My wife and I were long (very long)-time New Yorkers. We return every now and again, usually for some limited purpose. My wife loves the City, but the best part of any of my trips - bar none - is leaving. Ah, not so quickly with the Casablanca as a refuge. I dare you not to like this hotel. We know the standard lodging fare (all over the world), and this place is so strikingly different. It has the efficiency of hotels in Tokyo. It has the qualities of a great boutique hotel in Paris. The staff are courteous and friendly. Wait, maybe that's better than a hotel in Paris. From the time you walk in the front door until that last taxi or subway ride, you feel like you're the most important guest in the place. Our room had all the amenities I asked for when making the reservation. (Usually, I tell other hotels what I want, arrive with my list and immediately call the front desk to tell them what they forgot - usually everything.) Not so at the Casablanca. Even though our stay was brief, we decided (really at the very end of the day) that we needed a refrigerator to store food we intended to take home. Poof, within 5 minutes it appeared with a handyman who actually liked his job. Rooms are great sleeping quarters, quiet (given the Times Square location) and spotless. You get a turndown without asking - or, as is the case with New York's named chains, begging. The 24/7 lounge means you can feed or water yourself whenever you need, especially after theater when the area's restaurants or bars are packed, noisy and feel like they're smoke filled - even if the City has banned smoking. I have only two concerns. First, I have an ancient allergy to Times Square. I remember it before it was glitzed like the Ginza, so that problem is probably mine alone. The second is that I worry that the Casablanca will become so popular that you can't get a reservation. Or, like our former favorite place in Paris, it will no longer be affordable by Muggles - as my wife refers to us Harry Potter commoners. So, go now. And often. I know we will - unless I can talk my wife out of going to New York, which I usually can't.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Experience the magic of Times Square just steps from our door, and then escape from it all at this oasis of hospitality, The Casablanca Hotel. Guests are welcome to unwind in Rick’s Cafe with complimentary refreshments 24 hours a day, including the Library Hotel Collection’s signature Continental Breakfast Buffet each morning, wine and cheese receptions each evening from 5PM-8PM, and coffee, tea, cookies and fruit served throughout the day. Free Wi-Fi is available throughout the hotel and bottled water is provided daily. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Casablanca Hotel New York City
- Casablanca New York City