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Hotel Central
Ranked #47 of 75 Hotels in Casablanca
Boca Raton, Florida
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59 reviews
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Reviewed April 15, 2014

This place is So-So. I think we had some bed bugs. Location was good and price is good. The host seemed in good humor. Not sure I would stay here again. If you are in a pinch you can try this place. The roof was nice, location is good. Other then that it is pretty luke warm.

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 9, 2014

Me and my friend stayed in this lovely hotel from 24.3.-26.3.14 and never regreted our choice. The location was perfect for us in the old medina, very close to places we wanted to see and even for two young girls aged 24 very safe.
The owner's are very kind and helpful, giving you advise, without trying to get out money from you which was not the case for most of the places in casa and we really appreciated it.
The room was no luxury, which in my opinion you can not expect for the price, even if the living kost are not as high as in Europe. It was clean and and had everything we neede and the view on the port from the balcony was amazing.
The breakfast in the morning was perfect for us, with youghurt egg, bread, cheese, jam, good coffee, tee and juice... i didn't expect that much... just the bread is very different but all in all very good breakfast.

We ejoyed our stay very much and can recomend this place, for we would not want to stay anywhere else for our next visit.

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled with friends
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Warsaw, Poland
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Reviewed April 5, 2014

Advantages:
1. Price - one of the cheapest places in Casablanca
2. Location - quite close to the interesting places in Casablanca
3. View - we had a 3rd floor room with a view on a port and Hassan II Mosque! Really nice!
4. Terrace on the roof - I don't have to explain:)

Desadvantages:
1. No heating in winter and as I suppose no aircon in summer. So it was quite cold at nigt in Februrary.
2. Nice budget hotel, better than most of the hostels in Morocco. If you are looking for a quite cheap and good acocomodation you can go there.

To get there go from the port - the easiest way, better then from medina.

Room Tip: 3rd floor with a view!
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  • Stayed February 2014, traveled with friends
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Paola, Italy
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Reviewed February 18, 2014

Had a great time, within walking distance of all that I wanted to see. Basic breakfast, but there are many great restaurants close by .I found the staff to be very helpful .There was a nice park just out the door very nice place to sit and have a mint tea.

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled solo
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Collingwood, Canada
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Reviewed February 12, 2014

A basic, hostel type of accommodation. Rooms were clean. It was somewhat chilly this time of the year, but we survived. Had to get used to shower with no stall or curtain, but water was hot, and worked well. Basic Moroccan breakfast. Walls are thin, so you can hear noise, but this what we have found in all our Moroccan accommodations.. Good budget choice.

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
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Queanbeyan, Australia
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Reviewed February 5, 2014

As others have pointed out, this hotel is more of a hostel. The rooms have the basic amenities, and mine was clean, so I can't complain on that front. The bathroom would be improved by the addition of a shower curtain. Noise from other guests is a problem and management should look at having a policy about that - although it shouldn't be necessary to remind adults not to run and shout in the corridors.

With the receptionists, it depends who you get. The older bald guy acts friendly, but you can tell that he'd rather be somewhere else. The older man with salt-and-pepper hair is very nice.

As other reviewers have also said, the rooms don't have heating or air con, so it does get cold in winter and the bedding alone won't keep you warm. Bring your sleeping bag.

Wifi is accessible from the third floor, so that's a plus. In many Moroccan hotels, you have to go sit in the lobby, but not here. Just ask the receptionist for the password and you're good to go.

A plentiful breakfast of bread with various toppings, eggs, olives, and orange juice and tea was included in the rate. I have to give a shout-out to the waiter who's on the breakfast shift. He was always friendly and smiling.

The hotel is in a convenient location, between Place des Nations Unies (nearest tram stop) and Casablanca's big drawcard, the Hassan II Mosque. The square in front of the hotel is quite pretty. I understand the misgivings other reviewers voiced about the people who hang around in the square, but they'll ignore you (they ignored me, anyway).

While I wouldn't stay at Hotel Central again, it wasn't completely terrible.

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled solo
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Stockholm, Sweden
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Reviewed January 25, 2014 via mobile

This place is really more like a hostel, and there isn't much "traditional" Moroccan about it. It's clean and pleasant enough if you are on a tight budget, but it didn't have much to offer.

It felt a bit institutional and not particularly warm or inviting. The staff was smiling and laughing, but in an insincere way - like asking you how you are, but then busying themselves with something else and ignoring your answer. Their language skills in English and Spanish were extremely limited, and they couldn't provide much info on the area.

It was FREEZING at night in January, and there was no heat whatsoever in the room. The night was extremely cold, and I would never stay here again in winter. To make matters worse, the hot water was also out during most of our stay.

The breakfast was nicer than I expected, given the rest of our experience at this hotel. It included hard boiled eggs and yogurt, along with the normal bread, jam, butter, and spreadable cheese that most hotels in Morocco have.

The location was in the very grungy medina, which was a moderate walk from the Hassan II mosque, Ricks cafe (from the movie Casablanca), and a tram stop, but if you want a more pleasant experience, I'd stay in another part of town. The medinas are much more charming in Fes and Marrakech.

The taxi drivers at the train station are scammers; take the tram instead to the ancienne medina (ask the tram guard to tell you the station, I think it was nationes-unies) and use the gps on your phone to walk to the hotel from there. The hotel itself provided no directions.

Stayed January 2014
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Property: Hotel Central
Address: 20 Place Ahmad el Bidaoui | Ancienne medina, Casablanca 20000, Morocco
Location: Morocco > Grand Casablanca Region > Casablanca
Amenities:
Beach Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service
Hotel Style:
#2 On the Beach Hotel in Casablanca
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2 star — Hotel Central 2*
Number of rooms: 32
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Located in the heart of the Medina, minutes away from the Hassan II mosque and the train station, the new renovated Hotel Central guarantees a unique and relaxing atmosphere amidst the hustle and bustle of Casablanca. Hotel Central has 32 rooms (5 suites) all equipped with bathroom, satellite TV, phone and heating. We offer a wide range of quality fare in our restaurant. Enjoy our panoramic roof-terrace overlooking the Medina, the harbor and the Hassan II Mosque. ... more   less 
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