Casablanca Hotel by Library Hotel Collection
What We Love
- The complimentary wine and cheese receptions every evening
- The small outdoor patio, where you can get fresh air without having to leave the hotel
- The friendly staff, who can help with everything from restaurant recommendations to special wine for celebrations
- In town for New Year’s Eve? You can watch the ball drop from the hotel’s roof
What To Know
- There’s no fitness center, but the hotel provides passes to the nearby New York Sports Club
- Rooms are on the small side, though about average for New York hotels; those facing the courtyard are quietest
- Free WiFi
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
In a Manhattan neighborhood saturated with hotels, the Casablanca stands out. In contrast to the mega-hotels in Times Square, this 48-room sleep has a boutique feel and superbly friendly service, along with lots of thoughtful amenities that are included in the price, including the deluxe continental breakfast; the coffee, tea and snacks available all day long; and the nightly wine and cheese receptions. The Moroccan theme doesn’t get much more than a nod in the cozy rooms (although the restaurant is called “Rick’s Cafe”), which are clean and well-appointed, if not overly large, but that doesn’t matter – this is a good value spot for anyone looking for a Midtown location without the noise and glitz overdone by other Times Square hotels.
In the Area
Just three blocks from Times Square, the Casablanca is close to all the glitter and excitement that that entails, while remaining far enough away from the square itself to function as a retreat when you need it. The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), Rockefeller Center, Radio City Music Hall, and St. Patrick’s Cathedral are all within a few minutes’ walk, as are many Broadway theaters. For anyone in need of some greenery, Bryant Park is a couple of blocks away, where you can immerse yourself in the neighborhood culture by watching a pétanque tournament, using the small putting green, or playing chess with the locals. The restaurants in the area are mostly chains, but access to the rest of the city is easy, as subway stations are more abundant in this area than in practically any other neighborhood in Manhattan.
How to Get There
We visited this Hotel where our friends were staying as part of a trip to New York City.
As a party of six we were unable to stay in the same hotel but visited Casablanca as guests.
The location was ideal and in the heart of NYC. From the outside the hotel was covered in scaffolding then once you entered we received a warm welcome by all staff wherever we went.
The staff were excellent and even as guests anything that we enquired about was resolved, overcome and they were ready to satisfy any issue, be it a general question through to booking some of the best places.
We will definitely endeavour to stay at this hotel on our next visit as there was nothing negative throughout this Hotel..
We really enjoyed our stay here which in part was due to the staff, all were friendly and helpful, the people on the front desk were excellent.
Our room on the fourth floor was a reasonable size but faced the busy street so was noisy late into the night. The bed and pillows were very comfortable so we slept reasonably well despite the buzz from below.
Breakfast was basic but nicely presented with a reasonable selection. The late afternoon free cheese and wine looked great but we did not get chance to enjoy it due to our busy schedule.
The location of this hotel is perfect, Times Square is a few paces away, Central Park is walkable and so is theatreland.
We thoroughly recommend this hotel, yes our room was noisy but that is to be expected given the location. We will definitely book again.
Casablanca was recommended to us by a couple we met while touring in Northern Queensland. They particularly liked the lounge area with 24/7 refreshments and the evening drinks. We checked it out on the web and sounded perfect. I was celebrating my birthday. We were greeted warmly and waiting in our room was a welcome Birthday bottle of wine. The staff were always very helpful. We enjoyed the evening drinks and we were able to welcome our daughter to join us. "Your guest is our guest". Breakfast was varied and filling. Highly recommended - we will go back when next in YNC.
Stayed 4 nights in December for sightseeing/shopping trip in NY. No negatives to say about this place, great rooms, great staff, free breakfast and free wine and cheese/fruit 5 till 8 every day, plus free tea/coffee, buiscits and cakes 24 hours a day. A real home from home 5 * definitely recommended! :) Right next to Time Square, everything is walkable, shops, theatres, major sights etc.
I can see why this hotel maintains the #1 rating on here. The location is PERFECT. I've stayed in other Times Square hotels but this one just felt like it was in the middle of everything. The service is outstanding. The staff is friendly, and the wine and cheese reception is a nice touch. Not to mention the complementary breakfast every morning. Rooms are small, as are the bathrooms, but that's really about the only negative. They're clean and comfortable which is the important thing. I would definitely recommend this hotel for anyone wanting to stay around Times Square.