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Where to Stay in Casablanca
Casablanca is an enchanting Moroccan city located along the Atlantic coast about 100 miles south of the mouth of the Mediterranean Sea. Because Casablanca is known as Morocco's economic powerhouse, it draws a large number of business travelers every year. Those in search of hotels near the Port of Casablanca, one of the most important trade ports in Africa, will find a number of luxury options along the coastline. Leisure travelers will enjoy the high-end boutiques inland near the Place des Nations Unies, Casablanca's city center. Here, you will find a number of fine restaurants and swank bars, some of which host live DJs and dancing. Just north of the Place des Nation Unies, you will find the Old Medina. This walled in part of the city is full of narrow, winding streets and vendors selling traditional Moroccan wares. There are a number of low-priced and mid-range hotel options in the Old Medina, making it a perfect location for the budget-conscious traveler. If you're looking for Western-style shops, restaurants and nightlife, head to the neighborhood of Maarif, which has a reputation for affordable designer items.
Casablanca Hotel Tips
The most expensive time to visit Casablanca is during the peak summer months of July and August. During this period, flight prices and hotel rates tend to increase. However the weather is at its warmest, reaching highs in the 80s. It's the perfect season for those looking for a Mediterranean vacation in a luxury hotel along Casablanca's picturesque coast.
Visitors can find the best flights deals to Casablanca and hotel rates during the shoulder season, which last from February through June. Temperatures are still comfortable, ranging between the 60s and 70s. Tourist season has yet to hit its peak, so many of the city's top attractions are less crowded, including the Old Medina and the remarkable King Hassan II Mosque, the third largest mosque in the world.
If you are planning on visiting during the Muslim holiday of Ramadan, understand that some restaurants and cafes close their doors during the daytime in recognition of the holy day. Still, hotels will remain open, so booking accommodations should not be a problem.
Casablanca Hotel Recommendations
Located right along the Place des Nations Unies, the five-star Hyatt Regency Casablanca Hotel is most exclusive accommodations in the entire city. Business travelers and pleasure seekers alike will enjoy the central location and the easy access to such sites as the Old Medina and the Port of Casablanca. Guests can select rooms that feature breathtaking views of the Atlantic Ocean and the King Hassan II Mosque. All guestrooms are furnished with modern decor and large workstations. The marble bathrooms are outfitted with separate baths and showers. The Hyatt Regency Casablanca Hotel also boasts four restaurants and three sophisticated bars.
If you'd rather stay inland near the shopping districts of the Maarif neighborhood, consider the Kenzi Tower Hotel. This five-star luxury boutique is located on the 28th floor of one of the two towers that make up the Casablanca Twin Center. Nearby you will find a wide selection of American and European retailers and restaurants. Guestrooms are spacious and modern. The hotel also features a full-service spa that boasts an indoor swimming pool, two saunas, two steam baths, a fitness room and a salon.
For those that want to be close to Casablanca's commercial hub, book reservations at the Novotel Casablanca City Center. Located in the heart of the city's business district near Old Medina, this four-star hotel caters to the modern business traveler. The Novotel Casablanca features five meeting rooms, each equipped with the latest technology. The largest room can fit up to 220 guests. In addition, the hotel's lounge restaurant serves delicious gourmet international fare, while the lounge bar is the perfect place to grab an evening cocktail. Pets under 11 pounds are allowed, though an extra fee applies.
Because of Casablanca's modest size, the city currently does not have any citywide public transportation network. However, a tram system is currently under construction, and a subway system is also being considered. Taxis are readily available throughout the city, some of which run on regular routes like buses. Transportation to and from the Mohammed V International Airport can usually be arranged through your hotel, or you can take the airport shuttle, which drops passengers off in downtown Casablanca.
If you are looking to explore more of Morocco, head to Casablanca's Casa-Voyageurs train station. From here, you can catch an intercity train to other Moroccan hotspots like Rabat and Marrakech.
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