Where to Stay in Casablanca: Best Areas & Hotels, 2018
Exotic Casablanca is a popular entry for visitors to explore Morocco. Hotels located on the streets near the old medina, the name for the ancient city's walled heart, make an excellent base. You may get lost while bargain hunting in the souk's spiraling streets, but just ask for directions; locals are eager to help. The mammoth Hassan II Mosque is a must-see, with stunning architecture inside and out. It's easy to get here in a red petit taxi, or to the circa 1930s French Habous Quarter to see the historic Mahkama du Pacha courthouse. Hop on one of Casablanca's ultra-modern trams to admire impressive collections of Art Deco buildings, many of which are sadly crumbling. The tram will also get you quickly to the ocean-view Corniche in the affluent Ain Diab neighborhood. The beachside boulevard is a top choice for those who prefer a quieter stay and pleasant views.
Where to Stay for Luxury
Situated on the Boulevard de la Corniche, the Four Seasons Hotel Casablanca has dramatic sea views and a luxury location in the Anfaplace Living Resort area, which includes upscale residences and the Anfaplace Shopping Center. The hotel has an outdoor pool and three indoor-outdoor restaurants with ocean views, while Le Spa at Four Seasons Hotel offers Moroccan treatments. Traveling with youngsters? There's a range of family services available.
Enjoy picture-perfect views across the white city at five-star Sofitel Casablanca Tour Blanche. There are 141 rooms, and the 30 suites come with butler service. The city center location in the Sidi Belyout business hub puts the hotel conveniently between the old medina and Hassan II Mosque. Choose from three on-site restaurants, including French Brasserie La Tour and L'Atelier Oriental. The two-floor So SPA has a traditional hammam.
Also close to the old medina, the Hyatt Regency Casablanca puts you near a string of open-air cafés on United Stations Square. The Habous Quarter, an excellent place for exploring and shopping, is a short cab ride away. Some rooms have views of both the Atlantic Ocean and Hassan II Mosque, which is dramatically lit at night. Others face the Art Deco district. After a day of sightseeing, relax at the outdoor pool. There's a variety of in-house dining, including Moroccan cuisine, under an Arab tent at Dar Beida and al fresco meals poolside.
Where to Stay: Mid-Range
Grand Mogador City Center is in a newish business district high-rise with an on-site restaurant, health club, and café. It's in a quiet, suburban location a bit removed from the city's most popular attractions and that's reflected in the price, making it a wallet-friendly option for those who don't mind a short taxi ride or longer walk in exchange for affordable luxury. Large bathrooms have separate showers with rain-shower heads and generous-sized tubs.
Art Palace & Spa has 25 unique, spacious suites named for stars like Audrey Hepburn and James Dean, so this central boutique hotel is anything but a cookie-cutter stay. The O-Zen SPA has an indoor pool, hammam steam bath, treatment rooms, and salon. There is a restaurant on-site, and for added value, breakfast is included. Rooms have a Nespresso coffee machine.
Recommended for business travelers and close to the old medina, the Sheraton Casablanca Hotel & Towers has spacious rooms and on-site restaurants. The hotel concierge can arrange day tours or book transportation. There's an outdoor pool with an attractive pool deck, a gym with a sauna and whirlpool, and shopping beside the hotel. Dine on traditional Moroccan cuisine and a see a live show at the El Andalous Restaurant.
Where to Stay on a Budget
Best Western Hotel Toubkal puts visitors near the main Casa-Port train station, handy when planning to explore Morocco via rail. Spacious, clean rooms have mini-fridges, and executive rooms and junior suites are also available. There's a gift shop, concierge, and restaurant. This hotel is a short walk to the souks of the old medina, as well as shopping, cafés, and restaurants.
Also handy to the Casa-Port station, the recently renovated Ibis Casablanca City Center offers excellent value, targeting business travelers in a 266-room mid-rise hotel, which has spaces for meetings and events. In-house restaurant Wok and Co serves lunch and dinner, and there is a generous breakfast buffet available. For families, it's close to the tram stop, where you can take a streetcar to the Parc Sindibad kids' theme park, about five minutes away.
Al Walid Hotel is located farther from the old medina, near the Casa Voyageurs train station and handy to the colonial French Habous Quarter, an ideal place to shop for Moroccan handicrafts. The seven-story hotel has 70 rooms, a spa and wellness center, business center, gym, and on-site restaurant.
Where to Stay for Families
Located in the Anfaplace Living Resort complex on the oceanfront Corniche, the Pestana Casablanca has direct beach access, a swimming pool, and on-site restaurants. Most rooms have a separate living room, bedroom, and kitchenette, making it a good choice for families.
Movenpick Hotel Casablanca has a couple of options for families, including connecting rooms with a king and twin beds, or a single family room, with space for an extra bed or cot, that can sleep two adults and two kids. Children six and under eat free, and kids aged seven to 12 get 50 percent off at the in-house restaurants. "Baby on demand" services include the loan of items including a crib, stroller, and bottle warmer.
Where to Stay for Romance
Located in a former mansion in a quiet Art Deco neighborhood, five-star boutique stay Hotel & Spa Le Doge is all elegance and romance, showcasing 1930s style in each of its 13 suites and three rooms. Each one has unique decor. The on-site restaurant looks like a period Paris salon, complete with stained glass windows.
Enjoy romantic ocean views from room balconies at Club Val D'Anfa Hotel, which has lovely traditional decor and Moroccan mosaics in public areas. Rooms have luxurious marble bathrooms. There's a fitness room and spa on-site, as well as three restaurants, an outdoor pool, and a rooftop terrace with city views.