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
Close to perfect! Very noisy due to construction, cleanliness needs to be improved (the pillows smelled like sweat), breakfast needs more variety (i.e. - gluten free, lactose free milk, etc.) But besides these minor issues, it was perfect!
This hotel is in a great location with discounted parking right next door. Service attentive and accommodating. Room was fine if alittle tired. Bed not very comfortable but after first night they provided us with egg crate which was helpful.
My wife and I were in Manhattan for her Birthday to see a show. We had previously stayed at one of the other Library hotels in Manhattan and really liked it. We drove in from New Jersey during the afternoon on Friday. I like to be able to valet park my car so we don't have to look for a parking garage. I was informed that they did not offer valet parking but there was a lot right next door and they provide a voucher that allows you to park 24 hours $ 30.00. This was better than valet parking ! Since it was literally right next door. The hotel is what we usually look for when traveling to Europe, small, clean quiet and comfortable with friendly and accommodating people. My wife and I were very happy and enjoyed ourselves on the first leg of our weekend Birthday trip into Manhattan. The Casablanca made that possible. The only thing that I would suggest is that the air conditioning units get removed from the windows when the weather changes or find a way to seal them better. Although it was comfortable to sleep it was cold in the room. This did not in any way spoil our stay.