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
I checked into the Casablanca quickly and efficiently. I did not see Humphrey Bogart anywhere. Didn't even see a piano. However, the decor was mildly North African. The door man offered to take my carry on which I declined. I stayed on the fourth floor. The room was clean, renovated, fully equipped. No coffee. One must go the the second floor for coffee and snacks...and breakfast. The staff was terrific too...with me as an infrequent guest very satisfied with my stay. I think if someone wants to visit and do the Times Square thing, do Central Park, Broadway...this is the place to check out!
Staff at the reception were very welcoming and gave us some really useful tips for sightseeing, dining, shopping etc.
The hotel is in the very heart of New York, so we walked nearly everywhere!
Despite the central location our room was very quiet, with none of the hustle and bustle of the city making it through (the room was facing an inner yard, where the fire escape stairs were). We had something like a small walk-in wardrobe, which allowed us to deposit all the suitcases out of sight, keeping the room looking neat and tidy all the time.
Rick’s cafe is such a lovely space to relax, and is opened 24h, with complementary tea, coffee, pastries and fruit. Breakfast offered enough options: savoury (bagels of all sorts, cream cheese, boiled eggs), sweet options (pastry, cereals, fruit salad - super fresh and really yummy), yoghurt, coffee, loads of teas, espresso and freshly squeezed orange and grapefruit juice. I would have loved some continental cheese and maybe some ham or other meat options, but the boiled eggs were fresh and perfectly done (not runny, but not super hard either), so I was happy.
Oh, and they leave really nice chocolates on your pillow every day :)
We have stayed repeated times at the Casablanca and have never been disappointed! Excellent staff and service from beginning to end of stay! Hospitality is top notch! Totally enjoy the breakfast and wine in the afternoon! We will definitely be back!
Lovely boutique hotel just off Times Square. The best part of the hotel is the lounge are, with fireplace, and free coffee, tea, breakfast and wine and appetizers at 5. Perfect spot for a family gathering. We've been meeting for many years for our annual winter family reunion.
Casablanca Hotel was fantastic. We stayed in a "deluxe queen" which was slightly small, but since we weren't spending much time there anyway, it wasn't a big deal. Provided toiletries were great and smelled fabulous (which I had read in advance so it helped make packing my carry-on easier due to fewer liquids). Breakfast was great - loved having the fresh fruit every morning. The second floor area always had snacks. Every employee was kind and helpful. Location was terrific - close to lots of things but not noisy. Overall a fantastic stay!