & Broadway Friday night, I actually walked all the way down to 6th Avenue & around the block to 43rd Street just to avoid Times Square – that’s how much I dislike it. The hotel gets major props though, because despite its location, my room in the back of the hotel was pin drop quiet – it was possibly the most peaceful sleep I’ve ever had in a Manhattan hotel room.

Know if you go… 

– if you’re a light sleeper, make sure to request a room in the back of the hotel. You won’t get much of a view, but you will get a decent night sleep.

– other fantastic amenities include complimentary wifi & a long list of items available from the front desk, including an in-room coffee maker & a white noise machine.

– the hotel restaurant, Tony’s, is a Theater District institution – it has been there forever – & is a great place to grab dinner pre- or post-theater (just be sure to make a reservation)

Note: The Casablanca Hotel provided me a discounted rate during my stay.
All opinions, including my love of their espresso maker, are my own. 

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9 Responses to Hotel Review: Casablanca Hotel

  1. Mellissa Williams April 18, 2017 at 10:03 am #

    Thanks for the review. I am staying here at the end of the year, after reading reviews on TA. I wasn’t sure about the Times Square location but the wine reception and the lounge swung it for me. Great review, you’ve made me excited to stay there now.

    • christina April 18, 2017 at 9:37 pm #

      I think you’ll really enjoy it! It’s nice that you can leave the hotel, turn left & pretend that Times Square doesn’t exist :)

      The breakfast alone could save you upwards of $40 on a weekend trip!

  2. Jim April 19, 2017 at 4:58 am #

    A hotel that’s “pin-drop” quiet is something I really seek out now. Nice turn of phrase. Great review!

    • christina April 20, 2017 at 4:59 pm #

      It’s amazing how your priorities change as you get older, isn’t it?

  3. Carly April 19, 2017 at 10:35 pm #

    Such a quaint hotel! Definitely bookmarking this for the next time I’m in NYC.

    Carly |

  4. Patricia @ Grab a Plate April 21, 2017 at 10:46 am #

    Good feedback for this hotel! Looks like a nice spot in a great location!

  5. Rachel April 21, 2017 at 11:35 am #

    Oh my word! I love this! I actually stayed at the Aria in Budapest several years ago and I’ve never heard of anyone else that knew about it! xoRach |

    • christina April 22, 2017 at 2:13 pm #

      Love it! I also loved Aria Budapest when we stayed there in December. Most definitely want to go back to Budapest. I’m lucky that I get to go back to NYC on a regular basis, so lots of hotel rooms to explore :)

  6. Ravi April 21, 2017 at 3:10 pm #

    Thanks for the information and review. Suggest this to my friends visiting NYC..

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