Oh God, another boring stay in another boring IBIS. I fondly remember the days when your company would house you in a nice Sheraton, but nowadays IBIS-like places have sprouted like mushrooms and company accountants feel they represent good value.
This place is a typical IBIS - room a bit small and pokey, but bathroom quite nice. I loved the fact that you could open the window and get some fresh air - unusual for many modern hotels these days and pretty astonishing to find at an IBIS in my experience. Internet was free - slow but usable unless you wanted to watch YouTube or download very large files.
Colleague had a smoking room, but an ashtray was never provided.
I felt the check-in process was a bit lacking - the bored guy doing the check in handled the whole thing as if he were manning the till at McDonald's.
There's an OK bar where people can smoke, adjacent to a restaurant area. Dinner and breakfast weren't bad, though the service was a bit slow and confused. Tables were left in a dirty state for along time after people had finished their meals and the non-smoking eating area turned into a big ashtray later in the evening, with guests happily chain smoking all over the place. The atmosphere resembled a motorway service station.
Outside there are various taxis in varying states of decripitude ready to drive you around and the IBIS is fairly well placed to use as a base to visit businesses based in Casablanca itself.
Compared to the 'better' hotels in the area, it does offer good value, even if it is mind-numbingly dull. Emirates aircrew appear to stay in the Novotel right next door, so the bar there might be a lively place to visit in the evenings.
So, overall it's another IBIS and it does what is says on the tin - although a little more effort to greet guests and keep the food areas a bit cleaner and better served would be welcome.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located in the heart of the city right beside the Port of Casablanca, the Ibis Casablanca City Center invites you to stay in one of our 266 rooms featuring satellite TV, heating, airconditioning and direct telephone to ensure your comfort. The Wok and Grill restaurant serves balanced, flavoursome cuisine with meals to suit every appetite. Sit back and relax in the modern and inviting surroundings of the hotel bar. The hotel also features two meeting rooms with conference equipment. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel Ibis Moussafir Casablanca City Casablanca