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 stayed at the Casablanca Hotel for 3 nights before a cruise.
The location was perfect for taking the subway for our visit to the Statue of Liberty and 9/11 Memorial.
We were able to walk to nice restaurants nearby and also to our Broadway play. The only time we used Lyft was to the Met Museum and to the Manhattan Cruise Port.
The staff at the hotel were just as good as others had said in their reviews. They made us feel comfortable and valued.
Our only one small quibble was that the bagels at Rick's Cafe were a bit stale. I made the mistake of not having mine toasted the first morning. Otherwise, there were good choices and the items were tasty. I especially appreciated the fresh fruit.
One of the mornings we went next door to the Brooklyn Diner. It was just OK for the money. The other 2 mornings we happily enjoyed breakfast in Rick's Cafe.
Our room with king bed overlooked the courtyard and was very quiet.
We will gladly stay at Casablanca again if we make another trip to New York.
Couldn’t be closer to the heart of Times Square. Rooms are cosy but spotlessly clean and comfortable.
Rick’s Lounge is absolutely awesome!!! Great to have a few drinks and snacks at the end of the day before you start your night out!
The staff at this hotel are unbelievable!!
I can’t speak more highly of the them!!! Boys you are legends!! The guys went above and beyond to make my birthday special and went to a lot of trouble organising Yankees tickets for us.
We will be back soon and will be staying again at the Casablanca 100%
I was in New York for only 2 nights / 3 days and decided to stay at the Casablanca Hotel due to its No 1 Position on Trip Advisor.
The hotel is very well situated within close proximity to Times Square and in Midtown. The check-in was very efficient and my room was fairly decent and comfortable. Enjoyed the evening wine and cheese experience.
Only concern was the noise from the street in the early hours in the morning but overall an excellent experience and worthy of praise
The location of the hotel could not be better - it is just steps away from
Times Square and Broadway. However, when you step inside everything is so tranquil and peaceful.
All the staff are very welcoming and go out of their way to make you feel welcome and ensure your stay goes well.
We had booked a petite queen and knew it would be small but it was actually plenty big enough- especially bearing in mind the size of hotel rooms generally in NYC. Also, we had come to do things rather than spend a lot of time in our room.
We enjoyed the complimentary breakfast and the 24/7 snacks and drinks were much appreciated. On a Friday night there is live piano music in the bar.
I would suggest booking directly with the hotel rather than through a third party.
Hotel is close to all the fun, but quiet and cozy. Clean and every staff member was well trained and pleasant. Can't imagine staying anywhere else in the city. The amenities are a very nice addition to the hotel service.